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

Nickname

Jurnee

Profession

Actress

Nationality

American

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.

Age

She’s currently 33 years old.

Residence

Los Angeles, California, United States

Sun Sign

Libra

Ethnicity

Multiracial

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

Religion

Christianity

Education

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

Married

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

Height

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

Weight

  • 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

Slim

Eye Color

Dark Brown

Hair Color

Black

Shoe Size

She wears a size 8 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 5 (US).

Sexuality

Straight

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

YearAssociationCategoryWorkResult
1995Young Artist AwardsBest Performance by an Actress Under Ten in a TV SeriesOn Our OwnNominated
1997Critics’ Choice Movie AwardsBest Supporting ActressEve’s BayouWon
San Diego Film Critics SocietyBest Supporting ActressWon
Chicago Film Critics AssociationMost Promising ActressNominated
NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Youth Actor/ActressNominated
Young Artist AwardsBest Leading Young Actress in a Feature FilmNominated
1998YoungStar AwardsBest Leading Young Actress in a Feature FilmNominated
1999Black Reel AwardsBest Supporting Actress: Television Movie/CableSelma, Lord, SelmaNominated
NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Youth Actor/ActressCosbyNominated
2000Nominated
2001Black Reel AwardsBest Supporting Actress: Television Movie/CableRuby’s Bucket of BloodNominated
2007Teen Choice AwardsChoice Movie Breakout FemaleThe Great DebatersNominated
2008NAACP Image AwardsOutstanding Actress in a Motion PictureWon
2010Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama SeriesFriday Night LightsNominated

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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