Bassett is well known for her biographical film roles portraying real-life women, including Tina Turner in What's Love Got to Do with It, as well as Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X and Panther, Rosa Parks in The Rosa Parks Story, Katherine Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream, and Voletta Wallace in Notorious.
Her other film roles include Boyz n the Hood, Vampire in Brooklyn, Contact, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Music of the Heart, Supernova (with Robert Forster), The Score, Akeelah and the Bee and Green Lantern.
Bassett also appeared in television shows, including The Cosby Show, Thirtysomething and Alias. She starred in the 15th and final season of the NBC medical drama ER.
|2005||Mr. & Mrs. Smith||Mr. Smith's Boss||Uncredited voice role|
|2013||Olympus Has Fallen||Lynne Jacobs|
|2015||Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege||Aurelia Arnot||Voice role/motion capture|
|2016||London Has Fallen||Lynne Jacobs|
|2018||Mission: Impossible – Fallout||CIA Director Erika Sloane|
|2021||Mission: Impossible 7||CIA Director Erika Sloane||Filming|