American actress and model Angell Conwell has appeared in such movies as “Baby Boy” (2001, shared a Locarno International Film Festival Award), “The Wash” (2001), “Soul Plane” (2004), “Show Stoppers” (2008), “Love for Sale” (2008), “There's a Stranger in my House” (2009) and “Frankenhood” (2009). She has also guest starred in the television series “Renegade,” “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” “3rd Rock from the Sun,” “NYPD Blue,” “City Guys” and “That's So Raven,” among other shows. The South Carolina native began her career as a model when she was a child. She did not branch out to acting until she moved to Los Angeles in 1994. She currently portrays Leslie in the popular soap opera “The Young and the Restless.”
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Childhood and Family:
Angell Conwell was born on August 2, 1983, in Orangeburg, South Carolina. When she was 2 years old, her family relocated to Columbia, South Carolina. She attended elementary school at Seven Oaks Elementary School in Columbia, where she became the first African American student body president.
In 1994, the then-eleven years old Angell headed to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career.
Angell Conwell began competing in beauty pageants when she was a child. She later signed with the Wilhemenia Models children's division, Wee Willys New York, and participated in a number of fashions shows, print ads and commercials. By age eleven, she had made the move to Los Angeles to chase her ambitions.
Once arriving in L.A., Conwell landed a starring role in the CBS pilot “On Our Own.” Although the pilot remained unsold, she received a two episode role in the CBS comedy series “Dave's World” (1994 and 1995) and portrayed Jackie in an episode of the syndication action series “Renegade” called “Repo Raines” (1995). She went on to appear in episodes of “Party Girl” (1996), “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch” (1998), “NYPD Blue” (2000), “3rd Rock from the Sun” (2000), “The Parkers” (2000) and “Moesha” (2001) before joining the cast of the comedy series “City Guys” in 2001. In the series, she played Kianna in the episodes “Basket Case,” “Why Y'all Clippin,” “Prose and Cons,” “Prom-Lems” and “Goodbye Manny High.” She also portrayed Natalie in the TV series “Web Girl” (2001).
Conwell made her feature film acting debut in “Baby Boy” (2001), which was written and directed by John Singleton. Playing the supporting role of Kim, the spirited girlfriend of Omar Gooding, she jointly netted a Special Mention Award at the 2001 Locarno International Film Festival. Other costars in the film included Tyrese Gibson, Taraji P. Henson, Tamara LaSeon Bass, Candy Ann Brown, A.J. Johnson, Ving Rhames and Snoop Dogg. Later that same year, she played Vanessa in the film “Flossin.” The film starred Tyrone Burton and was co-directed by Jimmy and Todd Bridges. She rejoined Snoop Dogg for the film “The Wash,” which starred Dogg, Dr. Dre and Eminem. With an original budget $4 million, “The Wash” grossed a little over $10 million domestically.
Conwell next costarred as Alex in the television film “What About Your Friends: Weekend Getaway” (2002, UPN), opposite Keisha Knight Pulliam and Louis Gossett Jr. The family drama was directed by Niva Dorell and written by Kim Watson. She then supported Kent King and Gwen McGee in the 42 minute comedy “BraceFace Brandi” (2002), written and helmed by Brandy Menefee. Back to the small screen, she guest starred in “One on One” (as Amanda) and “My Wife and Kids” (as Tiffany, both 2003) and played the recurring role of the straight-laced cousin, Andrea, in the Disney hit “That's So Raven” (2 episodes, 2003-2004).
2004 saw Conwell join the ensemble cast of MGM's comedy “Soul Plane,” directed by Jessy Terrero and starring Kevin Hart, Method Man, Tom Arnold, D.L. Hughley, Mo'Nique, K.D. Aubert, Godfrey and Snoop Dogg. She then appeared in the low key film “Sugar Valentine” (2004), starred as Cathy Johnson in Lawrence Page's “Confessions” (2006), and received the supporting role of Cherise Powell in the direct to video sequel “Half Past Dead 2” (2007).
2008 marked a busy year for Conwell. She teamed up with Chris Conrad, Alexander Martin, Kat Hawks, Brock Kelly and Mary Stein in the horror video “Portal,” costarred opposite Faune A. Chambers in “Show Stoppers” for director/writer Barry Bowles, portrayed Brenda in Greg Young's “Who's Deal,” and starred as Kayla in the thriller “Jury of Our Peers,” alongside Chaysen Beacham, Carrie Anne Hunt and Dorian Missick. She also portrayed Sida in “Love for Sale,” opposite Jackie Long, Jason Weaver, Mya, Melyssa Ford, Essence Atkins and Tanjareen Marti, and Stephanie in the direct to video “Keepin' the Faith: Lookin' for Mr. Right,” directed by Marcello Thedford.
Recently, Conwell starred in the Clifton Powell directed musical “There's a Stranger in my House” (2009), playing Chelsea, and appeared in the supporting role of Sabrina in the comedy “Frankenhood” (2009), starring DeRay Davis and directed by Blaxwell Smart. She then worked with Melissa De Sousa, Bianca Lawson, Natalie Raitano, Drew Sidora and Rachel True in the comedy “Killing of Wendy” (2009), which was directed by David Hickson and written by Jason Conway. She also portrayed Alex in the romantic comedy “Perfect Combination” and Eve in “Sex Tax: Based on a True Story” (2010) and currently portrays Leslie Michaelson in the long running soap opera “The Young and the Restless.”
Locarno International Film Festival: Special Mention, “Baby Boy,” 2001