Lorraine Toussaint

Biography: When deciding upon a career, young Lorraine Toussaint let her fingers do the walking. The actress, who now shifts from playing a successful attorney in "Any Day Now" to an assertive medical examiner in NBC's "Crossing Jordan," gained her initial interest in acting after somebody asked her -- at the age of 11 -- what she wanted to do with her life. Puzzled, she opened the phone directory, turned to the "A" section and found a variety of acting school advertisements. She called the school with the largest ad, and quickly found herself hooked.

Toussaint got her start studying theater at New York's renowned High School of Performing Arts and The Juilliard School. On her graduation day, she landed her first paying job as Lady Macbeth with "Shakespeare & Company." That was just the beginning as she spent 12 years working in New York theater prior to moving to Los Angeles. Toussaint starred for four seasons as Rene Jackson on the critically acclaimed cable drama "Any Day Now," a
When deciding upon a career, young Lorraine Toussaint let her fingers do the walking. The actress, who now shifts from playing a successful attorney in "Any Day Now" to an assertive medical examiner in NBC's "Crossing Jordan," gained her initial interest in acting after somebody asked her -- at the age of 11 -- what she wanted to do with her life. Puzzled, she opened the phone directory, turned to the "A" section and found a variety of acting school advertisements. She called the school with the largest ad, and quickly found herself hooked.

Toussaint got her start studying theater at New York's renowned High School of Performing Arts and The Juilliard School. On her graduation day, she landed her first paying job as Lady Macbeth with "Shakespeare & Company." That was just the beginning as she spent 12 years working in New York theater prior to moving to Los Angeles.

Toussaint starred for four seasons as Rene Jackson on the critically acclaimed cable drama "Any Day Now," a role she concluded last year. As a result, she was nominated for four NAACP Image Awards for Best Actress in a Drama Series, a TV Guide Award nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series and received the Wiley A. Branton Award from the National Bar Association.

Toussaint's other television credits include recurring roles on NBC's Emmy Award-winning drama "Law & Order" and "Murder One" as well as regular series lead roles on "Leaving L.A.," "Where I Live" and "Amazing Grace." She also appeared in several television movies, including "Lullabyes and Lies," "A Case of Deadly Force," "The Cherokee Kid," "Nightjohn," "If These Walls Could Talk," "America's Dream," and the miniseries "Queen," starring Halle Berry.

Toussaint's feature-film credits include "Point of No Return," "Psalms from the Underground," "Breaking In" and "Hudson Hawk."

Upcoming projects for Toussaint include producing the cable television movie "The Joyce Ann Brown Story," which is currently in development.

Toussaint currently resides in Los Angeles. In her free time she enjoys traveling, cooking and hiking with her dog, Kaia. Her birthday is April 4.

From: NBC
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Lorraine Toussaint's Scores

Average career score: 66
Highest Metascore: 89 Orange is the New Black: Season 2
Lowest Metascore: 37 Rosewood: Season 1
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 8
  2. Negative: 1 out of 8
8 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
37 Rosewood: Season 1 Sep 23, 2015 Donna Rosewood 5.2
79 Orange is the New Black: Season 1 Jul 11, 2013 Vee 8.5
tbd The Young and the Restless: Season 41 Mar 26, 2013 Dr. Watkins tbd
tbd The Young and the Restless: Season 40 Mar 26, 2012 Dr. Watkins tbd
tbd Saving Grace: Season 3 Jun 16, 2009 Kate Perry 6.7
76 Saving Grace: Season 2 Jul 14, 2008 Kate Perry 5.4
tbd Ugly Betty: Season 2 Sep 27, 2007 Yoga 7.6
64 Saving Grace: Season 1 Jul 23, 2007 Kate Perry / Kate Perry 5.1
40 3 Lbs.: Season 1 Nov 14, 2006 Della 8.0
75 Ugly Betty: Season 1 Sep 28, 2006 Yoga 8.3
tbd Law & Order: Season 14 Sep 24, 2003 Shambala Green 10
tbd Threat Matrix: Season 1 Sep 18, 2003 NSA Agent Hodges tbd
tbd Law & Order: Season 13 Oct 2, 2002 Shambala Green 10
tbd Crossing Jordan: Season 2 Sep 23, 2002 Elaine Duchamps 9.0
tbd Law & Order: Season 5 Sep 21, 1994 Shambala Green 9.4
tbd Law & Order: Season 4 Sep 15, 1993 Shambala Green 9.4
tbd Alex Haley's Queen Feb 14, 1993 Joyce tbd
tbd Law & Order: Season 3 Sep 23, 1992 Shambala Green 9.6
tbd Law & Order: Season 2 Sep 17, 1991 Shambala Green 9.6
68 Law & Order: Season 1 Sep 13, 1990 Shambala Green 8.6
tbd The Young and the Restless: Season 1 Jan 1, 1973 Dr. Watkins 4.0
89 Orange is the New Black: Season 2 Jul 11, 2013 Vee 8.4