Born: April 18, 1967
Birthplace: Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Maria Elena Bello (born April 18, 1967) is an American actress and writer. Her many film roles include Permanent Midnight (1998), Payback (1999), Coyote Ugly (2000), The Cooler (2003), A History of Violence (2005), The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008), Prisoners (2013), and Lights Out (2016). Bello is known for her television roles as Dr. Anna Del Amico on the medical drama ER (1997-1998), with other starring roles including that as Lucy Robbins on the series Touch in 2013, as Michelle McBride on the first season of the series Goliath in 2016, and since 2017 as Special Agent Jacqueline "Jack" Sloane on the series NCIS.Bello was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, to Kathy, a school nurse and teacher, and Joe Bello, a contractor. Her father is Italian American, with roots in Montella, Italy, and her mother is Polish American. She grew up in a working-class Roman Catholic family and graduated from Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor, Pennsylvania. She majored in political science at Villanova University. Following graduation, Bello honed her acting skills in a number of New York theater productions.
Bello's early TV appearances include episodes of The Commish (1991), Due South (1994), Nowhere Man (1995), Misery Loves Company (1995), and ER (1997-98).
Her breakthrough came when she was cast as Mrs. Smith in the TV series spy show Mr. & Mrs. Smith, though the show was cancelled after 8 weeks. She then appeared in the final three episodes of the third season of ER as pediatrician Dr. Anna Del Amico and was a regular cast member during the medical drama's fourth season.
Bello moved on to films, landing a role in Coyote Ugly (2000). She was nominated for the Golden Globe award twice: for Best Supporting Actress in The Cooler (2003) and for Best Actress in A History of Violence (2005). She starred in The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) as Jocelyn.
In 2008, Bello starred in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor as Evelyn O'Connell. In December 2008, Bello began developing a drama for HBO. Besides starring in the new series, Bello was planned to also serve as an executive producer. She starred in the 2009 drama film The Yellow Handkerchief, which was released in theatres on February 26, 2010 by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
In 2010, Bello guest-starred in two episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The following year, she starred in the TV series Prime Suspect, which was cancelled after 13 episodes.
In 2011, Bello became a founding board member of the CQ Matrix Company, a company created by her then life-partner, Clare Munn, to help clients achieve "transformative living and the power of intelligent exchange" by enhancing their communication quotient.
In the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Bello founded WE ADVANCE with Aleda Frishman, Alison Thompson, and Barbara Guillaume. It is an organization that encourages Haitian women to collaborate in making healthcare a priority, and putting an end to domestic violence within their communities. Currently, the organization is based in a health clinic and a community outreach center in Cité Soleil. Bello is also a board member of Darfur Women Action Group, an NGO that undertakes activism on behalf of genocide victims of the Darfur conflict.
Bello has a son with former boyfriend Dan McDermott.
In November 2013, Bello wrote about having a same-sex relationship with her then-partner and then-friend, Clare Munn.
She published a book, Whatever...Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves (Dey Street Books, April 28, 2015).
|2000||Coyote Ugly||Lil Lovell|
|2001||China: The Panda Adventure||Ruth Harkness|
|2002||Auto Focus||Patricia Olson / Patricia Crane / Sigrid Valdis|
|2002||100 Mile Rule||Monica|
|2003||The Cooler||Natalie Belisario|
|2004||Silver City||Nora Allardyce|
|2004||Secret Window||Amy Rainey|
|2005||Assault on Precinct 13||Alex Sabian|
|2005||A History of Violence||Edie Stall|
|2006||Thank You for Smoking||Polly Bailey|
|2006||The Sisters||Marcia Prior Glass|
|2006||World Trade Center||Donna McLoughlin|
|2007||The Jane Austen Book Club||Jocelyn|
|2007||Butterfly on a Wheel||Abby Randall||AKA Shattered|
|2008||Downloading Nancy||Nancy Stockwell|
|2008||The Yellow Handkerchief||May|
|2008||The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor||Evelyn O'Connell||Replacing Rachel Weisz|
|2009||The Private Lives of Pippa Lee||Suky|
|2010||The Company Men||Sally Wilcox|
|2010||Grown Ups||Sally Lamonsoff|
|2011||Beautiful Boy||Kate Carroll|
|2013||Grown Ups 2||Sally Lamonsoff|
|2014||Big Driver||Tess Thorne|
|2015||McFarland, USA||Cheryl White|
|2015||Demonic||Dr. Elizabeth Klein|
|2016||The 5th Wave||Sergeant Reznik|
|2016||The Late Bloomer||Brenda Newmans|
|2016||Max Steel||Molly McGrath|
|2016||Wait Till Helen Comes||Jean||AKA Little Girl's Secret|
|2017||In Search of Fellini||Claire|
|2018||Better Start Running||Agent McFadden|
|2018||Giant Little Ones||Carly Winter|
|1996||Mr. & Mrs. Smith||Mrs. Smith||13 episodes|
|1997-1998||ER||Dr. Anna Del Amico||Season 4|
|2010||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Vivian Arliss||2 episodes|
|2011-2012||Prime Suspect||Jane Timoney||13 episodes|
|2012-2013||Touch||Lucy Robbins||13 episodes|
|2016||Goliath||Michelle McBride||8 episodes|
|2017-present||NCIS||NCIS Special Agent Jacqueline "Jack" Sloane||Season 15-present|
|2017||XQ Super School Live||Herself||1 episode|
|1997||Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Won|
|2000||Blockbuster Entertainment Awards||Favorite Supporting Actress - Comedy/Romance||Won|
|2003||Golden Globe Award||Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture||Nominated|
|National Society of Film Critics Award||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Online Film Critics Society Award||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role||Nominated|
|Satellite Award||Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture||Won|
|2005||Broadcast Film Critics Association Award||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award||Best Supporting Performance||Won|
|Chicago Film Critics Association Award||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Golden Globe Award||Best Actress Motion Picture - Drama||Nominated|
|Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|London Film Critics Circle Awards||Actress of the Year||Nominated|
|New York Film Critics Circle Award||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Online Film Critics Society Award||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|Satellite Award||Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture||Nominated|
|Village Voice Film Poll Award||Best Supporting Performance||Won|
|2006||RiverRun International Film Festival's Jury Prize||Best Actress||Won|
|Dixie Film Festival Prize||Outstanding Actress in a Film||Nominated|
|2009||Independent Spirit Award||Best Female Lead||Nominated|
|2013||National Board of Review Award||Best Cast||Won|