SAG Award winner and NAACP Image Award nominee Lorraine Toussaint most notably shocked audiences as the viciously seductive inmate “Vee” on the second season of the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black. Toussaint’s epically thrilling performance won her glowing reviews from the likes of TV Guide and Vanity Fair, and a Best Supporting Actress Award from the Critics Choice TV Awards. Toussaint also received praise for her performances in the Academy Award-nominated feature film Selma and her starring role in the ABC fantasy/drama series Forever.
Toussaint most recently led the ensemble cast of NBC’s drama The Village. She also stars in season three of AMC’s Into The Badlands and can be heard as the voice of “Shadow Weaver” in Netflix’s animated series She-Ra and The Princess of Power, which returned for its second season in April. She also voices characters on The Fungess and Big City Greens.
In film, Toussaint co-stars in the sci-fi thriller Fast Color, which was released in April. Directed by Julia Hart, the film premiered at South by Southwest in 2018 to critical acclaim and is in development at Amazon as a series. She can also be seen in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming horror film Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark. Toussaint recently wrapped production on the upcoming Gloria Steinem biopic entitled The Glorias, based on Steinem’s memoir. She will portray the iconic feminist and civil right activist Flo Kennedy, opposite Julianne Moore. Additionally, Lorraine starts opposite Idris Elba in next year’s Concrete Cowboy and just finished shooting Silent Retreat opposite Isabella Rosselini, Sarah Goldberg and Jack Whitehall.
No stranger to the silver screen, Toussaint’s first film role was opposite Burt Reynolds in the crime comedy Breaking In. She has also appeared in Dangerous Minds, The Soloist and Ava DuVernay’s Middle of Nowhere, which garnered her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Female. Additional film credits include Sprinter, Universal Pictures’ Girls Trip, the Seth Rogen comedy The Night Before, and Lionsgate’s Love Beats Rhyme.
In television, Toussaint recently starred in Fox’s police procedural drama Rosewood. Among her many additional TV credits are recurring roles on NBC’s Friday Night Lights, TNT’s Saving Grace, Dick Wolf’s Law & Order, ABC’s Ugly Betty, and ABC’s The Fosters. She has also had several guest appearances on hit television shows including CSI: Crime Investigation, ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, ABC’s Scandal opposite Kerry Washington and most recently Netflix’s Grace and Frankie.
Toussaint spent the first 12 years of her career acting on stage in New York City before moving to Los Angeles. Her first television appearance was in 1983 in The Face of Rage. Toussaint’s biggest career boost came from her co-starring role opposite Annie Potts in the TV series Any Day Now, which earned her an NAACP Image Award nomination for Best Actress in a Drama Series and the Wiley A. Branton Award for the National Bar Association.
Born in Trinidad, Toussaint and her mother moved to Brooklyn, N.Y. when she was ten years old. An early interest in acting led to her enrollment in New York’s renowned High School of Performing Arts, followed by the prestigious Julliard School’s drama division where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts degree. On her graduation day, she landed her first paying job as Lady MacBeth with Shakespeare & Company.