Jennifer Beals

Jennifer Beals

Dec. 19th, 1963
Born in
Chicago, Illinois, USA
5' 8 1/2

Jennifer Beals' Main TV Roles

Show Character(s)
Lie to Me TV Show
Lie to Me
The L Word TV Show
The L Word
The Chicago Code TV Show
The Chicago Code
2000 Malibu Road TV Show
2000 Malibu Road

Main Movie Roles

2010 - The Book of Eli
2006 - The Grudge 2
2004 - Catch That Kid
2003 - Runaway Jury
2002 - Roger Dodger
2001 - The Anniversary Party
2000 - Militia
1998 - The Last Days of Disco
1995 - Devil in a Blue Dress
1995 - Four Rooms
1993 - Caro Diario
1990 - Dr. M
1988 - Vampire's Kiss
1985 - That's Dancing!
1985 - The Bride
1983 - Flashdance
1980 - My Bodyguard

Guest TV Roles

Show Name
Characters Played
Ep Count
Celeste LaPree
Sophia Turner
Dr. Anne Ranberg
Justine Madsen Judd
Sophia Balfour
Robin Dysart
Sofia Archer
[Complete List]


Jennifer Beals (born December 19, 1963 in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in the city. With a life-long desire for acting, Beals first appeared in small high school plays and even got an uncredited bit part in My Bodyguard (1980) in 1980. After graduation, she enrolled in college at Yale University, studying American literature. She appeared in her first starring role in the movie Flashdance (1983) while still a freshman at Yale. While at Yale, she also starred in 'Franc Roddam's The Bride (1985). After graduation from Yale, Beals married independent filmmaker 'Alexandre Rockwell' in the mid-80s, and has appeared in several of his films. Most notably, she starred in his In the Soup (1992), which won the 1992 Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and the Audience Award at the Deauville Film Festival.

Beals continued to find acting work in various movies and TV productions through the 1990s, in lead and supporting roles. Her most recent and notable role came in early 2004 with her appearing as a regular on the Showtime TV-cable series The L Word (2004) playing a lesbian art gallery manager named "Bette Porter".

  • Gave birth to her first child, a girl, in October, 2005.
  • Good friends with 'Elizabeth Berkley' (qv). The each appeared in a 'Joe Eszterhas' (qv)-written film (Berkley: _Showgirls (1995)_ (qv); Beals: _Flashdance (1983)_ (qv)), and they appeared together in _Roger Dodger (2002)_ (qv).
  • While at Yale, she was classmates with 'David Duchovny' (qv), who suggested her for a part on _"The X Files" (1993)_ (qv) (which went to 'Gillian Anderson (I)' (qv)).
  • She and her character on _"The L Word" (2004)_ (qv), "Bette Porter", are both Yale graduates with an African-American father and a Caucasian mother.
  • Close Friends with 'Jon Stewart' (qv) and 'Marlee Matlin' (qv).
  • Film debut was in the 1980 film, _My Bodyguard (1980)_ (qv), in which she is uncredited.
  • Worked at Baskin-Robbins as a teenager.
  • Thieves took nearly $1,000 from her hotel room while she was on location in Manila, Philippines, shooting the movie _Tinikling ou 'La madonne et le dragon' (1990) (TV)_ (qv) (aka "Madonna and the Dragon"), in 1989.

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