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Ashley Bell

A gifted and eclectic young actress with spirit and quirk, Ashley Bell is swiftly emerging as one of Hollywood's most sought after young talents with a passion for the performing arts and a skill for challenging herself with each role.

Bell can be seen in the comedy STAY COOL opposite Winona Ryder, Hilary Duff, and Mark Polish which premiered at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. The film centers around an author (Polish) who returns to his hometown to deliver a commencement address to a class of graduating high school students including the valedictorian (Bell), and has to deal with his feelings for an old flame (Ryder) as well as the advances of a student (Duff) who has the hots for him.

On the small screen, Bell is recognized for her recurring role as Tonya on Showtime's Emmy-winning series The United States of Tara. Bell played a small-town teenager and friend to Tara's (Toni Collette) daughter Kate (Brie Larson).

In addition to her film and television accomplishments, the versatile actress has been featured in a countless number of plays in Los Angeles and New York City. Bell has been described as a joy to watch by Backstage West and as a scene stealer by the Los Angeles Times for her portrayal of ‘Frankie' in the play Voice of the Prairie at The Colony Theater in Los Angeles. The seasoned theater actress has been featured in an extensive list of drama including Arthur Miller's The Crucible where she played ‘Abigail Williams' and Shakespeare's Hamlet where she played ‘Ophelia,' a role for which she won Best Actress while studying at Cambridge University in England.

Bell's upbringing certainly had a hand in her talent and passion for the performing arts. Bell's mother, Victoria Carroll is one of the founding members of Hollywood's historic comedy group The Groundlings, and her father is famed voice-actor Michael Bell who has lent his talent to G.I. Joe, Smurfs, and Nickelodeon's The Rugrats. Bell's grandparents made a living traveling cross country in the vaudeville circuit with The Keith-Albee Orpheum and Pantages Vaudeville Circuits, her grandfather even taught her mother routines to perform at the age of 8.

A graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts with honors, Bell was handpicked to be mentored by Oscar-nominee Kathleen Turner and is a classically trained actress whose versatility has allowed her to lend her talent to drama and comedy, commercial, television, film, and theater acting.

In her spare time, Bell has taken up everything from competing nationally in fencing to performing in competitive ballroom dancing to horse-back riding to boxing. A vegetarian, Bell is involved with multiple charities that focus on rescuing and adopting animals, and she has personally rescued a lovable golden retriever named Honor and a stout but endearing casanova cat named Bernard.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2010.

Ashley Bell Facts

BirthdayMay 26, 1986 (37)
BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, USA
Height5' 3" (1m60)  How tall is Ashley Bell compared to you?

Selected Filmography

The Last Exorcism
The Day
The Last Exorcism Part II Unrated
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie
Apocalypse Now
Bruce Almighty
Freshman Orientation
Good Witch's Wonder
Apocalypse Now Redux
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