Courtney Hope is a popular American actress, mostly known for her role of Sally Spectra in the legendary TV series “The Bold and The Beautiful”. She is married to Chad Duell, her fellow actor, who stars in the series “General Hospital”, portraying Michael Corinthos.
Early life and family
Courtney Ann Hope was born on 15 August 1989, in Dallas, Texas USA, so holds American nationality, and her zodiac sign is Leo. She was raised in Plano, Texas, living with her parents, Sandy Hope and Phil Hope Sr., and her younger brother, Jamie; he is an experienced athlete, and has also worked as an actor, appearing in some TV movies and series. Jamie also owns a small business, “JRH Photography”, in which he works as a photographer for car racing companies and for his sister, shooting her from time to time.
Courtney also has three half-siblings – Jill Hope, and DJ Hope Jr. and Phil Hope Jr., her half-brothers.
From her early years Courtney enjoyed being a competitive dancer, also spending a lot of her time in the gym, doing gymnastics; she also tried modelling and acting while she was a school student. After travelling with her dance troupe around the US, she decided it was the thing she wanted to do, to perform in front of the audience, so she focused on her performing career, thinking over the ways she wanted it to develop.
When Courtney was around 13 years old, she insisted on quitting the public school she was attending, and entered a performing arts school; her parents supported her decision.
Courtney matriculated from her performing arts school when she was 15 years old, and then moved to Los Angeles, entering college there on 15 August, just on her birthday, turning 16. In 2007 Courtney graduated from the college with an associate degree, majoring in Psychology.
Acting career: first steps
Courtney landed her first role in 2000, appearing as Patient Molly in the episode “Soldiers of Hate” of the popular series “Walker, Texas Ranger”, starring the legendary Chuck Norris. She landed a role in the teenagers’ series “Joan of Arcadia”, appearing in the episode “Spring Cleaning” as Chelsea in 2005; the series told the story of a young girl visited by God, and granted with the mission to make positive changes in people’s lives.
The same year of 2005 gave Courtney an opportunity to appear in the TV movie “Mrs. Harris”, “Related” TV series, and the comedy “Dogg’s Hamlet, Cahoot’s Macbeth”. In 2007 Courtney appeared as Amy Brenson in “Born in the USA”, as an angry teen girl in the episode “Sleepover” of the series “Out of Jimmy’s Head”, and made her first appearance in the popular series “Grey’s Anatomy”, landing the role of Ariana in the episode “Forever Young”. Another movie Courtney appeared in during 2007 was “Mad Bad”, starring Denton Blane Everett and Vincent Riverside.
Acting career: further success
From 2008 to 2009 Courtney appeared in various TV series and films, including “The Nature Between Us” short movie, the popular series “CSI: Miami” and another short film “Salt”.
In 2010 Courtney played Alex in the crime thriller “Tic”, and Amber in the horror movie “Prowl”. She also appeared as Lacey Campbell in the episode “Epilogue” of the series “Criminal Minds”, and as Mary Clark in the episode “Recruit” of the series “NCIS: Los Angeles”. After starring in such films as “Revan” (2012), “Someone Picked the Wrong Girl” (2013) and “Swelter” (2014), she got back to TV series, appearing in “Motivate Me” as Clara, in “NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service” as Judy Sloan, and in “Bones” as Elizabeth Collins.
In 2016 Courtney could be seen in several episodes of the series “Quantum Break” as Beth Wilder, later voicing over the same character in the eponymous video game. She also portrayed Una in the comedy series “Transparent”, appearing in a couple of episodes.
Sally Spectra in “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Starting from 2017, Courtney has been portraying the character of Sally Spectra in more than 275 episodes of the popular show “The Bold and the Beautiful” (1987 – present). Previously, the series had another character also named Sally Spectra, portrayed by Darlene Conley from 1989 to 2007; unfortunately, Darlene Conley passed away in January 2007, and the producers couldn’t find another actress who looked and acted like Conley, so they excluded the character from the series at all, stating Sally left for the South of France to enjoy her life there. After Conley died, her wardrobe from the series was sold at auction, with all the money raised donated to the Center for the Protection of Child Abuse. The producers introduced a new Sally Spectra who was announced to be the grand-niece of the previous character, and the granddaughter of Shirley Spectra (played by Patrika Darbo).
Courtney shared that she felt proud of continuing the traditions of the character, wearing bright red hair and portraying the outsized personality of Sally.
Courtney didn’t quit her sports activities, and trained consistently. In 2012 she became a certified personal fitness trainer and Pilates instructor. She has been teaching beginners as well as advanced classes of experienced athletes. She also founded her own sports studio – Cardio Barre – in which she works as a trainer. Courtney likes kickboxing and pilates, also doing some dancing and yoga.
Personal life, husband Chad Duell
Courtney met Chad Duell in 2016; the couple were very low-key about their relationship, only revealing it after marrying. Chad was married once before in 2012, proposing to his girlfriend he dated for nine months.
The marriage was annulled the same year because, as Chad said later: ‘It all happened too soon’. Born on 14 September 1987 as Chad Lewis Duell, he’s a popular actor who is famous for such roles as Holden in “The Suite Life on Deck” (2008), Adam Kenway in “The Bay” series, and Trevor in the series entitled “Arrow”.
Chad’s most famous role is Michael Corinthos from “General Hospital”; Chad has been portraying the character of Michael from 2010, and has been rewarded with a Daytime Emmy Award as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2015. Courtney and Chad share a lot of interests, passions and also the same religious views. ‘God — and spirituality in general — is a huge part of our life’, Courtney shared in her interview to Soaps In Depth.
She also calls Chad her soulmate, posting their mutual photos on her Instagram account, followed by more than 110,000 subscribers. Chad and Courtney like cooking together; they also share their passion for the Harry Potter saga.
Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts
Courtney has filmed more than 40 commercial campaigns during her career, and is now the ambassador of Lounge Underwear brand. She can play the guitar, as can her husband Chad, but neither of them have enough time to practice, so their guitars only decorate their house at the moment. Courtney likes sitting outside near the fire pit, witnessing the stars in the night sky. She loves skiing. She also enjoys writing, painting, hiking, listening to music and photography.
— Courtney Hope (@TheCourtneyHope) July 25, 2020
Courtney owns several dogs, yet she wasn’t a dog person before she had her first puppy. She even shared that she was afraid of them, but all the fears were gone when she saw the three-month-old puppy she rescue from the shelter. Courtney says that she has always been a true Texas girl; she has the flag of her home state on the wall behind her bed.
Courtney has long red hair, but which is naturally light brown; she has green eyes. Courtney is 5ft 7ins (1.70m) tall, weighs around 136lbs (62kgs), and her vital statistics are 33-24-34.
Net worth and salary
As of 2020, Courtney’s net worth is reported to be around $4 million. She resides in her mansion in Los Angeles, sharing it with her husband, Chad Duell, whose net worth is estimated to be more than $1 million.