Lorraine Toussaint is a Trinidadian-American actress and producer.
Toussaint began her career in theatre before supporting performances in films such as Breaking 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 series Any Day Now, from 1998 to 2002. Toussaint has also made over 30 guest appearances on television, starred in a number of made-for-television movies, and had recurring roles in numerous primetime TV shows.
Toussaint received critical acclaim and an Independent Spirit Award nomination for her performance in the 2012 drama film Middle of Nowhere, written and directed by Ava DuVernay. She later played the role of Amelia Boynton Robinson in the 2014 historical drama film Selma, also directed by Ava DuVernay.