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American Actress – Catherine Bell

American Actress – Catherine Bell

Catherine Lisa Bell (born August 14, 1968) is a British-born American actress known for her role of Lt. Colonel Sarah MacKenzie of the television show JAG from 1997 to 2004. Currently she stars in the Lifetime Television hit series Army Wives as Denise Sherwood.

Early life

Bell was born in London, United Kingdom, the daughter of Mina, a personal assistant and nurse, and Peter Bell, an architect. Her mother is Iranian and her father Scottish.

Personal life

Bell is fluent in Persian and English. She is fond of 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.

Bell was the grand marshal of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on June 3, 2007.

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 August 2007, Bell and her husband 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”.

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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, she was 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 colonel Sarah Mackenzie in the series JAG. She would continue in this role until 2005 and it would become the role for which she is most well known.

In 2007, Bell starred in Lifetime’s ensemble drama series Army Wives as Denise Sherwood, the wife of a US Army major, who is enduring domestic violence at the hands of her teenage son.

Bell has also recently played the main role in Hallmark’s The Good Witch (2008) and its sequel, The Good Witch’s Garden (2009). She co-executive produced both movies.

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