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Lorraine Toussaint Biography

Birth Place:
Trinidad and Tobago

Fast Facts

  • Born in Trinidad and raised in Brooklyn, New York
  • Began acting at 11 years old
  • Landed her first paying job the same day she graduated college with Shakespeare & Company
  • Played Titania in a 1987 off-Broadway production of A Midsummer Night's Dream, opposite F
  • Murray Abraham, Fisher Stevens and Elizabeth McGovern
  • Nominated for five NCAAP Image Awards for her work on Any Day Now


  • 2015Critics' Choice Television Awards-Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2014Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 2013Independent Spirit Awards-Best Supporting Female: nominated