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Catherine Bell (actress)

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Catherine Bell
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Bell on the set of Army Wives in Charleston, South Carolina (2012)
Born Catherine Lisa Bell[1]
(1968-08-14) August 14, 1968 (age 49)[2]
London, England, UK
Nationality BritishIranianAmerican
Occupation Model, Actress, Producer
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Adam Beason (m. 1994–2011)
Children 2
Website Official website

Catherine Lisa Bell (born August 14, 1968)[2] is a British-born Iranian-American actress and producer, known for her roles as Lieutenant Colonel Sarah MacKenzie in the television series JAG from 1997 to 2005, Denise Sherwood in the series Army Wives from 2007 to 2013, and Cassandra “Cassie” Nightingale in Hallmark‘s The Good Witch film and television series (2008–present).

Early life[edit]

Catherine Lisa Bell[1] was born August 14, 1968[2][3] in London to Scotsman Peter Bell and Iranian Mina Ezzati. Peter was an architect who signed a contract with the oil company in Iran, while Mina had emigrated to London to study nursing. Bell’s parents divorced when she was two years old, and she was raised by her Iranian mother, grandmother and grandfather, with the family eventually moving to California’s San Fernando Valley. Bell was exposed to diverse influences growing up. She and her family spoke Persian in their home. Regarding religion, her grandparents were Muslim, but she was also raised with Catholicism and attended a Baptist summer camp. In her teenage years, she came under the influence of her California surroundings, explaining, “I am definitely a Valley Girl. I was a tomboy. I liked to skateboard, play football, and push the envelope a little bit.” Bell enrolled at UCLA, where she considered a career in medicine or research. However, when she was offered a modeling job in Japan, where advertisers value “American beauty,” she dropped out during her sophomore year.[3]

Career[edit]

When Bell returned to the United States, she decided to try acting.[3] She studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse with Milton Katselas. She also worked as a massage therapist, and her clients included singer Peter Gabriel. Her first television acting role was one line spoken to Gabriel on the short-lived 1990 sitcom Sugar and Spice.[4]

Among her first parts was serving as Isabella Rossellini‘s nude body double for the 1992 film Death Becomes Her.[3]

In 1994 Bell starred in the Dolph Lundgren film Men of War. While filming the movie in Thailand, Bell and her co-star Trevor Goddard, bonded over mutually contracting amoebic dysentery. Goddard would later play Bell’s off-and-on love interest Mic Brumby the following year on JAG. They remained friends until Goddard’s death from a drug overdose in June 2003, an event that the bereaved Bell described as “horrible”.[4]

In 1995, she obtained a three-line role in one episode of the NBC TV series JAG, which centers on the work of the United States Navy Judge Advocate General‘s Office. NBC canceled the show after which it was picked up by CBS, which restructured the series, incorporating a female Marine lawyer character, Sarah MacKenzie. Bell applied for that part and won it. One episode of the show established that MacKenzie is an Iranian-American, and featured Bell speaking Persian.[3] She continued in this role until the series ended in 2005.[5]

Beginning in 2007, Bell starred in Lifetime’s ensemble drama series Army Wives as Denise Sherwood, the wife of a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel,[6] who endures domestic violence at the hands of her teenage son during the show’s first season.[7]

Bell was the Grand Marshal of the NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on June 3, 2007.[8]

Bell played the role of Cassandra “Cassie” Nightingale, the main character of Hallmark’s The Good Witch (2008), and its sequels The Good Witch’s Garden (2009), The Good Witch’s Gift (2010), The Good Witch’s Family (2011), The Good Witch’s Charm (2012), The Good Witch’s Destiny (2013), and The Good Witch’s Wonder (2014). She was also a co-executive producer of all of the movies.[9] She also starred in another Hallmark movie titled Last Man Standing.[10]

In 2015 it was reported that Bell would star in the movie Love Finds Its Way, which would begin filming in 2016.[11] Production began on the film in March 2017, with Vancouver as the filming location, and July 9, 2017 as the date for the film’s premiere on the Hallmark Channel.[12]

Awards[edit]

In 2006, Bell was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television for her role in The Triangle.

Personal life[edit]

Bell is fluent in Persian and English. She is fond of motorcycling, skiing, snowboarding and kick-boxing. Her hobbies include cross-stitching and making model cars, which she has done since age 8.[13]

In 2002, The Sporting News falsely reported that Bell correctly predicted that the New England Patriots would beat the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI, 20 to 17 in a celebrity survey conducted just before the season.[14] In actuality, the article was written after the NFC and AFC championship games. Bell correctly guessed the score, but the teams were already decided.[15]

Bell met actor-production assistant Adam Beason on the set of the 1992 film Death Becomes Her. They were married on May 8, 1994. Together, they have a daughter and a son.[16][17] They lived in a nearly 5,700-square-foot faux-Tuscan-style mini-mansion in Calabasas.[18] The couple separated in September 2011,[19] selling their Calabasas home in the process. Their divorce was completed sometime prior to September 2015.[18]

Since 2012 Bell lives with her girlfriend, a fellow Scientologist, photographer and party planner, Brooke Daniells, in Los Angeles.[20]

In 2014, Bell paid $2.05 million for a recently remodeled, 3,380-square-foot, single-story ranch house on a 1.2 acre lot in the gated Hidden Hills community in the western suburbs of Los Angeles.[18]

During the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, Bell took flying lessons in a Cirrus SR22.[21]

Scientology[edit]

Bell was raised Roman Catholic and attended an all-girls Catholic school (Our Lady of Corvallis High School in Los Angeles). She is currently a practicing Scientologist.[22] Bell has attested to attaining the Scientology state of Clear.[23] She has supported Scientology’s Hollywood Education and Literacy Project.[24]

In December 2005, Bell helped promote the gala opening of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death” museum.[25]

In February 2006, Bell appeared in a Scientology music video called “United”. The film includes cameo performances by Isaac Hayes, Erika Christensen, Jenna Elfman and Lynsey Bartilson and promotes human rights with a rap song.[26]

Filmography[edit]

Actress[edit]

Title Date Role Notes
Home for Christmas Day 2017 Jane McKendrick Leading Role & Executive Producer [27]
Christmas in the Air 2017 Lydia Leading role
High-Rise Rescue 2017 Beth Davis Leading role[28]
Do Over !The Do-Over 2016 Dawn Difazio
Bandit Hound !The Bandit Hound 2015 Joanne
Good Witch 2015–present Cassandra “Cassie” Nightingale Leading Role & Co-Executive Producer
Good Witch’s Wonder !The Good Witch’s Wonder 2014 Cassandra “Cassie” Nightingale Leading Role & Co-Executive Producer
Los Angeles, RIGHT NOW 2014 K-PUB’s station manager Episode #5 The Bully
Good Witch’s Destiny !The Good Witch’s Destiny 2013 Cassandra “Cassie” Nightingale Leading Role & Co-Executive Producer
King & Maxwell 2013 Joan Dillinger Episodes #1.05 and #1.10
Good Witch’s Charm !The Good Witch’s Charm 2012 Cassandra “Cassie” Nightingale Leading Role & Co-Executive Producer
Good Morning, Killer 2011 FBI Special Agent Ana Gray Leading role; shown as part of the TNT Mystery Movie Night series
Last Man Standing !The Last Man Standing 2011 Abby Collins Leading role
Good Witch’s Family !The Good Witch’s Family 2011 Cassandra “Cassie” Nightingale Leading Role & Co-Executive Producer
Good Witch’s Gift !The Good Witch’s Gift 2010 Cassandra “Cassie” Nightingale Leading Role & Co-Executive Producer
Good Witch’s Garden !The Good Witch’s Garden 2009 Cassandra “Cassie” Nightingale Leading Role & Co-Executive Producer
Good Witch !The Good Witch 2008 Cassandra Nightingale Leading Role & Co-Executive Producer
Army Wives 2007–2013 Denise Sherwood Series Regular
Evan Almighty 2007 Susan Ortega (Uncredited)
Still Small Voices 2007 Michael Summer
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2006 Naomi Cheales Episode #8.09: “Choreographed”
Company Town 2006 Maggie Shaunessy unaired pilot
Threshold 2006 Dr. Daphne Larson Episode #1.11: “Outbreak”
Triangle !The Triangle 2005 Emily Patterson
Babak and Friends: A First Norooz 2005 Layla Voice
JAG 1996–2005 Maj./Lt. Col. Sarah MacKenzie Leading Role
Episode #1.22: “Skeleton Crew” (1996) as Lieutenant Junior Grade Diane Schonke
Episode #3.19: “Death Watch” (1998) as Lieutenant Junior Grade Diane Schonke (archive footage)
Episode #5.11: “Ghosts of Christmas Past” (1999) as Jenny Lake
Episode #6.23: “Mutiny” (2001) as Mrs. Alexander MacKenzie
Episode #8.14: “Each of Us Angels” (2003) as Ensign Beverly Tromatore
Hot Line: Seductive Tales (cable series) 1996 Cat
The Brunch Club
Bruce Almighty 2003 Susan Ortega
Thrill Seekers 1999 Elizabeth Wintern
Cab to Canada 1998 Sandy
Black Thunder 1998 Lisa
Sin City Spectacular 1998–1999 Episode #1.10 and #1.16
Crash Dive 1997 Lt. Cmdr. Lisa Stark
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 1997 Cynea Episode #3.10: “The Lady and the Dragon”
Hot Line 1996 Cat Episode “The Brunch Club”
aka Hotline Volume 3 (VHS release title)
Naked Truth !The Naked Truth 1995 Episode #1.11: “Comet Nails Star and Vice Versa!”
Friends 1995 Robin Episode #2.06: “The One with the Baby on the Bus”
Alien Nation: Body and Soul 1995 Cop
Vanishing Son 1995 Episode #2.06: “Miracle Under 34th Street” as Kelly,
Episode #2.12: “Long Ago and Far Away” as Rachel
Men of War 1994 Grace Lashield
Dream On 1994 Kay Meadows Episode #5.09: “Those Who Can’t, Edit”
Mother of the Bride 1993 Chastity
Death Becomes Her 1992 Lisle’s Body Double Isabella Rossellini
True Colors 1991 Donna Episode No. 2.08: “Brotherly Love”

Self[edit]

Title Date Notes
Battle of the Network Stars 2017[29]
Hallmark’s Home & Family 26 October 2012, 25 October 2013, 3 April 2015, 6 May 2016,
Rachael Ray 23 April 2010
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 1 August 2008
View !The View 16 June 2008
Live with Regis and Kelly 2 June 2008
Martha 17 January 2008
Live with Regis and Kelly 16 January 2008
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 8 August 2007
Morning Show with Mike & Juliet !The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet 1 August 2007
Live with Regis and Kelly 31 July 2007
Late Show with David Letterman 30 July 2007
Sci Fi Inside: The Triangle 2005
United 2005
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 23 May 2003
View !The View 13 May 2003
DVD Exclusive Awards 2003 Presenter
CBS at 75[1] 2003
Yes, Dear 2003 Episode #3.14: “Let’s Get Jaggy with It”
Sidewalks Entertainment 2002 Episode #13.1: “Wedding Planner (Special Edition)”
Howard Stern Show !The Howard Stern Show 24 July 2002
Hollywood Squares 24 September 2001
Rosie O’Donnell Show !The Rosie O’Donnell Show 15 January 2001
Miss Universe 2000 !Miss Universe 2000 May 2000 Judge
Celebrity Jeopardy! !Celebrity Jeopardy! May 1999
The Howie Mandel Show 1998
To Tell the Truth 1990 in episode with Shelley Michelle as Cathy Bell
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