Nicole Ari Parker has been promoted to series regular for the fifth season of Empire.
This comes after the exit of original cast member Grace Byers, who was written out of the show last season.
Parker began recurring in season 4 as Giselle Barker, the ex-wife of Forest Whitaker’s Eddie Barker.
Per Deadline, who broke the news of Parker’s new status on the show, “Season 5 finds Giselle stepping out of the shadow of her ex in an effort to seize power herself. Along the way, she’ll tackle grudges, make unexpected alliances and find a surprising love interest.”
On the TV front, Parker recently had recurring roles on FOX’s Rosewood and ABC’s Time After Time and is currently recurring on Showtime’s I’m Dying Up Here. Empire will be her first series regular role since TNT’s Murder in the First.