Who is Lake Bell?
Lake Bell is an American model, actress, writer, and director, best known for her work as ‘Dr Cat Black’ in the web-to-TV series ‘Childrens Hospital.’ Bell was named one of the ‘Inspiring Filmmakers’ of 2012, by ‘LUNAFEST,’ for ‘Worst Enemy’, her first project as a writer and director. She is also a vocal artist who has worked in popular animated features, including ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ and has lent her voice to one of the characters in an action adventure video game, ‘Prototype.’ She has been listed among the most attractive women in Hollywood by several publications. She raked up a controversy in 2013, with her cover, fashioned only with a painted rose-tattoo across her body, in the fall fashion issue of the ‘New York’ magazine.
Childhood & Early Life
Lake Caroline Siegel Bell was born on March 24, 1979, in New York City, to Robin Bell, owner of a design form, and Harvey Siegel, a real estate developer. Her elder brother, Luke Bell Siegel, runs a business, ‘Raydoor,’ which makes sliding walls and doors.
She attended ‘The Chapin School’ in Manhattan, and the ‘Westminster School’ in Simsbury, Connecticut. Her family moved to Vero Beach, Florida, when she was a teenager. At Vero Beach, she attended ‘Saint Edwards School,’ a college-preparatory school.
She attended ‘Skidmore College’ in Saratoga Springs, New York, before transferring to ‘Rose Bruford College’ in London, where she was initiated into the world of theatre. While in London, she appeared in stage productions, such as ‘The Seagull,’ ‘The Children’s Hour,’ ‘Six Degrees of Separation,’ and ‘Light Shining in Buckinghamshire.’ She graduated from ‘Rose Bruford College’ in 2002, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting.
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In 2002, she appeared as ‘Sara Marnikov’ in the film ‘Speakeasy,’ which was originally a part of ‘Project Greenlight’ – a documentary series which portrays the hardships of a first-time filmmaker, and provides them with resources to transform their dream into reality. She made her television debut with a two-episode gig on one of the popular TV shows ‘ER’ the same year.
In 2003, she appeared in a small role in Adam Goldberg’s psychological thriller ‘I Love Your Work.’ Her first substantial work came opposite Jeff Goldblum, as the female lead in the made-for-TV movie ‘War Stories’ (2003).
She got her first series-regular role as Alicia Silverstone’s best friend in the NBC comedy drama ‘Miss Match,’ in 2003. The series was cancelled in December 2003, after only 12 episodes.
In 2004, she appeared in the final four episodes of the popular TV show ‘The Practice’ as ‘Sally Heep,’ who remained a central character in the first season of the spin-off, ‘Boston Legal,’ till 2005, when the actor decided to leave the show.
Her performance in the aforementioned television series did not go unnoticed and she was cast in the NBC science fiction ‘Surface’ (2005),. The show went into a hiatus after the first 10 episodes due to the network’s decision to telecast the 2006 ‘Winter Olympics.’ The show returned only to get canceled after five episodes.
Her character of ‘Dr. Cat Black’ in the TV and web series ‘Childrens Hospital’ (2008) went to achieve a cult status. This black comedy parodied most of the famous medical shows on television by creating satire through mannerism of medical professionals. Lake Bell directed two episodes in season 4 of the series.
She had her share of commercial successes in ‘What Happens in Vegas’ (2008), ‘It’s Complicated’ (2009), ‘No Strings Attached’ (2011), and ‘A Good Old Fashioned Orgy’ (2011).
She has lent her voice to computer-animated science fiction comedy films, such as ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ (2014), ‘The Secret life of Pets’ (2016), and ‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’ (2019).
She has made guest appearance on TV series, such as ‘The League’ (2010), ‘New Girl’ (2011), ‘How to Make It in America’ (2010 – 2011)
In 2010, Bell wrote and directed her first short, ‘Worst Enemy,’ which caused quite a stir at several film festivals. It won the ‘Tony Cox Award for Screenwriting’ along with a ‘Shorts Jury Special Mention’ at the ‘Dallas International Film Festival.’ Lake Bell was named one of most promising filmmakers of 2012 by ‘LUNAFEST.’ Her first feature as a writer and a director, ‘In a World…,’ premiered at the ‘Sundance Film Festival’ in 2013 and later picked up by ‘Roadside Attractions’ and ‘Sony.’
Family & Personal Life
Lake Bell got married to artist Scott Campbell on June 1, 2013, at the ‘Marigny Opera House’ in New Orleans, Louisiana. She met Campbell in 2011, on the sets of ‘How to Make It in America.’ The couple got engaged on Bell’s birthday, in March, 2012, after dating for a few months. They formally tied the knot after a long engagement of 14 months.
Bell gave birth to a daughter, Nova Campbell, in October 2014. The couple had their second child, a son, Ozzi, in May 2017.
After four years of being married to tattoo artist Scott Campbell, Bell finally got inked by her husband in 2017, which incidentally was her first tattoo ever.