Jurnee Smollett

Jurnee Diana Smollett-Bell (born October 1, 1986) is an American actress. She is known for the role of Jess Merriweather on the television series Friday Night Lights, as well as roles in the films Eve's Bayou (1997), The Great Debaters (2007), Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013), and the TV series True Blood. She also portrayed Michelle Tanner's friend Denise on the sitcom Full House.

Smollett-Bell was born Jurnee Diana Smollett in New York City, the daughter of Janet and Joel Smollett. Her father was Jewish (his family immigrated from Russia and Poland), and her mother is African American. She is the fourth of six performing siblings, one sister, Jazz, and four brothers: Jussie, JoJo, Jake, and Jocqui.

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Smollett Eats (2016)
Starring as Jurnee Smollett
Do No Harm (2013)
Guest starring as Abby
The Mob Doctor (2012)
Guest starring as Traci Coolidge
The Defenders (2010)
Starring as Lisa Tyler
Parenthood (2010)
Guest starring as Heather Hall (7 episodes)
True Blood (2008)
Starring as Nicole Wright (9 episodes)
Grey's Anatomy (2005)
Guest starring as Beth Monroe (2 episodes)
House (2004)
Guest starring as Tracy