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.

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Cast Credits

Rosewood (2015)
Starring as Donna Rosewood (38 episodes)
Forever (2014)
Starring as Lt. Joanna Reece (19 episodes)
Chicago P.D. (2014)
  • Episode 3x21: Justice (May 11, 2016)
Black-ish (2014)
Guest starring as Almaviligerais
Orange is the New Black (2013)
Guest starring as Vee (13 episodes)
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)
  • Episode 2x06: Mother (Jul 21, 2014)
  • Episode 1x15: Padre (Feb 10, 2014)
  • Episode 1x10: I Do (Aug 5, 2013)
  • Episode 1x04: Quinceañera (Jun 24, 2013)
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Being Mary Jane (2013)
Guest starring as Aunt Toni
Scandal (2012)
Guest starring as Nancy
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)
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)
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)