Lorraine Toussaint


Trinidadian Performing & Recording Artists

Date of Birth (DOB): 4/4/60
From: Trinidad and Tobago
Best Known for: Star of Television and Film

Bio: Born in Trinidad, Lorraine Toussaint moved with her family to Brooklyn New York at the age of 10, she claims her interest in acting began on a whim when at the age of 11 someone asked her what she wanted to do with her life. Not sure what she wanted to do she opened a telephone directory, turned to the A section and found a variety of advertisements for acting schools. She decided to give it a try and called the school with the largest ad, she was quickly hooked.

She attended the High School of Performing Arts and then Julliard. On her graduation day, she landed her first paying job, as Lady MacBeth with a Shakespearean theater company. That was just the beginning for Toussaint, who spent 12 years working onstage in New York City prior to moving to Los Angeles to land roles in popular television series such as on the Emmy Award–winning drama "Law & Order," the ABC drama "Murder One," and lead roles on ABC's "Leaving L.A." and "Where I Live," as well as NBC's "Amazing Grace." She also appeared in the CBS miniseries Queen starring Halle Berry.

In film Toussaint co-starred with Bridget Fonda in “Point of no Return”, Bruce Willis in “Hudson Hawk” and “Dangerous Minds” with Michelle Pfeiffer (1995) as Irene Roberts.
Toussaint's portrayal of attorney Rene Jackson an ambitious attorney, on Lifetime Television's critically acclaimed drama series "Any Day Now" has been nominated for three NAACP Image Awards for Best Actress in a Drama Series and a TV Guide Award for Favorite Actress in a Drama Series. Toussaint currently resides in Los Angeles. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking and hiking with her dog, Kaya.

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