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Angell Conwell continues to chart her own course through the acting business while staying true to herself.

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The Orangeburg native has been in the business from a young age and continues her work as one of the stars of executive producer Will Packer’s newest comedy “Bigger” on Black Entertainment Television.

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“Bigger” is one of the first original series that will air on BET+, the network’s upcoming streaming service. The series will star Conwell, along with Tanisha Long, Rasheda Crockett, Chase Anthony and Tristen Winger.

“I play Veronica Yates. She’s a passionate, yet calm and collected real estate agent who finds herself competing for a top spot in her field. To work with Felischa Marye, Devon Shepard and Will Packer is an answered prayer. They are the best at what they do and specialize in creating top notch, cream of the crop entertainment we can all be proud of,” Conwell said.

She said she hopes her newest role has demonstrated both her personal and professional growth.

“We filmed ‘Bigger’ in Atlanta for three months. I loved it! It felt like a mini-move, and I must say I even grew a bit during that trip. I have to say growth is interesting because I feel like we normally don’t realize how much of it has taken place until we look at situations in retrospect,” Conwell said.

Earlier this year, the actress also filmed season eight of “Family Time,” Bounce TV’s first-ever original series in which she stars as the mother in a working-class black family that jumps into the middle class after winning the lottery.

“We started the show in 2011. The fact that the viewers still love the show and the cast is a great blessing from God. I’ll always be grateful that Bentley Kyle Evans created it. Having the opportunity to play a mother has been amazing,” Conwell said.

The sitcom was created by Evans, producer of such shows as “Martin” and “The Jamie Foxx Show.”

She said it remains important to her that she portray a positive representation of a black woman.

“It’s necessary. Black women contribute so much and have endured way more hardship than we should’ve. We deserve to be represented and seen as the dynamic beings we are,” said Conwell, who enjoys being an actress.

“There’s always a subtle sense of healthy adventure and challenge that lives with me. I’ve learned how to embrace uncertainty and truly lean on God’s word, that he has plans for me to prosper as long as I trust,” the 36-year-old said.

She added, “In regard to Veronica, portraying her has been such a freeing feeling. She’s liberated in many ways that I have yet to tap into in real life. So I’m inspired by her while simultaneously vicariously living through some of her experiences! I’m working on embracing the present moment. So if I continue to do that, expansion will naturally be a byproduct.”

Early in her TV career, Conwell starred as actor Meshach Taylor’s daughter on the CBS show “Dave’s World.” She continued to guest star and appear on dozens of hit shows over the years, including “NYPD Blue,” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and “Moesha.”

Conwell made her feature-film debut in director John Singleton’s “Baby Boy” in 2001. Later that same year, she appeared in the film “Flossin,” and went on to star in “The Wash” with rappers Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Eminem. She also starred in the film “For Richer or Poorer,” which aired on the Gospel Music Channel.

She has also played attorney Leslie Michaelson on “The Young and the Restless.”

Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin presented Conwell with the key to the city on Feb. 5, 2019, a day which the mayor also designated as Angell Conwell Day.

“Sometimes God has greater plans for us than we had for ourselves because I would’ve never imagined that. To be honored would be a complete understatement. Although I haven’t spent as much time in South Carolina as I plan to in the future, it is always in my mind and heart,” Conwell said.

“To know that Mayor Steven Benjamin, who has made so many wonderful progressive moves for the community, notices and respects my journey means more to me than words could currently communicate. I’m working to make everyone, including myself, proud,” she said.

Conwell is the daughter of Brian Conwell and Sheila Legette, a talent agent whose roster includes Vivica Fox and Redaric Williams. The actress said her mother is supportive of her career.

“My mom has been completely supportive since day one. Absolutely none of my success would be possible without her unconditional dedication. On the days when I was emotionally spent and felt like I couldn’t continue in the industry, her love and enthusiasm helped remind me to keep hope and faith alive,” Conwell said.

“I am so grateful she had enough vision and fortitude to believe in me and take the necessary steps to see great accomplishments come to fruition. She became a manager after becoming very involved with my career. She then started helping some friends of mine and her business has grown from there,” she said.

Conwell’s maternal grandmother is Eva Legette of Orangeburg.

She said “Bigger” is one of the first original series that will air on BET+, along with Tyler Perry’s “First Wives Club.”

“Four episodes are currently streaming and a new episode will be released every Thursday! I’m amped because I’m such a fan of the show and the talent on the show,” Conwell said.

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She said individuals can keep track of the following Instagram pages for updated information on the show: instagram.com/AngellConwell; instagram.com/TanishaLong; instagram.com/RashedaCrockett; instagram.com/ChaseComedy and instagram.com/TristenJWinger. Show information can also be accessed at bet.com and the all of the network’s social media platforms.

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