Renée Felice Smith

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Renée Felice Smith
Renée Felice Smith 2012 (cropped).jpg
Smith in 2012
Born (1985-01-16) January 16, 1985 (age 35)
New York City, U.S.
OccupationActress, Producer
Years active2008–present
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 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 a national television commercial for Dannon yogurt in 1991, 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.[7]

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

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

Smith and director C.A. Gabriel directed their first feature film titled The Relationtrip (2017), which premiered at SXSW in March 2017.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
2008 Viralcom Auditioner Episode: "I Can't Believe I'm BritGirl16!"
2010–present NCIS: Los Angeles Nell Jones Main role; debuted on season 2, episode 1
2010 The Wyoming Story Dinah Thorpe TV Movie
2017 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Belle Episode: "A Cricket's Tale"


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Detachment Missy
2014 Nanny 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 executive producer, writer and director
Dallas International Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize for Narrative Feature Competition[citation needed]
Nominated—Nashville Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize Bridgestone Narrative Feature Competition (shared with C.A. Gabriel)[citation needed]
Nominated—SXSW Film Festival's SXSW Adam Yauch Hörnblowér Award (shared with C.A. Gabriel)[citation needed]
Nominated—SXSW Film Festival's SXSW Gamechanger Award[citation needed]
That Thing with the Cat! Emma


  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. ^ Brown, Mark (18 March 2015). "Love is ... five gay films going global in the name of human rights". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 August 2019.
  8. ^ Levielle, Kerry (2017-03-10). "The Relationtrip Exclusive Clip". IndieWire. Retrieved 2017-06-02.

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