Jennifer Beals



Place of birth:

Chicago - Illinois - USA:


Jennifer Beals (born December 19, 1963, height 5' 8½" (1,74 m)) is an American actress and a former teen model. She is known for her roles as Alexandra "Alex" Owens in the 1983 film Flashdance, and as Bette Porter on the Showtime drama series The L Word. She earned an NAACP Image Award and a Golden Globe Award nomination for the former. She has appeared in more than 50 films. Beals was born on the South Side of Chicago, the daughter of Jeanne (née Anderson), an elementary school teacher, and Alfred Beals, who owned grocery stores. She is multiracial; her father was African American, and her mother is Irish American. She has two brothers, Bobby and Gregory.Her father died when Beals was nine years old, and her mother married Edward Cohen in 1981. Beals has said her biracial heritage had some effect on her, as she "always lived sort of on the outside", with an idea "of being the other in society". She got her first job at age 13 at an ice cream store, using her height at the time (she is now nearly 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)), to convince her boss she was 16. Beals was inspired to become an actress by two events: doing a high school production of Fiddler on the Roof and seeing Balm in Gilead with Joan Allen while volunteer-ushering at the Steppenwolf Theatre. Beals graduated from the progressive Francis W. Parker School. She also was chosen to attend the elite Goodman Theatre Young People's Drama Workshop. Beals attended Yale University, receiving a B.A. in American literature in 1987; she deferred a term so she could film Flashdance. While at Yale, Beals was a resident of Morse College. Description above from the Wikipedia article Jennifer Beals, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia. ​

Film Credits

After (2019)
as Karen Gibson
White Orchid (2018)
as Vivian
Before I Fall (2017)
as Mrs. Kingston
Manhattan Night (2016)
as Lisa Wren
Full Out (2015)
as Valorie Kondos-Field
A Wife's Nightmare (2014)
as Liz
Cinemanovels (2013)
as Clementine
A Fuller Life (2013)
as Herself - Reader (segment "Crime Reporter")
A Night for Dying Tigers (2010)
as Melanie
The Night Before the Night Before Christmas (2010)
as Angela Fox
The Book of Eli (2010)
as Claudia
Joueuse (2009)
as L’Américaine
My Name Is Sarah (2007)
as Sarah Winston
Troubled Waters (2007)
as FBI Agent Beck
The Grudge 2 (2006)
as Trish
Desolation Sound (2005)
as Elizabeth Storey
Break a Leg (2005)
as Juliet
Catch That Kid (2004)
as Molly Phillips
Runaway Jury (2003)
as Vanessa Lembeck
They Shoot Divas, Don't They? (2002)
as Sloan McBride
13 Moons (2002)
as Suzi
Roger Dodger (2002)
as Sophie
Out of Line (2001)
as Jenny Capitanas
Feast of All Saints (2001)
as Dolly Rose
The Anniversary Party (2001)
as Gina Taylor
Something More (2000)
as Lisa
Body and Soul (2000)
as Gina
A House Divided (2000)
as Amanda Dickson
Without Malice (2000)
as Samantha Wilkes
Militia (2000)
as Julie Sanders
Turbulence 2: Fear of Flying (1999)
as Jessica
The Last Days of Disco (1998)
as Nina
The Spree (1998)
as Xinia Kelly
The Prophecy II (1998)
as Valerie Rosales
Wishful Thinking (1996)
as Elizabeth
The Twilight of the Golds (1996)
as Suzanne Stein
Four Rooms (1995)
as Angela
Let It Be Me (1995)
as Emily Taylor
Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
as Daphne Monet
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle (1994)
as Gertrude Benchley
Dead on Sight (1994)
Caro diario (1993)
as se stessa
The Thief and the Cobbler (1993)
as Princess YumYum
Night Owl (1993)
as Julia
Le grand pardon 2 (1992)
as Joyce Ferranti
In the Soup (1992)
as Angelica Pena
Indecency (1992)
as Ellie Shaw
Terror Stalks the Class Reunion (1992)
as Virginia
Blood and Concrete (1991)
as Mona
Tinikling ou 'La madonne et le dragon' (1990)
as Patty Meredith
Dr. M (1990)
as Sonja Vogler
Sons (1990)
as Transvestite
La partita (1988)
as Lady Olivia Candioni
Vampire's Kiss (1988)
as Rachel
Split Decisions (1988)
as Barbara Uribe
The Bride (1985)
as Eva
Cinderella (1985)
as Cinderella
Flashdance (1983)
as Alex Owens

Production Credits

Pulp Fiction (1994)