December 17, 1986|
Woodstown, New Jersey
Emma Jean Bell (born December 17, 1986) is an American actress, best known for her roles in films Frozen (2010) and Final Destination 5 (2011), and for playing Amy in the first season of The Walking Dead (2010), and Emma Judith Ryland Brown on the TNT drama series Dallas (2013–14).
Early life and family
Emma Jean Bell, who was born in Woodstown, New Jersey, grew up in Flemington and the Stanton section of Readington Township and attended Hunterdon Central Regional High School. She moved to New York City at the age of 16. She attended Talent Unlimited High School Performing Arts High School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
Her mother, Theresa "Tessa" B./A. Horan, was a producer for 60 Minutes, and her father, Robert M. "Rob" Bell, owns Green Birdie Productions, a full-service video production company in Lambertville, New Jersey. Her father was also a reporter, videographer and writer-producer for WWOR-TV. Her brother, Chase Sterling Bell, is a musician. Her paternal grandparents are Ensign Charles Robert Bell and Elise Emma Stone, a Daughter of the American Revolution, both graduates of Swarthmore College in 1939 and he also from the Naval Supply School, Harvard University in 1941, married in Brooklyn on a Sunday, September 14, 1941, and her aunt is Jean Elise Bell. Her great-grandparents were Lieutenant Mead Wilmer Stone, who fought in the First World War and was a co-owner of George Malvese and Company of Garden City Park, in Long Island, and Lillie Seamann.
Bell began her acting career in an Off-Broadway cabaret show in New York at the age of 12. She made her screen debut in 2004, in the episode of NBC drama series Third Watch. She later appeared on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and in 2006 starred in the short-lived The WB television series The Bedford Diaries. She also appeared on such other shows as Supernatural, Law & Order, and CSI: Miami. She made her film debut in the 2007 sports drama film Gracie and also appeared in New York City Serenade, The Favor, Death in Love, and Elektra Luxx.
In 2010, Bell starred as Parker O'Neill, one of the main characters in the film Frozen. The film has received positive reviews from critics and in same year she named one of the "55 Faces of the Future" in Nylon's young Hollywood issue. She appeared in Hatchet II, in which she reprised her Frozen role in an uncredited cameo. Also in 2010, Bell portrayed the role of Amy, the younger sister of Andrea (Laurie Holden) in Season 1 of the AMC drama series The Walking Dead. In 2011, Bell starred as Molly Harper, the female lead character, in the 2011 thriller-horror film Final Destination 5.
Bell starred in two television pilots NBC did not result in a full series, Reconstruction in 2011 and Midnight Sun in 2012. In September 2012, it was announced that Bell had signed on as a series regular on the second season of TNT's drama series Dallas. She played the role of Emma Judith Ryland Brown, Ann Ewing's (Brenda Strong) and Harris Ryland's (Mitch Pileggi) daughter, and Judith Brown Ryland's (Judith Light) granddaughter. In 2013, Bell also starred in independent films Life Inside Out, Bipolar, and See You in Valhalla.
|2007||New York City Serenade||Melinda|
|2008||Death in Love||Young Girl|
|2010||Elektra Luxx||Eleanore Linbrook|
|2010||Hatchet II||Parker O'Neil||Cameo|
|2011||New Romance||Emma||Short film|
|2011||Final Destination 5||Molly Harper|
|2013||The Food Ditty||Emma Bee||Short film|
|2014||Life Inside Out||Keira|
|2015||See You in Valhalla||Faye|
|2015||The Good Ones||Tara||Short film|
|2016||A Quiet Passion||Young Emily Dickinson|
|2017||Different Flowers||Millie Haven|
|2004||Third Watch||Pamela Stewart||Episode: "Sins of the Fathers"|
|2004||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Alison Luhan||Episode: "Outcry"|
|2006||The Bedford Diaries||Rachel Fein||Recurring role; 5 episodes|
|2007||Law & Order||Kirsten Paley||Episode: "Talking Points"|
|2009||Ghost Whisperer||Paula Hathaway||Episode: "Body of Water"|
|2009||Supernatural||Lindsey||Episode: "Free to Be You and Me"|
|2010, 2012||The Walking Dead||Amy Harrison||Recurring role; 6 episodes|
|2011||CSI: Miami||Jennifer Olsen||Episode: "Look Who's Taunting"|
|2012||Midnight Sun||Rory Harring||Unsold television pilot|
|2012||Arrow||Emily Nocenti||Episode: "Honor Thy Father"|
|2013–14||Dallas||Emma Brown||Series regular (30 episodes)|
|2014||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Rose Summers||Episode: "Reasonable Doubt"|
|2016||American Horror Story: Roanoke||Tracy Logan||Episode: "Chapter 10"|
|2016||Rizzoli & Isles||Christine McKenzie||Episode: "Cops vs. Zombies"|
|2016-2017||Relationship Status||Claire||Main role; 7 episodes|
|2017||Flip the Script||Ad Exec 3||Miniseries; Episode: "Mad Women"|
|2017||Kevin (Probably) Saves the World||Deb||Episode: "Sweet Little Lies"|
|2017||Designated Survivor||Carey Morgan||Episode: "Line of Fire"|
|2018||Lucifer||Mia Hytner||Episode: "Quintessential Deckerstar"|
Award and nominations
|2011||Eyegore Awards||Actress||The Walking Dead||Won|
|2010||Fright Meter Awards||Best Actress||Frozen||Nominated|
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- Staff. "Built Jersey Tough", Inside Jersey, February 2011, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 10, 2011. Accessed September 21, 2015. "Bell, 24, hails from Stanton, a tiny community that neighbors the much larger and more business-oriented Flemington.... In 2002, she left Hunterdon Central High School midway through her sophomore year to enroll at Talent Unlimited, a performing arts school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side."
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- Nellie Andreeva, Robert Carlyle & Emma Bell Join Broadcast Pilots, Deadline Hollywood, March 7, 2011
- Nellie Andreeva, Julia Stiles To Star In NBC Drama Pilot ‘Midnight Sun’, Deadline Hollywood, March 2, 2012
- Morgan Jeffery (September 12, 2012). "'Dallas' adds 'Walking Dead' star Emma Bell for season two". Digital Spy. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
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