Troian Bellisario

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Troian Bellisario
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Bellisario in 2014
Troian Avery Bellisario [1] [2]

(1985-10-28) October 28, 1985 (age 37) [3]
Alma mater University of Southern California (BFA)
  • Actress
Years active1988–present
(m. 2016)
Parent(s) Donald P. Bellisario
Deborah Pratt
Relatives Michael Bellisario (half-brother)
Sean Murray (stepbrother)
Awards Full list

Troian Avery Bellisario (born October 28, 1985) is an American actress. A graduate of the University of Southern California, in 2010, she received her breakthrough role as Spencer Hastings in the Freeform drama series Pretty Little Liars (20102017), for which she received worldwide recognition and multiple awards and nominations.


Early life

Bellisario was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her parents are producers Deborah Pratt and Donald P. Bellisario, [1] her father having created Magnum, P.I. , Quantum Leap , and NCIS , among other TV series. She has a younger brother, [4] three half-sisters, two half-brothers, and two stepbrothers, actor Sean Murray and producer Chad W. Murray. Her father is of Italian and Serbian descent, and her mother is of African American descent. [5]

Attending Campbell Hall School in Studio City, California, from kindergarten through twelfth grade, [6] Bellisario was the valedictorian of her class. [7] After high school, she attended Vassar College for several months before taking a break for the sake of her mental health, feeling that the institution aggravated her perfectionist tendencies. [8] She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Southern California in 2009. [9]


Early work

Bellisario made her acting debut in the 1988 film Last Rites at the age of three, [10] which was directed, written and produced by her father, Donald P. Bellisario. In 1990, she guest-starred in an episode of her father's series Quantum Leap . 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. [11] 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. [12]

Bellisario (far left) with the cast of Pretty Little Liars in 2014 Cast of Pretty Little Liars at Paley Fest2014.jpg
Bellisario (far left) with the cast of Pretty Little Liars in 2014

In 2014, she starred in the music video for The Head and the Heart's song "Another Story". [13] Bellisario also starred in Immediately Afterlife, a short film about two cult members who are the only survivors of their group's mass suicide, playing Bennett, alongside her Pretty Little Liars co-stars Shay Mitchell (Emily), Ian Harding (Ezra Fitz) and Nolan North (Peter Hastings). [14] In 2015, she was cast in a leading role in the American remake of the French-Canadian film Martyrs . [15] [16] In 2015, Bellisario and fiancée Patrick J. Adams filmed the short film We Are Here in Haida Gwaii, which Bellisario wrote and starred in. [17] In 2017, Bellisario starred in her feature film, Feed , which she also wrote and produced. The film was written based on Bellisario's own experiences with an eating disorder. [18]

On April 7, 2016, it was announced that Bellisario would be directing season 7, episode 15 of Pretty Little Liars. [19] This made her one of the first in the cast, alongside Chad Lowe, to direct an episode on the series. In 2020, Bellisario appeared as the bride character Jenna Marshall from the episode "Til Dex Do Us Part" in Stumptown . [20]

Further in television, she costarred with Australian actress Jacki Weaver in the television drama film Sister Cities (2016), and opposite Bradley Whitford in the Me Too drama Lauren (20122013). In film, Bellisario has received recognition for her performances in C.O.G. (2013), Feed (2017), Clara (2018) and Where'd You Go, Bernadette (2019).


In March 2020, Bellisario played the lead role of Claire in the CBS political drama pilot Ways & Means, written by Ed Redlich. [21] The pilot, which also starred Patrick Dempsey, focused on a secret alliance between a disillusioned career politician and an idealist up-and-comer in the gridlocked American system. The show was not picked up. [22]

In 2022, she appeared in the comedy Doula alongside Arron Shiver (who also wrote the film) and Will Greenberg. [23] The film, produced by Chris Pine and directed by Cheryl Nichols, deals with Bellisario's character hiring her midwife's son as the latter's replacement when she passes away.

Personal life

Bellisario started dating Suits star Patrick J. Adams after they met on the set of the play Equivocation in 2009. [24] The couple briefly split, but after Adams' guest appearance as Hardy in Pretty Little Liars, in 2010, the two got back together. [25] Since working on Equivocation and Pretty Little Liars, the couple also worked together on the 2012 short film The Come Up, Suits, and the short film We Are Here. Bellisario and Adams were married on December 10, 2016, in Santa Barbara, California. [26] [27] The couple has two daughters, Aurora, born in 2018 [28] and Elliot, born in 2021. [29]

In an episode of actress Katie Lowes's podcast, Katie's Crib, Bellisario and Adams said their second child was born in the backseat of their car at the hospital parking lot due to an accelerated labour, with Adams delivering the baby. Hospital staff assisted within minutes of the delivery, and Bellisario and the baby were found healthy. [30] [31]

Bellisario said in January 2014 that she endured personal problems during high school, resulting in self-harm and an eating disorder. "I was the youngest daughter, the perfect little girl. 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." [32]

In 2014, Bellisario returned to her alma mater, USC School of Dramatic Arts, delivering the commencement speech. [33]



1988 Last Rites Justin's daughter
1998 Billboard Dad Kristen Bulut
2006UnspokenJaniShort film
2007Archer HouseTatumShort film
2009IntersectVictoriaShort film
2009Before the Cabin Burned DownMegShort film
2010 Peep World Film set P.A.
2011A NovemberGirlfriendShort film
2011Pleased to Meet YouCarson
2012The Come UpJessicaShort film
2012Joyful GirlBelleShort film
2013 C.O.G. Jennifer
2013ExilesJulietShort film; also writer and executive producer
2014Immediately AfterlifeBennettShort film
2015Surf NoirLaceyShort film
2015 Martyrs Lucie Jurin
2015Still a RoseJulietShort film
2015AmyAmyShort film
2016In the Shadows of the RainbowShort film
2017Chuck Hank and the San Diego TwinsClaire
2017 Feed Olivia GreyAlso writer and producer
2018We Are HereWomanShort film; also producer and writer
2018 Clara Clara
2019 Where'd You Go Bernadette Becky
2019Like TurtlesMollyShort film; also producer
2020Life on MarsStellaShort film; also writer
2021PoppetMaeveShort film; also producer and writer


1990 Quantum Leap Teresa BrucknerEpisode: "Another Mother"
1992 Tequila and Bonetti Teresa GarciaRecurring role; 2 episodes
1998 JAG Erin TerryEpisode: "Tiger, Tiger"
2002 First Monday Kimberly BaronRecurring role; 2 episodes
2005–2006 NCIS Sarah McGeeGuest role; 2 episodes
2010–2017 Pretty Little Liars Spencer Hastings Main role; 160 episodes
Alex Drake Recurring role (season 7); 6 episodes
2014–2015 Suits Claire BowdenGuest role; 2 episodes
2016 Sister Cities Baltimore BaxterTelevision film
2020 Stumptown Jenna MarshallEpisode: "Til Dex Do Us Part"
2022 Celebrity Jeopardy! HerselfContestant
2023 Plan B Miranda DelanoTelevision miniseries; 4 episodes


2020 The Adventures of Superman Girl DC FanDome [34]


2012–2013 Lauren Sergeant Lauren WeilMain role; 14 episodes
2014 Pa-gents with Chris Pine Cathryn Crest
2015 Instagram Intervention with Troian Bellisario Herself

Music videos

2014"Another Story"Girl The Head and the Heart [13]
2018"Fading Light"WomanNights & Weekends [35]


2017 Pretty Little Liars "In the Eye Abides the Heart"Directorial debut
2018 Famous in Love "Guess Who's (Not) Coming to Sundance?"
2019–present Good Trouble 7 episodes
2020Life on MarsShort film

Awards and nominations

2010Vision FestBest Acting – Female LeadConsentWon [36] [37]
Philadelphia First Glance Film FestivalBest ActressWon [37]
2011 Young Hollywood Awards Cast to Watch (shared with Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale and Shay Mitchell) Pretty Little Liars Won [38]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: Female Nominated [39]
2012 Teen Choice Awards Won [40]
2013 New York Festivals Best Performance by an ActressLaurenWon [41]
Streamy Awards Best Female Performance – DramaNominated [42]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Pretty Little LiarsWon [43]
2014 IAWTV Awards Best Female Performance – Drama Lauren Nominated [44]
Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: DramaPretty Little LiarsNominated [45]
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: FemaleNominated [46]
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: DramaNominated [47]
2017 Teen Choice Awards Nominated [48]
2018 Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award Best Actress in a Canadian Film Clara Nominated [37]
2020 Northeast Film Festival Best Actress in a Short FilmLike TurtlesWon [37]

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