The following biography
Catherine Lisa Bell (born August
14, 1968) is an American actress known for her role of Lieutenant Colonel Sarah
MacKenzie of the television show JAG from 1997 to 2005. Currently she stars in
the Lifetime Television hit series Army Wives as Denise Sherwood.
Born Catherine Lisa Bell
August 14, 1968 (1968-08-14) (age
London, England, UK
Years active 1992–present
Spouse Adam Beason (1994–present)(separated)
Bell was born in London, England,
the daughter of Mina, a personal assistant and nurse, and Peter Bell, an
architect. Her mother is Iranian and her father Scottish.
Bell is fluent in Persian and
English. She is fond of motorcycling, skiing, snowboarding and kick-boxing,
which she has been practicing for over 10 years. Her hobbies include
cross-stitching and making model cars, which she has done since age 8. She
met actor/production assistant Adam Beason on the set of Death Becomes Her in
1992 (where she was the body-double for Isabella Rossellini), and they were
married on May 8, 1994. They have a daughter, Gemma, who was born on April
16, 2003, and a son, Ronan, born on August 21, 2010. The couple separated in
Bell was the grand marshal of the
NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on June 3,
In a survey of 70 celebrities by
The Sporting News just before the 2002 Super Bowl, she correctly predicted that
the New England Patriots would beat the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI 20 to
17. In actuality the article was written after the NFC and AFC championship
games; Bell correctly guessed the score, but the teams were already decided.
In August 2007 Bell and her
husband, Adam, put their Calabasas, California, home on the market for $3.25
million, and moved to South Carolina.
During the Hollywood writers
strike, Bell took flying lessons in a Cirrus SR22.
When she was in her 20s, she had
thyroid cancer and had to have her thyroid removed. She does not cover the scar
on her neck because she "thinks it's kind of cool".
Although Bell was raised Roman
Catholic and attended an "all-girls" Catholic school (Our Lady of Corvallis High
School in Los Angeles), she is now a practicing Scientologist. Bell has
attested to attaining the Scientology state of Clear She has supported
Scientology's Hollywood Education and Literacy Project. In December 2005
Bell helped promote the gala opening of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights,
"Psychiatry: An Industry of Death" museum.
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.
One of Bell's first modeling jobs
was an extended assignment in Japan. When she returned to California, she
studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse with Milton Katselas. She was a
freelance masseuse whose clientele included singer, Peter Gabriel. She was on
the game show, To Tell the Truth, in 1990 where she mentioned that she was a
massage therapist (she was one of the imposters on the show, playing an imposter
of a body-double named Shelly Michelle). Her first television acting role was
one line on the sitcom Sugar and Spice (1990).
In 1996 Bell began her role as
Marine Lieutenant Colonel, Sarah MacKenzie, in the series JAG. She continued in
this role until 2005, and it became the role for which she is most well-known.
Since 2007 Bell has starred in
Lifetime's ensemble drama series Army Wives as Denise Sherwood, the wife of a
U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, who endured domestic violence at the hands of her
teenage son during the show's first season.
Bell also has recently played the
main role in Hallmark's The Good Witch (2008), and its sequels The Good Witch's
Garden (2009), The Good Witch's Gift (2010), and The Good Witch's Family (2011);
she co-executive-produced all of the movies.
Title Date Role Notes
Good Morning, Killer 2011 FBI
Special Agent Ana Gray Leading role; shown as part of the TNT Mystery Movie
The Last Man Standing 2011 Abby
Collins Leading role
The Good Witch's Family 2011
Cassandra "Cassie" Nightingale
The Good Witch's Gift 2010
Cassandra "Cassie" Nightingale co-executive producer
The Good Witch's Garden 2009
Cassandra "Cassie" Nightingale co-executive producer
The Good Witch 2008 Cassandra
Evan Almighty 2007 Susan Ortega
Army Wives 2007–present Denise
Sherwood series regular
Still Small Voices 2006 Michael
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
2006 Naomi Cheales Episode #8.09 - "Choreographed"
Company Town 2006 Maggie Shaunessy
Threshold 2006 Dr. Daphne Larson
Episode #1.11 - "Outbreak"
The Triangle 2005 Emily Patterson
Babak and Friends A First Norooz
2005 Layla Voice
JAG 1996–2005 Maj./Lt. Col. Sarah
MacKenzie Episode #1.22 - "Skeleton Crew" (1996) as Lieutenant Junior Grade
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
Waking the Dead 2003 Sam James
Episode #3.4 - "Final Cut"
Bruce Almighty 2003 Susan Ortega
Thrill Seekers 1999 Elizabeth
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
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
1997 Cynea Episode #3.10 - "The Lady and the Dragon"
Hot Line 1996 Cat Episode "The
aka Hotline Volume 3 (VHS release
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
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
Title Date Notes
Martha 17 January 2008
Live with Regis and Kelly 16
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 8 August 2007
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet
1 August 2007
Live with Regis and Kelly 31 July
Late Show with David Letterman 30
Sci Fi Inside: The Triangle 2005
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)"
The Howard Stern Show 24 July 2002
Hollywood Squares 24 September
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 15 January
Celebrity Jeopardy! May 1999
Year Award Category Film Result
2006 Saturn Award Best Supporting
Actress on Television The Triangle Nominated
1.^ Catherine Bell Biography
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3I5Y_lO4M8Q&feature=related Catherine Bell talks
about her Persian background (her mother is Iranian) on USA ABC late night show
Jimmy Kimmel Live]
3.^ Catherine Bell interview from
Good Housekeeping's Quick and Simple 2007 Cover]
4.^ Betsy Model (October 1999).
"Ma'am Yes Ma'am!". Orange Coast: The Magazine of Orange County. pp. 32–37.
5.^ Amazing Catherine Bell
http://celebrity-babies.com/2010/08/22/catherine-bell a boy/
7.^ Jordan, Julie (2011-10-14).
"Army Wives Actress, Catherine Bell, and Husband, Adam Beason, Separate".
people.com. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20537028,00.html. Retrieved
14 October 2011.
8.^ Dover International Speedway -
The Monster Mile - Actress Catherine Bell and a charitable race fan will kickoff
the “Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa” at Dover International Speedway on
Sunday, June 3, 2007
9.^ Jeff D'Alessio (January 31,
2002). "The Sporting News". http://archive.sportingnews.com/nfl/articles/20020131/379058.html.
10.^ Barbara and David Mikkelson (4
February 2010). "The Bell Curve". http://www.snopes.com/sports/football/catherinebell.asp.
11.^ A new base of operations for 'JAG's'
Bell, By Ruth Ryon, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer, 2007-08-26
12.^ Catherine Bell takes to sky
with flying lessons, The Associated Press, 2008-01-17
13.^ Catherine Bell Biography,
14.^ Zokaei, Mayar (Spring 2005).
"Bell Hop". NYLA Magazine.
15.^ Interview with Catherine Bell,
Celebrity (Magazine of the Scientology Celebrity Centre Los Angeles), Issue 347
16.^ Bell, Catherine. "Giving Back:
This Month". Catherine Bell's Official Website. http://www.catherinebellonline.com/giving/month.html.
Retrieved 2006-06-08. [dead link]
17.^ Gumbel, Andrew (2006-01-12).
"Scientology vs. Science". Los Angeles CityBeat (Southland Publishing). http://www.lacitybeat.com/article.php?id=3137&IssueNum=136.
Retrieved 2006-06-08. [dead link]
18.^ "Youth for Human Rights
Campaign". http://www.youthforhumanrights.org/campaigns/united.html. Retrieved
19.^ Knutzen, Eirik. "TV Close-Up:
Catherine Bell". http://www.bendweekly.com/news/7224.html. Retrieved 2007-06-15.
20.^ Army Wives
21.^ Hollywood Reporter
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