Maria Bello

Actor, Writer, Theater director
Making the difficult transition from television to film, actress Maria Bello gained widespread acclaim for her convincing portrayals of complex, smart, often damaged female characters. As a fresh new face on television ... Read more »
Born: 04/17/1967 in Norristown, Pennsylvania, USA


Actor (65)

Demonic 2015 (Movie)

Dr. Elizabeth Klein (Actor)

Max Steel 2015 (Movie)

Molly McGrath (Actor)

McFarland, USA 2015 (Movie)

Cheryl White (Actor)

The Confirmation 2015 (Movie)


Wait Till Helen Comes 2015 (Movie)

Jean (Actor)

Carjacked 2014 (Movie)

Lorraine (Actor)

The Stone Angel 2014 (Movie)


Third Person 2014 (Movie)

Theresa (Actor)

CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)


Grown Ups 2 2013 (Movie)

Sally Lamonsoff (Actor)

Prisoners 2013 (Movie)

Grace Dover (Actor)

Touch 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)


Prime Suspect 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


The 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)


Abduction 2011 (Movie)

Mara (Actor)

Beautiful Boy 2011 (Movie)

Kate (Actor)

Grown Ups 2010 (Movie)

Sally Lamonsoff (Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2010 (Tv Show)


The Company Men 2010 (Movie)

Sally Wilcox (Actor)

Downloading Nancy 2009 (Movie)

Nancy Stockwell (Actor)

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee 2009 (Movie)

Suky Sarkissian (Actor)

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor 2008 (Movie)

Evelyn Carnahan O'Connell (Actor)

The Yellow Handkerchief 2008 (Movie)

May (Actor)

Towelhead 2008 (Movie)

Gail Monahan (Actor)

Shattered 2007 (Movie)

Abby Randall (Actor)

The Jane Austen Book Club 2007 (Movie)

Jocelyn (Actor)

Flicka 2006 (Movie)

Nell McLaughlin (Actor)

Thank You for Smoking 2006 (Movie)

Polly Bailey (Actor)

The 11th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)


The Dark 2006 (Movie)

Adelle (Actor)

The Sisters 2006 (Movie)

Marcia Prior Glass (Actor)

This Film is Not Yet Rated 2006 (Movie)

Interviewee (Actor)

World Trade Center 2006 (Movie)

Donna McLoughlin (Actor)

20th Independent Spirit Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


A History of Violence 2005 (Movie)

Edie Stall (Actor)

Assault on Precinct 13 2005 (Movie)

Alex Sabian (Actor)

The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)


The Dark 2005 (Movie)


Jimmy Kimmel Live 2004 (Tv Show)


Sam the Man 2004 (Movie)

Anastasia (Actor)

Silver City 2004 (Movie)

Nora Allardyce (Actor)

The 2003 Radio Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


The 56th Annual Writers Guild Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


The 9th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)


The Secret Window 2004 (Movie)

Amy Rainey (Actor)

7th Annual Prism Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)


Nobody's Perfect 2003 (Movie)


The Cooler 2003 (Movie)

Natalie Belisario (Actor)

Auto Focus 2002 (Movie)

Patricia Olsen/Patricia Crane (Actor)

100 Mile Rule 2001 (Movie)

Monica (Actor)

China: the Panda Adventure 2001 (Movie)

Ruth Harkness (Actor)

Coyote Ugly 2000 (Movie)

Lil (Actor)

Duets 2000 (Movie)

Suzi Loomis--Waitress (Actor)

Payback 1999 (Movie)

Rosie (Actor)

Due South 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)


ER 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)


Permanent Midnight 1998 (Movie)

Kitty (Actor)

Mr. & Mrs. Smith 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)


Misery Loves Company 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Nowhere Man 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Simon 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


The Commish: In the Shadow of the Gallows 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Ryan's Hope 1974 - 1989 (TV Show)


Big Driver (TV Show)


The Dark (TV Show)

Music (1)

Beautiful Boy 2011 (Movie)

("The Man In The Moon") (Song Performer)


Making the difficult transition from television to film, actress Maria Bello gained widespread acclaim for her convincing portrayals of complex, smart, often damaged female characters. As a fresh new face on television in 1997, she more than held her own amidst the strong cast of "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), so much so, that film work soon beckoned, prompting her departure after one full season. Gritty roles in "Permanent Midnight" (1998) and "Payback" (1999), followed by a turn as a sexy bartender in "Coyote Ugly" (2000) made Bello an actress to watch. It was, however, performance as Bob Crane's girlfriend in "Auto Focus" (2002) and her daring performance as an emotionally-torn Vegas cocktail waitress in the lauded independent drama "The Cooler" (2003) that established Bello as a premiere talent. She cemented her growing reputation with her award-winning supporting role in director David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence" (2005). She balanced out work in smaller films with mass appeal projects as "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor" (2008) and the Adam Sandler comedy "Grown Ups" (2010), followed by a return to television as the star of the police drama "Prime Suspect" (NBC, 2011- ). A rare combination of beauty, brains, strength and talent, Bello shone consistently in each new endeavor she undertook.


Lisa Bello Song Performer


Chris Bello

Born c. 1971

Joey Bello


Dan McDermott

TV executive at DreamWorks until 2001 left to pursue screenwriting career father of her son, Jackson no longer together

Jackson McDermott

Born March 5, 2001 father, Dan McDermott

Clare Munn

Announced relationship in a New York Times essay titled "Coming Out As A Modern Family."


Villanova University

Philadelphia , Pennsylvania



Cast as brilliant but abrasive homicide detective Jane Timoney (played by Helen Mirren on the original British production) on NBC's adaptation of "Prime Suspect"


Appeared in the ensemble comedy "Grown Ups," about five friends who reunite for a Fourth of July holiday weekend; film starred Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, and Rob Schneider


Cast alongside Ben Affleck in the recession drama "The Company Men"; directed by John Wells


Played Robin Wright Penn's bipolar mother in "The Private Lives of Pippa Lee," written and directed by Rebecca Miller


Starred in the indie drama "Downloading Nancy"; earned an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Female Lead


Cast in the fantasy action film "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor"


Cast in "The Jane Austen Book Club," as Jocelyn an independent, 50-something dog-breeder and organizer of the Club


Joined Aaron Eckhart in the ensemble cast of "Thank You for Smoking"; the directorial debut of Jason Reitman


Played the wife of a rescued Port Authority officer in Oliver Stone's "World Trade Center"


Starred with Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne in "Assault on Precinct 13"


Co-starred with Viggo Mortensen in David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence"; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Lead Actress


Cast opposite Johnny Depp in "The Secret Window"


Cast in John Sayles’ political satire "Silver City"


Played a Las Vegas casino waitress who falls for William H. Macy in "The Cooler"; earned Golden Globe and SAG nominations for Supporting Actress


Cast as Bob Crane's second wife Patricia in director Paul Schrader's "Auto Focus"


Starred in the IMAX movie "China: The Panda Adventure"


Cast in the dark comedy "100 Mile Rule"


Cast as a sexy waitress who enjoys karaoke in "Duets"


Portrayed the bar owner in "Coyote Ugly"


Co-starred with Mel Gibson in Brian Helgeland's "Payback"


Played leading role opposite Ben Stiller in "Permanent Midnight"


Landed recurring role of Dr. Anna Del Amico on NBC medical drama "ER"; made regular for the 1997-98 season


Co-starred with Scott Bakula on the short-lived CBS series "Mr. & Mrs. Smith"


TV debut as a guest on the Fox comedy "Misery Loves Company"


Made TV-movie debut in "The Commish: In the Shadow of the Gallows"


Co-founded Harlem's Dream Yard Drama Project, a nonprofit arts and education program for urban kids

Shot a few commercials in NYC, including one for Amstel Light

Appeared in stage productions in NYC

Bonus Trivia


A lover of the outdoors, Bello has hiked and camped all over the world.


Bello has written and directed several plays and has visited Tanzania and Botswana gathering material for a book she planned to write about children around the world.


"I'm the same exact person I was when I worked at Tartine, but a lot less bitchy, probably. Did you know I got pegged the worst waitress in the city? Some magazine wrote that in a review of the restaurant. Her recommendation? 'The beef au poivre.'" – Bello to Time Out New York Sept. 25-Oct. 2, 1997


"When I was pregnant I gained 70 pounds, and I made 'The Cooler' (2003) when Jack [Bello's son] was only a year old, so my body was quite different than it usually is. And for woman to come up to me and say things like 'Thank you for putting a real ass on the screen' meant so much to me. As much as we don't like to admit it sometimes, I think we have a responsibility in Hollywood to young women. They see us as role models, and I'm happy that my butt was a role model for some." – Bello to Interview Magazine, April 2004


"The whole idea of monogamy is nonsensical to me. I suppose I understand the idea of a lifelong helpmate and friend. But when you have to stay sexually monogamous to this one person, I think it's usually a big fat lie." – Bello to Esquire Magazine, Aug. 2006