Lake Siegel Bell
March 24, 1979
New York City, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, director, screenwriter|
(m. 2013; sep. 2020)
Lake Siegel Bell (born March 24, 1979) is an American actress, screenwriter and director. She has starred in various television series, including Boston Legal (2004–2006), Surface (2005–2006), How to Make It in America (2010–2011), Childrens Hospital (2008–2016), and Bless This Mess (2019–2020) and in films including Over Her Dead Body (2008), What Happens in Vegas (2008), It's Complicated (2009), No Strings Attached (2011), Million Dollar Arm (2014), No Escape (2015), Man Up (2015), The Secret Life of Pets (2016), Shot Caller (2017) and Home Again (2017).
She wrote and directed the short film Worst Enemy, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012, followed by her 2013 feature film directing debut In a World..., in which she also starred. In 2017, she directed, wrote, co-produced and starred in I Do... Until I Don't. As of 2021[update], Bell starred as the voice of Poison Ivy in the HBO Max series Harley Quinn (2019–present), and Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow in the Disney+ series What If...? (2021).
Bell was born in New York City. Her mother, Robin Bell, owns the design firm Robin Bell Design in New York. Her father is real estate developer Harvey Siegel, who bought the then-closed Virginia International Raceway and converted it to a racetrack country club, and who owned New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Bell attended The Chapin School in New York and Westminster School in Simsbury, Connecticut. As a high school junior, Bell attended School Year Abroad (SYA) at its school located in Rennes, France. For part of her teenage years she lived in Vero Beach, Florida and attended Saint Edwards School. She attended Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, before transferring to Rose Bruford College in London. There she acted in theatrical productions including The Seagull, The Children's Hour, Six Degrees of Separation, Light Shining in Buckinghamshire and The Pentecost.
Bell began her career in 2002 with roles in the film Speakeasy, a film about two men who become unlikely friends after a minor traffic accident, and in 2 episodes of the medical TV drama ER. Her first significant roles came in 2003. After appearing in the psychological thriller I Love Your Work, she was cast alongside Jeff Goldblum as the female lead in the NBC television film War Stories and played Alicia Silverstone's wisecracking best friend, Victoria Carlson, in NBC's comedy-drama series Miss Match. In 2004, Bell appeared in the wrestling film Slammed and made her debut as Sally Heep in the final four episodes of The Practice. Her character was carried over into the spinoff Boston Legal, where she was a regular cast member until she left the series in 2005. She also appeared in an Audi commercial alongside Dustin Hoffman that spoofed The Graduate.
Bell then played the lead role in the science fiction series Surface, which aired between September 2005 and May 2006. 2006 also saw her star in the film Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders about the Hillside Strangler of the late 1970s and return to Boston Legal for two episodes, reprising her role as Sally Heep, opposing counsel to Alan Shore (portrayed by James Spader). In 2008, she played the female lead in the thriller Under Still Waters, for which she won the Newport Beach Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance in Acting, starred alongside Paul Rudd and Eva Longoria in the romantic comedy Over Her Dead Body, played Cameron Diaz's character's best friend in the romantic comedy What Happens in Vegas and played the wife of Colin Farrell's character in crime drama Pride and Glory.
She was also cast as the lead female role, Dr. Cat Black, in Rob Corddry's satirical comedy Childrens Hospital. The fourth season began airing in August 2012 and featured two episodes that were directed by Bell—the season premiere, "The Boy with the Pancakes Tattoo", a parody of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo and the ninth episode, "A Kid Walks in to a Hospital".
In 2009, Bell voiced the role of Dana Mercer in the video game Prototype, played Alec Baldwin's wife in the romantic comedy It's Complicated and guest starred in an episode of the fourth season of the series Wainy Days. 2010 saw Bell voice a supporting role in Shrek Forever After, star in the satirical film Burning Palms, guest star in an episode of the second season of the sitcom The League and cast as a lead character in the HBO series How to Make It in America, which aired for two seasons from February 2010 to November 2011. Bell was to play Deputy Judy Hicks in Scream 4, but dropped out four days before filming due to scheduling conflicts, with the role going to Marley Shelton.
In 2011, Bell starred alongside Josh Lucas and Terrence Howard in the supernatural thriller Little Murder, played Ashton Kutcher's boss in the romantic comedy No Strings Attached, a performance that won her critical praise and was called "scene-stealing," starred in the ensemble comedy A Good Old Fashioned Orgy and guest starred in an episode of the first season of New Girl. Bell had a lead role alongside Kate Bosworth in the 2012 thriller Black Rock.
Writer and director
In 2010, Bell made her writing and directing début with the short film Worst Enemy, which starred Michaela Watkins, Matt Walsh and Lindsay Sloane. Her film débuted at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and has also played at the Nantucket Film Festival, the Dallas International Film Festival, the Gen Art Film Festival and Aspen Shortsfest, winning the Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting in a Short Film from Nantucket and receiving a Shorts Jury Special Mention from Dallas. Her film led to her being named one of the "2012 Inspiring Filmmakers" by LUNAFEST. Speaking on the film, Bell stated:
"The film is about a milk-drinking, lactose-intolerant misanthrope on a quest for real human connection. Being an ordinary, unoriginal and unloved woman, she instead becomes so wrapped up in her own quiet neurosis that she finds herself physically stuck in a full body girdle. I wrote and directed Worst Enemy in 2010 as an experiment to see if I could take on being a filmmaker".
Bell made her writing and directing feature film debut at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival with In a World.... which she wrote and directed and in which she starred She describes the film as "a comedy about a female voice-over artist and family dysfunction and relationships. I’m obsessed with the voice-over world, so it makes sense for me." The film was picked up by Roadside Attractions and Sony. In February 2014 she said her next project would be What's the Point? (And Other Fair Questions About Marriage), a film she would write and direct, which was eventually renamed I Do... Until I Don't and released in 2017 to mixed reviews.
Bell also has a number of television directing credits, including two 2017 episodes of the Hulu comedy-drama series Casual, two 2019 episodes of the ABC sitcom Bless This Mess (a show in which she co-created and starred), and two episodes of the 2022 Hulu biographical miniseries Pam & Tommy.
Bell was listed as number 45 on Femme Fatales' list of the 50 Sexiest Women of 2003; 6th on British Vogue's list of the 10 Best Dressed Women of 2007, 32nd on Maxim's Hot 100 of 2008, 44th on Maxim's Hot 100 of 2012 and 89th on AskMen's 99 Most Desirable Women of 2012. In 2007, Bell appeared in a photo shoot for GQ; in 2008 she appeared in a photo shoot for Marie Claire; in 2009 she modeled for Scott Caan, for his first book, Scott Caan Photographs, Vol. 1; and in 2011 she appeared in photo shoots for Elle, Los Angeles, Maxim and Esquire, the latter in conjunction with the website Me In My Place. In September 2011, Bell modeled at Pirelli's Fashion Week in Milan, Italy. For New York Fashion Week 2013, Bell modeled nude with strategic body painting (done by her husband) on the cover of New York shot by Mark Seliger. In April 2014, Bell appeared in Esquire for the second time.
In 2011, Bell began dating Scott Campbell, an artist and tattoo artist. The two met when he played himself in an episode of the second season of How to Make It in America. The couple became engaged on Bell's birthday in March 2012 and were married on June 1, 2013, at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, Louisiana. In late October 2014, her representative confirmed that Bell had given birth to their daughter, Nova. In May 2017, Bell gave birth to their second child, a son named Ozgood. In October 2020, the couple announced their that they were separating, with Bell filing for divorce on October 28, 2020.
|2003||War Stories||Nora Stone|
|I Love Your Work||Felicia|
|2004||Fresh out of Tears||Leila||Short film|
|2006||Rampage: The Hillside Strangler Murders||Jillian Dunne|
|2008||Under Still Waters||Charlie||Newport Beach Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance in Acting|
|Over Her Dead Body||Ashley|
|What Happens in Vegas||Tipper|
|Pride and Glory||Megan Egan|
|Prop 8: The Musical||Scary Catholic School Girls From Hell||Short for Funny or Die|
|2009||It's Complicated||Agness Adler||National Board of Review Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble|
|2010||Shrek Forever After||Patrol Witch / Wagon Witch #2 (voice)|
|Burning Palms||Mary Jane|
|The Doctors of Childrens Hospital Answer Your Medical Questions||Dr. Cat Black||Short for Funny or Die|
|10 Minutes||Herself||Short for Funny or Die|
|Worst Enemy||Writer and director|
Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting in a Short Film, Nantucket Film Festival
Shorts Jury Special Mention, Dallas International Film Festival
|2011||Little Murder||Corey Little||Distributed in US in 2017 as Ghost of New Orleans|
|No Strings Attached||Lucy|
|A Good Old Fashioned Orgy||Alison Cohen|
|Home for Actresses||Lake||Short for Funny or Die|
|El Tonto||Writer and director|
|2013||In a World...||Carol Solomon||Also writer, director, and producer|
Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, Sundance Film Festival 2013
|2014||Mr. Peabody & Sherman||Mona Lisa (voice)|
|Million Dollar Arm||Brenda Paauwe Bernstein|
|2015||Man Up||Nancy Patterson|
|No Escape||Annie Dwyer|
|2016||The Secret Life of Pets||Chloe (voice)|
|2017||Shot Caller||Kate Harlon|
|Home Again||Zoey Bell|
|I Do... Until I Don't||Alice Brewing||Also writer, director, and producer|
|2018||Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse||Vanessa Fisk (voice)|
|Time of Day||Herself||Short film|
|2019||The Secret Life of Pets 2||Chloe (voice)|
|2021||Cryptozoo||Lauren Grey (voice)|
|2002||ER||Jody Holmes||Episodes: "One Can Only Hope", "Tell Me Where It Hurts"|
|2003||Miss Match||Victoria Carlson||Main role; 18 episodes|
|2004||The Practice||Sally Heep||4 episodes|
|2004–2006||Boston Legal||Sally Heep||Main role (season 1); guest star (season 3); 14 episodes|
|2005–2006||Surface||Laura Daughtery||Main role; 15 episodes|
|2008–2016||Childrens Hospital||Dr. Cat Black||Main role; 57 episodes; also director|
|2009||Wainy Days||Blaire||Episode: "Dance Club"|
|2010||The League||Brooke||Episode: "The White Knuckler"|
|2010–2011||How to Make It in America||Rachel Chapman||Main role; 16 episodes|
|2011||New Girl||Amanda||Episode: "Naked"|
|2012||Top Gear||Herself||Episode: "Rut's Show"|
|2012||Tron: Uprising||Lux (voice)||Episode: "Identity"|
|2012||Robot Chicken||Black Widow / Ariel (voice)||Episode: "Collateral Damage in Gang Turf War"|
|2013||Newsreaders||Dixie Peters||Episode: "Hair Razing"|
|2015||Axe Cop||Axe Girl (voice)||Episode: "Ultimate Mate"|
|2015–2018||BoJack Horseman||Katrina Peanutbutter (voice)||9 episodes|
|2015||Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp||Donna||Main role; 7 episodes|
|2016||Cassius & Clay||Shopcarter Clay (voice)||Unsold television pilot|
|2017||Casual||N/A||Director; 2 episodes|
|2017||Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later||Donna||Recurring role; 5 episodes|
|2017||SuperMansion||Millicent (voice)||Episode: "SuperMansion: Drag Me to Halloween"|
|2019–present||Harley Quinn||Dr. Pamela Isley / Poison Ivy, Barbara Gordon Sr., various (voice)||Main role|
|2019–2020||Bless This Mess||Rio Levine-Young||26 episodes; also executive producer, creator, writer, and director|
|2019||Drunk History||Belva Gaertner||Episode: "Femme Fatales"|
|2020||Medical Police||Cat Black||4 episodes|
|2020||Make It Work!||Herself||Television special|
|2021–present||What If...?||Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow (voice)||3 episodes|
|2022||Pam & Tommy||N/A||Director; 2 episodes|
|2009||Prototype||Dana Mercer (voice)|
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