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Jessica Biel Biography

Birth Name:
Jessica Claire Biel
Birth Place:
Ely, Minnesota, United States
Actor, model

Fast Facts

  • Raised in Boulder, CO, she began her acting career at age 9
  • Participated in 1994's International Modeling & Talent Association competition and won an acting scholarship to the Young Actors Space, Los Angeles, CA
  • Nominated for several Youth in Film awards for her work portraying Mary Camden on the TV drama 7th Heaven
  • Appeared seminude in GEAR magazine in March 2000 in an effort to change her wholesome image
  • Won the 1998 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film By a Supporting Young Actress for her work in her debut movie Ulee's Gold, where she played Peter Fonda's rebellious daughter
  • Named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in 1999, and the Sexiest Woman Alive by Esquire magazine in 2005
  • Cofounded Make the Difference Network, a web site that acts as liaison between those with an interest in philanthropic giving and nonprofit organizations with specific requests
  • Climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in 2010 as part of a celebrity expedition called Summit on the Summit to help raise awareness about clean water


  • 2018Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie: nominated