Kristen Anne Bell (born July 18, 1980) is an American actress and singer. She began her acting career by starring in stage productions and attended the Tisch School of Arts in New York. In 2001, she made her Broadway debut as Becky Thatcher in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and starred in the Broadway revival of The Crucible the following year. In 2004, she had a supporting role in the film Spartan and received praise for her first leading performance in Gracie's Choice.
Bell gained critical acclaim for her first major role as the title character in the teen noir drama television series Veronica Mars (2004-2007). Her performance was lauded by critics and audiences and she received two nominations for the Satellite Award for Best Actress - Television Series Drama and was awarded a Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television. She reprised the eponymous role in the 2014 film continuation of the series.
During her time on Veronica Mars, Bell appeared as Mary Lane in the 2005 film Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical, a reprise of the role she had played in the New York theatrical production of the musical upon which the film was based. In 2007, Bell joined the cast of the sci-fi television series Heroes, playing the character Elle Bishop, for which she was nominated for a Saturn Award, and the drama series Gossip Girl, as the off-screen titular narrator.
In 2008, she had her breakout film role as the titular character in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which garnered her further recognition. She has since appeared in a number of comedy films, such as Couples Retreat (2009), When in Rome (2010), You Again (2010), and The Boss (2016). Bell also voices Lucy Stillman in the Assassin's Creed video game series and garnered further recognition for voicing Princess Anna in the 2013 Disney film Frozen and the 2015 short film Frozen Fever. Bell currently stars as Jeannie van der Hooven, the female lead on the Showtime series House of Lies. Bell married her partner of six years, Dax Shepard, in 2013, with whom she has two daughters.