Lorraine Toussaint is an actress and producer, known for playing powerful characters on television. Notable roles include Dana Adams on ABC Family's The Fosters, Lieutenant Joanna Reece on ABC's Forever, Yvonne 'Vee' Parker on Netflix's Orange is the New Black, Bird Merriweather on NBC's Friday Night Lights, Kate Perry on TNT's Saving Grace, Shambala Green on NBC's Law & Order, Dr. Elaine Duchamps on NBC's Crossing Jordan, and Rene Jackson on Lifetime's Any Day Now.
Film credits include Runaway Island, Selma, The Soloist, Rwanda Rising, Weddings of a Lifetime: Dream Weddings on a Budget, The Sky is Falling, and Dangerous Minds.
Off-Broadway credits include her debut as Edna Walter in Two Fish in the Sky (Parish Hall); Peggy in Playboy of the West Indies and Mariana in Measure for Measure (Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater); Tanya in The Talented Center (N.Y.C. Center Stage); and Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream (Anspacher Theater).