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


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Class of '611993TV MovieSarah
Point of No Return1993Beth
Love, Lies & Lullabies1993TV MovieFlorence Crawford
Queen1993TV Mini-SeriesJoyce
Where I Live1993TV SeriesMarie St. Martin
Red Dwarf1992TV MovieCaptain Tau
Bodies of Evidence1992TV SeriesDr. Mary Rocket (1992)
Trial: The Price of Passion1992TV MovieNancy Goodpaster
Tequila and Bonetti1992TV SeriesBig Marie
Daddy1991TV MovieJudge (uncredited)
Hudson Hawk1991Almond Joy
Nasty Boys1990TV SeriesDr, Chanel Cory
2271990TV SeriesMonica Patton
Common Ground1990TV MovieAlva
Breaking In1989Delphine the Hooker
A Man Called Hawk1989TV SeriesEmily Howell
A Case of Deadly Force1986TV MoviePat Bowden
The Face of Rage1983TV MovieStendah
One Life to Live1968TV SeriesVera Williams (1988)
A Conversation: Anne Frank Meets God2017Short post-productionGod (voice)
Coco2016post-productionNichelle
Rosewood2015-2016TV SeriesDonna Rosewood
The Fosters2013-2016TV SeriesDana Adams
Chicago P.D.2016TV SeriesShambala Green
Sophie and the Rising Sun2016Salome Whitmore
The Night Before2015Mrs. Roberts
Runaway Island2015Naomi Holloway
Forever2014-2015TV SeriesLt. Joanna Reece
World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor2014Video GameHigh Sage Viryx (voice)
Selma2014Amelia Boynton
Orange Is the New Black2014TV SeriesYvonne 'Vee' Parker
Ask Me Anything2014Dr. Sherman
The Young and the Restless2012-2014TV SeriesDr. Watkins
Being Mary Jane2014TV SeriesAunt Toni
Body of Proof2013TV SeriesChief Angela Martin
Scandal2012TV SeriesNancy Drake
The Secret Life of the American Teenager2012TV Series
Drop Dead Diva2012TV SeriesProfessor Ellen Daily
The Finder2012TV SeriesLa Bruja
Grey's Anatomy2012TV SeriesDr. Helen Fincher
Middle of Nowhere2012Ruth
The Doctor2011TV MovieAyanna
Against the Wall2011TV SeriesOfficer Edie
NCIS2011TV SeriesDeputy Director Donna Wolfson
Friday Night Lights2009-2011TV SeriesBird Merriweather
The Line2010TV MovieJosephine Johnson
The Glades2010TV SeriesCarol Watkins
Saving Grace2007-2010TV SeriesKate Perry
Three Rivers2010TV SeriesYolanda Moss
The Soloist2009Flo Ayers
Numb3rs2005-2009TV SeriesAgent Terri Green / Medical Examiner
The Gold Lunch2008ShortJudge
ER2008TV SeriesYolanda
Ugly Betty2007TV SeriesYoga
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2006-2007TV SeriesMarla James / Cynthia James
3 lbs.2006TV SeriesDella
The Closer2005TV SeriesDeputy D.A. Powell
Judging Amy2005TV SeriesEileen Stayman
Their Eyes Were Watching God2005TV MoviePearl Stone
Frasier2004TV SeriesNurse
Threat Matrix2003-2004TV SeriesCarina Wright / NSA Agent Hodges
Law & Order1990-2003TV SeriesShambala Green
Crossing Jordan2002-2003TV SeriesDr. Elaine Duchamps
Static Shock2002TV SeriesDr. Franklin
Any Day Now1998-2002TV SeriesRene Jackson
The Sky Is Falling2001Janie
Jaded1998Carol Broker
C-16: FBI1998TV SeriesMarsha Fontaine
Black Dog1998Avery
Cracker: Mind Over Murder1998TV SeriesTisha Watlington
Nothing Sacred1998TV SeriesLorraine Hamilton
Blackout Effect1998TV MovieKim Garfield
The Spittin' Image1997Short
Leaving L.A.1997TV SeriesDr. Claudia Chan
Promised Land1997TV SeriesLinda Paxton
Psalms from the Underground1996Short
Dark Skies1996TV SeriesEda Mae Tillman
The Cherokee Kid1996TV MovieMama Turner
Mr. & Mrs. Smith1996TV SeriesDr. Cotter
If These Walls Could Talk1996TV MovieShameeka Webb (segment "1996")
Nightjohn1996TV MovieDealey
America's Dream1996TV MoviePhilomena (segment "The Reunion")
It Was Him or Us1995TV MovieLt. Washington
Murder One1995TV SeriesMargaret Stratton
Amazing Grace1995TV SeriesYvonne Price
Bless This House1995TV SeriesLorraine
Dangerous Minds1995Irene Roberts
M.A.N.T.I.S.1994TV SeriesDenise Copeland
Bleeding Hearts1994Enid Sheperd
A Time to Heal1994TV MovieZelda
Mother's Boys1993Robert's Associate
The Sinbad Show1993TV SeriesMrs. Payton

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Conversation: Anne Frank Meets God2017Short co-executive producer post-production
Accidental Friendship2008TV Movie executive producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Hollywood Today Live2016TV SeriesHerself
Access Hollywood Live2014-2016TV SeriesHerself / Herself - Guest
Home & Family2015TV SeriesHerself
Steve Harvey2015TV SeriesHerself
The Real2015TV SeriesHerself
The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards2015TV SpecialHerself
The Wendy Williams Show2015TV SeriesHerself
The 5th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards2015TV SpecialHerself
The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2015TV SpecialHerself - Winner: Outstanding Ensemble in a Comedy Series (uncredited)
20th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2015TV SpecialHerself
72nd Golden Globe Awards2015TV SpecialHerself (uncredited)
NY Live: In Concert2014TV SeriesHerself - Guest
The 2013 Film Independent Spirit Awards2013TV SpecialHerself - Nominee
2013 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special2013TV SpecialHerself
SAG Foundation Conversations2012TV SeriesHerself
Rwanda Rising2007DocumentaryBerne Mukaniwisi (voice)
An Evening with Della Reese2004TV MovieHerself - Interviewee
34th NAACP Image Awards2003TV SpecialHerself
This Far by Faith2003TV Series documentaryHerself - Narrator
Weddings of a Lifetime: Dream Weddings on a Budget2002Herself
33rd NAACP Image Awards2002TV SpecialHerself
30th NAACP Image Awards1999TV SpecialHerself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesOrange Is the New Black (2013)
2015ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesOrange 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
2014BFCC AwardBlack Film Critics Circle AwardsBest EnsembleSelma (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
2014NextyNewNowNext AwardsBest New Television ActressOrange Is the New Black (2013)
2008LA Femme Filmmaker AwardLA Femme International Film FestivalVisionary Award

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015GFCA AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Best EnsembleSelma (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
2015Gold Derby TV AwardGold Derby AwardsDrama Supporting ActressOrange Is the New Black (2013)
2015Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesOrange Is the New Black (2013)
2014SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest EnsembleSelma (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
2014WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleSelma (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
2013Black ReelBlack Reel AwardsBest Supporting ActressMiddle of Nowhere (2012)
2013Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting FemaleMiddle of Nowhere (2012)
2003Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesAny Day Now (1998)
2002Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesAny Day Now (1998)
2001Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesAny Day Now (1998)
2000Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Drama SeriesAny Day Now (1998)
1999Image AwardImage AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesAny Day Now (1998)
1999Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesAny Day Now (1998)


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