Troian Avery Bellisario (/ˈtrɔːjən/; born October 28, 1985) is an American actress and singer, best known for playing Spencer Hastings in the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars.
Troian Avery Bellisario was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. 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.
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 such television series as 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, played by her real-life 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, ArcheMuse 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. In 2015, she was cast in a leading role in the American remake of the French-Canadian film Martyrs.
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 on Pretty Little Liars in 2010, the two got back together. Since working on Equivocation and Pretty Little Liars, the couple have also worked together on the 2012 short film The Come Up, and on Suits, on which Bellisario made a guest appearance in 2015. On February 24, 2014, it was confirmed that Bellisario and Adams were engaged.
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|
|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|
|2013||Immediately Afterlife||Bennett||Short film|
|2014||Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins||Claire||Post-production|
|2015||Surf Noir||Lacey||Short film, post-production|
|2015||Still a Rose||Juliet||Short film|
|2016||We Are Here||N/A||Filming; also writer|
|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|
|2005–06||NCIS||Sarah McGee||2 episodes|
|2010–present||Pretty Little Liars||Spencer Hastings||Main cast|
|2015||Suits||Claire Bowden||2 episodes|
|2012–13||Lauren||Sergeant Lauren Weil||Main cast|
|2014||“Pa-gents with Chris Pine”||Cathryn Crest|
|2015||“Instagram Intervention with Troian Bellisario”||Troian||Achieved Funny or Die “Immortal” status.|
Awards and nominations
|2010||Vison Fest||Best Acting (Female Lead)||Consent||Won|
|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|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer TV Star: Female||Nominated|
|2012||Teen Choice Awards||Won|
|2013||IAWTV Award||Best Female Performance (Drama)||Lauren||Nominated|
|New York Festivals||Best Performance by an Actress||Won|
|Streamy Award||Best Female Performance (Drama)||Nominated|
|Teen Choice Awards||Choice TV Actress: Drama||Pretty Little Liars||Won|
|2014||Teen Choice Awards||Nominated|
|2015||Teen Choice Awards||Choice Summer TV Star: Female||Nominated|