London, England, UK
Claim to Fame
Sarah MacKenzie on JAG
Actor/Actress, Producer, Other Crew
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Profile Bio Text
Though she plays a true-blue American Marine investigator on CBS`s J.A.G., Catherine Bell is actually London-born. But when her parents, Peter, an architect, and Mina, a nurse, divorced when Catherine was a toddler, she and her mother settled in Los Angeles, CA. A self-described "geek," Bell thrived in math and biology in school, and in junior high once programmed a computer video game. She entered UCLA with the intention of being a pre-med major, but in her sophomore year found herself at a crossroads. Making a decision to take her life in a different direction, she began modeling in Japan, but after four months found the lifestyle damaging to her self-esteem and well being.
She returned to Los Angeles with a new goal: to prove herself as an actress. She soon found herself cast in guest spots on shows like Hercules, Dream On, and Friends. But it was a three-line part on the military drama J.A.G. - on an episode in which her character was brutally murdered - that changed it all.
Several months after that guest spot, Bell heard that the producers of J.A.G. were looking for a new female lead for the show. So she crossed her fingers and wrote a letter to executive producer Donald P. Bellisario, declaring her suitability for the role of Major Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie.
Intrigued, Bellisario decided to take a gamble, and Bell won the part. Her chemistry with male lead David James Elliot, who plays Lt. Cmdr. Harmon "Harm" Rabb, ensured that the show, which had been struggling in the ratings, would thrive on a new network. J.A.G. now holds a steady position in Nielsen`s Top 20.
Her role on J.A.G. allows Bell to showcase her athletic skills - she`s been kickboxing for over 10 years, and knows her way around a shooting range. In her off-camera time, her tomboyish nature comes to the fore when she throws herself into snow boarding, riding motorcycles, wake boarding, and other extreme sports.
Couple Profile Source
University of California, Los Angeles
Full Name at Birth
Catherine Lisa Bell
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Count - Awards
Peter Bell (achitect)
Mina Bell (personal assistant)
Favorite TV Shows
Pink, Red, White, Green
Brown - Light
Catherine Lisa Bell (born August 14, 1968) is a British-American actress known for her role of Lieutenant Colonel Sarah MacKenzie of the television series JAG from 1997 to 2005 and as Denise Sherwood of the series Army Wives from 2007 to 2013.
Our Lady of Corvallis High School in Los Angeles
Talent Agency (e.g. Modelling)
The Gersh Agency, Inc.
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