Antoinette "Toni" Bernette

Played by Melissa Leo


Character Bio

A widowed single mother with a passion for music and justice, attorney Toni Bernette spends her time defending the rights of musicians and investigating suspicious killings, many of which are law enforcement related, in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.


For her work in “The Fighter,” Melissa Leo won an Oscar® for Best Supporting Actress, a Best Supporting Actress Award from the New York Film Critics Circle and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, SAG Award and Critics’ Choice Award. She also received Oscar® and SAG nominations for her starring role in “Frozen River,” for which she won an Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead and a Spotlight Award from the National Board of Review, among countless other accolades, as well as universal critical acclaim. Leo shared a Best Ensemble Acting award from the Phoenix Film Critics Society for her work in “21 Grams,” opposite Benicio del Toro and Sean Penn. Her most recent films include “Conviction,” opposite Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell, and “Welcome to the Rileys,” opposite James Gandolfini and Kristen Stewart. Her other notable film work includes “The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada,” starring opposite Dwight Yoakam and Tommy Lee Jones, and “Hide and Seek,” starring opposite Robert De Niro. Leo can be seen in the upcoming films “Red State,” written and directed by Kevin Smith, and “Seven Days in Utopia.” Her television credits include the current HBO series “Treme,” and she is known for her groundbreaking portrayal of Detective Kay Howard on “Homicide: Life on the Street.”

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