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      Lorraine Toussaint

      Lorraine Toussaint

      Highest Rated: 100% Nightjohn (1996)

      Lowest Rated: 31% Hudson Hawk (1991)

      Birthday: Apr 4, 1960

      Birthplace: Trinidad, West Indies

      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.

      Highest rated movies

      Nightjohn
      Selma
      Middle of Nowhere
      If These Walls Could Talk
      Fast Color Concrete Cowboy
      Breaking In
      Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

      Photos

      Lorraine Toussaint Orange Is the New Black, Lorraine Toussaint, '40 OZ of Furlough', Season 2, Ep. #9, 06/06/2014, ©NETFLIX Orange is the New Black, Lorraine Toussaint, '40 OZ of Furlough', Season 2, Ep. #9, 06/06/2014, ©NETFLIX Orange Is the New Black, Lorraine Toussaint, 'Looks Blue, Tastes Red', Season 2, Ep. #2, 06/06/2014, ©NETFLIX Orange Is the New Black, Lorraine Toussaint (L), Kate Mulgrew (R), 'Hugs Can Be Deceiving', Season 2, Ep. #3, 06/06/2014, ©NETFLIX Orange is the New Black, Lorraine Toussaint (L), Kate Mulgrew (R), 'Hugs Can Be Deceiving', Season 2, Ep. #3, 06/06/2014, ©NETFLIX Orange is the New Black, Lorraine Toussaint, 'Looks Blue, Tastes Red', Season 2, Ep. #2, 06/06/2014, ©NETFLIX Rosewood, Lorraine Toussaint, 'Fashionistas and Fasciitiss', Season 1, Ep. #9, 11/25/2015, ©FOX Orange Is the New Black, Danielle Brooks (L), Lorraine Toussaint (R), 'Looks Blue, Tastes Red', Season 2, Ep. #2, 06/06/2014, ©NETFLIX SOPHIE AND THE RISING SUN, LORRAINE TOUSSAINT, 2016. ©MONTEREY MEDIA SELMA, from left: Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, 2014. ph: Atsushi Nishijima/©Paramount Pictures Rosewood, Lorraine Toussaint, 'Silkworms y Silencio', Season 1, Ep. #17, 04/20/2016, ©FOX Rosewood, Lorraine Toussaint (L), Morris Chestnut (R), 'Sudden Death & Shades Deep', Season 1, Ep. #19, 05/04/2016, ©FOX Rosewood, Lorraine Toussaint, 'Sudden Death & Shades Deep', Season 1, Ep. #19, 05/04/2016, ©FOX Rosewood, from left: Anna Konkle, Lorraine Toussaint, Morris Chestnut, Joy Bryant, 'Silkworms y Silencio', Season 1, Ep. #17, 04/20/2016, ©FOX Rosewood, Lorraine Toussaint, 'Quadriplegia And Quality Time', Season 1, Ep. #7, 11/11/2015, ©FOX SELMA, Lorraine Toussaint, 2014. ph: Atsushi Nishijima/©Paramount Pictures Orange Is the New Black, Selenis Leyva (L), Lorraine Toussaint (R), 'Season 2', 06/06/2014, ©NETFLIX Rosewood, Lorraine Toussaint, 09/23/2015, ©FOX Rosewood, Lorraine Toussaint (L), Morris Chestnut (R), 'Policies and Ponies', Season 1, Ep. #6, 11/04/2015, ©FOX

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      93% 91% Nimona Queen Valerin (Voice) - 2023
      80% 70% Concrete Cowboy Nessie (Character) - 2020
      68% 84% The Glorias Flo Kennedy (Character) - 2020
      77% 72% Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Lou Lou (Character) $68.7M 2019
      73% 92% Sprinter Donna Sharp (Character) - 2018
      81% 57% Fast Color Bo (Character) $74.7K 2018
      44% 63% Love Beats Rhymes Nichelle (Character) - 2017
      69% 61% Sophie and the Rising Sun Salome Whitmore (Character) $30.3K 2016
      68% 61% The Night Before Mrs. Roberts (Character) $43.0M 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Runaway Island Naomi Holloway (Character) - 2015
      99% 86% Selma Amelia Boynton (Character) $52.1M 2014
      88% 64% Middle of Nowhere Ruth (Character) $166.9K 2012
      No Score Yet 63% Accidental Friendship Executive Producer - 2008
      No Score Yet 81% Their Eyes Were Watching God Pearl Stone (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Sky Is Falling Janie (Character) - 1999
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blackout Effect Kim Garfield (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 60% The Cherokee Kid Mama Turner (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 88% America's Dream Philomena (Character) - 1996
      100% 85% Nightjohn Dealey (Character) - 1996
      88% 74% If These Walls Could Talk Shameeka Webb (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 28% Jaded Carol Broker (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Good Doctor: The Paul Fleiss Story Unknown (Character) - 1996
      33% 64% Dangerous Minds Irene Roberts (Character) $84.9M 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It Was Him or Us Lt. Washington (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet White Man's Burden Enid Sheperd (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Time to Heal Zelda (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 31% Class of '61 Sarah (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lies and Lullabies Florence Crawford (Character) - 1993
      52% 50% Point of No Return Beth (Character) $27.5M 1993
      31% 56% Hudson Hawk Almond Joy (Character) $16.4M 1991
      80% 42% Breaking In Delphine (Character) $1.8M 1989

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 54% The Equalizer Viola "Vi" Marsette (Character) 2021-2024
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Summer Camp Island Unknown (Character) 2021
      98% 66% Star Wars: Visions Masago (Voice) 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Cinema Toast Mother (Voice) 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Talk Guest 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet American Masters Unknown (Voice) 2020
      96% 84% She-Ra and the Princesses of Power Shadow Weaver (Voice) 2018-2020
      23% 57% The Village Patricia Davis (Character) 2019
      84% 88% Into the Badlands Cressida (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2018-2019
      No Score Yet 61% Big City Greens Unknown (Guest Voice) 2018
      90% 87% Grace and Frankie Rebecca (Guest Star) 2018
      84% 95% Shots Fired Carole Moore (Guest Star) 2017
      9% 75% Rosewood Donna Rosewood (Character) 2015-2017
      92% 57% black-ish Unknown (Guest Star) 2016
      97% 86% The Fosters Dana (Guest Star) 2013-2016
      No Score Yet 90% Chicago P.D. Shambala Green (Guest Star) 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Wendy Williams Show Guest 2015
      57% 92% Forever Lt. Joanne Reece (Character) 2014-2015
      90% 82% Orange Is the New Black Unknown (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star),
      Guest
      2014
      No Score Yet 77% Being Mary Jane Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      76% 60% Body of Proof Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      93% 72% Scandal Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      78% 60% Drop Dead Diva Professor Ellen Daily (Guest Star) 2012
      57% 80% The Finder Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      84% 73% Grey's Anatomy Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 85% NCIS Deputy Director Donna Wolfson (Guest Star) 2011
      97% 93% Friday Night Lights Bird Merriweather (Guest Star) 2009-2011
      76% 67% Saving Grace Kate Perry (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2007-2010
      31% No Score Yet Three Rivers Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      No Score Yet 93% Numb3ers Unknown (Guest Star) 2005 2009
      No Score Yet 85% ER Yolanda (Guest Star) 2008
      97% 83% Ugly Betty Yoga (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2006-2007
      83% 85% The Closer Deputy D.A. Powell (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      95% 94% Frasier Nurse (Guest Star) 2004
      33% No Score Yet Threat Matrix Unknown (Guest Star) 2003-2004
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1990-1994 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crossing Jordan Unknown (Character) 2002-2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Any Day Now Rene Jackson (Character) 1998-2002
      43% No Score Yet C-16 Marsha Fontaine (Guest Star) 1998
      60% No Score Yet Cracker Unknown (Guest Star) 1997-1998
      71% No Score Yet Nothing Sacred Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Promised Land Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
      91% No Score Yet Murder One Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      0% No Score Yet Amazing Grace Yvonne Price (Character) 1995
      63% No Score Yet Bless This House Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      83% No Score Yet Where I Live Marie St. Martin (Character) 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bodies of Evidence Unknown (Character) 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet 227 Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Common Ground Alva (Character) 1990