Catherine Bell, who played Maj./Lt. Col. Sarah ‘Mac’ Mackenzie in TV’s JAG, was born in London (August 14, 1968), but moved to California with her Iranian mother at age 2. As a child she acted in various TV advertisements. She went to UCLA to study biology, but dropped out to become a model in Japan. She moved back into acting with a Mexican commercial for American Express and then got the job as Isabella Rossellini’s nude body double in Death Becomes Her, where she also met her future husband, Adam Beason, who was the director’s assistant. She has guest-starred in several other TV shows, and, in 2003, she appeared in the film Bruce Almighty, with Jim Carrey. JAG was finally cancelled after 10 seasons, and Bell was cast in Army Wives.
Bell is the only person to have ever correctly predicted the participants, winner and final score of a Super Bowl before a season began, in a published article in a major sports periodical or book. Before the 2001 NFL season began, in a survey of 70 celebrities who had nothing to do with football, conducted by The Sporting News, she correctly predicted that the New England Patriots would eventually beat the St. Louis Rams in the season-ending Super Bowl by the score of 20 to 17.
Bell gave birth to her first child in April, 2003.