Best known for her work as the headstrong Marine Corps attorney Lt. Sarah ‘Mac’ MacKenzie on the action drama series “JAG,” Catherine Bell now stars in “Army Wives,” the one-hour ensemble drama series on Lifetime. “Army Wives,” which recently completed its fourth season, captures the struggles, dreams and friendships of a diverse group of women – and one man – living with their spouses and families on an active army post. They deal with the pressures and traditions the military imposes on those who are left behind while their partners serve their country. Bell plays Denise Sherwood, a devoted wife and mother who has just returned to work as a nurse while her husband is preparing to deploy for war and whose 18-year-old son has just joined the Army.
Bell was born in London and moved to Los Angeles with her family at the young age of three. While studying biomedical engineering at UCLA, Bell ventured into modeling, which soon led to immediate recognition in both the United States and overseas. Building on her success as a model, she decided to pursue an acting career, which was launched soon thereafter.
Her feature film credits include Universal’s mega-hit “Bruce Almighty” opposite Jim Carrey and opposite Steve Carrell in the sequel, “Evan Almighty”, as well as “Men of War.”
Bell’s small screen credits include guest-starring roles on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” “Friends,” “Misery Loves Company,” “Still Small Voices,” the SY FY miniseries, “The Triangle” and “Hercules.” She appeared in the CBS telefilm “Cab to Canada” opposite Maureen O’Hara. Bell also starred in the TBS thriller “The Time Shifters” opposite Martin Sheen, Lifetime’s “Still Small Voices” and Hallmark Channel’s “The Good Witch,” the network’s highest-rated film of 2007 and “The Good Witch’s Garden.”
Bell is married to a screenwriter and they have a five-year-old daughter and a new baby boy. The couple divides their time between their home in Southern California and Charleston, South Carolina where “Army Wives” is filmed.