Catherine Bell is an American actress, model, as well as producer. Catherine Bell is best known for movies and TV shows like “Men of War”, “Army Wives”, “JAG”, “Threshold”, “NCIS: Los Angeles”, and “Good Witch” among many others.
Table of Biography
Early Life and Childhood
Catherine Bell’s full name is Catherine Lisa Bell and she was born on 14 August 1968. She is originally from London and her parents are father Peter and mother Mina Ezzati.
Her father is Scottish whereas her mother is an Iranian. Moreover, her father was an architect under contract to an oil company in Iran and her mother had traveled to London to study nursing.
Unfortunately, her parents divorced when she was only two years old. Then she grew up with her mother and maternal grandparents. The family eventually moved to California’s San Fernando Valley and there she was exposed to diverse influences.
Her family spoke Persian at home and her grandparents were Muslim, however, she was also exposed to Catholicism and attended a Baptist summer camp. In her teenage years, she came under the influence of her California surroundings.
Moreover, her grandparents also helped her learn Farsi. They also taught her language and most things to do with Persian customs, but they didn’t force a particular religion on Bell. She also said:
“We spoke Persian in the house. I have a strong family unit, a lot of respect for elders… Lots of food and hugging and kissing… I am definitely a Valley Girl. I was a tomboy and I liked to skateboard, play football and push the envelope a little bit…”
Hobbies and Health Issues
In addition, Catherine is very physically fit and loves all kinds of sports, particularly kick-boxing, skiing, motorcycling, and snowboarding. Also, when she was in her 20s, she had thyroid cancer and had her thyroid removed.
At present, she doesn’t cover her scar on the neck as she thinks it’s kind of cool. Further, her hobbies include cross-stitching and making model cars. She began making model cars at age eight.
Moreover, she sprained her ankle while playing golf in 2008 and also drove in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Celebrity Race in 1998 and 1999. Also, she is good friends with comedian Kathy Griffin.
She enrolled at UCLA and there she considered a career in medicine or research. However, she dropped out during her sophomore year when she received a modeling job in Japan, where advertisers value “American beauty”.
Additionally, she also wanted to be either a surgeon or a biomedical engineer. Moreover, she also studied acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse with Milton Katselas.
During the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike, Bell took flying lessons in a Cirrus SR22.
Career and Professional Life
Catherine Bell is an American model, actress, and producer. Cassandra “Cassie” Nightingale in The Good Witch films and television series since 2008.
As an actress, she is best known for her roles as Lieutenant Colonel Sarah MacKenzie in the television series JAG from 1997 to 2005, Denise Sherwood in the series Army Wives from 2007 to 2013, and
Precisely, she decided to try acting after returning to the United States. She also worked as a massage therapist for 8 years at the Peninsula Hotel and one of her clients is singer Peter Gabriel.
Her first TV acting role was one line spoken to Gabriel on the short-lived 1990 sitcom Sugar and Spice. Among her first parts was serving as Isabella Rossellini’s nude body double for the 1992 film Death Becomes Her.
She often plays roles in military movies and TV shows like JAG (1995), Black Thunder (1998), Crash Dive (1996), Men of War (1994), and Army Wives (2007). NBC canceled the show but later CBS picked it up.
She also signed on for a supporting role in the second half of the first season of Threshold (2005) and shot one episode before they canceled the show.
Then in 1994, she starred in the Dolph Lundgren film Men of War. While filming the movie in Thailand, she and her co-star Trevor Goddard bonded over contracting amoebic dysentery.
Goddard would later play Bell’s off-and-on love interest Mic Brumby the following year on JAG. They remained friends until Goddard’s death from a drug overdose in June 2003. This is an event that the bereaved Bell described as “horrible”.
Additionally, in 1995, she obtained a three-line role in one episode of the NBC TV series JAG. This centers on the work of the United States Department of the Navy’s Judge Advocate General office.
Then they restructured the series by incorporating a female Marine Corps lawyer character named Sarah MacKenzie. She auditioned for that role and won it.
One episode of the show established that MacKenzie is an Iranian-American, and featured her speaking Persian. She continued in this role until the series ended in 2005.
Later, beginning in 2007, she starred in Lifetime’s ensemble drama series Army Wives as Denise Sherwood. Denise is the wife of a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel who endures domestic violence at the hands of her teenage son during the show’s first season.
Moreover, she also played the role of Cassandra “Cassie” Nightingale in The Good Witch’s Family. It is Hallmark’s movie released in 2008 and she played the main character.
She also appeared in its sequels The Good Witch’s Garden (2009), 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).
She was also a co-executive producer of all of the movies. She also starred in another Hallmark movie titled the Last Man Standing. Then in the year 2015, she reportedly starred in the movie Love Finds Its Way, which began filming in 2016.
The film’s production began in March 2017 with Vancouver as the filming location and 9 July 2017 as the date for the film’s premiere on the Hallmark Channel.
Similarly, on 2 April 2019, CBS announced that she would reprise her JAG role of Sarah “Mac” MacKenzie alongside former co-star David James Elliott for a multi-episode arc in the tenth season of NCIS: Los Angeles.
Beyond Acting and Rumors
FHM magazine listed Catherine in its “100 Sexiest Women in the World” list. They listed her #84 in the year 2001, #38 in 2002, and #20 in 2004. Also, Maxim magazine listed her at #75 on their “Hot 100 of 2005” list.
Moreover, she was a contestant on Match Game (1990) and introduced herself as Cathy Bell, a massage therapist. She won $900 but didn’t make it to the final “Super Match” round.
She was also a contestant on, To Tell the Truth (1990) and introduced herself (an impostor) in the same manner. She and the other two stamped the entire panel for winnings of $3000.
In the year 2002, The Sporting News falsely reported that she correctly predicted that the New England Patriots would beat the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI, 20 to 17 in a celebrity survey conducted just before the season started.
It was a survey of 70 celebrities who had nothing to do with football conducted by The Sporting News. However, her prediction occurred after the NFC and AFC championship games had already been completed. So she did not predict the teams that would be participating, only the final score.
Catherine Bell is a practicing Scientologist. She has also attested to attaining the Scientology state of Clear. Moreover, she has also supported Scientology’s Hollywood Education and Literacy Project.
Then in December 2005, she helped promote the gala opening of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (a Scientology supported group), “Psychiatry: An Industry of Death” museum.
Additionally, in February 2006, she appeared in a Scientology music video called “United”. This film includes cameo performances by Isaac Hayes, Erika Christensen, Jenna Elfman, and Lynsey Bartilson.
In addition, this film promotes human rights with a rap song.
Talking about her choice to become a Scientologist, she says:
“I had a lot of friends and fellow actors who were scientologists, and the more I got to know these people, the more I saw how they were really ethical and honest, very successful, that they had great relationships and marriages… So I took a couple of courses and they changed my life, the way I looked at everything from my relationships to the problems I was having with my auditions.”
She also talked to Pink Magazine about how Scientology taught her how to make the most of every decision. She said:
“Scientology is about making a decision and knowing that something is going to be, as opposed to I wish, I hope. We create what we want in our lives. So, I’ve been really busy, but I’m creating a wonderful life within that.”
Catherine Bell is most probably single at present. However, she was once married to Adam Beason. The pair tied the knot on 8 May 1994 and have two children together.
Their children are daughter Gemma and son Ronan. She gave birth to their daughter on 16 April 2003. Likewise, their son was 7lbs 7 0z at birth and was 19 3/4 inches long. However, the then-lovers divorced in the year 2011.
Her ex-husband, Adam, is an actor-production assistant. They met each other on the set of the 1992 film Death Becomes Her. They lived in a nearly 5,700-square-foot (530 m2) faux-Tuscan-style mini-mansion in Calabasas, California.
Since 2012, she lives with Brooke Daniells in Los Angeles. Brooke is a fellow Scientologist, photographer, and party planner. Moreover, she and Brooke are also rumored to be partners, meaning that they are in a romantic relationship.
However, this is not confirmed to date. However, they sold the house in 2010.
Then in 2014, she paid $2.05 million for a recently remodeled, 3,380-square-foot (314 m2), single-story ranch house on a 1.2 acres (0.49 ha) lot in the gated Hidden Hills community in the western suburbs of Los Angeles.
Moving on, her net worth estimation is approximately $15 million dollars. She earns handsome money through her involvement in hit movies and TV shows.
Talking about the actress’s body measurements, she stands tall at a height of 1.78 meters or 5’9″ and weighs around 67 kgs. Moreover, her chest-waist-hip measurements are 34-24-25 inches.
She has light-brown eyes and dark brown hair color.
She also has a tattoo of each of her children’s names; daughter Gemma is on her left wrist in ancient Persian and son Ronan is on her right inner forearm in an ancient Celtic script called Ogham.
Additionally, she also has a heart tattoo with the word “love” inside of it on her right ankle.
Talking about Catherine’s social media presence, she is available on multiple platforms. She joined Twitter in February 2010 and so far has 82.1k followers. She also has a Facebook page with 55.2k followers.
Moreover, on her Instagram handle @therealcatherinebell, Catherine has 192k followers and 1,425 posts as of August 2020.