Eleven-time Daytime Emmy Award® winner Bradley (Brad) Bell is executive producer and head writer of the most watched daily dramatic serial in the world, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.
Born in Chicago on June 29, 1964, Bell is one of three children born to legendary television pioneers, Lee Phillip Bell, an Emmy Award®- winning broadcast journalist and talk show personality, and the late Emmy Award®- winning William J. Bell, who along with his wife created two of the most popular daytime dramas ever, “The Young and the Restless” and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL.
After graduating from the Chicago Latin School, Bell attended the University of Colorado at Boulder, the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and concluded his studies at UCLA, majoring in television production.
With two years on the writing staff of “The Young and the Restless” under the guidance of his father, Bell was integral in the creation and launch of THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL in 1987. Bell was promoted to associate producer in 1989 and again to supervising producer in 1992. He took the reins from his father and became head writer in 1993, and then executive producer in 1995.
Under Bell’s leadership, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL vaulted from the sixth-rated daytime drama to the third-ranked series during the 1992-1993 season. Today, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL is firmly established as the second-ranked daytime serial, only behind its sister show, “The Young and the Restless” in the United States.
In a sweep during the “38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards®” on June 19, 2011, Bell and his producing team received their third consecutive Emmy® for “Outstanding Drama Series” for THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL. Bell also received the Emmy® for “Outstanding Drama Series Writing” in 2010, 2013 and 2015, the Emmy® for “Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series” in 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2015 and the Emmy® for “Outstanding Original Song- Drama” in 2015.
Bell has been married to fellow Chicagoan and the U.S. Ambassador to Hungary, Colleen Bradley Bell, since October 1991, and is the proud father of Bradley Chasen, Caroline Catherine, Charlotte Cordelia and Oliver Phillip.
In June 2015, THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL received its 10th Golden Nymph Award at the International TV Audience Awards in the “Telenovela/Soap Opera” category at the Monte Carlo Television Festival. In 2010, Guinness World Records® named THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL the Most Popular Daytime Soap Currently on TV. THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL is the most watched daytime drama series in the world, with over 7000 episodes aired, and is seen daily by 30 million people in over 100 countries.