Jurnee Smollett-Bell Bio, Age, Parents, Siblings, Brother, Husband, Baby, Movies and Net Worth

Jurnee Smollett-Bell Bio

Jurnee Smollett-Bell born Jurnee Diana Smollett, on 1st October, 1986, is an American actress. She began her acting career as a child actress appearing on television sitcoms, with her most significant regular role being on On Our Own between 1994 and 1995. For playing Eve in the 1997 independent drama film Eve’s Bayou, she received critical acclaim and Critic’s Choice Award .

Jurnee Smollett-Bell Age

Born on 1st October 1986, Jurnee is 32 years old as of 2018.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell Parents – Jurnee Smollett-Bell Family

Smollett-Bell was born in New York City, to Janet and Joel Smollett. Jurnee’s father was Jewish, whose family had immigrated from Russia and Poland, and her mother is African-American. She is the fourth born in the family of six performing siblings, one sister, Jazz, and four brothers: Jussie, JoJo, Jake, and Jocqui.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell Siblings

She has five siblings, one sister, Jazz Smollet, and four brothers: Jussie Smollet, JoJo Smollet, Jake Smollet, and Jocqui Smollet.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell Brother

Her brother, singer and Empire star, Jussie Smollet  was in January 2019 attacked by unknown persons in Chicago, an attack believed to be Homophobic.

Who Is Jurnee Smollett Bell Married To | Jurnee Smollett Husband Josiah Bell

She got married to musician Josiah Bell, on October 24, 2010.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell Child | Jurnee Smollett-Bell Son | Jurnee Smollett-Bell Baby

The couple welcomed their first child, a son named Hunter, on October 31, 2016 .


She began her acting career appearing in recurring roles on the ABC family sitcoms Full House and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper playing Denise Frazer. She co-starred with her siblings in the short-lived ABC sitcom On Our Own, from 1994 to 1995 . She appeared in the Francis Ford Coppola film Jack, in 1996, making her big-screen debut.

Jurnee Smollett Bell Eve’s Bayou

She received critical acclaim for her performance as 10-year-old Eve in the 1997 film Eve’s Bayou opposite Lynn Whitfield, Samuel L. Jackson and Debbi Morgan. Writer-director Kasi Lemmons, In casting the role, envisioned “a light-skinned black child who could convey the nuances of a Creole child in the 60s.” She received the Critic’s Choice Award and was nominated for a NAACP Image Award.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell Cosby Show

In 1998 she joined the cast of the CBS sitcom Cosby, for which she won two NAACP Image Awards. In 1999, she starred in the ABC TV film Selma, Lord, Selma and in 2000, she co-starred with Sharon Stone and Billy Connolly in the film Beautiful Joe.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell Roll Bounce

In the year 2001, she played the daughter of Angela Bassett in the television film Ruby’s Bucket of Blood. She co-starred alongside Bow Wow and Brandon T. Jackson in the roller skating film Roll Bounce, in 2005. She in 2006, appeared in the drama film Gridiron Gang.

Jurnee portrayed Samantha Booke , the sole female debater at Wiley College in the historical film The Great Debaters, in 2007. Oprah Winfrey and Harvey Weinstein produced the film and starred Denzel Washington, who also directed the feature. Smollett-Bel received NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, for her performance. The year that followed, she returned to television, appearing in two episodes of ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.  Between 2010 to 2011, she also co-starred with Jim Belushi and Jerry O’Connell on the short-lived CBS legal drama The Defenders.

Smollett-Bell, in 2013, played the leading role in the drama film Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor directed by Tyler Perry. The film however received negative reviews from critics, but was box-office hit grossing $53,125,354. The film was the highest-grossing Tyler Perry film which the writer-director did not star in and the highest-grossing Tyler Perry drama. Jurnee later potrayed the role of Juanita Leonard, the wife of boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, in the 2016 biographical sport film Hands of Stone co-starring with Usher and Robert De Niro.

In 2015, she was cast as lead character in the WGN America period drama series Underground. She played Rosalee, a shy house slave, working on a plantation in 1857.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell True Blood

She was cast as a regular on HBO series True Blood, from 2013 to 2014. She played the role of Nicole Wright.

Jurnee Smollett Bell Friday Night Lights

She was a regular cast member in the DirecTV drama series Friday Night Lights playing Jess Merriweather, from 2009 to 2011 .

Jurnee Smollett-Bell Birds Of Prey

She will play the role of Black Canary in the film Birds of Prey in 2020.

Is Jurnee Smollett Bell Hiv Positive

Jurnee is not HIV positive but has a best friend, Hydeia Broadbent who was born positive and spending time with her inspired her to become an HIV activist, since she was 11 years old.

Net Worth

She has an estimated net worth of $2 Million.

Jurnee Smollett-Bell Movies | Jurnee Smollett-Bell TV Shows









Eve’s Bayou

Eve Batiste


Beautiful Joe



Roll Bounce

Tori Turner


Gridiron Gang

Danyelle Rollins


The Great Debaters

Samantha Booke


Captain Planet 4



Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor



Hands of Stone

Juanita Leonard


One Last Thing


Birds of Prey

Black Canary

TV Shows





Sunday in Paris

Alison Chase


Out All Night



Full House

Denise Frazer


Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper

Denise Frazer



Little Girl


On Our Own

Jordee Jerrico








Selma, Lord, Selma

Sheyann Webb


Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child

Ali Baba


Ruby’s Bucket of Blood

Emerald Delacroix


Strong Medicine






Wanda at Large

Holly Hawkins





Grey’s Anatomy



Friday Night Lights

Jess Merriweather


The Defenders

Lisa Tyler

2012, 2013

The Mob Doctor

Traci Coolidge


True Blood

Nicole Wright


Do No Harm

Abby Young



Heather Hall





Lovecraft Country

Letitia “Leti” Dandridge

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Jurnee Smollett-Bell Photo

Jurnee Smollett-Bell Instagram



Jurnee Smollett-Bell News

First Look At Jurnee Smollett-Bell As Black Canary In Birds Of Prey Revealed

Source: wegotthiscovered.com

One thing in particular that’s got me looking forward to the Birds of Prey movie is how it’ll bring a variety of DC characters to the silver screen for the first time. Sure, the Cathy Yan-directed flick does feature the highly anticipated return of Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn, but she’ll also bring Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) and Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) along for the ride. And if that weren’t enough, Black Mask (Ewan McGregor) will serve as the villain of the piece.

If you’ve been keeping up with the latest happenings pertaining to the upcoming blockbuster, then you’re aware of how various goodies have found their way online today in order to celebrate the start of production. To briefly reiterate, Margot Robbie herself revealed Harley’s new costume on Instagram, and then a stylish teaser trailer dropped soon afterward.

Not to sound negative, but if there were any downside to the teaser, it’d be that footage showing off anyone other than the Clown Princess of Crime had a real “blink and you’ll miss it” quality. Heck, I had a hard time making anything out when using the pause feature.

Fortunately, we have a screenshot of Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Black Canary to present to you. Seen below, the femme fatale can be spotted while singing her heart out into a golden microphone.

If we’re to extrapolate anything from this, it’s that this big screen take on the character will draw some inspiration from the comics published during the short-lived DC You era from a few years back. In those, Black Canary was part of an eponymous rock band and, believe it or not, DC even released a soundtrack online.

When it comes to Jurnee’s look, it appears as though her hair color was lightened for the part, rather than having her don a wig as the heroine sometimes does. Additionally, her glove hints at the iconic fishnets that normally spring to mind whenever Black Canary is mentioned, so let’s hope that element is retained.

As always, it’s recommended that you keep watching this space, as much more is sure to be revealed before Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) opens in theaters on February 7th, 2020.