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  • Trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
  • Wrote and starred in the play Ave Africa in 1991.
  • Was the first black British actress ever to be nominated for an Oscar, for her performance in Secrets & Lies (1996).
  • Composed music for the 1997 Mike Leigh film Career Girls.
  • Best known for her role as FBI agent Vivian Johnson on the CBS drama series Without a Trace.


  • 1997, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1997, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1996, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: Nominee


  • Pascale Williams — Daughter
  • Evan Williams — Husband

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  • Birth Name: Marianne Raigipcien Jean-Baptiste
  • Birth Place: London, England
  • Profession: Actor, Singer, Composer

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