Biography

Jurnee Diana Smollett was born on October 1, 1986 in New York City. She co-starred in the ABC television comedy On Our Own (1994–1995) and guest appeared in numerous television shows: Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Full House, Martin, Wanda At Large, House, Grey's Anatomy, etc. She also co-starred in the last two seasons of Friday Night Lights. Smollett is best known for her role in the independent film Eve's Bayou (1997), for which she received critical acclaim as ten-year-old Eve. Smollett was featured in the 1996 Francis Ford Coppola film Jack. She starred in the racially charged 1999 Disney film Selma Lord Selma. In 2000 she co-starred with Sharon Stone and Billy Connelly in the comedy film Beautiful Joe. 2001 would find Jurnee co-starring as daughter to another popular actress, Angela Bassett, in the film Ruby's Bucket of Blood. Smollett co-starred with actors Bow Wow and Brandon T Jackson in the 2005 skater movie Roll Bounce. In 2006 she joined the film Gridiron Gang. In 2007 actor/director Denzel Washington cast Smollett in The Great Debaters. As of September 2010, she is co-stars with Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell in the CBS legal drama The Defenders. She has been active in HIV/AIDS causes since she was eleven. She spoke at the Ryan White Youth Conference, and elsewhere, on this issue. Smollett is on the Board of Directors of Artists for a New South Africa, dedicated to dealing with HIV/AIDS in Africa. On October 24, 2010, Jurnee married musician Josiah Bell.

Jurnee Diana Smollett was born on October 1, 1986 in New York City. She co-starred in the ABC television comedy On Our Own (1994–1995) and guest appeared in numerous television shows: Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, Full House, Martin, Wanda At Large, House, Grey's Anatomy, etc. She also co-starred in the last two seasons of Friday Night Lights. Smollett is best known for her role in the independent film Eve's Bayou (1997), for which she received critical acclaim as ten-year-old Eve. Smollett was featured in the 1996 Francis Ford Coppola film Jack. She starred in the racially charged 1999 Disney film Selma Lord Selma. In 2000 she co-starred with Sharon Stone and Billy Connelly in the comedy film Beautiful Joe. 2001 would find Jurnee co-starring as daughter to another popular actress, Angela Bassett, in the film Ruby's Bucket of Blood. Smollett co-starred with actors Bow Wow and Brandon T Jackson in the 2005 skater movie Roll Bounce. In 2006 she joined the film Gridiron Gang. In 2007 actor/director Denzel Washington cast Smollett in The Great Debaters. As of September 2010, she is co-stars with Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell in the CBS legal drama The Defenders. She has been active in HIV/AIDS causes since she was eleven. She spoke at the Ryan White Youth Conference, and elsewhere, on this issue. Smollett is on the Board of Directors of Artists for a New South Africa, dedicated to dealing with HIV/AIDS in Africa. On October 24, 2010, Jurnee married musician Josiah Bell.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Female

Known Credits 32

Birthday 1986-10-01

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Jurnee Smollett-Bell

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2020 Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) as Dinah Lance / Black Canary
2019 Lovecraft Country (0 episodes) as Letitia
2018 One Last Thing as Lucy
2016 Hands of Stone as Juanita Leonard
2016 Underground (20 episodes) as Rosalee
2013 Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor as Judith
2013 Do No Harm (2 episodes) as Abby Young
2012 The Mob Doctor (2 episodes) as Traci Coolidge
2010 The Defenders (18 episodes) as Lisa Tyler
2008 True Blood (20 episodes) as Nicole Wright
2007 The Great Debaters as Samantha Booke
2006 Friday Night Lights (26 episodes) as Jess Merriweather
2006 Gridiron Gang as Danyelle Rollins
2005 Roll Bounce as Tori
2005 Grey's Anatomy (2 episodes) as Beth Monroe
2004 House (1 episode) as Tracy
2003 Wanda at Large (5 episodes) as Holly Hawkins
2001 Ruby's Bucket of Blood as Emerald Delacroix
2000 Strong Medicine (1 episode)
2000 Beautiful Joe as Vivien Mason
1999 Selma, Lord, Selma as Sheyann Webb
1997 Eve's Bayou as Eve Batiste
1996 Cosby (8 episodes) as Jurnee
1996 Jack as Phoebe
1994 ER (1 episode) as Romy
1994 On Our Own (20 episodes) as Jordee Jerrico
1993 NYPD Blue (1 episode) as Hanna
1992 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (4 episodes) as Denise Frazer
1992 Out All Night (1 episode) as Laquita
1992 Martin (1 episode) as Little Girl #1
1991 Sunday in Paris as Alison Chase
1987 Full House (11 episodes) as Denise

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