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Lorraine Toussaint

Biography

Known best on her behalf starring role mainly because Rene Jackson in the Life time series Any Day time Right now, she also had series regular functions on SAVIOR and Crossing Jordan. Her film credits consist of an Independent Soul Award-nominated overall performance in Middle of Nowhere and a co-starring part in Dangerous Thoughts. After graduating from Manhattan, New York’s SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL of Performing Arts and from your world-famous Juilliard College, she started her career like a traditional stage celebrity. She first made an appearance on screen inside a 1986 tv movie titled AN INSTANCE of Deadly Pressure. She was a string regular around the ABC sitcom Where I Live and a repeating character using one Existence to Live, Legislation & Purchase, Ugly Betty, and many other tv series. A indigenous of Trinidad, she resolved in NEW YORK at age ten. She and Laverne Cox both performed repeating functions (as Vee Parker and Sophia Burset, respectively) on the favorite Netflix initial series Orange May be the New Black.

Quick Facts


Full Name Lorraine Toussaint
Date Of Birth April 4, 1960
Place Of Birth Trinidad And Tobago
Height 1.75 m
Profession TV Actress
Education High School of Performing Arts, Juilliard School
Nationality American, Trinidadian
Spouse Micah Zane
Children Samara Zane
Parents Janet Beane
Awards Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Nominations Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Female, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Movies Selma, Middle of Nowhere, Dangerous Minds, The Night Before, Hudson Hawk, The Soloist, Point of No Return, Nightjohn, Runaway Island, Sophie and the Rising Sun, Mother's Boys, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Black Dog, America's Dream, The Cherokee Kid, A Case of Deadly Force, Lies and Lullabies, Bleeding Hearts, Freak Show, Coco, Breaking In, The Sky Is Falling, Jaded, If These Walls Could Talk, Class of '61, A Time to Heal, It Was Him or Us, Blackout Effect, The Gold Lunch, The Doctor, White Man's Burden, The Good Doctor: The Paul Fleiss Story
TV Shows Rosewood, Forever, Saving Grace, Crossing Jordan, Any Day Now, Where I Live, Bodies of Evidence, Orange Is the New Black, Common Ground, Leaving L.A., Amazing Grace, The Line (US), Trial: The Price of Passion
Star Sign Aries

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#Fact
1 Has one daughter, Samara.
2 Lorraine had to care for her mother, Janet Beane, who had multiple sclerosis while she was studying acting. Her mother passed away in 1999.
3 Has a dog named Kaia.
4 Born in Trinidad, but moved to Brooklyn, New York, USA, with her family when she was ten years old.
5 Is an aficionado of architecture, and an expert gardener and landscaper.
6 Studied drama at The Juilliard School, New York, NY, USA.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Class of '61 1993 TV Movie Sarah
Point of No Return 1993 Beth
Love, Lies & Lullabies 1993 TV Movie Florence Crawford
Queen 1993 TV Mini-Series Joyce
Where I Live 1993 TV Series Marie St. Martin
Red Dwarf 1992 TV Movie Captain Tau
Bodies of Evidence 1992 TV Series Dr. Mary Rocket (1992)
Trial: The Price of Passion 1992 TV Movie Nancy Goodpaster
Tequila and Bonetti 1992 TV Series Big Marie
Daddy 1991 TV Movie Judge (uncredited)
Hudson Hawk 1991 Almond Joy
Nasty Boys 1990 TV Series Dr, Chanel Cory
227 1990 TV Series Monica Patton
Common Ground 1990 TV Movie Alva
Breaking In 1989 Delphine the Hooker
A Man Called Hawk 1989 TV Series Emily Howell
A Case of Deadly Force 1986 TV Movie Pat Bowden
The Face of Rage 1983 TV Movie Stendah
One Life to Live 1968 TV Series Vera Williams (1988)
A Conversation: Anne Frank Meets God 2017 Short post-production God (voice)
Coco 2016 post-production Nichelle
Rosewood 2015-2016 TV Series Donna Rosewood
The Fosters 2013-2016 TV Series Dana Adams
Chicago P.D. 2016 TV Series Shambala Green
Sophie and the Rising Sun 2016 Salome Whitmore
The Night Before 2015 Mrs. Roberts
Runaway Island 2015 Naomi Holloway
Forever 2014-2015 TV Series Lt. Joanna Reece
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor 2014 Video Game High Sage Viryx (voice)
Selma 2014 Amelia Boynton
Orange Is the New Black 2014 TV Series Yvonne 'Vee' Parker
Ask Me Anything 2014 Dr. Sherman
The Young and the Restless 2012-2014 TV Series Dr. Watkins
Being Mary Jane 2014 TV Series Aunt Toni
Body of Proof 2013 TV Series Chief Angela Martin
Scandal 2012 TV Series Nancy Drake
The Secret Life of the American Teenager 2012 TV Series
Drop Dead Diva 2012 TV Series Professor Ellen Daily
The Finder 2012 TV Series La Bruja
Grey's Anatomy 2012 TV Series Dr. Helen Fincher
Middle of Nowhere 2012 Ruth
The Doctor 2011 TV Movie Ayanna
Against the Wall 2011 TV Series Officer Edie
NCIS 2011 TV Series Deputy Director Donna Wolfson
Friday Night Lights 2009-2011 TV Series Bird Merriweather
The Line 2010 TV Movie Josephine Johnson
The Glades 2010 TV Series Carol Watkins
Saving Grace 2007-2010 TV Series Kate Perry
Three Rivers 2010 TV Series Yolanda Moss
The Soloist 2009 Flo Ayers
Numb3rs 2005-2009 TV Series Agent Terri Green / Medical Examiner
The Gold Lunch 2008 Short Judge
ER 2008 TV Series Yolanda
Ugly Betty 2007 TV Series Yoga
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2006-2007 TV Series Marla James / Cynthia James
3 lbs. 2006 TV Series Della
The Closer 2005 TV Series Deputy D.A. Powell
Judging Amy 2005 TV Series Eileen Stayman
Their Eyes Were Watching God 2005 TV Movie Pearl Stone
Frasier 2004 TV Series Nurse
Threat Matrix 2003-2004 TV Series Carina Wright / NSA Agent Hodges
Law & Order 1990-2003 TV Series Shambala Green
Crossing Jordan 2002-2003 TV Series Dr. Elaine Duchamps
Static Shock 2002 TV Series Dr. Franklin
Any Day Now 1998-2002 TV Series Rene Jackson
The Sky Is Falling 2001 Janie
Jaded 1998 Carol Broker
C-16: FBI 1998 TV Series Marsha Fontaine
Black Dog 1998 Avery
Cracker: Mind Over Murder 1998 TV Series Tisha Watlington
Nothing Sacred 1998 TV Series Lorraine Hamilton
Blackout Effect 1998 TV Movie Kim Garfield
The Spittin' Image 1997 Short
Leaving L.A. 1997 TV Series Dr. Claudia Chan
Promised Land 1997 TV Series Linda Paxton
Psalms from the Underground 1996 Short
Dark Skies 1996 TV Series Eda Mae Tillman
The Cherokee Kid 1996 TV Movie Mama Turner
Mr. & Mrs. Smith 1996 TV Series Dr. Cotter
If These Walls Could Talk 1996 TV Movie Shameeka Webb (segment "1996")
Nightjohn 1996 TV Movie Dealey
America's Dream 1996 TV Movie Philomena (segment "The Reunion")
It Was Him or Us 1995 TV Movie Lt. Washington
Murder One 1995 TV Series Margaret Stratton
Amazing Grace 1995 TV Series Yvonne Price
Bless This House 1995 TV Series Lorraine
Dangerous Minds 1995 Irene Roberts
M.A.N.T.I.S. 1994 TV Series Denise Copeland
Bleeding Hearts 1994 Enid Sheperd
A Time to Heal 1994 TV Movie Zelda
Mother's Boys 1993 Robert's Associate
The Sinbad Show 1993 TV Series Mrs. Payton

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Conversation: Anne Frank Meets God 2017 Short co-executive producer post-production
Accidental Friendship 2008 TV Movie executive producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Today Live 2016 TV Series Herself
Access Hollywood Live 2014-2016 TV Series Herself / Herself - Guest
Home & Family 2015 TV Series Herself
Steve Harvey 2015 TV Series Herself
The Real 2015 TV Series Herself
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards 2015 TV Special Herself
The Wendy Williams Show 2015 TV Series Herself
The 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards 2015 TV Special Herself
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2015 TV Special Herself - Winner: Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series (uncredited)
20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2015 TV Special Herself
72nd Golden Globe Awards 2015 TV Special Herself (uncredited)
NY Live: In Concert 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards 2013 TV Special Herself - Nominee
2013 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special 2013 TV Special Herself
SAG Foundation Conversations 2012 TV Series Herself
Rwanda Rising 2007 Documentary Berne Mukaniwisi (voice)
An Evening with Della Reese 2004 TV Movie Herself - Interviewee
34th NAACP Image Awards 2003 TV Special Herself
This Far by Faith 2003 TV Series documentary Herself - Narrator
Weddings of a Lifetime: Dream Weddings on a Budget 2002 Herself
33rd NAACP Image Awards 2002 TV Special Herself
30th NAACP Image Awards 1999 TV Special Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Critics' Choice TV Award Critics Choice Television Awards Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Orange Is the New Black (2013)
2015 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Orange Is the New Black (2013) · Uzo Aduba
· Jason Biggs
· Danielle Brooks
· Laverne Cox
· Jackie Cruz
· Catherine Curtin
· Lea DeLaria
· Beth Fowler
· Yvette Freeman
· Germar Terrell Gardner
· Kimiko Glenn
· Annie Golden
· Diane Guerrero
· Michael Harney
· Vicky Jeudy
· Julie Lake
· Lauren Lapkus
· Selenis Leyva
· Natasha Lyonne
· Taryn Manning
· Joel Marsh Garland
· Matt McGorry
· Adrienne C. Moore
· Kate Mulgrew
· Emma Myles
· Jes
2014 BFCC Award Black Film Critics Circle Awards Best Ensemble Selma (2014) · David Oyelowo
· Tom Wilkinson
· Carmen Ejogo
· André Holland
· Giovanni Ribisi
· Stephan James
· Wendell Pierce
· Common
· Alessandro Nivola
· Keith Stanfield
· Cuba Gooding Jr.
· Dylan Baker
· Tim Roth
· Oprah Winfrey
2014 Nexty NewNowNext Awards Best New Television Actress Orange Is the New Black (2013)
2008 LA Femme Filmmaker Award LA Femme International Film Festival Visionary Award

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Ensemble Selma (2014) · David Oyelowo
· Tom Wilkinson
· Carmen Ejogo
· André Holland
· Giovanni Ribisi
· Stephan James
· Wendell Pierce
· Common
· Alessandro Nivola
· Keith Stanfield
· Cuba Gooding Jr.
· Dylan Baker
· Tim Roth
· Oprah Winfrey
2015 Gold Derby TV Award Gold Derby Awards Drama Supporting Actress Orange Is the New Black (2013)
2015 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Orange Is the New Black (2013)
2014 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Selma (2014) · David Oyelowo
· Tom Wilkinson
· Carmen Ejogo
· André Holland
· Giovanni Ribisi
· Stephan James
· Wendell Pierce
· Common
· Alessandro Nivola
· Keith Stanfield
· Cuba Gooding Jr.
· Dylan Baker
· Tim Roth
· Oprah Winfrey
2014 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Selma (2014) · David Oyelowo
· Tom Wilkinson
· Carmen Ejogo
· André Holland
· Giovanni Ribisi
· Stephan James
· Wendell Pierce
· Common
· Alessandro Nivola
· Keith Stanfield
· Cuba Gooding Jr.
· Dylan Baker
· Tim Roth
· Oprah Winfrey
2013 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actress Middle of Nowhere (2012)
2013 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Female Middle of Nowhere (2012)
2003 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Any Day Now (1998)
2002 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Any Day Now (1998)
2001 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Any Day Now (1998)
2000 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series Any Day Now (1998)
1999 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Any Day Now (1998)
1999 Q Award Viewers for Quality Television Awards Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series Any Day Now (1998)


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