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
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
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.