Bella Thorne

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Bella Thorne
Bella Thorne March 18, 2014 (cropped).jpg
Thorne at the Divergent film premiere in Westwood, California on March 18, 2014
Born Annabella Avery Thorne[1]
(1997-10-08) October 8, 1997 (age 16)
Pembroke Pines, Florida, U.S.
  • Actress
  • singer
  • model
  • dancer
Years active 2003–present
Musical career
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2011–present
Associated acts Zendaya

Annabella Avery "Bella" Thorne (born October 8, 1997) is an American teen actress, dancer, singer, and model, best known for her role as the aspiring young dancer CeCe Jones on the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up.

She is set to star in Blended as Hilary "Larry", alongside Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler. The film is set for release in the US on May 23, 2014.

Early life

Bella Thorne was born on October 8, 1997, in Pembroke Pines, Florida, the daughter of Tamara and Reinaldo Thorne.[2][3] She is the youngest of four children who are also actors.[2][4] Her father was of Cuban descent, and Thorne has stated that she also has Italian and Irish ancestry.[5] She enjoyed a career as a child model.[2]


2003–2009: My Own Worst Enemy and Little Monk

Thorne's first film appearance was an uncredited role as a sidelines fan in the 2003 film Stuck on You. She has since appeared in film and television projects including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Entourage, The O.C. (as a younger version of Taylor Townsend), the third-last episode of October Road (as Angela Ferilli, the pre-adolescence crush of the main characters; her older brother Remy also guest-starred in the same episode as a younger Eddie Latekka), and five episodes of Dirty Sexy Money (as Margaux Darling).[6] In 2007 Thorne appeared as a young girl plagued by supernatural visions in The Seer. In 2008, Thorne starred alongside Christian Slater and Taylor Lautner in the short-lived drama series My Own Worst Enemy, for which she won a Young Artist's Award for her portrayal of the character Ruthy Spivey; Thorne described her Enemy casting as a major breakthrough as this was the first recurring role in her career.

She then starring the web series Little Monk, which depicted characters from the series Monk as children. In 2009, she played the role of the vengeful antagonist in the horror film Forget Me Not.[7] In addition, Thorne took on a supporting role in the family drama Raspberry Magic, the movie premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival[8] and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival in 2010.[9]

Thorne at the Variety's Power of Youth Event in 2010

2010–13: Shake It Up

Thorne starring as co-star on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up, (originally titled Dance, Dance Chicago). Thorne plays CeCe Jones, a dancer with heavy ambitions for a career in the spotlight despite having dyslexia.[10] The show is a buddy comedy centered around a teen dance show (in a show-within-a-show format) co-starring Thorne and Zendaya.[11] The multi-camera series began production in Hollywood, California, in July 2010 and premiered on November 7, 2010 on Disney Channel. While she had a substantial portfolio of work in television and film, Thorne had no experience in professional dancing before being cast. After signing onto the show in October 2009, she began taking three dance classes every night.[12] In 2010, Thorne replaced Jolean Wejbe as Tancy ("Teenie") Henrickson, Bill and Barb's younger daughter in Season 4 of HBO's Big Love.[13] Thorne's first single with Zendaya, Watch Me was released on June 21, reaching 86 on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts.,[14] 9 on the US Top Heatseekers charts[15] and earning RIAA: Gold.[16]

On September 29, 2011, Disney Channel announced it had increased Shake It Up's second season order to 26 episodes.[17] A 90-minute special episode Made In Japan aired August 17, 2012 as the season two finale.[18] On June 4, 2012, Disney Channel announced that Shake It Up was renewed for a third season[19] In 2012, Thorne was casted as Avalon Greene in the Disney Channel Original Movie Frenemies.[20] TTYLXOX was released on March 6, reaching 97 on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts.[21] On March 30, 2013, it was confirmed by Hollywood Records via Twitter that Bella was officially signed to the record label. Thorne landed an role in the comedy Blended, along with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, Thorne will play Sandler’s daughter.[22] On July 25, the Disney Channel confirmed that Shake It Up will be canceled after the end of the third season.[23][24]

Thorne in February 2012.

2013–present: Focus on films and debut album

In 2014 Thorne will play Jamie, a disillusioned teenager intensely guarding a personal secret in the film Home Invasion.[25] It was reported that Bella Throne had signed a new deal to write series of books, beginning with her first novel Autumn Falls, which is expected to come out in the summer of 2014.[26] Thorne has now signed on along with Kyra Sedgwick as the leads in Manis Film's thriller Big Sky, Thorne plays Hazel.[27]

Personal life

Originally from Pembroke Pines, Florida, Thorne has been living with her family in California since early 2006.[2] Her interests include dancing, playing soccer, spending time with her family and playing with her two dogs, a Cocker Spaniel and a wolf hybrid, six cats and a turtle.[2] She also admits to being a collector of hardcover books, listening to 1980s music, and using YouTube as a research tool for getting into character. Thorne is an avid supporter of the Humane Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and The Nomad Organization, which provides education, food and medical supplies to children in Africa.[2][7] Thorne lost her father to a vehicle accident in 2007. Thorne disclosed her father's death in a live interview on the local television talk show "View from the Bay" in December 2008. Thorne was diagnosed with dyslexia in the first grade. She is currently being home-schooled after previously attending a public school, where she had suffered peer abuse.[7] Thorne improved in her learning after attending a Sylvan Learning center and is currently reading and writing a grade ahead.[7][12][28] Thorne also talked about her dyslexia in an April 2010 interview with American Cheerleader Magazine, and explained that she overcame her dyslexia by rigorously reading everything she could find, including the labels of cereal boxes.[29][30]

In 2011, Thorne dated actor Garrett Backstrom for a short time.[31] Thorne is currently dating Tristan Klier, and has been since early 2012.[32]


Year Title Role Notes
2003 Stuck on You MC Sideline's Fan Supporting role; credited as Annabella Thorne
2007 Finishing the Game Sue Supporting role; credited as Annabella Thorne
2007 Blind Ambition Witbert Daniel
2007 The Seer Young Claire
2007 Craw Lake Julia
2009 Water Pills Psych Out Girl
2009 Forget Me Not Young Angela
2010 One Wish Messenger
2010 Raspberry Magic Sarah Patterson
2012 Frenemies Avalon Greene Disney Channel Original Movie
2014 Blended Hilary "Larry" Post-production
2014 Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Post-production
2014 Big Sky Post-production
2014 Home Invasion Jamie Post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Entourage Kid "I Wanna Be Sedated" (Season 3: episode 10)
2007 The O.C. Young Taylor Townsend "The Case of the Franks" (Season 4: episode 13)
2007–2008 Dirty Sexy Money Margaux Darling "The Chiavennasca" (Season 1: episode 4)
"The Family Lawyer" (Season 2: episode 2)
"The Silence" (Season 2: episode 4)
"The Summer House" (Season 2 episode 7)
2008 October Road Angela Ferilli "Stand Alone by Me"
2008 My Own Worst Enemy Ruthy Spivey Main role
2009 In the Motherhood Annie "Practice What You Preach" (Season 2: episode 11)
2009 Mental Emily "Pilot" (Season 1: episode 1)
2010 Big Love Tancy Henrickson Recurring role (Season 4)
2010 Wizards of Waverly Place Nancy Lukey "Max's Secret Girlfriend" (Season 3: episode 19)
2010–2013 Shake It Up CeCe Jones Main role
2011 Good Luck Charlie CeCe Jones "Charlie Shakes It Up" (Season 2: episode 13)
2011 PrankStars Herself "Adventures in Dogsitting" (Season 1: episode 5)
Year Title Role Notes
2009 Little Monk Wendy Main role; Web-series
Video games
Year Title Role Notes
2006 The Ant Bully Ant Kid Voice


Studio albums

Title Album details
Bella Thorne


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album

"Watch Me" (with Zendaya) 2011 86 9 Shake It Up: Break It Down
"TTYLXOX" 2012 97 15 71 Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Featured singles

Song Year Album
"Can't Stay Away"
(IM5 featuring Bella Thorne)
2012 non-album song[36]

Promotional singles

Song Year Album
"Bubblegum Boy" (with Pia Mia)[37] 2011 N/A
"Fashion Is My Kryptonite" (with Zendaya) 2012 Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance
"Contagious Love" (with Zendaya) 2013 Shake It Up: I <3 Dance

Other appearances

Song Year Other(s) artist(s) Album
"Something to Dance For/TTYLXOX Mash-Up" 2012 Zendaya Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance
"The Same Heart" Zendaya
"Made in Japan" Zendaya
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" N/A Disney Channel Holiday Playlist
"This Is My Dance Floor" 2013 Zendaya Shake It Up: I <3 Dance
"Blow the System" N/A
"Get'cha Head In the Game" N/A
"Christmas Wrapping" N/A Holidays Unwrapped
"Ring Ring (Hey Girls)" 2014 N/A Disney Channel: Play It Loud

Awards and Nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2008 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress The O.C. Nominated [38]
2009 October Road (TV series) [39]
Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedia o Drama) - Supporting Young Actress My Own Worst Enemy (TV series) Won
2010 Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress Mental Nominated [40]
2011 Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress Shake It Up Won [41]
Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series
(shared with Zendaya, Davis Cleveland, Roshon Fegan, Adam Irigoyen, Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine)
Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress 11-15 Wizards of Waverly Place
Best Performance in a TV Series - Recurring Young Actress 11-16 Big Love
Imagen Awards Best Young Actress – Television Shake It Up [42]
2012 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actress [43]
Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series
(shared with Zendaya, Davis Cleveland, Roshon Fegan, Adam Irigoyen, Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine)
Imagen Awards Best Young Actress - Television Won [44]
Hollywood Teen TV Awards Favorite Television Actress Nominated [45]
ALMA Awards Favorite TV Actress – Comedy [46][47]
2013 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Movie, MiniSeries, Special or Pilot - Leading Young Actress Frenemies [48]


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