Jennifer Kate Hudson (born September 12, 1981) is an American actress, singer and model. She first gained notice as one of the finalists on the third season of the FOX television series American Idol
. She went on to star in the 2006 motion picture Dreamgirls
for which she has won numerous awards, including an Academy Award
for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe Award
, a BAFTA and a SAG Award.