Catherine Bell (actress)
|Born||Catherine Lisa Bell
(1968-08-14) August 14, 1968 
London, England, UK
|Occupation||Model, Actress, Producer|
|Spouse(s)||Adam Beason (m. 1994–2011)|
Catherine Lisa Bell (born August 14, 1968) 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).
Catherine Lisa Bell was born August 14, 1968 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.
When Bell returned to the United States, she decided to try acting. 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.
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”.
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. She continued in this role until the series ended in 2005.
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, who endures domestic violence at the hands of her teenage son during the show’s first season.
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. She also starred in another Hallmark movie titled Last Man Standing.
In 2015 it was reported that Bell would star in the movie Love Finds Its Way, which would begin filming in 2016. 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.
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.
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. In actuality, the article was written after the NFC and AFC championship games. Bell correctly guessed the score, but the teams were already decided.
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. They lived in a nearly 5,700-square-foot faux-Tuscan-style mini-mansion in Calabasas. The couple separated in September 2011, selling their Calabasas home in the process. Their divorce was completed sometime prior to September 2015.
Since 2012 Bell lives with her girlfriend, a fellow Scientologist, photographer and party planner, Brooke Daniells, in Los Angeles.—
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. Bell has attested to attaining the Scientology state of Clear. She has supported Scientology’s Hollywood Education and Literacy Project.
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.
|Home for Christmas Day||2017||Jane McKendrick||Leading Role & Executive Producer |
|Christmas in the Air||2017||Lydia||Leading role|
|High-Rise Rescue||2017||Beth Davis||Leading role|
|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|
|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”|
|Battle of the Network Stars||2017|
|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|
|Jimmy Kimmel Live!||23 May 2003|
|View !The View||13 May 2003|
|DVD Exclusive Awards||2003||Presenter|
|CBS at 75||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|