During her time on Veronica Mars, Bell appeared as Mary Lane in the film Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical (2005), a reprise of the role she had played in the New York musical upon which the film was based.
Also in April, Bell starred as Gracie in Fifty Pills, an entry for the Tribeca Film Festival.
She appeared in a short independent film called The Receipt and the horror film Roman, which was directed by her The Crucible co-star Angela Bettis.
Since 2016, she has starred in the main role of Eleanor Shellstrop on the NBC comedy series The Good Place.
Bell was born on July 18, 1980 in Huntington Woods, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, where she was raised.
For her performance she was awarded a Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television.
She reprised the eponymous role in the 2014 film continuation of the series.
The musical was a spoof of the 1936 exploitation film of the same name.
Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical debuted on the Showtime network on April 16, 2005.
Bell then moved to Los Angeles, California in 2002 because of her friendship with writers Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney, and appeared in a handful of television shows as a special guest, finding trouble gaining a recurring role in a television series.
Bell had "tested like eight times and booked nothing and every show [she] tested for got picked up," including auditions for Skin and a Norm Macdonald series. Bell also guest-starred on the HBO drama Deadwood in a two-episode story arc ("Bullock Returns to the Camp" and "Suffer the Little Children").
Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter commented, "despite the starring presence of Kristen Bell, [the] young actress has far less interesting material to work with here than she does as [the character] `Veronica Mars.'" Veronica Mars continued on UPN for a second season; for the third season, the show was renewed and appeared on the newly created The CW.