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LAKE BELL (Brenda) is a director, writer and actor who has proven herself a true triple threat with the recent release of her film, "In a World..." Variety's John Anderson said, "To call Lake Bell a magnetic, intelligent, blithely screwball leading lady in the Carole Lombard tradition might be selling her short. With 'In a World...,' a rollicking laffer about the cutthroat voiceover biz in Los Angeles, she proves herself a comedy screenwriter to be reckoned with. She's also a curator of talent that makes her debut feature a giddy, inside-Hollywood romp."

The film premiered to rave reviews at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and went on to receive the following accolades: Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best First Screenplay; the Sundance Film Festival Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award; the New Voices in Screenwriting Award at the Nantucket Film Festival; the National Board of Review's list of Top 10 Independent Films of 2013; American Comedy Award nomination for Bell in the category of Comedy Actress - Film; a nomination from the Central Ohio Film Critics Association for Breakthrough Film Artist; a nomination from the Chicago Film Critics Association for Most Promising Filmmaker; an award from the Phoenix Film Critics Society for Breakthrough Performance Behind the Camera; and a nomination from the Toronto Film Critics Association for Best First Feature.

Bell recently completed work on the action thriller "The Coup," directed by John Erick Dowdle. "The Coup" follows an American family living in Southeast Asia that gets caught in the middle of a violent revolution and must flee to safety while being hunted by a murderous rebel leader. Bell, opposite Owen Wilson and Pierce Brosnan, plays Annie Dwyer, a woman who is loved by everyone and has a seemingly perfect family life, but wonders sometimes if she should be happier than she is.

Lake also recently wrapped "Man Up." The indie romantic-comedy, directed by Ben Palmer, follows Bell as a single woman who is mistaken for a stranger's blind date, leading to her finding the perfect boyfriend. She stars opposite Simon Pegg in the film produced by Big Talk Productions and StudioCanal.

At the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, Bell was proud to have her first short film accepted. She wrote and directed the film, "Worst Enemy," which is a comedy about a female misanthrope (Michaela Watkins) who gets herself stuck in a full body girdle. "Worst Enemy" also played at the 2011 Nantucket Film Festival and Bell was awarded the Showtime Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting in a Short Film.

For the small screen, Bell just started the fifth season of the critically acclaimed series "Childrens Hospital," created by Rob Corddry, playing Dr. Cat Black. Bell has also directed several episodes of "Childrens Hospital." She recently starred in season two of HBO's "How to Make It in America" opposite Bryan Greenberg and Victor Rasuk.

Bell was recently seen in the film "Black Rock," directed by Katie Aselton, which was also at last year's Sundance Film Festival. She starred opposite Kate Bosworth, Jay Paulson, Anslem Richardson, Will Bouvier, and Aselton. The film follows three childhood friends who meet for a weekend getaway on an isolated island and discover they're not alone.

Bell recently completed a stint as the Automotive Contributing Editor for The Hollywood Reporter where she penned her "Test Drive" column, covering the glamorous wheels and auto trends of Hollywood. In this capacity, she reviewed the Maserati Gran Turismo, the Porsche Panerma 4, the Jaguar XKR Coupe, the Cadillac CTS-V Coupe, Fiat 500, Porsche 911, and the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder.

Past film credits include Nancy Meyer's "It's Complicated" (winner of the National Board of Review's 2009 Best Ensemble) opposite Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin; "What Happens in Vegas" opposite Cameron Diaz and Ashton Kutcher; "Pride and Glory" opposite Colin Farrell; "Over Her Dead Body" opposite Paul Rudd; Christopher Landon's "Burning Palms" with Zoe Saldana; "Little Murder" opposite Terrence Howard and Josh Lucas; the independent film "Under Still Waters," for which she received the Newport Beach Film Festival Award for Outstanding Performance in Acting; and Paramount's hit comedy "No Strings Attached" opposite Natalie Portman, Ashton Kutcher and Kevin Kline.

Past television credits include NBC's "Surface," ABC's critically acclaimed drama "Boston Legal" opposite James Spader and William Shatner, and NBC's "Miss Match" opposite Alicia Silverstone. Additionally, Bell starred opposite Jeff Goldblum in the NBC telefilm "War Stories," which follows journalists covering the civil war in Uzbekistan in the wake of the U.S. campaign in Afghanistan.

Bell completed her four years of drama conservatory training in London at Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. She also received certification from the British Academy of Dramatic Combat for sword, dagger and rapier. Her conservatory theater credits include "The Seagull," "Six Degrees of Separation," "The Children's Hour" and "Pentecost."

Bell was born in New York City and currently splits her time between New York and Los Angeles.


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