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Date of Birth 29 June 1964Chicago, Illinois, USA
Birth NameBradley Phillip Bell
Nickname Brad

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Chicago on June 29, 1964, Bradley Phillip Bell is one of three children born to legendary television pioneers, Lee Phillip Bell, an Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist and talk show personality, and the late Emmy Award- winning William J. Bell who created of the most popular daytime dramas ever. After graduating from the Chicago Latin School, Bradley Bell attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and concluded his studies at UCLA, majoring in television production.

Beginning in 1984 Bradley Bell started his career in writing. Taught by his father and serving as an unofficial member of the writing staff of The Young and the Restless (1973) writing breakdowns and scripts, Bell was integral in the creation and launch of The Bold and the Beautiful (1987). After serving on the writing team since the first episode, Bell was promoted to associate producer in 1989 and again to supervising producer in 1992. He took the reins from his father and became head writer in 1993 - after an extended 6-month trial co-written by his dad in 1992 - and then executive producer in 1995. He has remained in those positions ever since - amassing to one of the longest tenures in television. It wasn't until 2000 that Bradley Bell received his first Daytime Emmy Award nomination. By 2015, he has been awarded with three Emmys (2010, 2013, 2015) for his writing amongst 11 nominations and took home three statues for helming the Best Drama Series in a record three consecutive years (2009, 2010, 2011) amongst 9 nominations in addition to two Emmy wins in other categories.

Under Bell's leadership, The Bold And The Beautiful vaulted from the sixth-rated daytime drama to the third-ranked series during the 1992-1993 season. Today, the show is firmly established as the second-highest-ranked daytime serial only behind its sister show The Young and the Restless in the United States amassing now-stable viewership numbers of around 4 million viewers every day. The show continues to be a worldwide phenomenon in such diverse markets as Italy, Australia or South Africa. Bell has continued with his father's tradition of story-telling whilst adding an edge and glamor to his show as writer and kept an extremely stable production and behind-the-scenes-staff resulting in a stunning 21st century look with regular locations shoots (around the globe) and permanent outdoors sets on the studio-lot on a very much stream-lined filming schedule. On January 14, 2015 CBS Television City, celebrating 7000 episodes of The Bold and The Beautiful, dedicated Studio 31 - home of the show since it's inception in 1987 - to Bell in honor of his work.

Bell has been married to fellow Chicagoan Colleen Bell since October 1991, and is the proud father of Bradley Chasen, Caroline Catherine, Charlotte Cordelia and Oliver Phillip.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Torsten B. Tomaschek

Spouse (1)

Colleen Bell (October 1991 - present) (4 children)

Trivia (4)

Middle brother of Lauralee Bell and William J. Bell Jr..
Father of Bradley (Chase) Chasen, Caroline Catherine, Charlotte Cordelia and Oliver Phillip Bell.
Brother-in-law of Maria Arena Bell.

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