Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson

Highest Rated: 86% Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special (2020)

Lowest Rated: 19% Cats (2019)

Birthday: Sep 12, 1981

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

With one of the most impressive voices to come along in a generation, Jennifer Hudson seemed destined for fame from the first time she appeared in front of a national audience on "American Idol" (Fox, 2001-2016/ABC 2018- ). Born in Chicago, Illinois in 1981, Hudson first began singing in her church choir. By high school, she was earning extra money singing at weddings and funerals. She had signed her first recording contract with Chicago-based independent label Righteous Records when, in 2004, she landed a spot competing on "American Idol." Righteous Records released from her obligation so that she could appear on the show, and Hudson captured viewers' hearts with her genuineness and talent. She finished as a finalist in seventh place, and proceeded directly from the reality show to an A-list project, playing Effie alongside Beyonce Knowles in the big screen adaptation of the musical "Dreamgirls" (2006). Hudson's acting blew audiences away just as much as her earth-shaking vocal performance of the signature song "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going." The celebrated performance paved the way for Hudson's self-titled debut album in 2008, which she quickly followed with an appearance in "The Secret Life of Bees" (2008). Hudson also gave birth to a son with partner David Otunga in 2008, shortly before suffering a devastating loss when her mother, brother, and nephew were shot and killed by the estranged husband of her sister. Hudson took a step back from the spotlight, returning in 2011 with her sophomore album I Remember Me. Hudson continued to act, appearing in the coming of age film "The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete" (2013) and released another album, JHUD in 2014. In 2015 she made her Broadway debut, playing Shug Avery in an acclaimed revival of "The Color Purple." Hudson played Motormouth Maybelle in NBC's "Hairspray Live!" (NBC, 2016), memorably performing the song "I Know Where I've Been." The following year, she became a judge on "The Voice UK" (BBC, 2012-) and proved so popular, she joined the judges' panel on the American version of the sho later that same year. In 2019, Hudson joined the cast of the film adaptation of the musical "Cats" (2019) playing Grizabella.

Highest rated movies

Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special
The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete
Hairspray Live!




68% 95% Respect Aretha Franklin (Character),
Executive Producer
$24.3M 2021
86% 79% Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special Unknown (Character) - 2020
19% 53% Cats Grizabella (Character) $27.2M 2019
69% 70% Monster Mrs. Harmon (Character) - 2018
27% 39% Sandy Wexler Courtney Clarke (Character) - 2017
71% 72% Sing Young Nana (Voice) $270.4M 2016
83% 73% Confirmation Angela Wright (Character) - 2016
76% 74% Hairspray Live! Motormouth Maybelle (Character) - 2016
82% 49% Chi-Raq Irene (Character) $2.6M 2015
30% 54% Lullaby Unknown (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 62% Call Me Crazy: A Five Film Maggie (Character) - 2013
50% 51% Black Nativity Naima (Character) $7.0M 2013
84% 88% The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete Gloria (Character) $487.3K 2013
51% 47% The Three Stooges Sister Rosemary (Character) $44.3M 2012
19% 57% Winnie Winnie Mandela (Character) $61.8K 2011
45% 29% Winged Creatures Kathy Hammet (Character) - 2008
59% 78% The Secret Life of Bees Rosaleen (Character) $37.8M 2008
49% 77% Sex and the City Louise (Character) $152.6M 2008
79% 71% Dreamgirls Effie White (Character) $103.3M 2006


No Score Yet 56% The Jennifer Hudson Show Host 2022
No Score Yet 5% The View Guest 2013-2014 2016 2022
No Score Yet 49% Late Night With Seth Meyers Music Performer,
2014 2016-2017 2021
No Score Yet 45% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Music Performer,
2015 2017 2019 2021
No Score Yet 100% The Graham Norton Show Music Performer,
2011 2017 2019-2020
No Score Yet 26% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2016-2017 2019
No Score Yet 50% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest 2019
No Score Yet 68% The Voice Music Performer,
2014 2017-2018
No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Music Performer,
2012 2017-2018
No Score Yet 100% Beat Bugs Music Performer 2016
No Score Yet 23% The Daily Show With Trevor Noah Guest 2016
68% 0% American Idol Music Performer 2011-2013 2015-2016
84% 48% Empire Unknown (Guest Star) 2015
No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Music Performer,
2008 2013 2015
No Score Yet 44% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2015
No Score Yet 42% Dancing With the Stars Music Performer 2008 2011 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2011 2014
No Score Yet 56% America's Got Talent Music Performer 2014
No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2012-2013
No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2013
68% 79% Smash Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
No Score Yet 84% Project Runway Guest 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Dr. Oz Show Guest 2012
No Score Yet 100% Dateline NBC Guest 2012
No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Music Performer 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Guest 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rachael Ray Guest 2007