Catherine Bell

Biography: Though she played a true-blue American Marine lawyer on CBS's J.A.G., Catherine Bell is actually London-born. But when her parents, Peter, an architect, and Mina, a nurse, divorced when Catherine was a toddler, she and her mother settled in Los Angeles, CA.

A self-described "geek," Bell thrived in math and biology in school, and in junior high once programmed a computer video game. She entered UCLA with the intention of being a pre-med major, but in her sophomore year found herself at a crossroads. Making a decision to take her life in a different direction, she began modeling in Japan, but after four months found the lifestyle damaging to her self-esteem and well being. She returned to Los Angeles with a new goal: to prove herself as an actress. She soon found herself cast in guest spots on shows like Hercules, Dream On, and Friends. But it was a three-line part on the military drama J.A.G. - on an episode in which her character was brutally murdered - that changed it
Though she played a true-blue American Marine lawyer on CBS's J.A.G., Catherine Bell is actually London-born. But when her parents, Peter, an architect, and Mina, a nurse, divorced when Catherine was a toddler, she and her mother settled in Los Angeles, CA.

A self-described "geek," Bell thrived in math and biology in school, and in junior high once programmed a computer video game. She entered UCLA with the intention of being a pre-med major, but in her sophomore year found herself at a crossroads. Making a decision to take her life in a different direction, she began modeling in Japan, but after four months found the lifestyle damaging to her self-esteem and well being.

She returned to Los Angeles with a new goal: to prove herself as an actress. She soon found herself cast in guest spots on shows like Hercules, Dream On, and Friends. But it was a three-line part on the military drama J.A.G. - on an episode in which her character was brutally murdered - that changed it all.

Several months after that guest spot, Bell heard that the producers of J.A.G. were looking for a new female lead for the show. So she crossed her fingers and wrote a letter to executive producer Donald P. Bellisario, declaring her suitability for the role of Maj. Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie.

Intrigued, Bellisario decided to take a gamble, and Bell won the part. Her chemistry with male lead David James Elliot, who plays Lt. Cmdr. Harmon "Harm" Rabb, ensured that the show, which had been struggling in the ratings, would thrive on a new network. J.A.G. now holds a steady position in Nielsen's Top 20.

Her role on J.A.G. allows Bell to showcase her athletic skills - she's been kickboxing for over 10 years, and knows her way around a shooting range. In her off-camera time, her tomboyish nature comes to the fore when she throws herself into snowboarding, riding motorcycles, wakeboarding, and other extreme sports.
Bell shares her Los Angeles-area home with her husband, actor Adam Beason, and their daughter Gemma, and their two Italian greyhounds, Leo and Zoe.
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Catherine Bell's Scores

Average career score: 59
Highest Metascore: 65 Army Wives: Season 1
Lowest Metascore: 51 The Triangle (2005)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Negative: 0 out of 3
3 tv reviews
Title: Year: Credit: User score:
tbd The Good Witch: Season 1 Feb 28, 2015 Cassandra "Cassie" Nightingale 6.8
65 Army Wives: Season 1 Jun 3, 2007 Denise Sherwood 7.7
51 The Triangle (2005) Dec 5, 2005 Emily Patterson 8.3
tbd JAG: Season 10 Sep 24, 2004 Lt. Col. Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie / Lt. Col. Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie (Year 2 - 10) / Lt. Col. Sarah MacKenzie (Year 2 - 10) tbd
tbd JAG: Season 9 Sep 26, 2003 Lt. Col. Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie / Lt. Col. Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie (Year 2 - 10) / Lt. Col. Sarah MacKenzie (Year 2 - 10) tbd
tbd JAG: Season 8 Sep 24, 2002 Lt. Col. Sarah MacKenzie / Lt. Col. Sarah MacKenzie (Year 2 - 10) tbd
tbd JAG: Season 7 Sep 25, 2001 Lt. Colonel Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie / Lt. Colonel Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie (Season 2-10) / Lt. Colonel Sarah MacKenzie (Season 2-10) tbd
tbd JAG: Season 6 Oct 3, 2000 Lt. Colonel Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie / Lt. Colonel Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie (Season 2-10) / Lt. Colonel Sarah MacKenzie (Season 2-10) tbd
tbd JAG: Season 5 Sep 21, 1999 Lt. Colonel Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie / Lt. Colonel Sarah "Mac" MacKenzie (Season 2-10) / Lt. Colonel Sarah MacKenzie (Season 2-10) tbd
tbd JAG: Season 4 Sep 22, 1998 Lt. Colonel Sarah MacKenzie (Season 2-10) / Major Sarah"Mac" Mackenzie / Major Sarah"Mac" Mackenzie (Season 2-10) / Jenny Lake tbd
tbd JAG: Season 3 Sep 23, 1997 Lt. Colonel Sarah MacKenzie (Season 2-10) / Maj Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie (Season 2-10) / Major Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie tbd
tbd JAG: Season 2 Jan 3, 1997 Lt. Colonel Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie (Season 2-10) / Lt. Colonel Sarah MacKenzie (Season 2-10) / Maj Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie tbd
62 JAG: Season 1 Sep 23, 1995 Lt. Col Sarah "Mac" Mackenzie 8.3
tbd Company Town: Season 1 Sep 1, 2006 Maggie Shaunessy tbd