Jurnee Smollett is an American actress known for her recurring roles in films and television series. She has appeared in various television series and movies like On Our Own (1994-1995), The Great Debaters (2007), and True Blood (2013-2014). Jurnee is a member of the famous Smollett family which consists of well-known actors. The actress currently portrays Letitia in the new HBO drama Lovecraft Country.
How old is Jurnee Smollett? She was born on 1st October 1986 in New York City. The highly talented actress graduated from Wiley College and recently celebrated her 34th birthday in October 2020.
- Birth name: Jurnee Diana Smollett Bell
- Date of birth: 1st October 1986
- Jurnee Smollett-Bell age: 34 years old (as of 2020)
- Birthplace: New York
- Nationality: American
- Profession: Actress
- Marital status: Divorced
- Net worth: $2 million
Jurnee Smollett biography
Here is a look at Jurnee Smollett career, films, television shows, relationships, and awards.
Jurnee Smollett family
Who are Jurnee Smollett parents? Jurnee's parents are Joel Smollett, of Russian-Polish heritage, and Janet, an African American woman. She is the fourth child in a family of six children.
Jurnee has one sister called Jazz and four brothers; Jussie, Jojo, Jake, and Jocqui. Jurnee Smollett-bell siblings are talented actors as well.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell parents supported all their kids' careers. Jurnee Smollett brother Jussie is well known for playing a great role in the series Empire.
Together with their siblings, Jurnee Smollett Jussie Smollett are part of the cast of the food series called Smollett Eats.
Jurnee Smollett actress career
Jurnee started her acting career at a younger age. At the age of three, she was featured in a Pepsi TV commercial with the NFL. She also appeared in the ABC sitcom Full House. In 1996, she landed a significant role as Phoebe in a film called Jack.
The actress has played various roles since the beginning of her acting career. In 2020, Jurnee portrays Letitia Dandridge in Lovecraft Country, a drama horror television series developed by Misha Green based on Matt Ruff's novel of the same name.
The series is about three dauntless African-Americans on a road trip through the segregated South of the 1950s. Leading the group is Atticus Black (Jonathan Majors), a mega-fan of pulp science fiction and horror novels in search of his disappeared father, accompanied by his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance).
Along the way, the trio encounters terrors from small-town racists, secret societies, and unsettling monsters straight out of the novels Atticus enjoys.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell movies and TV shows
Jurnee Smollett movies and TV shows have made her a star in the entertainment industry.
Some of the famous Jurnee Smollett movies include:
- Birds of Prey (2020) as Dinah Lance
- One last Thing (2017) as Lucy Dillinger
- Hands of Stone (2016) as Juanita Leonard
- Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013) as Judith
- Captain Planet 4 (2012) as Gaia
- The Great Debaters (2007) as Samantha Booke
- Gridiron Gang (2006) as Danyelle Rollins
- Roll Bounce (2005) as Tori Turner
- Beautiful Joe (2000) as Vivien
- Eve's Bayou (1997) as Eve Batiste
- True Blood (2013-2014) as Nicole Wright
- Parenthood (2013) as Heather Hall
- Friday Night Lights (2009-2011) as Jess Merriweather
- The Mob Doctor (2012-2013) as Traci
- The Defenders (2010-2011) as Lisa Tyler
- Grey's Anatomy (2008) as Beth
- House (2006) as Tracy
- Strong medicine (2002) as Ruby
- ER (2002) as Romy
- NYPD Blue (1996) as Hanna
- Full House (1992-1994) as Denise
- Out All Night (1992) as Laqita
- Martin (1992) as Little girl
Here are the awards that the actress has won:
- NAACP Image Awards (2008)-Won the Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture award for her role in The Great Debaters.
- Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards (1998) - Won the Best Child Performance award for her role in Eve's Bayou.
- Essence Black Women in Hollywood (2008)
- NAACP Image Awards (1999 and 2000) -Won the Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress award for her role in Cosby.
- San Diego Film Critics Society Awards (1997) - Won the Best Supporting Actress award fro her role in Eve's Bayou.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell husband and son
Jurnee was previously married to Josiah Bell until 2020 when they decided to call it quits. Jurnee Smollett husband Josiah Bell is a musician and a record producer. The couple tied the knot on 24th October 2010 at the Los Ageless Botanical gardens.
On 31st October 2016, they were blessed with a baby boy whom they named Hunter. Jurnee Smollett son is currently three years old.
The couple had been married for ten years but they recently split due to unknown reasons. Jurnee Smollett Bell husband has said nothing about their divorce.
Jurnee Smollett height and weight
She stands at a height of 5 feet and 6 inches and weighs approximately 58kgs. She has black hair and black eyes.
Jurnee Smollett has appeared in various productions, making her one of the most talented actors of her time. Her recent role in Lovecraft Country is undoubtedly bound to propel her to greater heights in the film and television industry.
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The actress has also appeared in Broadway productions such as Our Lady of Kibeho (Signature), Antony and Cleopatra (The Public Theater and Royal Shakespeare Company), Emotional Creature (Signature and Berkeley Rep), Hurt Village (Signature), and Rent.