Empire Photo Gallery: Meet The Characters

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Meet the characters from Empire, Fox's new show about the music industry.

9. Lucious Lyon - Empire

Lucious Lyon - Empire
Lucious is a former artist and the man in charge of Empire Entertainment. A former drug dealer, Lucious is now a wealthy businessman living the dream life. But a health scare will drastically change things for him and his family.

8. Cookie Lyon - Empire

Cookie Lyon - Empire
Cookie is fresh out of prison and she's come home ready to stake her claim at the record label she helped start. She has a lot of resentment towards Lucious, as she feels she's owed for the sacrifices she's made.

7. Jamal Lyon - Empire

Jamal Lyon - Empire
Middle child Jamal is the singer and songwriter of the family, who has a diffucult relationship with his father. As a gay man in the music industry, his father has warned him that coming out will damage his career. But will the support of his mother push him to rebel against his old man?

6. Hakeem Lyon - Empire

Hakeem Lyon - Empire
Hakeem is the youngest Lyon son and a rapper following in the footsteps of his dad. Though he may be the favorite son of Lucious, his hard partying and womanizing ways may put his future in jeopardy.

5. Andre Lyon - Empire

Andre Lyon - Empire
Oldest son Andre is the non-musical, college educated businessman thirsting for power. Andre wants nothing more than to be the head of Empire and he will do whatever he has to do to make it to the top.

4. Rhonda Lyon - Empire

Rhonda Lyon - Empire
Rhonda is Andre's wife, whom he met in college. She is a strong woman who would love to see Andre succeed and take over the family business.

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Empire Quotes

Cookie's coming home.


I started selling drugs when I was 9 years old in Philadelphia. I did it to feed myself. But it was the music that played in my head that kept me alive when I thought I was going to get shot. And it was the melodies that I dreamt about that keep me warm when I was sleeping in the streets.