Maria Bello

Maria Bello

Birth name: Maria Elena Bello
Born: April 18, 1967
Age: 51
Birthplace: Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States
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Maria Elena Bello (born April 18, 1967) is an American actress and writer. She has appeared in the films Permanent Midnight (1998), Payback (1999), Coyote Ugly (2000), The Cooler (2003), A History of Violence (2005), Thank You for Smoking (2006), The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008), Prisoners (2013), and Lights Out (2016). Bello is known for her role as Dr. Anna Del Amico on the NBC medical drama ER (1997-1998). She starred as Lucy Robbins on the Fox series Touch alongside Kiefer Sutherland in 2013 and currently stars as Michelle McBride on the Amazon original series Goliath. In 2017, Bello joined the CBS procedural NCIS as Special Agent Jacqueline 'Jack' Sloane, a series regular.


Early life

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 canceled after eight 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 canceled after 13 episodes.

Bello sits on the board of The CQ Matrix Company. In 2014, she starred alongside Frank Grillo in the James Wan-produced thriller Demonic.

Humanitarian efforts

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 (DWAG), a non-profit NGO that undertakes activism on behalf of genocide victims of the Darfur Conflict.

Personal life

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).


Year Title Role Notes
1998 Permanent Midnight Kitty
1999 Payback Rosie
2000 Coyote Ugly Lil Lovell
2000 Duets Suzi Loomis
2001 China: The Panda Adventure Ruth Harkness
2002 Auto Focus Patricia Olson / Patricia Crane / Sigrid Valdis
2003 Cooler, TheThe Cooler Natalie Belisario
2004 Silver City Nora Allardyce
2004 Secret Window Amy Rainey
2005 Assault on Precinct 13 Alex Sabian
2005 History of Violence, AA History of Violence Edie Stall
2005 Dark, TheThe Dark Adélle
2006 Thank You for Smoking Polly Bailey
2006 Sisters, TheThe Sisters Marcia Prior Glass
2006 Flicka Nell McLaughlin
2006 World Trade Center Donna McLoughlin
2007 Jane Austen Book Club, TheThe Jane Austen Book Club Jocelyn
2007 Towelhead Gail Monahan
2007 Butterfly on a Wheel Abby Randall aka Shattered
2008 Downloading Nancy Nancy Stockwell
2008 Yellow Handkerchief, TheThe Yellow Handkerchief May
2008 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor Evelyn O'Connell Replacing Rachel Weisz
2009 Private Lives of Pippa Lee, TheThe Private Lives of Pippa Lee Suky
2010 Company Men, TheThe Company Men Sally Wilcox
2010 Grown Ups Sally Lamonsoff
2011 Beautiful Boy Kate Carroll
2011 Abduction Mara Harper
2011 Carjacked Lorraine
2013 Grown Ups 2 Sally Lamonsoff
2013 Prisoners Grace Dover
2013 Third Person Theresa
2014 Big Driver Tess Thorne
2015 McFarland, USA Cheryl White
2015 Demonic Dr. Elizabeth Klein
2015 Bravetown Martha
2016 The 5th Wave Sergeant Reznik
2016 The Confirmation Bonnie
2016 Lights Out Sophie
2016 The Late Bloomer Brenda Newmans
2016 Max Steel Molly McGrath
2016 Wait Till Helen Comes (A.K.A. Little Girl's Secret) Jean
2017 In Search of Fellini Claire
2017 Monumental Agent McFadden post-production
2018 Undying post-production
2018 Every Day Lindsey
Year Title Role Notes
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
2017 XQ Super School Live Herself 1 episode
2018 The Walking Dead TBA Season 8

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
1997 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2000 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actress - Comedy/Romance
Coyote Ugly
2003 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actress - Motion Picture
The Cooler
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
A History of Violence
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
The Sisters
Dixie Film Festival Prize Outstanding Actress in a Film Nominated
2009 Independent Spirit Award Best Female Lead
Downloading Nancy
2013 National Board of Review Award Best Cast

[ Source: Wikipedia ]