An award winning actress, Troian Bellisario is perhaps best known for her starring role in Pretty Little Liars. The daughter of two established producers, she made her television debut at the tender age of three in one of her father’s films, Last Rites (1988). Prior to landing her breakthrough role in the Freeform series, she appeared in several short films including Unspoken (2006), Archer House (2007), and Before the Cabin Burned Down (2009).
Born on October 28, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, Troian Bellisario is the daughter of Deborah Pratt and Donald P. Bellisario, the latter of whom created the popular series, NCIS, Quantum Leap, and Magnum P.I. Exposed to the show business at a young age, she made her television debut in one of the aforementioned series, Quantum Leap (1990) at the age of five. Following that, she appeared in a couple of episodes of Tequila and Bonetti (1992), after which she took a prolonged break from acting, presumably to focus on school.
Prior to the end of the 90’s, Bellisario appeared in the film, Billboard Dad (1998) starring the Olsen Twins and in an episode of the legal drama, JAG (1998).
Eventually making a brief return to television in 2002, she played a supporting character in the drama, First Monday. From there, it wasn’t until 2005 that the young actress came back as Sarah McGee in her father’s police procedural series, NCIS. Over the next few years, Bellisario appeared in a series of short films including Unspoken (2006), Intersect (2009), and Before the Cabin Burned Down (2009).
How Troian Bellisario Became Famous
Many years after her debut, the actress received the big break that she had been waiting for- it ultimately came in the form of the mystery thriller, Pretty Little Liars. Developed by I. Marlene King, the series was based on a novel of the same title by Sara Shepard. Premiered in the summer of 2010, the plot revolved around a group of teen girls who must stick together after an unnamed individual threatens to expose their secrets to the public- one of which involves the murder of their friend.
One of the said friends, Bellisario was cast as Spencer Hastings- a wealthy teenager who happens to be an extreme perfectionist; intelligent and strong willed, she isn’t afraid to take down whatever’s in her path if it means someone she cares about is in danger. Aside from playing the competitive teen, she also portrayed the part of her identical twin sister, Alex Drake. The actress is joined by many other talents on set including Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Ian Harding, Holly Marie Combs, Bianca Lawson, and Laura Leighton.
A success, Pretty Little Liars drew in close to 3 million viewers during its initial season from 2010 to 2011. Responsible for rocketing Bellisario to stardom, the show proved to be a bit hit among teens, who tuned in every week for new episodes. Following the end of the first season in March 2011, it was renewed for a second season, which went on to garner 2.68 million viewers. In total, the teen drama ended up continuing for seven seasons, the last of which just finished airing this past June.
Easily her remembered portrayal on television, her performance earned her several accolades including a Young Hollywood Award, and two Teen Choice Awards (among many nominations).
Troian Bellisario’s Other TV Roles
Since then, the actress hasn’t taken up any new roles on television. Having said that, she has appeared in the legal drama series, Suits (2014) and in the TV film, Sister Cities (2016).
Troian Bellisario’s Recent Film Appearances
Though most of her on screen appearances are in short films, she has starred in a few feature films. For instance in 2013, she co-starred in the comedy drama, C.O.G. alongside Jonathan Groff, Casey Wilson, and Denis O’Hare.
In 2015, she also landed a lead part in the horror movie, Martyrs, which served as a remake of of the 2008 film. Other members of the cast included: Ever Prishkulnik, Elyse Cole, BAiley Noble, Romy Rosemont, and Caitlyn Carmichael.
Most recently this past July, she helped to produce a film that she also starred in, Feed.
Troian Bellisario’s Other Acting Roles
In 2012, the actress was cast as Sergeant Lauren Weil, a lead protagonist in the web series, Lauren. Created by Rodrigo Garcia and Jon Avnet, it consisted of a series of episodes, each about the lives of women. One of the main cast members, she’s joined by actors Bradley Whitford, and Jennifer Beals. Released on August 13, 2012, the series garnered much praise from the online community.
Commended for her performance, Bellisario received an award at the New York Festival for Best Performance by an Actress in 2013.
Since then, she has appeared in two other web series, Pa-gents with Chris Pine (2014), and Instagram Intervention with Troian Bellisario (2015).
Troian Bellisario’s Love Life
In 2009, it was announced that she had started to date actor Patrick J. Adams (best known for his starring role as Mike Ross in Suits), whom she had met on the set of Equivolation. Following a brief separation, they reconciled and worked together on a few films including We Are Here, and The Come Up. After many years of dating, the couple tied the knot in December 2016 in Santa Barbara, California.
Troian Bellisario’s Snapchat Name – gaia17
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Troian Bellisario’s Other Social Media Accounts
Troian Bellisario’s Facebook Account
If you want to show your support for the actress on Facebook, you can go give her a like on her official page at @TroianBellisario.
Troian Bellisario’s Instagram Account
Perhaps you’d like to see some photos posted by the star herself? You can find the actress on Instagram over at @sleepinthegardn- looks like she already has herself over 10 million followers on the app!
Troian Bellisario’s Twitter Account
Interested in staying connected with her on Twitter? You can find her official account over at @SleepintheGardn.
Troian Bellisario’s Youtube Channel
From the looks of it, Troian Bellisario is currently not active on Youtube. Don’t worry, we’ll let you know if she ever makes a channel.