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Jurnee Smollett : biography

October 1, 1986 -

Jurnee Diana Smollett (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 and The Great Debaters.



Year Title Role Other notes
1991 Sunday in Paris Alison Chase
1996 Jack Phoebe
1997 Eve's Bayou Eve Batiste
1999 Selma, Lord, Selma Sheyann Webb
2000 Beautiful Joe Vivien
2001 Ruby's Bucket of Blood Emerald Delacroix Made for television movie
2005 Roll Bounce Tori
2006 Gridiron Gang Danyelle Rollins
2007 The Great Debaters Samantha Booke NAACP Image Award for Best Actress
2013 Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor Judith Lead role


Year Series Role Other notes
1992 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Denise Frazer 3 episodes
Martin Little Girl I Saw Gina Kissing Santa Claus
1992–1994 Full House Denise Frazer 11 episodes
1995 On Our Own Jordee Jerrico 7 episodes
1996 NYPD Blue Hanna
1998–2000 Cosby Jurnee 8 episodes
2002 Strong Medicine Ruby Positive
ER Romy "Next of Kin"
2003 Wanda at Large Holly Hawkins 4 episodes
2006 House M.D. Tracy Fools for Love
2007 Grey's Anatomy Beth Freedom (Grey's Anatomy)
2009-2011 Friday Night Lights Jess Merriweather 26 episodes
2010-2011 The Defenders Lisa Tyler
2012 The Mob Doctor Traci Coolidge
2013 True Blood Nicole Wright Season 6, main cast


  • Black Reel Awards
    • 2006, Best Ensemble (Roll Bounce) Nominated
    • 2002, Best Supporting Actress- Network/Cable (Ruby's Bucket of Blood) Nominated
  • BET J Virtual Awards
    • 2008, Best Actress (The Great Debaters) Nominated
  • Image Awards
    • 2010, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series- ("Friday Night Lights")- Nominated
    • 2008, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture- (The Great Debaters) Winner
    • 2000, Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress- (Cosby) Winner
    • 1999, Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress- (Cosby) Winner
    • 1998, Outstanding Youth Actor/Actress- (Eve's Bayou) Nominated
  • Teen Choice Awards
    • 2008, Choice Movie: Breakout Female (The Great Debaters), Nominated
  • Young Artist Awards
    • 1998, Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress- (Eve's Bayou) Nominated
    • 1995, Best Performance by an Actress Under Ten in a TV Series- "On Our Own" Nominated
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