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Jurnee Smollett-Bell

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Jurnee Smollett-Bell

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Full NameJurnee Smollett Bell
First NameJurnee
Middle NameSmollett
Last NameBell
Birth NameJurnee Diana Smollett-Bell
Birth CityNew York
Birth CountryUnited States
Father NameJoel Smollett
Mother NameJanet Harris
Gender IdentityFemale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseJosiah Bell
No Of Children1 Son (Hunter Zion Bell)
AwardsThree NAACP Image Awards
SibilingsA Sister Jazz, and four brothers: Jussie, JoJo, Jake, Jocqui
FilmographyBirds Of Prey,The Great Debaters,Jack,Eve's Bayou,Roll Bounce,Gridiron Gang,Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor,Hands Of Steel
Height168 cm
Weight57 kg
Networth$2 M
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Date of BirthOctober 1,1986
Age33 years
Married DateOctober 24,2010


    of Jurnee Smollett Bell

    What is Jurnee Smollett Bell marital status ?Married
    How many children does Jurnee Smollett Bell have ?1 Son (Hunter Zion Bell)
    Who is Jurnee Smollett Bell married with?Josiah Bell
    When was Jurnee Smollett Bell married?2010
    What is the height of Jurnee Smollett Bell?168 cm
    What is the weight of Jurnee Smollett Bell?57 kg

    Who Is Jurnee Smollett-Bell?

    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.

    Jurnee Smollett-Bell In Wrilkle In Time
    Jurnee Smollett-Bell In The Premier Of Disney's Wrinkle In Time

    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.

    Why Is Jurnee Smollett-Bell Famous?

    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. 

    Jurnee Smollett-Bell As Black Canary In Birds Of Prey
    Jurnee Smollett-Bell Dressed As Black Canary For Birds Of Prey

    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). 

    Picture: Jurnee Smollett-Bell In Action As DC's Black Canary 
    'Birds Of Prey'

    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.

     Jurnee Smollett-Bell Is Cast As Black Canary In DC's Upcomming Multi-starrer Project 'Birds Of Prey'

    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'. 

    Jurnee Smollett-Bell Early Life, Education, Parents & Siblings

    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. 

    Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Her Husband And Son
    In Picture: Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Her Husband And Son

    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. 

    Early Picture: Joel Smollett with Actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell
    Joel Smollett With Infant Jurnee Smollett-Bell

    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.

    In Picture: In White Jazz, brothers: Jussie, JoJo, Jake, Jocqui
    Jurnee Smollett-Bell  

    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. 

    Know Jurnee Smollett-Bell's Basic Career Highlights

    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.

    Image:  Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor
    Sexy: Jurnee Smollett In Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor

    She also appeared in a CBS legal drama The Defenders and HBO series True Blood. 

    Jurnee Smollett In True Blood Series
    Jurnee Smollett: A Regular In Fantasy Series 
    True Blood

    Additionally, she appeared in a WGN subscription TV's drama series Underground.

    Jurnee Smollett In Short 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.

    Jurnee Smollett-Bell's Salary & Net Worth

    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! 

    Jurnee Smollett-Bell 
    PC: Clip From The Famous True Blood Series

    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:

    1996Jack$45,000,000$58.6 million
    1997Eve's Bayou$5 million$14,842,388
    2005Roll Bounce$7,570,366$17.5 million
    2006Gridiron Gang$30 million$41 million
    2007The Great Debaters$27 million$30,236,407
    2013Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor$37 million$53.1 million
    2016Hands 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. 

    Jurnee Smollett-Bell As DC's Black Canary In 'Birds Of Prey'
    Jurnee Smollett-Bell As Black Canary 

    The movie is set to hit the theaters on February 7, 2020.

    Social Work and Activism

    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, Dating, Married life, & Children

    Jurnee Smollett-Bell is happily married to her husband, Josiah Bell who is a musician and a record producer.

    Jurnee Smollett-Bell And Her Husband
    In Picture: Jurnee Smollett-Bell And Her Husband Josiah Bell 

    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. 

    Actress In Picture: Jurnee Smollett-Bell And Her Musician Husband Josiah Bell at Los Angeles botanical garden
    Actress In Picture: Jurnee Smollett-Bell And Her Musician Husband Josiah Bell Wedding Day Picture
    Venue: Los Angeles botanical garden

    As per reports, their wedding was a secret one, as only close relatives and friends were invited. 

    Actress In Picture: Jurnee Smollett-Bell Showing off her baby bumps along with husband Josiah Bell
    Actress In Picture: Jurnee Smollett-Bell Showing off her baby bumps along with husband Josiah Bell

    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.

    Actress In Picture: Jurnee Smollett-Bell Posing With her Son Hunter Zion Bell

    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.

    In Picture: Josiah Bell (Hunter Zion In the middle) with Jurnee Smollett

    As mentioned Josiah is also a musician who helped Demi Lovato create a hit song “Smoke and Mirrors.”

    Mom Jurnee Smollett and Her Son Hunter Zion
    "Its Play Time"

    As of now, the happy couple lives a blessed life along with their three year old son.

    Jurnee Smollett-Bell Facts Table

    NameJurnee Smollett-Bell
    DOB/ AgeOctober 1, 1986/  31 years
    Place Of BirthNew York City
    Net Worth$2 million (Approx)
    Salary$350 thousand
    EthnicityMixed (African-Polish)
    Height & WeightF 5 Ft. 6 in/1.68m W: 126 Lbs
    Hair ColorBlack (Wavy/Curly)
    Size 34-25-36