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Biographical information
Full name: Arthur Bell
Status: Alive
Occupation: Detective
Other information
Gender: Male
Hair color: Brown
Eye color: Brown
Height: 5'10"
Significant Other/s: Beth Childs (lover; in love with)
Family: Maya Bell (daughter)
Charlotte Bowles (foster daughter)
Series information
Portrayed by: Kevin Hanchard
Season/s: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ,Audio series
First appearance: "Natural Selection"
Latest appearance: "To Right the wrongs of many"
Appearance count: 23

Arthur "Art" Bell is a veteran detective who worked alongside Beth Childs. After helping his partner get away with a civilian shooting, Art unknowingly meets Sarah Manning, Beth's clone posing as his partner. Art soon grows suspicious of her uncharacteristic and erratic behavior and begins to suspect not everything is as it seems. One thing becomes clear; he is not a man who likes a mystery to go unsolved.


Before the Series

Arthur Bell is Beth Childs's partner.

Out of loyalty, he helped clear Beth of a civilian shooting. Art was the first person Beth called after shooting Maggie Chen, a mistake as Beth should have called it in to the station first. Knowing that Beth was "tweaked" on her mixed pills, Art plants the phone in the victim's hand to make it look like Beth thought the woman was holding a gun so that they don't find out about Beth's drugs.

Season 1

Shortly after Sarah went through the purse she stole from Beth, Art began calling Beth on her phone, and Sarah, of course, ignored the calls. The next day, he went to Beth's apartment and finds Sarah outside. Thinking that it was Beth, he brought her with him to the precinct for her trial, stressing the importance of the day for both of them. After Sarah vomits to get out of the hearing, the hearing is cancelled for the day and Art jokingly, yet seemingly seriously, expressed his disapproval of "Beth's" claims to have panicked. He makes it known that Beth used to call him "dipshit" a lot when he asks "Beth" where her wit has gone. Despite his apparent anxiousness about the case as well, he tries to comfort his partner about the shooting, thinking that it was what has been bothering her.

Both worried and suspicious of her partner, Art tailed "Beth" and followed her to Felix Dawkins' apartment. Art went through the bag in "Beth's" trunk, planning only on leaving the case files on Maggie Chen so that "Beth" can study it. However, Art ended up seeing the money Sarah withdrew from Beth's account and suspected "Beth" of planning on running from her responsibilities. Art then decided to take the money as leverage to get "Beth" to focus on the hearing.

After Sarah and Felix realize that Art had taken the money and replaced it with the Maggie Chen files, she made an early morning call to Art. She accused Art of stealing from her, leading him to reply that he is just taking her "by the hand" and helping her regain her position with the police department. He meets with "Beth" at a restaurant that day and they practice the story she will give to the police board. She then asked Art to return the money, which he rebuffed.

After "Beth" successfully pressured her doctor Anita Bowers into clearing her to return to duty, she went before the police board and gave a convincing performance. Soon afterward, Gavin Hardcastle reinstates her and gives her Beth's badge and gun. Sarah, who had difficulty figuring out how the gun is supposed to be worn and, perhaps uneasy about carrying a loaded gun, places her ammunition in her back pocket, and Art later notices. Furious that she rode with him to a call with her gun not loaded, she tried the excuse that the assignment was low risk, and that she was not yet up to speed, Art declared that she can get up to speed at her desk, and that he will partner with Angela Deangelis until "Beth" is ready.

Art and Angie visit the site of the shooting, determining that three people were at the scene of the crime. They find the spot where the shots were fired from, but they struggle to explain the role of the mysterious third person. They locate a red haired doll head, but they do not realize that it appears to match the doll body present in the hotel room of Katja because Sarah does not tell them of the connection. On the scene, they also find wheel tracks and he instructs Beth to manage the search for a match of the motorcycle used by the shooter.

After "Beth" has demonstrated her proficiency with a gun at a shooting range, Art takes her to a Ukrainian neighborhood where a stolen motorcycle, a match to the one used by the shooter of their case, was spotted. They enter an unlocked apartment and found matching verses circled in a Bible and written on a wall. Sarah then noticed a sniper at the window and dives on Art, landing on top of him as he hits the floor. Art's ear is grazed by a bullet, and he asks "Beth" to follow the sniper alone.

When he catches up with Sarah, she is on the ground and her mouth is injured. "Beth" insists that she can walk, but she struggles to stand up and Art is forced to steady her. Once Hardcastle joins them, Sarah fools Art and Hardcastle into believing that the sniper is a man, telling them that she did not see the sniper's face. Hardcastle admonishes Art for sending "Beth" into harm's way by herself.

Art offers to drive "Beth" home, but she claims she is well enough that she does not need a ride. Feeling grateful that "Beth" saved his life, he returns the money to Sarah. Smiling, Sarah points out that Art lied about not having the money in his trunk.

The next day, Art and "Beth" go to the home of a boy named Trevor who saw the sniper in his house. Art notices that the sniper performed self-surgery. When Art asks Trevor what the sniper looks like, the boy points at Sarah.

Back at the police station, Art receives a call from the sniper, who has electronically disguised her voice. She asks Art if his partner can hear, and he tells the sniper that the whole office is now listening in. She gives a variant of the code used by Katja and Cosima Niehaus and drops further hints.

The police decide on a location to investigate, but when they rush off on the wild goose chase, the sniper sneaks into the police station. She rearranges the pictures of evidence in the shape of a body, and she sits at Beth's desk. When Beth's boyfriend Paul Dierden calls, she tells him "come get me."

After the police return, Paul arrives. Sarah tries to explain away the call, telling him that she did not really need him to come. When Art comes over, Paul angrily complains to Art about Sarah's injury and suggests that "Beth" wants to leave the force, while Sarah is trying to calm both of them down. After Paul leaves, Art complains to "Beth" that the situation was unprofessional, and that he does not understand why she wants to quit. "Beth" replies that she is embarrassed about Paul's visit, and she assures Art that she has no intention of quitting.

Sarah receives a call at Beth's desk from the sniper, who identifies herself as Helena. Sarah writes down an address, takes the piece of paper from the pad, and leaves for the apartment. Art decides that something strange has happened, and he goes over to the desk. He reads the address from the indentations on the pad, and then he cross-references the address, realizing that "Beth" has gone to the apartment of Maggie Chen. When Art arrives at the apartment, he finds "Beth" there alone. She lamely explains that she just took a walk to clear her head and somehow ended up there.

Back at the station again, "Beth" calls a meeting with Art and Hardcastle. The two men press her to explain how she ended up at Maggie Chen's apartment, clearly not believing her explanation. Then they ask her why she called the meeting. She annonces that she is quitting the force, turns in her badge and gun, and walks out of the police station. For the rest of the season, Art's role on the show is diminished.

With "Beth" gone, the investigation into the death of the still unidentified Katja continues. As frustrations mount, Hardcastle declares that all of the evidence needs to be reexamined. As a consequence, Art, Angie, and Janis meet with Colin, who was conned by Felix into believing that Beth's body was actually Sarah's. They get a fresh set of fingerprints, and they ask Colin for Felix's address.

When Art and Angie arrive at Felix's apartment, they find only Felix there due to Colin warning Felix with a phone call. Art asks Felix about Sarah, and Felix tells them he is mourning Sarah's death. When Art mentions Beth Childs, Felix feigns ignorance. Art notices Felix's artwork, and he picks up pictures of Alison and Cosima. Felix dissembles that the pictures are "the many sides of Sarah."

Art and Angie leave Felix's apartment, go around the corner, and stop. Once Felix closes the door, Art tells Angie he has been here before and redials a number from a phone call he got the previous night. Felix answers, and Art and Angie can hear the echo caused by both ends of the phone call being in their proximity. Art tells Angie that last night's phone call was in reference to Beth and that he previously was here when he suspected Beth was leaving town with $75,000. Since the two cops know that Felix knows about Beth but pretended not to, Angie suggests that they bring Felix to the police station. Art disagrees, insisting that they gather more evidence first.

Pressured by Hardcastle, Art tells Angie that he wants to keep his suspicions quiet until the end of the day. Angie voices a suspicion that Art is hiding something, and Art repeats his self-imposed deadline back to her. Art meets with Sarah, showing her Felix's picture, but "Beth" pretends ignorance. Art asks her to come clean, and she suggests to him that he keep the situation quiet because he helped cover up what happened to Maggie Chen.

Art travels to the train station where he thinks Sarah died. He locates a surveillance camera, and he asks to see the relevant recording. When he watches it, he realizes that Beth, not Sarah, walked in front of the train, and that Sarah stole Beth's purse. He returns to the police station, and Hardcastle tells him that he is going to ask for a warrant for Beth's arrest. Art explains to Hardcastle and Deangelis that Beth is dead, and they need a warrant for Sarah Manning instead.

The police arrest both Sarah and Felix, and they bring them to the police station. Art questions Sarah about both Beth and Janis' now completed image of Katja's face. Sarah tells him little, but she denies murdering either,  She asks Art for protection for herself and her daughter Kira, and he agrees. Sarah begins to explain why she looks like so many other women, but before she can admit that she is a clone, the Dyad lawyer Daniel Rosen arrives and she leaves with him.

The police finally determine Katja's name, but they are frustrated by the fact that the case falls under federal jurisdiction. Art tells Angie that he has another lead, Sarah's associate Vic. Art and Angie find Vic at a rehabilitation center, and they hector him about an outstanding warrant for stolen pork. Vic tells Art and Angie that he last saw Sarah at a suburban address, but he does not know to tell them that the address is actually that of Alison. When Art and Angie park across the street and look at Alison's house, they see her getting her mail. They conclude that the woman they see is not Sarah, but rather she is yet another person who looks like Beth.

Season 3

In "Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis", Art speaks to the woman who was assaulted by Seth and Rudy. She tells him about how she believes that they are twins. He shows her a photo of Mark Rollins, another Castor clone. During this encounter, Sarah shows up and they talk about Mark and the Proletheans.

In "Formalized, Complex, and Costly", Art and Sarah go searching for Mark. They find Alexis, the Proletheans' former resident midwife, and she tells them that she does not know where Mark is. During their drive throughout the countryside, Art and Sarah discuss his relationship with Beth. He expresses his guilt over her suicide, saying that he should've known something was wrong and that she was abusing prescription drugs. He then reveals at a diner they are eating at that he was in love with Beth, but he knew it could never be so he let it go.

Season 4

In "The Collapse of Nature" we get a look into the past, shortly before Beth's suicide. We see the last case she and Art worked on together that ultimately led to Beth's accidental shooting of Maggie Chen.

Orphan Black: The Next Chapter

He appears in the series voiced by Tatiana Maslany.

He is presented as the foster father (adopted father) of Charlotte Bowles who he took in at the end of the TV Series. He becomes involved in the Clone drama once again when his daughter gets pulled in by taking a trip down to Boston and meeting the Boston Clones as well as when a very dedicated Sergeant Priyantha starts digging into the previous clone drama from the TV Series starting with Katja Obinger and Beth Childs. He later is questioned by the Sergeant about Cosima who was wrongfully arrested for the Bombing of GRIT.

He works hard through out the series to protect his daughter and his family/ friends from harm while dealing with the chaos that is now exposed clones world wide.


Season 1 appearances
Natural Selection Instinct Variation Under Nature Effects of External Conditions Conditions of Existence
Variations Under Domestication Parts Developed in an Unusual Manner Entangled Bank Unconscious Selection Endless Forms Most Beautiful
Season 2 appearances
Nature Under Constraint and Vexed Governed by Sound Reason and True Religion Mingling Its Own Nature With It Governed As It Were By Chance Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est
To Hound Nature in Her Wanderings Knowledge of Causes, and Secret Motion of Things Variable and Full of Perturbation Things Which Have Never Yet Been Done By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried
Season 3 appearances
The Weight of This Combination Transitory Sacrifices of Crisis Formalized, Complex, and Costly Newer Elements of Our Defense Scarred by Many Past Frustrations
Certain Agony of the Battlefield Community of Dreadful Fear and Hate Ruthless in Purpose, and Insidious in Method Insolvent Phantom of Tomorrow History Yet to Be Written
Season 4 appearances
The Collapse of Nature Transgressive Border Crossing The Stigmata of Progress From Indistinct to Rational Control Human Raw Material
The Scandal of Altruism The Antisocialism of Sex The Redesign of Natural Objects The Mitigation of Competition From Dancing Mice to Psychopaths
Season 5 appearances
The Few Who Dare Clutch of Greed Beneath Her Heart Let the Children and Childbearers Toil Ease For Idle Millionaires
Manacled Slim Wrists Gag or Throttle Guillotines Decide One Fettered Slave To Right the Wrongs of Many



  • According to his business card in "Instinct", he is assigned to the South Central District of the Metropolitan Police, located at 304 Queen Street.
  • His badge number is 1025.
  • Helena named one of her sons after him.
  • Had Art not screwed up Sarah's plan to steal Beth's (technically Alison's) money, the series would not have evolved beyond the scam.