Jurnee Smollett-Bell young
October 1, 1986
5 ft 6 in | 167 cm
34-25-36 in | 86-63.5-91 cm
57 kg | 125.5 pounds
10 US | 40 EU
Jurnee Diana Smollett-Bell was born in New York City, New York, U.S., on October 1, 1986, is an American actress.
Young Jurnee Smollett started her professional acting career as a child actress in TV shows.
She got her television debut in comedy unsold pilot Sunday in Paris (1991), in role as Alison Chase.
She landed her first break with a role as Jordee Jerrico in ABC sitcom On Our Own (1994–1995).
She made her big screen debut in comedy drama film Jack (1996) in role as Phoebe, with Robin Williams.
Her breakthrough performance came as Eve Batiste in comedy drama movie Eve's Bayou (1997), for which she won the Critic's Choice Award and the NAACP Image Award.
Birds of Prey (2020) superhero in role as Dinah Lance / Black Canar, opposite Margot Robbie and Mary Elizabeth Winstead
Beautiful Joe (2000) drama opposite Sharon Stone and Billy Connolly
Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013) drama romance directed by Tyler Perry
Gridiron Gang (2006) sports drama with Dwayne Johnson and Xzibit
Roll Bounce (2005) comedy drama in role as Tori
Hands of Stone (2016) drama sport with Robert De Niro, Édgar Ramírez and Ana de Armas
One Last Thing (2018) drama opposite Wendell Pierce
She won the NAACP Image Award for her role as Samantha Booke in biographical drama movie The Great Debaters (2007).
She was nominated for the NAACP Image Award for her role as Jess Merriweather in drama television series Friday Night Lights (2009–2011).
She was nominated for the Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Emerald Delacroix in drama TV movie Ruby's Bucket of Blood (2001).
She was nominated for the Young Artist Award for Best Performance by an Actress Under Ten in a TV Series for her role as Jordee Jerrico in ABC sitcom On Our Own (1994–1995).
She played Denise Frazer in television sitcoms: Full House (1992–1994) and Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (1992).
Cosby (1998–2000) CBS sitcom in role as Jurnee.
She had a recurring role as Beth in ABC medical drama television series Grey's Anatomy (2008).
The Defenders (2010-2011) CBS legal comedy drama in role as Lisa Tyler
Parenthood (2013) NBC comedy drama television series in role as Heather Hall
True Blood (2013–2014) HBO supernatural drama series in role as Nicole Wright
Underground (2016–2017) television period drama series in role as Rosalee
Lovecraft Country (2019) HBO drama horror television series in role as Letitia "Leti" Dandridge
Has one sister and four brothers.
Has Ashkenazi Jewish and African-American ancestry.
Appeared in short comedy film Captain Planet 4 (2012) in role as Gaia.
She is on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Defense Fund.
Lives in the Valley in Los Angeles, California.
She married musician Josiah Bell on October 24, 2010, they have one son.
There is crying and pain going on. There`s a whole population screaming out and no one is listening. It`s neglect.
Oh, I'm mature for my age, that's all. My family watches old movies, and I really admire Lena Horne a lot she has a really strong attitude and a lot of strength. You just know she's not going to let anybody step on her. I like that attitude. --Jurnee Smollett to Daily News, November 3, 1997
About "The Great Debaters" Yeah, once I saw the film, I was really blown away by how impactful it was even on me, and I'd been there for the entire process. But while you're doing it, you're so focused on being present that you have to forget all the external stuff in order to make it honest, to make it natural.
My little brothers loved baseball. I'm not as big on that as basketball or football, but I understand the game.
When I was younger, I really struggled with confidence.
I just live my life. I go where I feel God is calling me.