Ashley Bell


Born and raised in Los Angeles, Bell is the daughter of actor/voice animator Michael Bell and actress and Groundlings co-founder Victoria Carroll. She studied acting and directing at Cambridge University, where she was awarded “Best Actress” for her portrayal of “Ophelia.” Bell later graduated from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with honors, and was mentored by Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner.
Bell directed, wrote and produced the feature documentary entitled “Love & Bananas: An Elephant Story,” which depicts the rescue of a blind Asian elephant from captivity in Thailand and her journey 500 miles to freedom. It will be released nationwide in theaters this April 2019 by Abramorama, with a broadcast release on Starz to follow later in the year. To accompany the project, she is releasing an e-book entitled “Shoot it, Sell it, Show it: How I made an independent film with Grit and Google.” Additionally, Bell serves as a US Ambassador for Cruelty Free International.

Love & Bananas
Bester Newcomer 2019