Jurnee Smollett-Bell is an American actress. She began her career as a child actress appearing on television sitcoms, with her most significant regular role being on On Our Own. She received critical acclaim and Critic’s Choice Award for playing Eve in the 1997 independent drama film Eve’s Bayou. Smollett-Bell has starred in the films The Great Debaters and Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. She also had starring roles in a number of TV series, including the NBC sports drama Friday Night Lights and the HBO vampire drama True Blood. In 2016, Smollett-Bell began playing a leading role as Rosalee, the house slave, in the WGN America period drama Underground. Smollett-Bell has won three NAACP Image Awards. In 2018, Smollett-Bell was cast as DC Comics superheroine Black Canary in the DC Extended Universe, intended to make her first appearance in Birds of Prey.

Birth Name

Jurnee Diana Smollett







Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Jurnee Smollett-Bell was born on the 1st of October 1986, in New York City, New York, United States.


She’s currently 33 years old.


Los Angeles, California, United States

Sun Sign




She has Ashkenazi Jewish roots on her father’s side and is of African-American descent on her mother’s side.




There isn’t much information regarding her education.

Family Details

  • Father – Joel Smollett
  • Mother – Janet (née Harris)
  • Siblings – Jazz Smollett (Sister) (Actress, Producer, Production Manager), Justin “Jussie” Smollett (Older Brother) (Actor, Singer), JoJo Smollett (Older Brother) (Actor), Jake Smollett (Younger Brother) (Actor, Producer, Director), Jocqui Smollett (Brother) (Actor)
  • Relatives – Peter Smollett (Paternal Grandfather), David Smolovitz /Smollett (Paternal Great-Grandfather), Dawley /Dawlly Levy (Paternal Great-Grandmother), Molly Hirschenson (Paternal Grandmother), John Harris (Maternal Grandfather), Grace /Raphel Smith (Maternal Grandmother)

Marital Status


Boyfriend / Spouse

Jurnee Smollett-Bell has dated –

  • Josiah Bell (2009-Present) – Jurnee started dating singer Josiah Bell in 2009. Eventually, they got married on October 24, 2010 and the duo became parents to their first child, a son named Hunter, on October 31, 2016.

Physical Statistics


  • In feet – 5 feet 6 inches
  • In centimeters – 168 cm
  • In meters – 1.68 m


  • In Kilograms – 58 kg
  • In Pounds – 128 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 33-25-34
  • Bust – 33 inches
  • Waist – 25 inches
  • Hip – 34 inches
  • Bra Size – 32B

Body Build


Eye Color

Dark Brown

Hair Color


Shoe Size

She wears a size 8 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 5 (US).



Professional Statistics

Famous For

Her most significant regular role being on On Our Own (1994–1995). She received critical acclaim and Critic’s Choice Award for playing Eve in the 1997 independent drama film Eve’s Bayou.

Film Debut

In 1996, Jurnee Smollett-Bell made her first theatrical film appearance as Phoebe in the fantasy comedy-drama film, Jack.

Television Debut

In 1992, Jurnee Smollett-Bell made her first television show appearance as Denise /Denise Frazer in an episode, titled The Devil Made Me Do It, of the family comedy-drama show, Full House.

Brand Endorsements

Jurnee has appeared in television commercials for several brands like Proactiv Solution (2012, 2013). She has also either endorsed or promoted brands like FabFitFun through Instagram.

Awards & Nominations

Year Association Category Work Result
1995 Young Artist Awards Best Performance by an Actress Under Ten in a TV Series On Our Own Nominated
1997 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Best Supporting Actress Eve’s Bayou Won
San Diego Film Critics Society Best Supporting Actress Won
Chicago Film Critics Association Most Promising Actress Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress Nominated
Young Artist Awards Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film Nominated
1998 YoungStar Awards Best Leading Young Actress in a Feature Film Nominated
1999 Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actress: Television Movie/Cable Selma, Lord, Selma Nominated
NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress Cosby Nominated
2000 Nominated
2001 Black Reel Awards Best Supporting Actress: Television Movie/Cable Ruby’s Bucket of Blood Nominated
2007 Teen Choice Awards Choice Movie Breakout Female The Great Debaters Nominated
2008 NAACP Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Won
2010 Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Friday Night Lights Nominated

Jurnee Smollett-Bell Favorites

  • Favorite Meal Of The Day – Breakfast
  • Favorite Season – Summer
  • Favorite Vacation Destination – Italy
  • Favorite Food Joint – Connie and Ted’s
  • Favorite Color – Black

Jurnee Smollett-Bell Net worth

Jurnee Smollett-Bell has an estimated net worth of $3 million dollars as of 2020.

Social Media Profiles

Some Lesser Known Facts About Jurnee Smollett-Bell

  • When she was 7 years old, one of her On Our Own crew members died after suffering from AIDS.
  • Jurnee has been active in spreading awareness for HIV/AIDS causes, after being inspired by the HIV/AIDS survivor Hydeia Broadbent.
  • She has also worked with organizations like the Black AIDS Institute, New South Africa, and the Red Cross.
  • In 1997, Jurnee Smollett-Bell won a Critics’ Choice Movie Award in the Best Supporting Actress category as well as a San Diego Film Critics Society Award in the same category for her critically acclaimed performance as Eve Batiste in the drama film, Eve’s Bayou.
  • In 1999, Smollett-Bell starred in the ABC TV film Selma, Lord, Selma.
  • In 2000, she co-starred with Sharon Stone and Billy Connolly in the film Beautiful Joe.
  • In 2001, she played the daughter of Angela Bassett in the television film Ruby’s Bucket of Blood.
  • In 2005, she co-starred with Bow Wow and Brandon T. Jackson in the roller skating film Roll Bounce.
  • In 2007, Smollett-Bell portrayed Samantha Booke (loosely based on Henrietta Bell Wells), the sole female debater at Wiley College in the historical film The Great Debaters.
  • In 2008, she won an NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture category for her role as Samantha Booke in the biographical drama film, The Great Debaters.
  • In 2013, Smollett-Bell played the leading role in the drama film Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor directed by Tyler Perry. The film received negative reviews from critics, but was box-office hit grossing $53,125,354. It is the highest grossing Tyler Perry film which the writer-director did not star in and the highest grossing Tyler Perry drama.
  • In 2015, Smollett-Bell was cast as lead character in the WGN America period drama series Underground.


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