December 19, 1963
57 years old
5 ft 8 in | 173 cm tall
34-23.5-35 in | 86-61-89 cm
56 kg | 123.5 pounds
9 US | 39.5 EU
Jennifer Beals was born in South Side, Chicago, Illinois, United States, on December 19, 1963, is an American actress.
Young Jennifer Beals began her acting career, in Goodman Theatre Young People's Drama Workshop.
She made her big screen debut in teen comedy drama film My Bodyguard (1980) in role as Clifford's Friend.
She got her television debut in live-action fairytale fantasy anthology series Faerie Tale Theatre (1985) in episode "Cinderella", in role as Cinderella.
Her breakthrough performance came as Alex Owens in romantic drama movie Flashdance (1983).
She won the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress and was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress for her role as Alex Owens in romantic drama movie Flashdance (1983).
She was nominated for a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture for her role as Daphne Monet in neo-noir mystery thriller film Devil in a Blue Dress (1995).
Four Rooms (1995) anthology black comedy with Tim Roth, Antonio Banderas, and Sammi Davis
The Book of Eli (2010) post-apocalyptic neo-western action opposite Denzel Washington, Mila Kunis and Gary Oldman
Roger Dodger (2002) comedy drama with Campbell Scott, Jesse Eisenberg and Isabella Rossellini
Vampire's Kiss (1988) comedy horror opposite Nicolas Cage and María Conchita Alonso
The Anniversary Party (2001) comedy drama with Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kevin Kline and Alan Cumming
The Bride (1985) horror opposite Sting and Clancy Brown
In the Soup (1992) comedy with Steve Buscemi and Seymour Cassel
She voiced Princess YumYum in animated fantasy film Arabian Knight (1995).
The Prophecy II (1998) fantasy action horror opposite Christopher Walken, Russell Wong and Brittany Murphy
The Search for One-eye Jimmy (1994) comedy with Samuel L. Jackson, John Turturro and Steve Buscemi
Split Decisions (1988) crime drama sports opposite Gene Hackman, Craig Sheffer and Jeff Fahey
The Gamble (1988) comedy with Matthew Modine and Faye Dunaway
The Twilight of the Golds (1996) drama opposite Brendan Fraser, Faye Dunaway and Rosie O'Donnell
Manhattan Night (2016) crime thriller with Adrien Brody, Yvonne Strahovski and Campbell Scott
Before I Fall (2017) teen drama opposite Zoey Deutch, Halston Sage and Logan Miller
After (2019) romantic drama in role as Karen Scott, opposite Josephine Langford, Hero Fiennes Tiffin, and Khadijha Red Thunder
She won the Satellite Award for Best Actress for her role as Suzanne Stein in drama romance television movie The Twilight of the Golds (1997).
She was nominated for the Satellite Award for Best Actress for her role as Amanda Dickson in drama television film A House Divided (2000).
She was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series and a Satellite Award for Best Actress for her performance as Bette Porter in Showtime drama series The L Word (2004-2009).
2000 Malibu Road (1992) CBS soap opera in role as Perry Quinn
Frasier (2004) NBC sitcom in role as Dr. Anne Ranberg
She had recurring role as Zoe Landau in Fox crime drama television series Lie to Me (2009-2011)
The Chicago Code (2011) Fox crime drama series in role as Teresa Colvin
Lauren (2012-2013) drama series in role as Major Jo Stone
She had recurring role as Celeste LaPree in Fox drama series The Mob Doctor (2012-2013).
Proof (2015) TNT supernatural drama series in role as Dr. Carolyn Tyler
The Night Shift (2016) NBC medical drama series in role as Dr. Syd Jennings
Taken (2017-2018) NBC action thriller series in role as Christina Hart
The Last Tycoon (2017) drama series in role as Margo Taft
Swamp Thing (2019) superhero horror series in role as Lucilia Cable
The L Word: Generation Q (2019- ) Showtime drama series in role as Bette Porter
Graduated from Francis W. Parker School, in Chicago.
Graduated from Yale University (1987) with a B.A. in American Literature.
Has two brothers, Bobby and Gregory.
Has African-American and Irish ancestry.
Released her photographic journal in 2010.
Good friends with Steve Buscemi, Elizabeth Berkley and Quentin Tarantino.
Huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997).
She is trained in Kung Fu San-Soo & Kickboxing.
She dated Lauren Lee Smith (2010), Alexandra Hedison (2008-2010), Mia Kirshner (2004), Rupert Everett (1984) and Jodie Foster (1983-1986).
She was married to Alexandre Rockwell (1986-1996).
She married Canadian entrepreneur Ken Dixon in 1998, they have one daughter.