Bella Thorne

Birth name

Annabella Avery Thorne


October 8, 1997 (age 14) Pembroke Pines, Florida, U.S.


Dance pop, electropop


Actress, singer, model, dancer



Years active

2003–present (actress) 2011–present (singer)


Walt Disney

Associated acts



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 LifeEdit

Bella Thorne was born on October 8, 1997, in Pembroke Pines, Florida.[2] She is the youngest of four children, the others being Kaili (born in 1992), Dani (born in 1993), and Remy (born in 1995), who are also actors and models.[2] Thorne, who is of Italian, Cuban, and Irish descent, spoke Spanish as her first language, although she has forgotten it.[3]


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).[4] 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.[5]

In 2010, Thorne joined the cast of HBO's Big Love in its fourth season, replacing Jolean Wejbe in the role of Bill Henrickson's daughter Tancy 'Teeny' Henrickson (though she had actually auditioned for a different role). She also guest starred on Wizards of Waverly Place, as Max's girlfriend Nancy Lukey.[2] In addition, Thorne took on a supporting role in the family drama Raspberry Magic.

Thorne enjoyed an extensive career as a child model. Since appearing in her first pictorial 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 appearing 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.[2] In an interview with Seventeen magazine, Thorne described her appointment as the spokesperson for Texas Instruments as her big break, but admitted that she has lost much more projects than she has booked and credited the support of her family for helping her get over disappointments.

Thorne currently co-stars 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.[6] The show is a buddy comedy centered around a teen dance show (in a show-within-a-show format) co-starring Thorne and Zendaya.[7] 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.[8]

Personal LifeEdit

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][5]

Thorne lost her father to a vehicle accident in 2007.[5] Thorne disclosed her father's death in a live interview on the local television talk show "View from the Bay" in December 2008.[5]

Thorne was diagnosed with dyslexia in second grade.[5] She is currently being home-schooled after previously attending a public school, where she had suffered peer abuse.[5] Thorne improved in her learning after attending a Sylvan Learning center and is currently reading and writing a grade ahead.[5][8][9] 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.


Year Title Role Notes 2003 Stuck on You MC Sideline's Fan Introduced as Annabella Thorne
2007 Finishing the Game Sue Introduced as Annabella Thorne
2007 Blind Ambition Witbert Daniel Minor role
2007 The Seer Young Claire Minor role
2007 Craw Lake Julia
2009 Water Pills Psych Out Girl
2009 Forget Me Not Young Angela Supporting role
2010 One Wish Messenger Main role
2010 Raspberry Magic Sarah Patterson
2012 Frenemies Avalon Greene

Lead role; Disney Channel Original Movie

Year Title Role Notes 2006 Entourage Kid "I Wanna Be Sedated" (season 3: episode 10)
2007 The O.C. Young Taylor Townsend "The Case of the Franks" (season 4: episode 13)
2007–2008 Dirty Sexy Money Margaux 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)

2008 October Road Angela Ferilli "Stand Alone by Me" (season 2: episode 11)
2008 My Own Worst Enemy Ruthy Spivey Main role
2009 In the Motherhood Annie "Practice What You Preach" (season 1: episode 4)
2009 Mental Emily "Pilot" (season 1: episode 1)
2009 Little Monk Wendy Main role
2010 Big Love Tancy 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)

2010 Wizards of Waverly Place Nancy Lukey "Max's Secret Girlfriend" (season 3: episode 19)
2010–present Shake It Up CeCe Jones Co-Lead role
2011 Good Luck Charlie CeCe Jones "Charlie Shakes It Up" (season 2: episode 13)
2011 PrankStars Herself

"Adventures in Dogsitting" (season 1: episode 5)



Soundtrack Albums

List of albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions




US Kids




Shake It Up: Break It Down
  • Released: July 11, 2011
  • Formats: CD, digital download
  • Label: Walt Disney
22 1 1 65
Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance 13 2 1 99


List of singles, with selected chart positions
Title Year Peak chart positions Album








"Watch Me" (with Zendaya) 2011 86 9 192 Shake It Up: Break It Down
"TTYLXOX" 2012 97 15 71

Shake It Up: Live 2 Dance

As Featuring Artist

Year Song Album
2011 "Bubblegum Boy" (with Pia Mia)[19] non-album song

Other Appearances

Year Song Album
2012 "Time to Mystery, Time to Winter" Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings

Awards and NominationsEdit

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
2012 Young Artist Awards Best Performance in a TV Series — Leading Young Actress Nominated[20]
Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series

(shared with Zendaya, Davis Cleveland,Roshon Fegan, Adam Irigoyen, Kenton Duty and Caroline Sunshine)