Lisa Arrindell

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Lisa Arrindell
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Arrindell at Evidence Dance Company's Winter Gala at the Hudson Theater in 2008
EducationThe Juilliard School
Years active1991–present
Basil Anderson
(m. 1993; div. 2015)

Lisa Arrindell is an American actress. She is most known for her role as Vanessa in Madea's Family Reunion (2006), Heather Comstock in the series In the House (1995), and Toynelle Davis in Livin' Large (1991).

Early life and education[edit]

Lisa Arrindell was born at Parkchester General Hospital in the Bronx on March 24, 1969 [1]and brought straight home to Brooklyn, where she grew up. She attended the High School of Performing Arts, now called Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theatre from The Juilliard School in New York City.[2]


Arrindell made her film debut in Walt Disney's One Good Cop alongside Michael Keaton in 1991. That same year, she played the lead in the comedy Livin' Large. She later appeared in Trial by Jury (1994) and Spike Lee's Clockers (1995). Arrindell was a series regular in the NBC sitcom, In the House in 1995. She co-starred in several made-for-television movies, including A Lesson Before Dying (1999) alongside Don Cheadle and Cicely Tyson, and Disappearing Acts (2000) starring Sanaa Lathan. In 2006, Arrindell appeared in three films, Big Momma's House 2, The Second Chance, and Madea's Family Reunion. In 2010, she appeared in The Wronged Man with Julia Ormond and Mahershala Ali. Arrindell appeared opposite Isaiah Washington in the thriller The Sin Seer (2015), The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017), starring Oprah Winfrey. She also had guest starring roles on The Cosby Show, The Practice, The Steve Harvey Show, Drop Dead Diva, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Elementary. In 2017, she had a recurring role in the Bounce TV prime-time soap opera Saints & Sinners. She also appeared in Fox's Our Kind of People in 2022.

Arrindell recently starred in the film 12 Angry Men And...Women on Apple TV with Wendell Pierce and BET's Favorite Son (2021). Arrindell opened the revival of Law & Order (2022) in its first episode as Veronica King. Arrindell has guest starred on several other network series, including Random Acts of Flyness, Bull, Elementary, Madam Secretary, Law & Order SVU, and Notorious. Some of her stage performances include the Broadway revival of Cat On a Hot Tin Roof with James Earl Jones and Phylicia Rashad, Jubilee (Arena Stage), Reparations (Billie Holiday Theatre), Richard III (Delacorte Theater), Heliotrope Bouquet (Playwrights Horizons), and Earth & Sky (Second Stage).

Personal life[edit]

Arrindell married Basil Anderson in 1993. They have two children. The couple divorced in 2015, and she reverted to her maiden name. She lives in New York City.



Year Title Role Notes
1991 One Good Cop Raisa
Livin' Large Toynelle Davis
1994 Trial by Jury Eleanor Lyons
1995 Clockers Sharon Dunham
1999 Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years Young Sadie TV movie
A Lesson Before Dying Vivian Baptiste TV movie
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, TV Movie or Limited Series
2000 Disappearing Acts Claudette TV movie
Nominated — Black Reel Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress, TV Movie or Limited Series
2006 Big Momma's House 2 Danielle
The Second Chance Amanda Sanders
Madea's Family Reunion Vanessa Breaux-Henderson
2010 The Wronged Man Michelle Willis TV movie
2012 Probable Cause Captain
2013 A Christmas Blessing Pamela TV movie
2014 First Impression Imani Townsend
Drumline: A New Beat Lois Raymond TV movie
Christmas Wedding Baby Lori
2015 The Sin Seer Rose Ricard American Black Film Festival Grand Jury Prize for Best Actress
2017 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Ethel TV movie
2018 One Last Thing Margo
Turtle vs. Octopus Sage Short
2020 Favorite Son First Lady Wilson
2022 Tyson's Run Dr. Wyatt


Year Title Role Notes
1991 The Cosby Show - Episode: "Theo and the Kids: Part 1"
1992 ScreenPlay Joanne Matheson Episode: "Buying a Landslide"
1992-93 Ghostwriter Special Agent Norma Episode: "Into the Comics: Part 1 & 4"
1995 In the House Heather Comstock Recurring cast: season 1-2
1997 The Practice Andrea Wilton Episode: "The Means"
1997-98 The Steve Harvey Show Rachel Episode: "Shut Up and Kiss Me" & "You're Driving Me Crazy"
2007 K-Ville Maya Beaulieu Episode: "Boulet in a China Shop"
2008 Tyler Perry's House of Payne Dr. Lynn Gilcrest Episode: "Play on Playa"
2009-10 Meet the Browns Karen Recurring cast: season 1, 3-4
2010 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Cara Raleigh Episode: "Disabled"
2010-11 Drop Dead Diva Pacific Holdings Lawyer Episode: "Bad Girls" & "Closure"
2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Robin Daughtry Episode: "Sheltered Outcasts"
Notorious Sergeant Betsy Powell Episode: "Pilot"
2017 The Quad - Episode: "#MuleBone"
Saints & Sinners Rebecca Jourdan Main cast: season 2
2018 Madam Secretary Judge Tamara Pollard Episode: "Family Separation: Part 1"
2019 Elementary Ethiopian Consul Episode: "The Price of Admission"
Bull Dr. Linsey Allendale Episode: "Into the Mystic"
2021-22 Our Kind of People Giselle Hilgard Episode: "Twice as Hard, Twice as Good" & "Just Desserts"
2022 Law & Order Veronica King Episode: "The Right Thing"


  1. ^ "Bobb Cat Films".
  2. ^ "NC Black Rep".

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