Rashad, who played loving mother and attorney Claire Huxtable on The Cosby Show, will play Carol, mother of Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) in episode No. 13, which focuses on Beth’s backstory, Deadline has confirmed.
Rashad joins a roster of previous guest stars on This is Us, including Katey Sagal, Sylvester Stallone, Jane Kaczmarek, Denis O’Hare, Sam Trammell, Seth Meyers, and Katie Couric.
Series creator Dan Fogelman executive produces along with, Isaac Aptaker, Elizabeth Berger, John Requa, Glenn Ficarra, Ken Olin, Charlie Gogolak and Jess Rosenthal. This Is Us is produced by 20th Century Fox Television.
Two-time Emmy winner Rashad currently recurs as Diana Dubois on Fox’s Empire. She’ll also be seen in a starring role in OWN’s upcoming coming-of-age drama David Makes Man. She appeared on the big screen last year in Creed II, reprising her role as Mary Anne Creed. Her other recent TV credits include Psych and Do No Harm. Rashad is repped by Innovative Artists and Parseghian Planco.
This Is Us returns January 15 at 9 PM on NBC.
EW was first to report Rashad’s casting.