Holly Marie Combs portrays Ella Montgomery on Pretty Little Liars. She received star billing for the first three seasons. Since then (season 4-present), she is credited as a Special Guest Star every time she appears.


Holly Marie Combs was born on December 3, 1973, to Lauralei Combs (née Berckhem). Her mother was sixteen when Holly was born; her father was seventeen. Her parents married, but divorced after just two years. While Combs

Holly Marie Combs with Charmed co-stars Alyssa Milano and Rose McGowan

was learning to walk, she hit her head on a marble table, resulting in a scar over her right eyebrow. Holly and her mother moved a lot, due to Lauralei's pursual of an acting career. When Combs was seven, she and her mother moved to New York City. She was 12 years old when her mother married her stepfather. In New York City, Combs attended Beekman Hill Elementary, then The Professional Children's School of Acting. In February 1993, Combs married Brian "Travis" Smith, but the marriage ended in 1997.

In 2004, Holly married Charmed key-grip David Donoho, on February 14th. They have three boys: Finley Arthur Donoho (born April 26, 2004), Riley Edward Donoho (born October 26, 2006) and Kelley James Donoho (born Tuesday, May 26, 2009). Holly filed for divorce from David Donoho in November 2011, citing irreconcilable differences. Combs has smoked since she was fifteen, but only when she was nervous, then she quit when she was pregnant with Finley Arthur. Holly has two younger half-sisters through her father.



Year Title Role Notes
1985 Walls of Glass Abby Hall Classmate
1988 Sweet Hearts Dance Dens Boon
1989 New York Stories Helena Costume Party Girl
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Jenny Turner
1991 Nobody Can Hear You Scream Melinda Ashwood
1992 Simple Men Kim Fields
1992 Dr. Giggles Jennifer Campbell Lead role
1992 Chain of Desire Diana Richards
1994 A Perfect Stranger Amanda Hale
1995 A Reason to Believe Sharon Digby Independent movie
1995 Evil in the Basement Karen Ford
1997 Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder Diane Zamora Lead role
2001 Ocean's Eleven Herself Cameo


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Guiding Light Louisa Young 2 episodes
1991–1994 As the World Turns Denise Jones 5 episodes
1992–1996 Picket Fences Kimberly Brock Main role (83 episodes)
1994 Island City Erin Sloan PTEN movie
1996 Sins of Silence Sophie DiMattio CBS movie (Lead role)
1997 Our Mother's Murder Alex Morell Lifetime movie (Lead role)
1997 Relativity Anne Pryce Episode: "Billable Hours" (1.14)
1998–2006 Charmed Piper Halliwell Lead role (179 episodes)
Producer (seasons 5–8)
2003 See Jane Date Natasha Nutley ABC Family movie (Main role)
2007 Panic Button Katherine Alden Lifetime movie (Lead role)
2010–2017 Pretty Little Liars Ella Montgomery Series regular: seasons 1–3
Special guest star: seasons 4–present
2014 Hell's Kitchen Herself / restaurant patron Episode: "15 Chefs Compete"
2015 Off the Map with Shannen & Holly Herself Great American Country reality series (6 episodes)


  • Season 2 Episode 4
  • Season 2 Episode 7
  • this means war premiere
  • Holly Marie Combs and Josh Cocktail at the Teen's Choice Awards 2015
  • Holly Marie Combs and Josh Cocktail at the Teen's Choice Awards 2015
  • Holly Marie Combs and Josh Cocktail at the Teen's Choice Awards 2015
  • Holly Marie Combs and Josh Cocktail at the Teen's Choice Awards 2015
  • Holly Marie Combs at the Teen's Choice Awards 2015
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