Vanessa Bell Calloway

Vanessa Bell Calloway


Vanessa Bell Calloway is a stage, screen and television actress who has earned eight NAACP Image Award nominations. She won the “NAACP Theater Award for Best Actress” for her critically acclaimed role as Zora Neale Hurston in “Letters From Zora”.

A character actress in demand, Vanessa is best known for her roles in the box office smashes “South Side With You” where she portrays the first grandmother, Marian Robinson. Other film credits include, “Coming to America,” “What’s Love Got to Do with”, “Biker Boyz”, “Love Don’t Cost A Thing”, “Daylight,” “The Inkwell”, “Crimson Tide”, “The Brothers”, “Cheaper By The Dozen” and she voiced the lead female role in the animated feature “Bebe’s Kids”. Vanessa will soon be featured in two major motion films, “Dragged Across Concrete” starring Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn, “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” a Universal Studios release and a new independent film “Vengeance”. Other independent features include, “The Preachers Son”, The Under Shepherd” and “The Last Fall”.

Calloway is currently starring in Bounce TV’s new hit one hour drama “Saints & Sinners” as the matriarch Lady Ella, and will recur in the Starz hit “Survivors Remorse” in their fourth season this year. Other shows include ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy”,TV ONE’s record breaking bio pic “The Miki Howard Story” as Josephine Howard the singers mother, and “To Hell And Back” an original movie for TV ONE as well. Other recurring roles include “Shameless”, on Showtime, Amazon’s “THE HAND OF GOD”, TNT’S “Murder In The First”, “Rizzoli & Isles”, “Hawthorne RN” and NBC’s “Harry’s Law” and “Go On”. Vanessa’s television career began with ABC’s “All My Children” and her television guest appearances are many. BET’s “Real Husbands Of Hollywood”, CBS’s “NCIS”, ABC’s “Castle”, Showtime’s “Dexter”, “Cold Case”, “The Closer”, “CSI”, “CSI Miami” and “The District” just to name a few.


  • Born: March 20, 1957
  • Age: 66 years old



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This page was last edited on May 5th, 2018.
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