Barrett has always been drawn to the exploration of the human condition and credits this curiosity with her pursuit of a career in the arts. She is best known for her work in a number of critically acclaimed television series and well known to audiences for her dynamic portrayal of Council President Nerese Campbell on the critically acclaimed HBO series “The Wire.” She was also Ian McShane’s trustworthy attaché Thomasina on NBC’s “Kings” and played Felicia Marquand on the popular FX series “Damages,” opposite Glenn Close and Rose Byrne. Additionally, she recently appeared on John Ridley’s ABC series “American Crime.”
Throughout the years Barrett has also been a part of the Dick Wolf universe with numerous guest appearances on “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” and “Law & Order: Trial by Jury.” It was no surprise then when in 2015 Barrett returned to the Dick Wolf fold, but this time as a series regular in the prolific producer’s NBC medical drama “Chicago Med.”
In addition to television, Barrett has appeared in several feature films, including a role in the Will Smith romantic comedy “Hitch,” and co-starring opposite Hill Harper in the 2003 sexy urban comedy “Love, Sex and Eating the Bones.” Next up is a cameo in the buzz-worthy indie feature “Shotgun” starring Marisa Tomei. Barrett also stars in the upcoming short film “Night Call,” which centers on a female cop who is forced into taking an action that will alter her life. Directed by up and coming director Amanda Renee Knox, the film is currently one of 16 semi-finalists out of over 4200 submissions in the prestigious NBCUniversal Short Film Festival.
Finally, as a women whom herself was a victim of sexual assault, Barrett has aligned herself with the Montreal-based The Way Out / La Sortie, a nonprofit organization that offers help and support to victims of sex trafficking.The purpose of the Gala she is hosting this upcoming weekend is to raise funds to build and staff a safe house for victims of sex trafficking to live as they rebuild their lives and enter back into society. Barrett uses her voice and platform to shine a light on the injustices that continue to happen in Canada.