Catherine Bell is a British-born Scottish-Iranian actress known for her roles in many television series like Major Sarah Mackenzie in the 1997-2005 series JAG, Cassie (Cassandra Nightangel) in The Good Witch, Denise Sherwood in Army Wives which ran from 2007 to 2013 and many others. Find out here, where she is and what she is up to today and also learn about her family and physique.
Catherine Bell Bio, Age
The Briton was born on 14 August 1968 in London England. Her father Peter Bell is Scottish while her mother Mina Ezzati is an Iranian. Her father worked with an oil company as an architect while her mother Mina had emigrated to London to study nursing. The two felt an instant connection between them and married not too long after. However, when Catherine was two years old, they divorced and this saw Catherine being in the custody of her mother. She was subsequently raised by her mother’s family which eventually moved to California’s San Fernando Valley. The family traditionally comprised of her grandmother and grandfather.
Her family was a diverse one and Catherine Bell could be said to have had a balanced childhood. Her grandparents as you would expect were Muslims, they spoke Persian in their home but she was raised in Catholicism and even attended a Baptist summer camp at a time.
Growing up, she was influenced by the Californian culture that surrounded her; Catherine liked to skateboard, play football and was even a tomboy as a teenager. She schooled at Our Lady of Corvallis High School in Los Angeles at which time she took a fancy to modelling. She gained admission to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) to pursue a degree in research and medicine but dropped out in her sophomore year when American Beauty, a modelling company offered her a modelling job in the land of the rising sun – Japan. However, not much came out of her modeling venture as she would later return to the U.S.A.
Catherine Bell began studying at the Beverly Hills Playhouse with Milton Katselas when she returned to the States. At this same time, she worked as a massage therapist; probably something she learned while in Japan and had some high profile clients like Peter Gabriel, a singer and many others.
Her debut acting role came on Sugar and Spice, a 1990 short-lived sitcom and this was followed by her role as Isabella Rossellini’s nude body double for the 1992 film Death Becomes Her. The year 1994 saw her star in Men of War by Dolph Lundgren and the following year, she appeared in a three-line role in an episode of JAG, the NBC television series. NBC canceled the show and this paved the way for CBS to take it up and restructure the series. They then incorporated the character of a female marine lawyer named Sarah Mackenzie which was subsequently played by our dear Catherine Bell after she applied for and won it. She continued in this role, contributing to and enjoying its successes until it ended in 2005.
In the year 2007, she starred in the Lifetime drama series Army Wives as Denise Sherwood, the wife of a U.S Army lieutenant colonel. The talented actress also played the role of Cassie, the lead character of the all the Good Witches series; The Good Witch’s Gift (2010), The Good Witch’s Family (2011), The Good Witch’s Charm (2012), The Good Witch’s Destiny (2013), and The Good Witch’s Wonder (2014). In addition to playing a role, she was also a co-executive producer of the series.
Other works which she has got credit for include Last Man Standing, Love Finds Its Way (2017) and a couple of others. She got nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress on Television for her role in The Triangle in 2006.
Family – Daughter
Catherine Bell was formerly a married woman. She met screenwriter, actor and production assistant Adam Beason during their filming of the 1992 film; Death Becomes Her. The two hit it off without much ado and were married on May 8, 1994. Their marriage saw to the birth of two children; a daughter born in 2003 and named Gemma and a son born in 2010 and named Ronan. They lived in a 700-square-foot faux-Tuscan-style mini-mansion in Calabasas, California before they sold the house in 2010 and separated in 2011. Their divorce was finalized in September 2015 and since then, she has not been in another known relationship.
The actress stands at a height of 5 feet 9 inches. She weighs about 67 kg and her body statistics are 34-24-35 being breast waist and hips respectively. Her bra size is 34D while her shoe size is US size 10. Catherine has brown eyes and dark brown hair.
Where Is She Today?
Since the year 2012, Bell has been living with her friend and a fellow Scientologist, photographer and party planner known as Brooke Daniells, in Los Angeles. The two share a lot in common, especially their religion; Scientology. Scientology is a religious system that focuses on the acquisition of self-knowledge and spiritual fulfilment through a series of graded courses and training. The religion was founded by American science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard in the year 1955.
Scientologist Catherine Bell has attained the Scientology state of Clear and is deeply committed to the religion. She has supported in no small way, the Scientology’s Hollywood Education and Literacy Project and before now, in September 2005, she helped promote the gala opening of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (a Scientology supported group), “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death” museum and the following year in 2006, she appeared in a Scientology music video titled United which was aimed at promoting human rights.
Catherine has not been involved in any rumours and can be said to be enjoying a quiet life at the moment.