Bellisario in Manila in February 2013
|Born||Troian Avery Bellisario
October 28, 1985
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Southern California|
|Partner(s)||Patrick J. Adams
|Parents||Donald P. Bellisario
Troian Avery Bellisario was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her parents are producers Donald P. Bellisario and Deborah Pratt. Donald P. Bellisario created Magnum, P.I., Quantum Leap, and NCIS, among other TV series. She has a younger brother, Nick Bellisario, three half-sisters, two half-brothers and is a stepsister of actor Sean Murray, and producer Chad W. Murray. Her father is of half Italian and half Serbian descent. Her mother is African-American (mixed with English and French ancestry).
Bellisario attended Campbell Hall School in North Hollywood, California from kindergarten through twelfth grade, where she was the valedictorian of her class. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern California in 2009.
Bellisario made her acting debut in the 1988 film Last Rites at the age of three. From 1990 to 2007, she guest starred on Quantum Leap, Tequila and Bonetti, JAG, First Monday and NCIS, television series that were produced by her father Donald P. Bellisario. In NCIS, she played Sarah McGee, sister of Special Agent Timothy McGee, portrayed by her stepbrother Sean Murray.
In 1998, she co-starred with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in the film Billboard Dad. Beginning in 2006, Bellisario began appearing in a number of independent short films namely, Unspoken, Archer House and Intersect. In November 2009, Bellisario was cast as Spencer Hastings in the TV series Pretty Little Liars based on the book series of the same name by Sara Shepard. In October 2011, Bellisario announced she was in the process of writing and creating her own film, which was successfully funded through Kickstarter on November 16, 2011. Filming ended in December 2011 and the film was officially completed by August 2012.
In August 2012, Bellisario appeared alongside Jennifer Beals in the WIGS web episode series, Lauren. In January 2013, Bellisario confirmed on Twitter and Instagram that she and Beals are filming more Lauren web episodes. Lauren returned on May 3, 2013 for a twelve episode run. 2015 earned a leading role in the remake of Martyrs.
On February 24, 2014, it was confirmed that Bellisario is engaged to actor Patrick J. Adams. They first worked together in theater, and since then on Pretty Little Liars and the short film The Come Up.
Bellisario revealed in early January 2014 that she went through personal problems through high school, resulting in an eating disorder and self-harming problems. "I was the youngest daughter, the perfect little girl," she said. "My school was a very intense college prep school. So it was about wanting to please my father and mother and wanting to be perfect to everybody."
|1988||Last Rites||Nuzo's daughter|
|2007||Archer House||Tatum||Short film|
|2009||Before the Cabin Burned Down||Meg||Short film|
|2010||Peep World||Film set P.A.|
|2011||A November||Girlfriend||Short film|
|2012||Come Up, TheThe Come Up||Jessica||Short film|
|2012||Joyful Girl||Belle||Short film|
|2013||Exiles||Juliet||Short film; also writer and executive producer|
|2013||Immediately Afterlife||Bennett||Short film|
|2014||Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins||Claire||Post-production|
|1990||Quantum Leap||Teresa Bruckner||Episode: "Another Mother"|
|1992||Tequila and Bonetti||Teresa Garcia||Episode: "The Rose Cadillac"|
|1998||JAG||Erin Terry||Episode: "Tiger, Tiger"|
|2002||First Monday||Kimberly Baron||2 episodes|
|2005–2006||NCIS||Sarah McGee||2 episodes|
|2010–present||Pretty Little Liars||Spencer Hastings||Main cast|
|2015||Suits||Claire||Episode: "Fork in the Road"|
|2012–2013||Lauren||Sergeant Lauren Weil||Main cast|
Awards and nominations
|2010||Vison Fest||Best Acting (Female Lead)||Consent||Won|
|2010||FirstGlance Philadelphia||Best Actress||Won|
|2011||Young Hollywood Awards||Cast to Watch (shared with Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale and Shay Mitchell)||Pretty Little Liars||Won|
|2011||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer TV Star: Female||Nominated|
|2012||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer TV Star: Female||Won|
|2013||IAWTV Award||Best Female Performance (Drama)||Lauren||Nominated|
|2013||New York Festivals||Best Performance by an Actress||Won|
|2013||Streamy Award||Best Female Performance (Drama)||Nominated|
|2013||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Drama||Pretty Little Liars||Won|
|2014||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Drama||Nominated|
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- Best Inventions of 2010. "Exiles by Troian Bellisario » Updates — Kickstarter". Kickstarter.com. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
- "Lauren | Season 1 (Feat. Troian Bellisario & Jennifer Beals)". YouTube. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
- "She's back!".
- "I gave you a sneak peek yesterday but now it's official! S2 of #Lauren with @jenniferbeals returns to @wigs on 5/3!". Twitter. Retrieved April 19, 2013.
- ""Lauren" will return in mid-April".
- "Bailey Noble, who played Adilyn Bellefleur on “True Blood,” toplining with “Pretty Little Liars” star Troian Bellisario. Kate Burton (Stay, Big Trouble in Little China) and Blake Robbins (Rubber) round out the cast of Martyrs".
- "Troian Bellisario Interview - ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
- PEP.ph. "Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario on relationship with Patrick J. Adams: "I think we're both very fortunate in that we both fell in love before we got our shows." | PEP.ph: The Number One Site for Philippine Showbiz". PEP.ph. Retrieved 2013-08-24.
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- Greenwood, Carl (January 6, 2014). "Pretty Little Liars actress Troian Bellisario opens up about her eating disorder and "feeling like a fraud".". Mirror.co.uk. Retrieved January 7, 2014.
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