Lorraine Toussaint

Actress
A commanding character actress with a powerful screen presence, Lorraine Toussaint graduated from Juilliard and built a theatrical career as a Shakespearean actress before she tackled screen acting, landing supporting ... Read more »
Born: 04/04/1960 in Trinidad & Tobago

Filmography

Actor (79)

Forever 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

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The Fosters 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

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Ask Me Anything 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Sherman (Actor)

Selma 2014 (Movie)

Amelia Boynton (Actor)

Body of Proof 2013 (Tv Show)

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Drop Dead Diva 2012 (Tv Show)

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Grey's Anatomy 2012 (Tv Show)

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Middle of Nowhere 2012 (Movie)

Ruth (Actor)

Scandal 2012 (Tv Show)

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The Finder 2012 (Tv Show)

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Against the Wall 2011 (Tv Show)

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Friday Night Lights 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

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NCIS 2011 (Tv Show)

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The Glades 2010 (Tv Show)

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Three Rivers 2010 (Tv Show)

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Bodies of Evidence 1991 - 1994, 1997 - 1998, 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

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Murder One 1991 - 1998, 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

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Numb3rs 2005, 2009 (Tv Show)

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Promised Land 1991 - 1994, 1996 - 1998, 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

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Saving Grace 1997 - 1998, 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

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The Soloist 2009 (Movie)

Flo Ayers (Actor)

Where I Live 1992 - 1994, 1997 - 1998, 2007 - 2009 (Tv Show)

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ER 2008 (Tv Show)

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2006 - 2007 (Tv Show)

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Ugly Betty 2007 (Tv Show)

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3 Lbs. 2006 (Tv Show)

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Judging Amy 2005 (Tv Show)

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The Closer 2005 (Tv Show)

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Frasier 2004 (Tv Show)

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Threat Matrix 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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Crossing Jordan 2002 - 2003 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order 1990, 1992 - 1994, 2003 (Tv Show)

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Any Day Now 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The Mod Squad: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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The 30th NAACP Image Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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Black Dog 1998 (Movie)

Avery (Actor)

C-16 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Cracker 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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The Sky Is Falling 1998 (Movie)

Janie (Actor)

Feds 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Jaded 1997 (Movie)

Carol (Actor)

Leaving L.A. 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

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Bleeding Hearts 1996 (Movie)

Enid Sheperd (Actor)

Amazing Grace 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Dangerous Minds 1995 (Movie)

Irene Roberts (Actor)

M.A.N.T.I.S. 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

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Mother's Boys 1994 (Movie)

Robert's Associate (Actor)

Psalms From the Underground 1994 (Movie)

Sojourner "Blue" Bluridge (Actor)

The Sinbad Show 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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Point of No Return 1993 (Movie)

Beth (Actor)

Trial: The Price of Passion 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Hudson Hawk 1991 (Movie)

Almond Joy (Actor)

Camp California 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Kill or Be Killed 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Breaking In 1989 (Movie)

Delphine (Actor)

A Case of Deadly Force (TV Show)

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A Time to Heal (TV Show)

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America's Dream (TV Show)

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Blackout Effect (TV Show)

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Bless This House (TV Show)

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Class of '61 (TV Show)

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Common Ground (TV Show)

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If These Walls Could Talk (TV Show)

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It Was Him Or Us (TV Show)

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Love, Lies and Lullabies (TV Show)

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Nightjohn (TV Show)

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Nothing Sacred (TV Show)

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Orange Is the New Black (Tv Show)

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Queen (TV Show)

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The Cherokee Kid (TV Show)

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The Face of Rage (TV Show)

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Biography

A commanding character actress with a powerful screen presence, Lorraine Toussaint graduated from Juilliard and built a theatrical career as a Shakespearean actress before she tackled screen acting, landing supporting roles in such films as "Hudson Hawk" (1991), "Point of No Return" (1993) and "Dangerous Minds" (1995) and a series regular role opposite Annie Potts on the then-and-now best friends drama "Any Day Now" (Lifetime, 1998-2002), for which she earned five Outstanding Lead Actress Image Award nominations. She recurred on "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010), "Ugly Betty" (ABC, 2006-2010) and "Friday Night Lights" (NBC, 2006-08; The 101 Network, 2008-2011), earned a series regular role opposite Holly Hunter on "Saving Grace" (TNT, 2007-2010) and notched a supporting turn in the Jamie Fox/Robert Downey, Jr. drama "The Soloist" (2009). An immensely gifted actress who had long flown under the radar, Toussaint earned a massive critical boost with her powerful supporting turn in the indie "Middle of Nowhere" (2012), as a hardworking mother who struggles to support her daughter's (Emayatzy Corinealdi) decision to put her life on hold to support her incarcerated husband (Omari Hardwick). One of the best and most striking character actresses in the business, Lorraine Toussaint left many critics and fans hoping her considerable talents would be even more widely recognized.

Relationships

Janet Beane

Mother
Raised Toussaint as a single mother Had multiple sclerosis Died 1999

Samara Grace

Daughter

Curtis Peek Actor

Companion
Met when they acted together on Lifetime's "Any Day Now"

EDUCATION

The School of Performing Arts

New York , New York 1978

The Juilliard School

New York , New York

Milestones

2012

Co-starred in indie drama "Middle of Nowhere"

2009

Cast in "The Soloist," directed by Joe Wright

2007

Cast in recurring role as prison inmate Yoga, who befriends Claire Meade (Judith Light) on ABC comedy series "Ugly Betty"

2007

Cast as Captain Kate Perry opposite Holly Hunter on TNT drama series "Saving Grace"

2005

Co-starred in ABC TV movie adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's 1937 novel of the same name "Their Eyes Were Watching God"

2003

Appeared regularly on short-lived ABC drama "Threat Matrix"

2002

Played assistant medical examiner Elaine Duchamps on NBC crime drama "Crossing Jordan"

1998

Co-starred with Annie Potts on Lifetime drama series "Any Day Now"

1996

Co-starred with Cher and Anne Heche in "1996" segment of award-winning HBO movie "If These Walls Could Talk"

1993

Appeared opposite Bridget Fonda in "Point of No Return," a remake of Luc Besson's "Nikita" (1990)

1993

Played a West Indian character for the first time in "Playboy of the West Indies" at the Lincoln Center in New York

1991

Played role of Almond Joy opposite Bruce Willis in "Hudson Hawk"

1990

Cast in recurring role as defense lawyer Shambala Green on NBC drama "Law & Order"

1989

Appeared in Mark Lamos' production of "Measure for Measure" at the Lincoln Center in New York

1989

Made film debut as Delphine in "Breaking In" with Burt Reynolds

1983

Debut TV appearance, "The Face of Rage" (ABC)

1969

Emigrated to New York from the West Indies with her mother

Landed first paying job as Lady MacBeth with Shakespeare & Company

Moved to Los Angeles, CA after acting on the New York stage for 12 years

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