Cookie Lyon Named TIME's 'Most Influential Fictional Character' Of 2015 -blogged by @avah_taylor – #Empire's #CookieLyon, played by actress #TarajiPHenson, has been named the "Most Influential Fictional Character" of 2015 by #TimeMagazine. Explaining why Cookie snatched the top spot, TIME says "Cookie Lyon, with her high-drama scheming and higher-drama wardrobe, the Lyon family matriarch (played by Taraji P. Henson) was the biggest draw on TV’s most popular new show, Empire, luring more than 13 million viewers a week. In addition to spawning countless memes and catchphrases, she also helped inspire a clothing line at Saks Fifth Avenue. As Cookie herself said, 'That’s my name. Take a bite.' " She is also the only Black character on the list of 16. Universal's #Minions was the runner up for bringing in more than $1.10 billion worldwide, making it the second highest-grossing animated film of all time. Season 3 of Empire airs on FOX in March.