Catherine Bell

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Birth Date: August 14, 1968

Age: 55 years old

Birth Place: London, England, UK

Actress Catherine Bell captivated audiences worldwide by playing strong-willed women who often exuded quiet confidence onscreen. She spent several years modeling and minor acting before landing a breakout role on the drama "JAG" (NBC, 1995-96; CBS, 1997-2005), where she played a gutsy military attorney who radiated wholesomeness and sex appeal at the same time. The role also turned the leggy starlet into one of Hollywood's most desirable women of the new millennium, making her a favorite on FHM and Maxim "Sexiest Woman" lists.

In 2007, Bell moved beyond her time on the somewhat light "JAG" and was allowed to show emotional depth with a starring role on "Army Wives" (Lifetime, 2007-2013). Her heartbreaking portrayal of a lonely housewife beaten by her troubled son wowed viewers and critics alike, and established her as one of the most underrated beauties in the industry. Bell then shifted genres once more, starring in a series of family-friendly TV movies that turned into the series "The Good Witch" (Hallmark 2015- ).

Catherine Lisa Bell was born on Aug. 14, 1968 in London, England to a Scottish father and Iranian mother. Upon her parents' divorce when she was two years old, the future star moved to California with her mother, where she began her career as a commercial child model. Bell briefly attended the University of California in Los Angeles to study biology, but later dropped out to pursue modeling in Japan. While in her early twenties, Bell discovered she had thyroid cancer and underwent surgery to remove the gland. The actress later said she never covered her scar from the surgery because she thought it was "kind of cool."

Back in Los Angeles, Bell studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse and was cast in supporting roles on television. Her big break came in 1992 when she was cast as Isabella Rossellini's body double in the comedy feature "Death Becomes Her." On the set, she met her future husband Adam Beason, a writer and director Robert Zemeckis' assistant at the time. The couple married in 1994.

Bell became a household name after she was cast in a starring role on the television drama "JAG." She originally played the girlfriend of U.S. Navy Judge Advocate Harmon Rabb, Jr. (David James Elliott) who was found dead in the final episode of the first season. The actress then wrote a letter to series creator and producer Don Bellisario, asking him to write a lead part for her in the second season. Her plan worked. The actress returned to the show as Lt. Col. Sarah MacKenzie, a tough and feisty attorney in the U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps who resembled Rabb's dead girlfriend.

"JAG" was inspired by successful military courtroom dramas such as "A Few Good Men" (1992) and "Clear and Present Danger" (1994), but failed to reach commercial expectations during its debut season. NBC dropped the series in 1996, but was rescued by rival network CBS in 1997. After a slow start, "JAG" spent 10 seasons on air and even spawned the spin-off "Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" (CBS, 2003- ). The success of the show also turned the actress into a thinking man's sex symbol, often appearing on Maxim and FHM magazines' annual list of the "Sexiest Women in the World," alongside the likes of film stars Anjelina Jolie and Salma Hayek.

In 2003, Bell moved to the big screen and winningly played a local news anchor opposite a then-unknown Steve Carell in the blockbuster comedy "Bruce Almighty," about a self-centered journalist (Jim Carrey) who is given unlimited powers by God himself (Morgan Freeman). The actress reprised her role in the 2007 sequel "Evan Almighty," where Carell as the scene-stealing Evan received his own visit from God and learns he must build an ark of Biblical proportions to save his town from a flood.

Off-screen, the Farsi-speaking Bell, who was raised a Roman Catholic, was member of the controversial Church of Scientology. She strongly supported the organization's anti-psychiatry and pro-human rights stance, even appearing in the 2006 music video "United" alongside her fellow celebrity Scientologists Isaac Hayes, Jenna Elfman and Erika Christensen. In 2008, Bell produced and starred in the television film "The Good Witch" (The Hallmark Channel), in which she portrayed Cassandra "Cassie" Nightingale, a mysterious woman who moves into a haunted mansion and opens a shop filled with occult items, causing the local townspeople to wonder whether she is a good or an evil witch. Bell reprised the role in "The Good Witch's Garden" (2009).

The actress found her most challenging role on Lifetime's "Army Wives" as Denise Sherwood, the wife of a U.S. Army major who suffers from domestic violence at the hands of her teenage son Jeremy (Richard Bryant). Her character, a registered nurse, also ends up having an affair with one of her patients while her husband is stationed in Iraq. The ensemble series, which also starred Kim Delaney and Sally Pressman, was a hit in the ratings for the female-centric network. Its 2007 debut was the most watched series premiere in Lifetime's history. After "Army Wives" came to an end in 2013, Bell returned to "The Good Witch" as a TV series, premiering in 2015 on the Hallmark Channel.

Credits

Christmas on Cherry Lane

Actor
Regina
Movie
2023

Lifetime: Jailbreak Lovers

Actor
Toby / wife
Show
2022

Lifetime: Jailbreak Lovers

Executive Producer
Show
2022

Jailbreak LoversStream

Actor
Toby
Movie
2022

Jailbreak LoversStream

Executive Producer
Movie
2022

Good Witch Special Announcement

Actor
Show
2020

Meet Me at Christmas

Actor
Joan
Movie
2020

Good Witch: Curse From a RoseStream

Actor
Cassie Nightingale
Movie
2019

A Summer to Remember

Actor
Jessica Martin
Movie
2018

A Summer to Remember

Executive Producer
Movie
2018

Daily Blast Live

Guest
Show
2017

High Rise Rescue

Actor
Show
2017

High-Rise Rescue Trailer

Actor
Show
2017

Battle of the Network Stars

Guest
Reality
2017

Spring Fling

Actor
Show
2017

12 Days

Actor
Lydia
Movie
2017

Home for Christmas Day

Actor
Jane McKendrick
Movie
2017

Home for Christmas Day

Executive Producer
Movie
2017

High-Rise Rescue

Actor
Beth Davis
Movie
2017

High-Rise Rescue

Executive Producer
Movie
2017

Good Witch: Spellbound

Actor
Cassie Nightingale
Movie
2017

The Bandit Hound

Actor
Joanne
Movie
2016

Good Witch: Secrets of Grey House

Actor
Cassie Nightingale
Movie
2016

Good WitchStream

Actor
Cassie Nightingale
Series
2015

Good Witch Halloween

Actor
Cassie Nightingale
Movie
2015

Celebrity Name Game

Contestant
Game Show
2014

The Good Witch's Wonder

Actor
Cassie Nightingale
Movie
2014

King & Maxwell

Guest Star
Show
2013

The Good Witch's Destiny

Actor
Cassie Nightingale
Movie
2013

Home & Family

Guest
Talk
2012

The Good Witch's Charm

Actor
Cassie Nightingale
Movie
2012

Big Morning Buzz Live

Guest
Show
2011

Last Man Standing

Actor
Abby Collins
Movie
2011

Last Man Standing

Producer
Movie
2011

The Good Witch's Family

Actor
Cassandra Nightingale
Movie
2011

Good Morning, Killer

Actor
Ana Grey
Movie
2011

The TalkStream

Guest
Talk
2010

Access Hollywood Live

Guest
Show
2010

The Good Witch's Gift

Actor
Cassandra Nightingale
Movie
2010

NCIS: Los AngelesStream

Guest Star
Navy Lieutenant Colonel Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie
Series
2009

The Good Witch's Garden

Actor
Cassandra Nightingale
Movie
2009

The Good Witch

Actor
Cassandra Nightingale
Movie
2008

Czarodziejka

Actor
Cassandra Nightingale
Movie
2008

Army WivesStream

Actor
Denise Sherwood
Series
2007

Still Small Voices

Actor
Michael Summer
Movie
2007

The TriangleStream

Actor
Emily Patterson
Miniseries
2005

The Martha Stewart Show

Guest
Reality
2005

Bruce AlmightyStream

Actor
Susan Ortega
Movie
2003
48%

Live With Regis and Kelly

Guest
Show
2001

Yes, Dear

Guest Star
Series
2000

Law & Order: Special Victims UnitStream

Guest Star
Naomi Cheales
Series
1999
78%

The TimeShifters

Actor
Elizabeth Wintern
Movie
1999

Cab to Canada

Actor
Sandy
Movie
1998

The ViewStream

Guest
Talk
1997

Tiburones de Acero

Actor
Lt. Cmdr. Lisa Stark
Movie
1997

Crash Dive

Actor
Lt. Cmdr. Lisa Stark
Movie
1997

JAGStream

Actor
Maj./Lt. Col. Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie
Series
1995

The Naked Truth

Guest Star
Series
1995
64%

Hercules: The Legendary JourneysStream

Guest Star
Series
1995

Vanishing Son

Guest Star
Show
1995

Men of War

Actor
Grace Lashield
Movie
1995

FriendsStream

Guest Star
Robin
Series
1994
78%

Extra

Guest
News
1994

Good Morning America

Guest
News
1975

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Harm & Mac Return to Resolve That Cliffhanger in the ‘NCIS: LA’ Season 11 Premiere (PHOTOS)

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