Jurnee Diana Smollett-Bell is an American actress. She began her career as a child actress appearing on television sitcoms, with her most significant regular role being on On Our Own (1994–95). She received critical acclaim and Critic's Choice Award for playing title role in the 1997 independent drama film Eve's Bayou.
In adult age, Smollett-Bell has starred in films The Great Debaters (2007) and Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor (2013). She also had starring roles on number of television series, include NBC sports drama Friday Night Lights (2009–2011), and HBO vampire drama True Blood (2013–2014). In 2016, Smollett-Bell began playing a leading role in the WGN America period drama Underground. Smollett-Bell has won three NAACP Image Awards.