|Full Name||Jurnee Smollett Bell|
|Birth Name||Jurnee Diana Smollett-Bell|
|Birth City||New York|
|Birth Country||United States|
|Father Name||Joel Smollett|
|Mother Name||Janet Harris|
|No Of Children||1 Son (Hunter Zion Bell)|
|Awards||Three NAACP Image Awards|
|Sibilings||A Sister Jazz, and four brothers: Jussie, JoJo, Jake, Jocqui|
|Filmography||Birds Of Prey,The Great Debaters,Jack,Eve's Bayou,Roll Bounce,Gridiron Gang,Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor,Hands Of Steel|
|Date of Birth||October 1,1986|
|Married Date||October 24,2010|
Three NAACP Image Awards winning American Actress Jurnee Diana Smollett-Bell is known to her viewers as Jurnee Smollett, a child actress who entered the TV world with a sitcom series On Our Own.
She later appeared as Eve in the 1997 independent drama film Eve's Bayou which was heavily praised by many critics and she even received the Critic's Choice Award in 1997 for her role in the independent movie.
After numerous TV commercials and roles as a child, she starred in the films like The Great Debaters (2007) and Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013).
Following that, she still kept up with her TV roles and is credited for series such as Friday Night Lights, and teen-vampire drama series True Blood.
Her acting skills well captured all viewers from around the globe after Smollett-Bell appeared as a leading lady Rosalee, in the WGN drama series Underground where she appeared as a house slave.
She is an electrifying TV actress who has been acting for a very long time. She has appeared in some of the most momentous TV shows and has given us all a very good reasonto watch all her series and upcoming movies.
Be it a teen drama and or a supernatural series her acting shines even in the most star stuffed series.
She is a capable actress, who shone bright even in some of the most starstruck movies like The Great Debaters alongside Denzil Washington and Gridiron Gang alongside Dwayne Johnson (The Rock).
Along with that, she appeared as a lead actor in a drama film Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor which wasn't welcomed much by critics but went on to be a hit movie grossing $53.1 million over its total budget of $37 million.
In 2020, the star actress Bell will be featured in another huge DC Comics project entitled Birds of Prey which features various amazing actors and actress. She will be playing the character 'Black Canary'.
A mother and a wife, along with being an Actress and a daughter; Smollett-Bell is a balanced individual. She is many things kept aside a successful actress.
She is a married woman and a mother of a three year old son. Currently, the 33 year old actress has her own family but she also has a very close ties with her parents and siblings.
Smollett-Bell born as Jurnee Diana Smollett is the daughter of Joel Smollett and Janet Harris. She was born in New York City, to a Jewish father Joel who is of Russian-Polish heritage and an African American mother, Janet Harris on October 1, 1986.
She isn't the only actor in her family. As she is the fourth child and second daughter of her six siblings who are all actors. She grew up with only one sister Jazz, and with four brothers: Jussie, JoJo, Jake, and Jocqui.
She recently celebrated her 33rd birthday and posted a picture on her Instagram.
She frequently shares picture with her family and husband on her official page which shows that she is pretty close to her family.
Smollett-Bell was first seen in the small screens as a child actress in the ABC sitcoms Full House. With the success of Full House, she again appeared in its spin-off Hangin' with Mr. Cooper as Denise Frazer.
Then, she along with her siblings appeared in a short-lived series On our Own which failed to make a huge attention to its viewers as the show had high expectations among the viewers.
Smollett-Bell manifested her first-ever, yet critically acclaimed movie Eve's Bayou opposite to some of the most known stars such as Lynn Whitfield, Samuel L. Jackson, and Debbi Morgan.
She played a colored 10 year old in the movie which literally over-shadowed all the big actors in the 1 hour-49 minutes long film. She was also nominated the NAACP Image Award for the first time for her role in Eve's Bayou.
Two years after Eve's Bayou, she in 1999 appeared in an ABC TV film Selma, Lord, Selma where she plays young Sheyann who turns into an activist after witnessing a speech by Martin Luther King Jr. The movie is still shown to students in 6th to 8th grade.
Legendary Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech:
Clip From Selma, Lord, Selma
In 2000, she again appeared alongside Sharon Stone, and Billy Connolly an indie Comedy-drama Beautiful Joe.
Again in 2001, she did a musical-drama thriller TV show as Angela Bassett's daughter in Ruby's Bucket of Blood.
In 2005, she co-starred Rapper-actor Bow Wow, Brandon T. Jackson, Nick Cannon, Wesley Jonathan, & Meagan Good in a roller scatting related movie Roll Bounce.
Following that, she appeared in a teen prison drama film Gridiron Gang alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
In 2007, in the historical film The Great Debaters, Smollett-Bell played Samantha Booke, a character loosely based on Henrietta Bell Wells who was the only female debater at Wiley University.
The film was produced by Oprah Winfrey and Harvey Weinstein and starred by Denzel Washington, who also directed the film.
Smollett-Bell was awarded with the NAACP Image Award for the outstanding actress in amotion picture for her performance.
Then she appeared in Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor and then appeared as Juanita Leonard, in Hands of Stone which was a biographical drama about boxer Sugar Ray Leonard alongside Usher and Robert De Niro.
She also appeared in a CBS legal drama The Defenders and HBO series True Blood.
Additionally, she appeared in a WGN subscription TV's drama series Underground.
Currently, her movie Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn, is set to release in 2020 where she will share the big-screen with actors such as Margot Robbie, Ewan McGregor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Chris Messina, and Charlene Amoia.
Fairly beautiful and very talented actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell currently is worth $2 million. Surprisingly, for someone working in the industry since 1996 right when she was 10 years old, this evaluation seems odd.
As a child actress, she reportedly received around $8000 in salary per episode of her TV appearance.
Reportedly each actor for True Blood received around $275,000 as per Syfy-Wire magazine so, how can Jurnee be any exception!
Reportedly, an A-Lister actress Jurnee Smollett claims around $350,000 for her TV appearance.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell's movies have received positive reviews and earned way over it's budget. However, we can say that she has been more successful with her TV acting but her movies have given more impact to the society.
Here are a few of her Big-screen movie's along with its budget and box-office collections:
|1997||Eve's Bayou||$5 million||$14,842,388|
|2005||Roll Bounce||$7,570,366||$17.5 million|
|2006||Gridiron Gang||$30 million||$41 million|
|2007||The Great Debaters||$27 million||$30,236,407|
|2013||Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor||$37 million||$53.1 million|
|2016||Hands Of Steel||$5 million|
Jurnee Smollett-Bell will be seen on DC's movie Birds Of Prey, which reportedly is budgeted over $180 million along with production and distribution cost.
The movie is set to hit the theaters on February 7, 2020.
She is a black-right activist and believes in equal opportunity for all. She said that she was introduced to the sufferings of African-American community after she played Selma, Lord, Selma.
Apart from being a wealthy star, Smollett-Bell is a generous person who has been actively supporting the causes of HIV / AIDS since she was 11.
She and the HIV / AIDS survivor Hydeia Broadbent are working together on HIV / AIDS-related awareness programs. They also served together for Black AIDS and Red Cross Society.
It is reported that when she was seven, one of the On Our Own's crew member died of AIDS that made her think about the severity of the disease.
Smollett-Bell also sits on the Board of Directors of Artists for a New South Africa and monitors HIV / AIDS in Africa as the Artists ' Council of New South Africa. She's on the Children's Defense Fund Board of Directors as well.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell is happily married to her husband, Josiah Bell who is a musician and a record producer.
The duo said "I Do" and got tied in a holy bond on October 24, 2010. The pair got married in the Los Angeles botanical garden.
As per reports, their wedding was a secret one, as only close relatives and friends were invited.
The pair reportedly started dating in 2004, when Smollett-Bell was working in Gridiron Gang. So, as of 2019, they have been together for 15 years.
For six years, the pair remained childless, and happiness finally knocked on their doors on October 31, 2016 after the husband-wife duo gave birth to their only son Hunter Zion.
As mentioned Josiah is also a musician who helped Demi Lovato create a hit song “Smoke and Mirrors.”
As of now, the happy couple lives a blessed life along with their three year old son.
|DOB/ Age||October 1, 1986/ 31 years|
|Place Of Birth||New York City|
|Net Worth||$2 million (Approx)|
|Height & Weight||F 5 Ft. 6 in/1.68m W: 126 Lbs|
|Hair Color||Black (Wavy/Curly)|