Emma Bell

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Emma Bell
Emma Bell at the PaleyFest 2011.jpg
Bell at the PaleyFest 2011
Born Emma Jean Bell
(1986-12-17) December 17, 1986 (age 28)
Woodstown, New Jersey, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 2004–present

Emma Jean Bell[1] (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[edit]

Emma Jean Bell, who was born in Woodstown, New Jersey, grew up in Flemington[2] and the Stanton section of Readington Township and attended Hunterdon Central Regional High School.[3] She moved to New York City at the age of 16.[4][5] She attended Talent Unlimited High School Performing Arts High School on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.[5]

Her mother, Theresa "Tessa" B./A. Horan,[6] was a producer for 60 Minutes and her father, Robert M. "Rob" Bell,[7] 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.[8] Her brother, Chase Sterling Bell,[9] is a musician. Her paternal grandparents are Ensign Charles Robert Bell[10] and Elise Emma Stone,[11] 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,[12] and her aunt is Jean Elise Bell.[13] 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,[14] and Lillie Seamann.[15]


Bell began her acting career in an Off-Broadway cabaret show in New York at the age of 12.[16] 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, Favor, TheThe 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.[16][17] 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.[18] In 2011, Bell starred as Molly Harper, the female lead character, in the 2011 thriller-horror film Final Destination 5.[19]

Bell starred in two television pilots NBC did not result in a full series, Reconstruction in 2011[20] and Midnight Sun in 2012.[21] 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.[22][23] She played the role of Emma Judith Ryland Brown, Ann Ewing (Brenda Strong) and Harris Ryland (Mitch Pileggi)'s daughter, and Judith Brown Ryland's (Judith Light) granddaughter.[24] In 2013, Bell also starred in independent films Life Inside Out, Bipolar, and See You in Valhalla.[25]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Gracie Kate Dorset
2007 New York City Serenade Melinda
2007 Favor, TheThe Favor Jenny
2008 Death in Love Young Girl
2010 Frozen Parker O'Neil
2010 Elektra Luxx Eleanore Linbrook
2010 Hatchet II Parker O'Neil Cameo appearance
2011 New Romance Emma Short film
2011 Final Destination 5 Molly Harper
2012 Breaking Wind Rosalie
2013 The Food Ditty Emma Bee Short film
2013 Life Inside Out Keira
2014 See You in Valhalla Faye
2014 Bipolar Anna
2015 A Quiet Passion Young Emily Dickinson


Year Title Role Notes
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 Season 1 (recurring; 5 episodes)
2007 Law & Order Kirsten Paley Episode: "Talking Points"
2009 Ghost Whisperer Paula Hathaway Episode: "Body of Water"
2009 Dollhouse Tango Episode: "Needs"
2009 Supernatural Lindsey Episode: "Free to Be You and Me"
Walking Dead, TheThe Walking Dead Amy Season 1 (recurring; 5 episodes)
Season 3 (guest; 1 episode)
2011 CSI: Miami Jennifer Olsen Episode: "Look Who's Taunting"
2011 Reconstruction Unaired TV film
2012 Midnight Sun Rory Harring Unaired TV film
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"


  1. ^ "Intelius - 1 Profile found for Emma Bell in Flemington, NJ". intelius.com. 
  2. ^ Staff. "Discovery: Emma Bell", Interview (magazine), August 1, 2011. Accessed September 21, 2015. "HOMETOWN: I'm from Flemington, NJ."
  3. ^ 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."
  4. ^ New Jersey. "'The Walking Dead' recap: Seance hotline". NJ.com. Retrieved December 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "Emma Bell Biography - Rotten Tomatoes". rottentomatoes.com. 
  6. ^ "Intelius - 1 Profile found for Tessa Bell in Clinton, NJ". intelius.com. 
  7. ^ "Intelius - 1 Profile found for Robert Bell in Mount Pleasant, SC". intelius.com. 
  8. ^ New Jersey (November 1, 2011). "Built Jersey Tough". NJ.com. Retrieved December 2, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Intelius - 1 Profile found for Chase Bell in Flemington, NJ". intelius.com. 
  10. ^ "Intelius - 1 Profile found for Charles Bell in Flemington, NJ". intelius.com. 
  11. ^ "Intelius - 1 Profile found for Elise Bell in Flemington, NJ". intelius.com. 
  12. ^ "The Brooklyn Daily Eagle from Brooklyn, New York · Page 18". Brooklyn Public Library. 
  13. ^ "Intelius - 1 Profile found for Jean Bell in Roslyn, NY". intelius.com. 
  14. ^ "Long Island- Notable Families from Nassau & Suffolk Counties (Requested Names)". stevemorse.org. 
  15. ^ "RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project: Passing Thru Central Ohio". ancestry.com. 
  16. ^ a b "Emma Bell Biography". Tvguide.com. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Frozen". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  18. ^ "The Walking Dead Adds Frozen Star Emma Bell to its Cast". Dread Central. 
  19. ^ "Emma Bell Hopes to Cheat Death Once Again in 'Final Destination 5' -". bloody-disgusting.com. 
  20. ^ Nellie Andreeva, Robert Carlyle & Emma Bell Join Broadcast Pilots, Deadline.com, March 7, 2011
  21. ^ Nellie Andreeva, Julia Stiles To Star In NBC Drama Pilot ‘Midnight Sun’, Deadline.com, March 2, 2012
  22. ^ Morgan Jeffery (September 12, 2012). "'Dallas' adds 'Walking Dead' star Emma Bell for season two". Digital Spy. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  23. ^ Nellie Andreeva (September 12, 2012). "Emma Bell Joins ‘Dallas’ As New Regular". Deadline.com. Retrieved September 15, 2012. 
  24. ^ ' + data.results.personName + ' (January 28, 2013). "‘Dallas’ Emma Bell on Judith Light and sending J.R. Ewing out with a bang - Zap2it". Blog.zap2it.com. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 
  25. ^ "'Modern Family's' Sarah Hyland to Produce, Star in Indie Dramedy (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. July 26, 2013. Retrieved January 19, 2014. 

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