FARGO — Josh Duhamel is now officially a champion.

The North Dakota-born television and movie actor has inked a partnership agreement with Bell Bank to become a brand ambassador, also known as a “Bell Bank Champion,” and will be featured in the bank’s advertising and social media, as well as partnering with Bell to “pay it forward” through his charitable work.

Duhamel joins other Bell Bank Champions including former Lynx star and University of Minnesota women's basketball coach Lindsay Whalen, NBA player and Apple Valley, Minn., native Tyus Jones, retired NFL linebacker and sports commentator Ben Leber, NHL star Matt Cullen, golfers Tom Hoge and Amy Olson, renowned chef Gavin Kaysen, and singer/songwriter Chris Hawkey.

“Josh is a down-to-earth guy who’s proud of his roots in the Midwest,” said Michael Solberg, Bell Bank president and CEO. “Most importantly, his values and volunteerism match the giving spirit that is the core of our company. We’re excited to partner with him to continue to positively impact people’s lives.”

Duhamel lives in Los Angeles. Originally from Minot, N.D., Duhamel maintains family connections in North Dakota and Minnesota and has frequently appeared in commercials for North Dakota Tourism.

“It was clear right away that Bell’s company values match up well with my roots and the impact I want to have on the community,” Duhamel said. “I’m excited to team up with them and see where we can take the partnership.”