Renée Felice Smith was born in 1985 in New York City. Her family came from a rich ancestry of Italian and Irish descent.
As a young girl, Smith was fond of acting. She started her acting career at the early age of six as a commercial model for Dannon yogurt.
After high school, Smith went to New York University under the Tisch School of the Arts program, where she took journalism and history. She also studied at an acting studio in Lee Strasberg and took courses in Italy, where she learned about physical comedy and physical theatre.
Smith landed on her professional acting debut in an off-Broadway production Wildflower as one of the main cast.
Smith later got her big break when she joined the American action TV series NCIS: Los Angeles. She played the role of a special agent named Nell Jones, who works as an intelligence analyst. Since 2010, Smith took a recurring part in season two. Later on, after impressing the producers of her acting skills, Smith made it as one of the main cast in the following seasons.
In 2012, Smith took part in publishing a children’s book based on her pet bulldog named Hugo.
Since then, Smith got featured in a couple of TV shows as a guest-star. She appeared in the TV game show The Price Is Right in 2015. She also starred in the American sitcom It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia in the March 2017 episode “A Cricket’s Tale.”
Besides TV appearances, Smith also starred in a few films. She landed on her first movie debut in the drama film Detachment as the supporting character named ‘Missy.’ She also starred in other films though in minor roles, including Nanny Cam, Code Academy, and That Thing with the Cat.