Lorraine Toussaint

Lorraine Toussaint (born April 4, 1960) is a Trinidadian-American actress and producer.

Toussaint began her career in theatre before supporting performances in films such asBreaking In(1989),Hudson Hawk(1991), and Dangerous Minds(1995). As lead actress, she is best known for her role as Rene Jackson in the critically acclaimed Lifetime television drama seriesAny Day Now, from 1998 to 2002, and her recurring role as defense attorney Shambala Green in the NBClegal dramaLaw & Order. Toussaint later appeared as a regular cast member in theNBCpolice proceduralCrossing Jordan(2002–03) and the TNTcrime drama Saving Grace(2007–10). Toussaint has also made over 30 guest appearances on television, starred in a number of made-for-television movies, and had recurring roles in Ugly Betty, Friday Night Lights, Body of Proof, and The Fosters. She co-starred in the ABC fantasy-drama seriesForever(2014–15), and is currently co-starring in theFoxcomedy-dramaRosewood.

Toussaint received critical acclaim and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance in the 2012 drama filmMiddle of Nowhere, written and directed by Ava DuVernay. In 2014, she played the role of Yvonne "Vee" Parker, the main antagonist in the second season of theNetflixcomedy-drama seriesOrange Is the New Black, for which she received critical acclaim and a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She later played the role of Amelia Boynton Robinson in the 2014 historical drama film Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay.

Known For


Cast Credits

Shots Fired (2017)
Guest starring as Carole Moore
Into the Badlands (2015)
Starring as Cressida
Rosewood (2015)
Starring as Donna Rosewood (39 episodes)
Grace and Frankie (2015)
Guest starring as Rebecca
black-ish (2014)
Guest starring as Almaviligerais
Forever (2014)
Starring as Lt. Joanna Reece (19 episodes)
Chicago P.D. (2014)
  • Episode 3x21: Justice (May 11, 2016) [Special Guest Star]
Orange Is the New Black (2013)
Guest starring as Vee (13 episodes)
Being Mary Jane (2013)
Guest starring as Aunt Toni
The Fosters (2013)
Guest starring as Dana Adams (7 episodes)
  • Episode 4x05: Forty (Jul 25, 2016)
  • Episode 3x10: Lucky (Aug 17, 2015)
  • Episode 3x04: More Than Words (Jun 29, 2015)
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Scandal (2012)
Guest starring as Nancy
Against the Wall (2011)
Guest starring as Officer Edie
Body of Proof (2011)
Guest starring as Chief Angela Martin (4 episodes)
Drop Dead Diva (2009)
Guest starring as Professor Ellen Daily
Saving Grace (2007)
Starring as Kate Perry (2 episodes)
Friday Night Lights (2006)
Guest starring as Bird Merriweather (6 episodes)
  • Episode 5x13: Always (Feb 9, 2011)
  • Episode 5x11: The March (Jan 26, 2011)
  • Episode 5x06: Swerve (Dec 8, 2010)
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Grey's Anatomy (2005)
Guest starring as Dr. Helen Fincher
Numb3rs (2005)
Guest starring as Medical Examiner
Guest starring as Agent Terri Green
NCIS (2003)
Guest starring as Deputy Director Donna Wolfson
Threat Matrix (2003)
Guest starring as Cassandra Hodges (4 episodes)
Guest starring as NSA Agent Hodges
  • Episode 1x12: PPX (Jan 15, 2004)
Crossing Jordan (2001)
Starring as Dr. Elaine Duchamps (11 episodes)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
Guest starring as Cynthia James
Guest starring as Marla James (2 episodes)
Dark Skies (1996)
Guest starring as Etta Mae Tillman (2 episodes)
Frasier (1993)
Guest starring as Nurse
  • Episode 11x16: Boo! (Mar 2, 2004)
Bodies of Evidence (1992)
Starring as Dr. Mary Rocket
Law & Order (1990)
Guest starring as Defense Attorney Shambala Green (7 episodes)