Jurnee Smollett

Actress (1986)
Wed Sep 09 2020
By   Selena

Jurnee Smollett is an American actress who came to spotlight after starring as a child actress Jordee Jerrico in ABC's TV series, On Our Own in 20 episodes. It ran from September 13, 1994, until April 14, 1995.

Later, Smollett received critical acclaim after portraying the character of Eve in the 1997 independent drama film Eve's Bayou. From 2009 to 2011, she starred as Jess Merriweather in Friday Night Lights and as Lisa Tyler in CBS drama The Defenders from 2010 to 2011.

Jurnee Married Thirty Five Years Old, Josiah Bell

The 1.67 m tall, Smollett is single again. She was previously married to British musician, Josiah Bell. It is still unknown regarding their first meeting on the media but they began started dating in around 2004.

Jurnee Smollett and Josiah Bell Seperated In March 2020
Caption: The Wedding Photo Of Jurnee Smollett and Josiah Bell
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They were a best friend before becoming a couple so they had a great foundation. Finally, lovebirds exchanged the wedding vows on October 24, 2010, in the presence of close families, and friends. Their big day took place in the Los Angeles Botanical Garden. 

Jurnee Smollett and Son, Hunter Bell Born in 2016
Photo: Jurnee Smollett and Son, Hunter Bell Born in 2016
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Six years later of their marriage, they welcomed their son, Hunter Bell, on October 31, 2016. As of now, he is over three years old.

Filed For Divorce in Early 2020

The Birds of Prey actress has filed a divorce petition on March 2020, after nearly a decade of wedlock, as per as Us Weekly. Last year in 2019, they even had celebrated their 9th marriage anniversary.

The source claims that the momma of one, Smollett dropped off the paperwork sometime last week. However, their divorce is yet to be settled.

Net Worth In Million Dollars

Beginning her professional career in 1991, Jurnee has accumulated a huge amount of fortune. As of early 2020, she has an impressive net worth of $2 Million. Similarly, her salary is estimated at $52,000 a year.

To date, Smollett has featured on various TV shows including Cosby, Lord, ER, On Our Own, Grey's Anatomy, Lovecraft Country, and NYPD Blue. But she gained fame for her work in the TV show, Friday Night Lights. In the series, she shared the screen with Gaius Charles, Zach Roerig, Jae Head and among others.

Jurnee Smollett as Jess Merriweather in Friday Night Lights
Photo: Jurnee Smollett as Jess Merriweather in Friday Night Lights
Source: Cinema Blend

Her film credits are Jack, Roll Bounce, Gridiron Gang, The Great Debaters, Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor. Her 2020's film is Birds of Prey where she portrayed the character of Dinah Lance / Black Canary. 

Whereas her brother, Jussie's net worth stands at $1.5 Million, which he has earned from acting work. Also, he sold the 7,573 square feet Los Angeles home for $1.655 million.

As a Philanthropist 

The True Blood alum is an active member of the causes of HIV / AIDS at age 11. She was inspired by the survivor of HIV / AIDS, Hydeia Broadbent. She has even worked for different awareness of HIV / AIDS, such as the Red Cross and the Black AIDS Institute.

Also, Smollett is Board of Directors of Artists for a New South Africa and Children’s Defense Fund. She even spoke at the Ryan White Youth Conference.

Bio and Siblings

She was born on 1 October 1986 in New York, New York, the United States as Jurnee Diana Smollett. Her mother Janet Smollett is African American while her father Joel Smollett is originally from Russia and Poland. Joel is a civil rights activist and humanitarian.

Jurnee is the fourth of six siblings named Jussie Smollett, Jazz Smollett, Jake Smollett, Jacqui Smollett, and Jojo Smollett. And all of them are involved in the entertainment industry. So far, she holds American citizenship and is of African American ethnicity. She is a graduate of Wiley College.

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