Jurnee Smollett-Ball - Biography

Last Modified: Nov 4, 2022

Jurnee Smollett-Ball
Profession: Actress
Best Known For: Birds of Prey (film)
Salary: Under Review
Net Worth: $2 million

Personal Details

Born on : October 1, 1986 (age 37)
Birth Name /
Full Name:
Jurnee Diana Smollett
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Horoscope: Libra
Father's Name: Joel Smollett
Mother's Name: Janet Smollett
Siblings: 5

Jussie Smollett (brother)
JoJo Smollett (brother)
Jake Smollett (brother)
Jocqui Smollett (brother)
Jazz Smollett (sister)

High School: Home-schooled
Ethnicity: Multi-ethnic (Ashkenazi-Jewish, African-American)
Nationality: American


Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Single
Married Date: October 24, 2010

Josiah Bell (2010-2020)

Children: 1

Hunter Bell (son)

Body Measurements

Height: 1.67 meter (5 feet 6 inch)
Weight: 58 kg (127.87 lb)
Hair Color: Black
Eye Color: Black
Shoe Size: 8.5 US
Dress Size: 4 US
Breast Size: 34 inch
Waist Size: 25 inch
Hip Size: 35 inch
Bra Size: 34
Cup Size: B

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Who is Jurnee Smollett-Ball?

Jurnee Smollett-Ball is an actress by profession and American by nationality. She is well known for starring in Eve's Bayou, The Great Debaters, Friday Night Lights, True Blood, and Birds of Prey.

Jurnee Smollett-Ball – Age, Parents, Siblings

Jurnee Smollett-Ball’s birth took place on October 1, 1986, in New York, New York, USA. She was born Jurnee Diana Smollett to her mother Janet Smollett and her father Joel Smollett. 

She is not the only child of her parents and has five siblings – sister Jazz Smollett and four brothers Jussie Smollett, JoJo Smollett, Jake Smollett, Jocqui Smollett, who are all performers.

Jurnee Smollett-Ball with her siblings (Image: Instagram)

Education, Ethnicity

Smollett-Ball was home-schooled by her mother. 

She is of Ashkenazi-Jewish (father), and African-American (mother) ethnicity.

Jurnee Smollett-Ball – Boyfriend, Husband, Children, Divorce

Jurnee Smollett-Ball married her longtime boyfriend Josiah Bell, a musician on 24 October 2010. She and her husband welcomed a child together – a son Hunter Zion Bell, who was born on October 31st, 2016.

The couple separated and eventually divorced which was finalized in 2020.

Jurnee Smollett-Ball, Josiah Bell (Image: Just Jared)

Jurnee Smollett-Ball – Career

Early Career

Jurnee Smollett-Ball first appeared on TV at 10 months old when she modeled for diapers. At the age of 3, she was featured in a Pepsi TV commercial with NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana. 

In her teen years, she had appearances on Full House, Hangin' with Mr. Cooper, and with her siblings had recurring appearances in the ABC sitcom On Our Own (1994-1995). 

Finally, in 1996 Jurnee Smollett-Ball landed her big-screen debut as Phoebe in the 1996 film Jack. And in 1997 she starred in the film Eve's Bayou as 10-year-old Eve. Her performance in the film was critically acclaimed.

Just a year after her breakthrough role, Jurnee Smollett-Ball was cast in Cosby followed by a role in the 1999 TV film Selma, Lord, Selma.

Jurnee Smollett-Ball (left) in Eve's Bayou as Eve (Image: flickminute)

Films, Series

Since then Smollett-Ball has starred in films Beautiful Joe (2000), Roll Bounce (2005), The Great Debaters (2007), Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013), Hands of Stone (2016), Birds of Prey (2020) as Dinah Lance / Black Canary.

Jurnee Smollett-Ball has also had guest appearances in the TV series Grey's Anatomy (2008), The Mob Doctor (2012), and Do No Harm (2013). Moreover, she is a series regular in Friday Night Lights (2009-2011), The Defenders (2010-2011), True Blood (2013-2014), Underground (2016-2017), and Lovecraft Country (2019).

Moreover, she has been active in HIV/AIDS causes since the age of 11.


Jurnee Smollett-Ball’s fellow Birds of Prey cast includes Rosie Perez, Ali Wong, Chris Messina, and Charlene Amoia.

Jurnee Smollett-Ball – Awards, Nominations

Smollett-Ball has been nominated for Young Artist Awards (1995), NAACP Image Awards (1997), Black Reel Awards (1999, 2001), Teen Choice Awards (2007) and has won Critics' Choice Movie Awards (1997), San Diego Film Critics Society (1997), NAACP Image Awards (2008).

Jurnee Smollett-Ball (right) with Birds of Prey  cast (Image: Deadline)

Jurnee Smollett-Ball – Net Worth, Salary

Her net worth has been estimated at around $2 million while the figures on her annual salary/income have not been shared with the public.

Jurnee Smollett-Ball – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

On social media handles including Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook, Jurnee Smollett-Ball is active with around a million followers and counting.

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