LAKE BELL - Annie Dwyer Director, writer and actor Lake Bell
has proven herself a true triple threat in the entertainment industry. Lake
recently starred opposite Simon Pegg in the upcoming British romantic comedy MAN
UP, directed by Ben Palmer and written by Tess Morris. Lake portrayed the role
of a single woman who is mistaken for a stranger's blind date - leading to her
finding the perfect boyfriend. The film was released in the UK on May 29, 2015
and will be released in the US this fall.
Lake is currently filming Universal and Illumination Entertainment's THE
SECRET LIFE OF PETS, where she stars opposite Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Ellie
Kemper, Eric Stonestreet, and Bobby Moynihan in the 3D animated comedy. The film
is set to be released on February 12, 2016. She will also co-star in FX's
animated pilot Cassius & Clay, which centers on two women living as bandits in a
futuristic, post-apocalyptic America. Lake will voice Shopcarter Clay, the
fastest gun in the post-apocalyptic South who doesn't go looking for trouble but
shares a station wagon with it. She stars alongside Susan Sarandon and Caitlin
She recently wrapped production on Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of
Camp, a 2015 satirical comedy television series written by David Wain and
Michael Showalter, and directed by Wain. The eight-episode Netflix series is a
follow-up to the 2001 hit film by the same name. Lake will star alongside,
Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, Kristen Wiig, Chris Pine, Randall Park, Paul
Rudd, Amy Poehler, John Hamm, John Slattery and Ken Marino. The show will
premiere on July 31, 2015.
Further developing her role as director, Lake is currently in pre-production
on THE EMPEROR'S CHILDREN, an adaptation of the Claire Messud novel, which is
being produced by Imagine Entertainment. The film is a comedy centered around
three Brown University-educated people who are approaching the age of 30 in the
months leading up to September 11.
In 2014, Lake starred in the Disney film, MILLION DOLLAR ARM, directed
by Craig Gillespie, where she starred opposite Jon Hamm, Alan Arkin, Bryan
Cranston, Aziz Ansari and Suraj Sharma. The film follows the real life story of
sports agent JB Bernstein (Hamm) who brings two 18-year-old Indian cricket
players to the United States in hopes of having them sign a professional
In 2013 the actress made waves at the Sundance film festival when she
premiered her film, IN A WORLD, in which she wrote, directed, and acted in. The
film received rave reviews and Bell won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award. Lake
received a number of nominations and awards for this film including an
Independent Spirit Award nomination for "Best First Screenplay", the "New Voices
in Screenwriting Award" at the Nantucket Film Festival, an American Comedy Award
nomination for "Comedic Actress - Film", the Phoenix Film Critics Society Award
for "Breakthrough Performance Behind the Camera", a Chicago Film Critics
Association nomination for "Most Promising Filmmaker" and Alliance of Women Film
Journalist nominations for "Best Women Director" and "Best Women Screenwriter"
among others. The film was named one of the Top 10 Independent Films of 2013 by
the National Board of Review, one of A.O. Scott's "honorary mention" best films
of the year and the Washington Post's #12 film of the year. Roadside Attractions
acquired U.S. rights and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions picked up
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 laugher 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."
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 she was
awarded The Showtime Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting in a Short Film.
Other film credits include: "BLACK ROCK," opposite Kate Bosworth, "A GOOD OLD
FASHIONED ORGY" alongside Jason Sudekis, Will Worte, Nick Kroll and Tyler Labine,
"NO STRINGS ATTACHED" alongside Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, Nancy
Meyer's "IT'S COMPLICATED" (winner of the National Board of Review's 2009 Best
Ensemble) starring 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, and the independent film UNDER STILL WATERS, for which she
received the Newport Beach Film Festival award for "Outstanding Performance in
On the small screen, Bell played Dr. Cat Black on the critically acclaimed
Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital, created by Rob Corddry. In addition to
appearing on the show, Bell directed several of its episodes. She also starred
in season 2 of HBO's How to Make It in America opposite Bryan Greenberg and
Victor Rasuk. Other 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. In addition, Bell starred opposite
Jeff Goldblum in the NBC telefilm War Stories which followed journalists
covering the civil war in Uzbekistan in the wake of the U.S. campaign in
As a writer, Bell was previously the Automotive Contributing Editor for The
Hollywood Reporter where she penned her "Test Drive" column, which covered the
glamorous wheels and auto-trends of Hollywood. She has reviewed the Maserati
Gran Turismo, the Porsche Panerma 4S, the Jaguar XXR Coupe, the Cadillac CTS-V
Coupe, Fiat 500, Porsche 911S, and the Lamborghini Gallardo LP 550-2 Spyder.
Bell completed her four years of drama conservatory training in London at The
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 theatre credits include "The Seagull," "Six Degrees of Separation,"
"The Children's Hour" and "The Pentecost." Bell was born in New York City and
currently splits her time between New York and Los Angeles.
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