Angela Bassett plays Dr Catherine Bancroft
Dr. Cate Banfield is a tough-as-nails attending
physician whose arrival shakes up the ER.
Angela Bassett first gained recognition in the films Boyz n the Hood (1991) and Malcolm X (1992).
She also played Tina Turner in the feature film What's Love Got to Do with It. She was the first African-American to win the Best Actress Golden Globe for a musical or comedy.
In 1998, Bassett starred as Stella in How Stella Got Her Groove Back.
Her real life husband, actor Courtney Vance, plays her TV husband on ER.