Troian Avery Bellisario (Adams)
October 28, 1985
Los Angeles, California
|Alma mater||University of Southern California (BFA)|
|Parent(s)||Donald P. Bellisario |
|Relatives||Michael Bellisario (half-brother) |
Sean Murray (stepbrother)
Troian Avery Bellisario (/ /; born October 28, 1985) is an American actress and director. She is known for starring as Spencer Hastings in the television series Pretty Little Liars (2010–2017). In 2010, she received praise for her leading performance in the film Consent for which she won the Vision Fest Award for Best Acting by a Female Lead and the FirstGlance Philadelphia Award for Best Actress. She has won two Teen Choice Awards out of six nominations and a Young Hollywood Award.
Bellisario was born and raised in Los Angeles. Her parents are producers Donald P. Bellisario and Deborah Pratt. Donald created Magnum, P.I., Quantum Leap, and NCIS, among other TV series. She has a younger brother, 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 and Creole descent.
Bellisario attended Campbell Hall School in Studio City, California from kindergarten through twelfth grade, where she was the valedictorian of her class. After high school, Bellisario attended Vassar College for a couple months before taking a break for the sake of her mental health as she felt the institution only enhanced her perfectionist tendencies. 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. 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. 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 2014, she starred in the music video for The Head and the Heart's song "Another Story". 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). In 2015, she was cast in a leading role in the American remake of the French-Canadian film Martyrs. In 2015, Bellisario and fiancée Patrick J. Adams filmed short film We Are Here in Haida Gwaii, which Bellisario wrote and starred in. 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.
On April 7, 2016, it was announced that Bellisario would be directing season 7, episode 15 of Pretty Little Liars. 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.
In March 2020, Bellisario played the lead role of Claire in the CBS political drama pilot Ways & Means which was written by Ed Redlich.
Bellisario started dating Suits star Patrick J. Adams after they met on the set of the play Equivocation in 2009. The couple briefly split, but after Adams' guest appearance as Hardy in Pretty Little Liars, 2010, the two got back together. 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 married on December 10, 2016, in Santa Barbara, California. The couple have two daughters, Aurora Avery (born in October 2018) and Elliot Rowena (born in May 2021).
In an episode of actress Katie Lowes's podcast, Katie's Crib, Bellisario and Adams revealed that their second child was born in the backseat of their car in the hospital's parking lot due to quick proceeding labour; Adams delivered the baby himself. They were assisted by hospital staff within minutes of the birth, and Bellisario and the baby were both found healthy.
Bellisario revealed in January 2014 that she went through personal problems through 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."
Bellisario delivered the USC School of Dramatic Arts (her alma mater) commencement speech in 2014.
|1988||Last Rites||Justin's daughter|
|1998||Billboard Dad||Kristen Bulut|
|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|
|2011||Pleased to Meet You||Carson|
|2012||The Come Up||Jessica||Short film|
|2012||Joyful Girl||Belle||Short film|
|2013||Exiles||Juliet||Short film; also writer and executive producer|
|2014||Immediately Afterlife||Bennett||Short film|
|2015||Surf Noir||Lacey||Short film|
|2015||Still a Rose||Juliet||Short film|
|2016||In the Shadows of the Rainbow||Short film|
|2017||Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins||Claire|
|2017||Feed||Olivia Grey||Also writer and producer|
|2018||We Are Here||Woman||Short film; also producer and writer|
|2019||Where'd You Go Bernadette||Becky|
|2019||Like Turtles||Molly||Short film; also producer|
|1990||Quantum Leap||Teresa Bruckner||Episode: "Another Mother"|
|1992||Tequila and Bonetti||Teresa Garcia||Recurring role; 2 episodes|
|1998||JAG||Erin Terry||Episode: "Tiger, Tiger"|
|2002||First Monday||Kimberly Baron||Recurring role; 2 episodes|
|2005–2006||NCIS||Sarah McGee||Guest role; 2 episodes|
|2010–2017||Pretty Little Liars||Spencer Hastings||Main role; 160 episodes|
|2016–2017||Alex Drake||Recurring role; 6 episodes|
|2014–2015||Suits||Claire Bowden||Guest role; 2 episodes|
|2016||Sister Cities||Baltimore Baxter||Television film|
|2020||Stumptown||Jenna Marshall||Episode: "Til Dex Do Us Part"|
|2020||The Adventures of Superman||Girl||DC FanDome|||
|2012–2013||Lauren||Sergeant Lauren Weil||Main role; 14 episodes|
|2014||Pa-gents with Chris Pine||Cathryn Crest|
|2015||Instagram Intervention with Troian Bellisario||Herself|
|2014||"Another Story"||Girl||The Head and the Heart|||
|2018||"Fading Light"||Woman||Nights & Weekends|||
|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||"Swipe Right", "Fragility", "Whoosh, Pow, Bang"|
|2010||Vision Fest||Best Acting – Female Lead||Consent||Won|||
|Philadelphia First Glance Film Festival||Best Actress||Won|||
|2011||Young Hollywood Awards||Cast to Watch (shared with Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale and Shay Mitchell)||Pretty Little Liars||Won|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer TV Star: Female||Nominated|||
|2012||Teen Choice Awards||Won|||
|2013||New York Festivals||Best Performance by an Actress||Lauren||Won|||
|Streamy Awards||Best Female Performance – Drama||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Drama||Pretty Little Liars||Won|||
|2014||IAWTV Awards||Best Female Performance – Drama||Lauren||Nominated|||
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Drama||Pretty Little Liars||Nominated|||
|2015||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer TV Star: Female||Nominated|||
|2016||Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Drama||Nominated|||
|2017||Teen Choice Awards||Nominated|||
|2018||Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award||Best Actress in a Canadian Film||Clara||Nominated|||
|2020||Northeast Film Festival||Best Actress in a Short Film||Like Turtles||Won|||
actor Troian Bellisario in 1985 (age 36)