ASHLEY BELL, SAMANTHA
Bell made her debut in Lionsgate''s thriller, The Last Exorcism. Her performance garnered her an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress and an MTV Movie Award, while the film grossed $70 million worldwide. Bell also starred in the thriller, The Day,which premiered at the Toronto Int’l Film Fest.
Born and raised in LA, Bell is the daughter of actor Michael Bell and actress/Groundlings co-founder Victoria Carroll. She studied acting and directing at Cambridge University, where she was awarded "Best Actress" for her portrayal of Ophelia. Bell later graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with honors, and was mentored by Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner. She had her Broadway debut in Machinal, opposite Rebecca Hall. Bell is passionately involved with Elephants in Crisis, and is in pre-production to produce and direct a documentary depicting the capture of two Asian elephants from a logging facility in Cambodia, and their subsequent release into the Cambodian Wildlife Sanctuary.