Bella Thorne

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Bella Thorne
Bella Thorne 2, 2012.jpg
Thorne at the 27th Annual Imagen Awards, Red Carpet In August 2012.
Background information
Birth nameAnnabella Avery Thorne[1]
Born(1997-10-08) October 8, 1997 (age 16)
Pembroke Pines, Florida, U.S.
GenresPop rock,[1]
OccupationsActress, singer, model, dancer
Years active2003–present
LabelsWalt Disney, Hollywood (2013–present)
Associated actsZendaya
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Bella Thorne
Bella Thorne 2, 2012.jpg
Thorne at the 27th Annual Imagen Awards, Red Carpet In August 2012.
Background information
Birth nameAnnabella Avery Thorne[1]
Born(1997-10-08) October 8, 1997 (age 16)
Pembroke Pines, Florida, U.S.
GenresPop rock,[1]
OccupationsActress, singer, model, dancer
Years active2003–present
LabelsWalt Disney, Hollywood (2013–present)
Associated actsZendaya

Annabella Avery "Bella" Thorne (born October 8, 1997) is an American teen actress, dancer, singer, and model. She is a child model and actor with appearances in more than 20 films and television series and more than 60 commercials, she is best known for her role as the aspiring young dancer CeCe Jones on the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up.

Early life

Bella Thorne was born on October 8, 1997, in Pembroke Pines, Florida.[2] She is the youngest of four children who are also actors.[2] Her father, Reinaldo,[3] was of Cuban descent, and Thorne has stated that she also has Italian and Irish ancestry.[4] She also enjoyed a career as a child model.[2]


2003–2009: Career beginnings

Thorne's first film appearance was an uncredited role as a sidelines fan in the 2003 film Stuck on You. She has since appeared in film and television projects including Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Entourage, The O.C. (as a younger version of Taylor Townsend), the third-last episode of October Road (as Angela Ferilli, the pre-adolescence crush of the main characters; her older brother Remy also guest-starred in the same episode as a younger Eddie Latekka), and five episodes of Dirty Sexy Money (as Margaux Darling).[5] In 2007 Thorne appeared as a young girl plagued by supernatural visions in The Seer. In 2008, Thorne starred alongside Christian Slater and Taylor Lautner in the short-lived drama series My Own Worst Enemy, for which she won a Young Artist's Award for her portrayal of the character Ruthy Spivey; Thorne described her Enemy casting as a major breakthrough as this was the first recurring role in her career.

She then appeared in the ten-episode web series Little Monk, which depicted characters from the series Monk as children. In 2009, she filled the role of the vengeful antagonist in the horror film Forget Me Not.[6] In addition, Thorne took on a supporting role in the family drama Raspberry Magic, the movie premiered at the Cinequest Film Festival[7] and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival[8] in 2010.

2010–13: Breakthrough with Shake It Up

Thorne at the NBT Winner Finale Concert, in 2011.

Thorne starring as co-star on the Disney Channel sitcom Shake It Up, (originally titled Dance, Dance Chicago). Thorne plays CeCe Jones, a dancer with heavy ambitions for a career in the spotlight despite having dyslexia.[9] The show is a buddy comedy centered around a teen dance show (in a show-within-a-show format) co-starring Thorne and Zendaya.[10] The multi-camera series began production in Hollywood, California, in July 2010 and premiered on November 7, 2010 on Disney Channel. While she had a substantial portfolio of work in television and film, Thorne had no experience in professional dancing before being cast. After signing onto the show in October 2009, she began taking three dance classes every night.[11] In 2010, Thorne replaced Jolean Wejbe as Tancy ("Teenie") Henrickson, Bill and Barb's younger daughter in Season 4 of HBO's Big Love.[12] Thorne's first single with Zendaya, Watch Me was released on June 21, reaching 86 on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts.,[13] 9 on the US Top Heatseekers charts[14] and earning RIAA: Gold.[15]

On September 29, 2011, Disney Channel announced it had increased Shake It Up's second season order to 26 episodes.[16] A 90-minute special episode Made In Japan aired August 17, 2012 as the season two finale.[17] On June 4, 2012, Disney Channel announced that Shake It Up was renewed for a third season[18] In 2012, Thorne was casted as Avalon Greene in the Disney Channel Original Movie Frenemies.[19] TTYLXOX was released on March 6, reaching 97 on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts.[20]

2013-present: Debut album and focus on films

On March 30, 2013, it was confirmed by Hollywood Records via Twitter that Bella was officially signed to the record label.[21] Thorne landed an role in the comedy The Familymoon, along with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore, Thorne will play Sandler’s daughter.[21] On July 25, the Disney Channel confirmed that Shake It Up will be canceled after the end of the third season.[22][23] Thorne will play Jamie, a disillusioned teenager intensely guarding a personal secret in the film Home Invasion.[24] In May 2013, it was reported that Bella Throne had signed a new deal to write series of books, beginning with her first novel Autumn Falls, which is expected to come out in the summer of 2014.[25] Thorne has now signed on along with Kyra Sedgwick as the leads in Manis Film’s thriller Big Sky, Thorne plays Hazel.[26]

Personal life

Originally from Pembroke Pines, Florida, Thorne has been living with her family in California since early 2006.[2] Her interests include dancing, playing soccer, spending time with her family and playing with her two dogs, a Cocker Spaniel and a wolf hybrid, six cats and a turtle.[2] She also admits to being a collector of hardcover books, listening to 1980s music, and using YouTube as a research tool for getting into character. Thorne is an avid supporter of the Humane Society, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and The Nomad Organization, which provides education, food and medical supplies to children in Africa.[2][6] Thorne lost her father to a vehicle accident in 2007.[6] Thorne disclosed her father's death in a live interview on the local television talk show "View from the Bay" in December 2008.[6] Thorne was diagnosed with dyslexia in the first grade.[6] She is currently being home-schooled after previously attending a public school, where she had suffered peer abuse.[6] Thorne improved in her learning after attending a Sylvan Learning center and is currently reading and writing a grade ahead.[6][11][27] Thorne also talked about her dyslexia in an April 2010 interview with American Cheerleader Magazine, and explained that she overcame her dyslexia by rigorously reading everything she could find, including the labels of cereal boxes.[28][29]


2003Stuck on YouMC Sideline's FanSupporting role; Credited as Annabella Thorne
2007Finishing the GameSueSupporting role; Credited as Annabella Thorne
2007Blind AmbitionWitbert Daniel
2007The SeerYoung ClaireSupporting role
2007Craw LakeJulia
2009Water PillsPsych Out GirlSupporting role
2009Forget Me NotYoung AngelaSupporting role
2010One WishMessenger
2010Raspberry MagicSarah Patterson
2012FrenemiesAvalon GreeneDisney Channel Original Movie
2014BlendedPost- Production
2014Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad DayPost-Production
2014Big SkyPost-Production
2014Home InvasionJamiePre-production
2006EntourageKid"I Wanna Be Sedated" (season 3: episode 10)
2007The O.C.Young Taylor Townsend"The Case of the Franks" (season 4: episode 13)
2007–2008Dirty Sexy MoneyMargaux Darling"The Chiavennasca" (season 1: episode 4)
"The Family Lawyer" (season 2: episode 2)
"The Silence" (season 2: episode 4)
"The Summer House" (season 2 episode 7)
2008October RoadAngela Ferilli"Stand Alone by Me" (season 2: episode 11)
2008My Own Worst EnemyRuthy SpiveyMain role
2009In the MotherhoodAnnie"Practice What You Preach" (season 1: episode 4)
2009MentalEmily"Pilot" (season 1: episode 1)
2009Little MonkWendyMain role
2010Big LoveTancy Henrickson"Strange Bedfellows" (season 4: episode 3)
"The Mighty and Strong" (season 4: episode 4)
"Sins of the Father" (season 4: episode 5)
"Next Ticket Out" (season 4: episode 8)
"End of Days" (season 4: episode 9)
2010Wizards of Waverly PlaceNancy Lukey"Max's Secret Girlfriend" (season 3: episode 19)
2010–2013Shake It UpCeCe Jones78 episodes
2011Good Luck CharlieCeCe Jones"Charlie Shakes It Up" (season 2: episode 13)
2011PrankStarsHerself"Adventures in Dogsitting" (season 1: episode 5)
Video Games
2006The Ant Bully (video game)Ant KidVoice



List of singles, with selected chart positions
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum

"Watch Me" (with Zendaya)2011869Shake It Up: Break It Down
"TTYLXOX"2012971571Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Featured singles

"Can't Stay Away"
(IM5 featuring Bella Thorne)
2012non-album song[33]

Promotional singles

"Bubblegum Boy" (with Pia Mia)[34]2011N/A
"Fashion Is My Kryptonite" (with Zendaya)2012Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance
"Made in Japan" (with Zendaya)
"Contagious Love" (with Zendaya)2013Shake It Up: I <3 Dance

Other appearances

SongYearOther(s) artist(s)Album
"Something to Dance For/TTYLXOX Mash-Up"2012ZendayaShake It Up: Live 2 Dance
"The Same Heart"Zendaya
"Made in Japan"Zendaya
"Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree"N/ADisney Channel Holiday Playlist
"This Is My Dance Floor"2013ZendayaShake It Up: I <3 Dance
"Blow the System"N/A
"Get'cha Head In the Game"N/A
"Christmas Wrapping"N/AHolidays Unwrapped

Awards and Nominations

2008Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young ActressThe O.C.Nominated[35]
2009October Road (TV series)[36]
Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedia o Drama) - Supporting Young ActressMy Own Worst Enemy (TV series)Won
2010Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young ActressMentalNominated[37]
2011Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) – Leading Young ActressShake It UpWon[38]
Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series
(shared with Zendaya, Davis Cleveland, Roshon Fegan, Adam Irigoyen, Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine)
Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress 11-15Wizards of Waverly Place
Best Performance in a TV Series - Recurring Young Actress 11-16Big Love
Imagen AwardsBest Young Actress – TelevisionShake It Up[39]
2012Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Series – Leading Young Actress[40]
Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series
(shared with Zendaya, Davis Cleveland, Roshon Fegan, Adam Irigoyen, Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine)
Imagen AwardsBest Young Actress - TelevisionWon[41]
Hollywood Teen TV AwardsFavorite Television ActressNominated[42]
ALMA AwardsFavorite TV Actress – Comedy[43][44]
2013Young Artist AwardsBest Performance in a TV Movie, MiniSeries, Special or Pilot - Leading Young ActressFrenemies[45]


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