Bella Thorne

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Bella Thorne
Bella Thorne at JCPenney “Joe Fresh” Launch Party.jpg
Background information
Birth name Annabella Avery Thorne
Born (1997-10-08) October 8, 1997 (age 20)
Pembroke Pines, Florida, U.S.
Occupations Actress, model, dancer, singer
Years active 2003–present

Annabella Avery "Bella" Thorne (born October 8, 1997) is an American actress, dancer, singer, and model. She started as a child model and actress who has appeared in more than 20 movies and television series and more than 60 commercials. She is best known for her role as the young dancer CeCe Jones on the Disney Channel series Shake It Up!.

Early life[change | change source]

Bella Thorne was born on October 8, 1997 in Pembroke Pines, Florida.[1] She is the youngest of four children. Her older siblings are Kaili (born in 1992), Dani (born in 1993), and Remy (born in 1995), who are also actors and models.[1] When Thorne was growing up, Spanish was her first language, but she has forgotten it from not using it.[2][3]

Career[change | change source]

Thorne's first movie appearance was as a sidelines fan in the 2003 movie Stuck on You, but she was not credited for it. Since then, she has appeared in movie and television projects including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Entourage, The O.C. (as a younger version of Taylor Townsend), the third-to-last episode of October Road, and five episodes of Dirty Sexy Money (as Margaux Darling).[4] In 2007, Thorne appeared as a young girl who saw visions in The Seer.

In 2008, Thorne starred alongside Christian Slater and Taylor Lautner in the drama series My Own Worst Enemy. She won a Young Artist's Award for her portrayal of the character Ruthy Spivey in this series. She then appeared in the ten-episode web series Little Monk, which showed characters from the series Monk as children. In 2009, she played the antagonist in the horror movie Forget Me Not.[5]

In 2010, Thorne joined the cast of HBO's Big Love in its fourth season. She replaced Jolean Wejbe in the role of Bill Henrickson's daughter Tancy 'Teeny' Henrickson, even though she had actually auditioned for a different role. She also guest starred on Wizards of Waverly Place, as Max's girlfriend Nancy Lukey.[1] Thorne also took on a supporting role in the family drama Raspberry Magic.

Thorne was also a child model. Since appearing in her first picture for a parenting magazine at the age of 6 weeks, Thorne has starred in television ad campaigns for Digital Light Processing, Publix, and KFC, and appeared in print ads for brands including Barbie, ALDO K!DS, JLO by Jennifer Lopez, Kaiya Eve Couture, LaSenza Girl, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Guess?, Target, Justice and Mudd for Kohls. She also modelled for Sears Back to School.[1] In an interview with Seventeen magazine, Thorne said that her appointment as the spokesperson for Texas Instruments was her big break. She also said that she has lost much more projects than she has booked and said that the support of her family helped her get over disappointments.

Thorne currently co-stars on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up!, (originally titled Dance, Dance Chicago). Thorne plays Cecelia "CeCe" Jones, a dancer who dreams of a career in the spotlight.[6] While she had done a lot of work in television and movie, Thorne had no experience in professional dancing before being cast in this show. After signing onto the show in October 2009, she began taking three dance classes every night.[7]

Personal life[change | change source]

Thorne is from Pembroke Pines, Florida, but has been living with her family in California since early 2006.[1] Her interests include dancing, playing soccer, spending time with her family and playing with her two dogs, six cats and a turtle.[1] She also says that she collects hardcover books, listens to 80s music, and uses YouTube as a research tool for getting into character. Thorne is a strong supporter of the Humane Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and The Nomad Organization, which provides education, food and medical supplies to children in Africa.[1][5]

Thorne lost her father to a vehicle accident in 2007.[5]

Thorne was diagnosed with dyslexia in second grade.[5] She is currently being home-schooled. She used to go to a public school, but was abused by other students.[5] Thorne improved in her learning after attending a Sylvan Learning center and is currently reading and writing a grade ahead.[5][7][8] Thorne also talked about her dyslexia in an April 2010 interview with American Cheerleader Magazine, and explained that she overcame her dyslexia by reading everything she could find, including the labels of cereal boxes.[9][10]

Thorne is currently dating YouTuber Sam Pepper. In August 2016, Thorne came out as bisexual.[11]

Filmography[change | change source]

Year Film Role Notes
2003 Stuck on You MC Sideline Fan Introduced as Annabella Thorne
2007 Finishing the Game: The Search for a New Bruce Lee Additional extra Introduced as Annabella Thorne
Blind Ambition Witbert Daniel Minor Role
The Seer Young Claire Minor role
Craw Lake Julia Supporting role
2009 Water Pills Psych Out Girl
Forget Me Not Young Angela Supporting role
2010 One Wish Messenger Main Role
Raspberry Magic Sarah Patterson
2012 Frenemies Avalon Lead Role, Disney Channel Original Movie, Post-production
Buttermilk Sky Jennie Pre-production
(See Notes) Cecelia "CeCe" Jones A Disney Channel Original Movie based on the TV series Shake It Up is in development.[12]
Year Title Role Notes
2006 Jimmy Kimmel Live! Jess Guest role (2 episodes)
Entourage Kid Episode: "I Wanna Be Sedated"
2007 The O.C. Young Taylor Townsend Episode: "The Case of the Franks"
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Guest Starring Young Actress)
Dirty Sexy Money Margaux Darling Episode: "The Chiavennasca"
2008 Episode: "The Family Lawyer"
Episode: "The Silence"
Episode: "The Summer House"
October Road Angela Ferilli Episode: "Stand Alone by Me"
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Guest Starring Young Actress)
My Own Worst Enemy Ruthy Spivey Recurring role (6 episodes)
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Supporting Young Actress)
2009 In the Motherhood Annie Episode: "Practice What You Preach"
Mental Emily Episode: "Pilot"
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Guest Starring Young Actress)
Little Monk Wendy Recurring role (9 episodes)
2010 Wizards of Waverly Place Nancy Lukey Episode: "Max's Secret Girlfriend"
Big Love Tancy Henrickson Recurring role (5 episodes)
Shake It Up Cecelia "CeCe" Jones Co-Lead role
Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress[13]
Nominated—Icon of Tomorrow, J-14's Teen Icon Awards
2011 Good Luck Charlie Cecelia "CeCe" Jones Crossover episode, "Charlie Shakes It Up"; Special Guest Star

Awards and nominations[change | change source]

Year Award Category Work Result
2008 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series (Guest Starring Young Actress) The O.C. Nominated
2009 October Road (TV series) Nominated
Best Performance in a TV Series (Supporting Young Actress) My Own Worst Enemy (TV series) Won
2010 Best Performance in a TV Series (Guest Starring Young Actress) Mental Nominated
2011 Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young Actress Shake It Up (TV series) Won
J-14's Teen Icon Awards Icon of Tomorrow Nominated
Imagen Awards Best Young Actress – Television Nominated

young people[change | change source]

Year Nominated Work Award Result
2012 "Bella Thorne" Artista do ano Nominated
2012 "Bella Thorne" Artista feminina Nominated
2012 "ttylxox" Melhor Musica Nominated
2012 "ttylxox" Musica do ano Nominated
2012 "ttylxox" pior Musica Won

MgM awards[change | change source]

Year Nominated Work Award Result
2012 "Bella thorne" Best Push Nominated

Mundo Jovem[change | change source]

Year Nominated Work Award Result
2012 "Something to Dance For/ttylxox," Melhor Musica Won

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 "Bella Thorne is "CeCe Jones"". Disney Channel Medianet. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  2. "Bella Thorne Online Articles and Interviews – Inspire". Bella Thorne Online. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  4. "Bella Thorne Interview". Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 "Get To Know 12-year-old Bella Thorne". – View from the Bay. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  6. "Bella Thorne – Entertainment News – Variety'". Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Bella Thorne: Dancing Queen". – Girl's Life. Retrieved 2011-02-01. 
  8. "Introducing Bella Thorne". Film Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  9. "Time Out with 'Big Love's' Bella Thorne". American Cheerleader Magazine. Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  10. "Bella Thorne, I'm Dyslexic". Retrieved 2010-11-13. 
  11. Bella Thorne comes out as bisexual
  12. "Disney Channel Original Movie "Lemonade Mouth 2" and "Shake It Up" In Development". Disney Channel Medianet. June 16, 2011. Retrieved June 16, 2011. 
  13. "32nd Annual Young Artist Awards – Nominations / Special Awards". The Young Artist Foundation. 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-14. 

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