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.