Camilla Belle Routh (born October 2, 1986) is an American actress, director, writer and producer whose works include The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005), When a Stranger Calls (2006), 10,000 BC (2008), and Push (2009).
Belle was born to Cristina Gould, a Brazilian fashion designer and Jack Wesley Routh, a construction company owner and former country music composer. Belle was raised in a Catholic household. She attended the Católica Elementary School of São Paulo and then the Marlborough School, an all-girl high school in Los Angeles. She grew up speaking Portuguese. During her childhood, Belle would spend seasons in Santos, Brazil, where Cristina was born. She adopted many Brazilian habits, such as the taste for Brazilian telenovelas.
In 1992, she was cast as a lead in her first film, NBC's thriller, Trapped Beneath the Earth. Belle began her career with a small role in the film production of the novel A Little Princess (1995). In The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), she played Cathy Bowman, a young wealthy British girl attacked by a pack of Compsognathus. In 1998, she played Aubrey Shepard on the Focus on the Family radio drama Adventures in Odyssey. Following a turn as Steven Seagal's daughter in The Patriot (1998), she earned a 1999 Youth in Film Young Artist Award nomination for her portrayal of Sandra Bullock's character as a girl in Practical Magic (1998), as well as another nomination the same year for her guest appearance on the TV series Walker: Texas Ranger.
She received her third and fourth Young Artist Award nominations respectively for the telefilm Replacing Dad (1999) and for her first lead role, in the Disney Channel TV Movie Rip Girls (2000).
Belle played the lead role in the television movie Back to the Secret Garden (2001), then took a break from acting before returning with a role in the independent film The Quiet (2005). SFStation wrote that "performance-wise The Quiet belongs to Camilla Belle and Elisha Cuthbert".
She returned to performing after a short break with the lead role in the remake of When a Stranger Calls (2006). She then played a lead role in her biggest box office hit to date, the Roland Emmerich-directed big-budget film 10,000 BC. Since this $270 million hit, Belle has played a number of lead roles in smaller independent, direct-to-video, short and unreleased films. As of October 2018, her last film was The Mad Whale (2017), a student project produced by James Franco's Elysium Bandini Studios and the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Awards and nominations
|1999||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Drama Series – Guest Starring Young Actress||Walker, Texas Ranger||Nominated|
|1999||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a Feature Film – Supporting Young Actress||Practical Magic||Nominated|
|2000||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Movie or Pilot – Supporting Young Actress||Replacing Dad||Nominated|
|2001||Young Artist Award||Best Performance in a TV Movie (Drama) – Leading Young Actress||Rip Girls||Nominated|
|2005||Gotham Awards||Breakthrough Actor||The Ballad of Jack and Rose||Nominated|