Actress. Born Jessica Claire Biel on March 3, 1982 in Ely, Minnesota. Raised in Boulder, Colorado, Biel’s first love was musical theater, and she performed in several musicals during her youth. She attended California’s exclusive Le Lycee Francais De Los Angeles and became a successful teen model in 1994. Her print work eventually led to the role that made her famous, that of Mary Camden on the WB television drama 7th Heaven from 1996 to 2002.
Biel has also appeared in several films, including 1997’s Ulee’s Gold, 2002’s The Rules of Attraction and 2005’s Stealth. In 2006’s Home of the Brave, Biel portrayed an Iraq war veteran alongside Samuel L. Jackson. More recently the actress has appeared in Next (2006), Powder Blue (2007), Easy Virtue (2008), and Nailed (2009).
Biel has been romantically linked to pop star Justin Timberlake since 2007.