Join or Sign In

Sign in to customize your TV listings

Continue with Facebook Continue with email

By joining TV Guide, you agree to our Terms of Use and acknowledge the data practices in our Privacy Policy.

Maria Bello Biography

Birth Name:
Maria Elana Bello
Birth Place:
Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • As a teen, worked summers in her family's pizzeria in Sea Isle City, NJ
  • Was planning to go to law school when an acting class in her senior year of college led to her decision to become an actor
  • Appeared in beer ads as an Amstel Light Girl while living in New York after college
  • Cofounded the DreamYard Drama Project, an arts program for children
  • On 9/11, she was in Manhattan with her mother, who is a nurse and volunteered at a hospital all day
  • Has worked with Save the Children in Nicaragua, Albania and Bhutan

Awards

  • 2010Independent Spirit Awards-Best Female Lead: nominated
  • 2006Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 2006Critics' Choice Awards-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2005New York Film Critics Circle-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2005Chicago Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2005Kansas City Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: nominated
  • 2005London Film Critics Association-Best Actress: nominated
  • 2005Online Film Critics Association-Best Supporting Actress: winner
  • 2004Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: nominated
  • 2003Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role: nominated
  • 2003National Society of Film Critics-Best Supporting Actress (Runner-up): winner
  • 1997Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: winner

Relationships

  • Chris Bello -- Brother
  • Joe Bello -- Brother
  • Bryn Mooser -- Ex-fiancé
  • Joe Bello -- Father
  • Kathy Bello -- Mother
  • Clare Munn -- Significant Other
  • Lisa James -- Sister
  • Jackson Blue McDermott -- Son