Renée Felice Smith

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Renee Felice Smith
Renée Felice Smith 2012 (cropped).jpg
Born (1985-01-16) January 16, 1985 (age 33)
New York City, U.S.
OccupationActress, producer
Years active2008–present
Known forNell Jones in NCIS: Los Angeles
TelevisionNCIS: Los Angeles

Renée Felice Smith (born January 16, 1985)[1] is an American actress. She is known for portraying Nell Jones on NCIS: Los Angeles, since joining the series that began in 2010.

Early life[edit]

Smith attended Patchogue-Medford High School on Long Island, New York, as well as the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, double majoring in journalism and minoring in history,[2] Stonestreet Studios Conservatory and the Lee Strasberg Institute.[3]


Smith's first acting job was[when?] a national television commercial for Dannon yogurt at age six.[3]

Smith started off in theatre, having made her debut in Second Stage's Wildflower.[4] She was cast for a sitcom on The CW directed by Amy Sherman-Palladino, tentatively titled Wyoming, but only a pilot was produced since the project was not picked up by the network. The pilot movie is called The Wyoming Story.[5]

In 2010, Smith was cast to appear as Nell Jones on NCIS: Los Angeles. Initially planned to be only a recurring character, Smith's role was expanded to Main Cast after she impressed the producers with her acting.[6]

In 2011, Smith appeared as a supporting character 'Missy' in Detachment.[4]

In 2012, Smith began co-creating a children's book series based on her French bulldog, Hugo.[2]

In April 2014, Smith starred as Frankie in Code Academy, a short sci-fi production in which young men and women are kept apart until a certain age.[citation needed]

In April 2015, Smith starred in and produced the short film, Baby, which premiered at SXSW Film Festival.[citation needed]

In May 2015, Smith won the SET Award for Portrayal of a Female in Technology. The award was presented by The Big Bang Theory's Mayim Bialik and EIC President/CEO Brian Dyak at the 2015 NCWIT Summit for Women and IT.[citation needed]

Smith was the Social Media Ambassador for CBS for the ACM Awards which aired on April 3, 2016.[citation needed]

Smith appeared in the March 1, 2017 episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia entitled "A Cricket's Tale".[citation needed]

Smith and director C.A. Gabriel directed their first feature film entitled The Relationtrip (2017), which premiered at SXSW in March 2017.[7]



Year Title Roles Notes
2011 Detachment Missy
2014 Sitter Cam Jess
Code Academy Frankie Short film
That Thing with the Cat Emma
2015 Baby Naomi Short film; also as executive producer
2017 The Relationtrip Beck Also as executive producer, writer and director

Dallas International Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Feature Competition

Nominated—Nashville Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize Bridgestone Narrative Feature Competition (shared with C.A. Gabriel)

Nominated—SXSW Film Festival's SXSW Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award (shared with C.A. Gabriel)

Nominated—SXSW Film Festival's SXSW Gamechanger Award

That Thing with the Cat! Emma


Year Title Roles Notes
2008 Viralcom Auditioner Episode: "I Can't Believe I'm BritGirl16!"
2010–present NCIS: Los Angeles Nell Jones Main cast; 199 episodes
2017 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Belle Episode: "A Cricket's Tale"


  1. ^ "Celebrity birthdays for the week of Jan. 15-21". WTOP. 2017-01-15. Retrieved 2017-06-24.
  2. ^ a b "Who's in bed with - Renée Felice Smith". Tails Magazine. June 25, 2012. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Krystle L. DiNicola (July 26, 2011). "Patch chat: Renée Felice Smith". Retrieved February 20, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Zack Mandell (March 15, 2012). "Interview with Renée Felice Smith who plays Missy in Tony Kaye's new film "Detachment"". Yahoo! Voices. Archived from the original on December 16, 2013. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
  5. ^ Neumann, Carolin (2 November 2010). "NCIS: Los Angeles befördert Datenanalystin Nell Jones" (in German). Serienjunkies. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  6. ^ Leopardi, Fulvia (2 November 2010). "Alan Dale in Undercovers; novità per Rookie Blu e NCIS: LA, le serie tv dicono chi sei" (in Italian). Televisionando. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  7. ^ Levielle, Kerry (2017-03-10). "The Relationtrip Exclusive Clip". IndieWire. Retrieved 2017-06-02.

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