Catherine Lisa Bell (born August 14, 1968) is an American actress known for her role of Lieutenant Colonel Sarah MacKenzie. of the television show JAG from 1997 to 2005. Currently she stars in the Lifetime Television hit series Army Wives as Denise Sherwood.

Catherine Bell



Catherine Lisa Bell August 14, 1968 (age 46) London, England, UK



Years active



Adam Beason (1994–present)(separated) 2 children



Early lifeEdit

Bell was born in London, England, the daughter of Mina, a personal assistant and nurse, and Peter Bell, an architect. Her mother is Iranian and her father Scottish.

Personal lifeEdit

Bell is fluent in Persian and English. She is fond of motorcycling, skiing, snowboarding and kick-boxing, which she has been practicing for over 10 years. Her hobbies include cross-sitching and making model cars, which she has done since age 8. She met actor/production assistant Adam Beason on the set of Death Becomes Her in 1992 (where she was the body-double for Isebella Rossellini), and they were married on May 8, 1994. They have a daughter, Gemma, who was born on April 16, 2003, and a son, Ronan, born on August 21, 2010. The couple separated in October 2011.

Bell was the grand marshal of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway on June 3, 2007.

In a survey of 70 celebrities by The Sporting News just before the 2002 Super Bowl, she correctly predicted that the New England Patriots would beat the St. Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI 20 to 17. In actuality the article was written after the NFC and AFC championship games; Bell correctly guessed the score, but the teams were already decided.

In August 2007 Bell and her husband, Adam, put their Calabasas, California, home on the market for $3.25 million, and moved to South Carolina.

During the Hollywood writers strike, Bell took flying lessons in a Cirrus SR22.

When she was in her 20s, she had thyroid cancer and had to have her thyroid removed. She does not cover the scar on her neck because she "thinks it's kind of cool".


Although Bell was raised Roman Catholic and attended an "all-girls" Catholic school (Our Lady of Corvallis High School in Los Angeles), she is now a practicing Scientologist. Bell has attested to attaining the Scientology state of Clear She has supported Scientology's Hollywood Education and Literacy Project. In December 2005 Bell helped promote the gaga opening of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, "Psychiatry: An Industry of Death" museum.

In February 2006 Bell appeared in a Scientology music video called "United." The film includes cameo performances by Isaac Hayes, Erika Christensen, Jenna Elfman, and Lynsey Bartilson, and promotes human rights with a rap song.


One of Bell's first modeling jobs was an extended assignment in Japan. When she returned to California, she
studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse with Milton Katselas. She was a freelance masseuse whose clientele included singer, Peter Gabriel. She was on the game show, To Tell The Truth, in 1990 where she mentioned that she was a massage therapist (she was one of the imposters on the show, playing an imposter of a body-double named Shelly Michelle). Her first television acting role was one line on the sitcom Sugar and Spice (1990).

In 1996 Bell began her role as Marine Lieutenant Colonel, Sarah MacKenzie, in the series JAG. She continued in this role until 2005, and it became the role for which she is most well-known.

Since 2007 Bell has starred in Lifetime's ensemble drama series Army Wives as Denise Sherwood, the wife of a U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, who endured domestic violence at the hands of her teenage son during the show's first season.

Bell also has recently played the main role in Hallmark's The Good Witch (2008), and its sequels The Good Witch's Garden (2009), The Good Witch's Gift (2010), and The Good Witch's Family (2011); she co-executive-produced all of the movies.



Title Date Role Notes

Good Morning, Killer

2011 FBI Special Agent Ana Gray Leading role; shown as part of the TNT Mystery Movie Night series
The Last Man Standing 2011 Abby Collins Leading role
The Good Witch's Family 2011 Cassandra "Cassie" Nightingale
The Good Witch's Gift 2010 Cassandra "Cassie" Nightingale co-executive producer
The Good Witch's Garden 2009 Cassandra "Cassie" Nightingale co-executive producer
The Good Witch 2008 Cassandra Nightingale
Evan Almighty 2007 Susan Ortega cameo
Army Wives 2007–present Denise Sherwood series regular
Still Small Voices 2006 Michael Summer
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2006 Naomi Cheales Episode #8.09 - "Choreographed"
Company Town 2006 Maggie Shaunessy
Threshold 2006 Dr. Daphne Larson Episode #1.11 - "Outbreak"
The Triangle 2005 Emily Patterson
Babak and Friends A First Norooz 2005 Layla Voice
JAG 1996–2005 Maj./Lt. Col. Sarah MacKenzie Episode #1.22 - "Skeleton Crew" (1996) as Lieutenant Junior Grade Diane Schonke,

Episode #3.19 - "Death Watch" (1998) as Lieutenant Junior Grade Diane Schonke (archive footage), Episode #5.11 - "Ghosts of Christmas Past" (1999) as Jenny Lake, Episode #6.23 - "Mutiny" (2001) as Mrs. Alexander MacKenzie, Episode #8.14 - "Each of Us Angels" (2003) as Ensign Beverly Tromatore

Walking the Dead 2003 Sam James Episode #3.4 - "Final Cut"
Bruce Almighty 2003 Susan Ortega
Thrill Seekers 1999 Elizabeth Wintern
Cab to Canada 1998 Sandy
Black Thunder 1998 Lisa
Sin City Spectacular 1998–1999 Episode #1.10 and #1.16
Crash Drive 1997 Lt. Cmdr. Lisa Stark
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys 1997 Cynea Episode #3.10 - "The Lady and the Dragon"
Hot Line 1996 Cat Episode "The Brunch Club"

aka Hotline Volume 3 (VHS release title)

The Naked Truth 1995 Episode #1.11 - "Comet Nails Star and Vice Versa!"
Friends 1995 Robin Episode #2.06 - "The One with the Baby on the Bus"
Alien Nation: Body and Soul 1995 Cop
Vanishing Son 1995 Episode #2.06 - "Miracle Under 34th Street" as Kelly,

Episode #2.12 - "Long Ago and Far Away" as Rachel

Men on War 1994 Grace Lashield
Dream on 1994 Kay Meadows Episode #5.09 - "Those Who Can't, Edit"
Mother of the Bride 1993 Chastity
Death becomes her 1992 Lisle's Body Double Isebella


Title Date Notes
Martha 17 January 2008
Live with Regis and Kelly 16 January 2008
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 8 August 2007
The Morning Show with Mike & Juliet 1 August 2007
Live with Regis and Kelly 31 July 2007
Late Show with David Letterman 30 July 2007
Sci Fi Inside: The Triangle 2005
United 2005
DVD Exclusive Awards 2003 Presenter
CBS at 75 2003
Yes,Dear 2003 Episode #3.14 - "Let's Get Jaggy with It"
Sidewalks Entertainment 2002 Episode #13.1 - "Wedding Planner (Special Edition)"
The Howard Stern Show 24 July 2002
Hollywood Squares 24 September 2001
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 15 January 2001
Celebrity Jeopardy! May 1999


Year Award Category Film Result
2006 Saturn Award Best Supporting Actress on Television The Triangle Nominated


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  2. ^ [(8-8-2007) Catherine Bell talks about her Persian background (her mother is Iranian) on USA ABC late night show Jimmy Kimmel Live]
  3. ^ Catherine Bell interview from Good Housekeeping's Quick and Simple 2007 Cover]
  4. ^ Betsy Model (October 1999). "Ma'am Yes Ma'am!". Orange Coast: The Magazine of Orange County. pp. 32–37.
  5. ^ Amazing Catherine Bell
  6. ^ a boy/
  7. ^ Jordan, Julie (2011-10-14). "Army Wives Actress, Catherine Bell, and Husband, Adam Beason, Separate". Retrieved 14 October 2011.
  8. ^ Dover International Speedway - The Monster Mile - Actress Catherine Bell and a charitable race fan will kickoff the “Autism Speaks 400 presented by Visa” at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, June 3, 2007
  9. ^ Jeff D'Alessio (January 31, 2002). "The Sporting News". Retrieved 2007-03-14.
  10. ^ Barbara and David Mikkelson (4 February 2010). "The Bell Curve". Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  11. ^ A new base of operations for 'JAG's' Bell, By Ruth Ryon, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer, 2007-08-26
  12. ^ Catherine Bell takes to sky with flying lessons, The Associated Press, 2008-01-17
  13. ^ Catherine Bell Biography,, Inc.
  14. ^ Zokaei, Mayar (Spring 2005). "Bell Hop". NYLA Magazine.
  15. ^ Interview with Catherine Bell, Celebrity (Magazine of the Scientology Celebrity Centre Los Angeles), Issue 347 (April 2003)
  16. ^ Bell, Catherine. "Giving Back: This Month". Catherine Bell's Official Website. Retrieved 2006-06-08.[dead link]
  17. ^ Gumbel, Andrew (2006-01-12). "Scientology vs. Science". Los Angeles CityBeat (Southland Publishing). Retrieved 2006-06-08.[dead link]
  18. ^ "Youth for Human Rights Campaign". Retrieved 2007-04-11.
  19. ^ Knutzen, Eirik. "TV Close-Up: Catherine Bell". Retrieved 2007-06-15.
  20. ^ Army Wives
  21. ^ Hollywood Reporter

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