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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 Olson.

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 baseball contract.

 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 international rights.

 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 Acting."

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 Afghanistan.

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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