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