Troian Bellisario
Troian Bellisario 2017
Troian Avery Bellisario
Other Name:
Troian Bellisario-Adams
Los Angeles County, California, U.S.
African-American, Italian, French, English, and Serbian
Birth date:
October 28, 1985 (age 31)
Years Active:
1985 -Present
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

I was going to move to New York after college and had no interest in pilot season. I'd seen what happened on TV shows because of my dad, and I didn't want to open myself up to that. But "Pretty Little Liars" had a very early audition, and my agents encouraged me to go even though I didn't think it would be my thing.
Troian Bellisario
Troian Bellisario, born on October 28, 1985, is an American actress. She portrayed Spencer Hastings and Alex Drake in the ABC Family (now known as Freeform) series Pretty Little Liars.

Life and Career

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A baby Troian as Teresa in Quantum Leap.

Bellisario was born in Los Angeles County, California. She is the daughter of television producer Donald Bellisario and actress Deborah Pratt. Pratt portrayed a character named Troian in the Quantum Leap episode "A Portrait for Troian". The character Troian was named after Troian Bellisario. Deborah, her mother, is African American, which makes Troian 50% African American. She is the half-sister of Michael Bellisario. Actor Sean Murray and producer Chad W. Murray are also her stepbrothers. Her step brother Sean Murray plays Special Agent Timothy McGee on the hit TV series NCIS.

Troian as Sarah on NCIS.

Bellisario made her acting debut in the 1988 film Last Rites at the age of three. From 1990 to 2007, she guest starred on Quantum Leap, Tequila and Bonetti, JAG, First Monday and NCIS, television series that were produced by her father Donald Bellisario. In 1998, she co-starred with Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen in the film Billboard Dad. Beginning in 2006, Bellisario began appearing in a number of independent short films such as Unspoken, Archer House and Intersect. In November 2009, Bellisario was cast as Spencer Hastings in the TV series Pretty Little Liars based on the book series by Sara Shepard. As of 2012, Troian stars in the short film Exiles as Juliet, and Joyful Girl as Belle. In 2013, she will be starring in a film titled C.O.G. as Jennifer. Troian is married to actor Patrick J. Adams, star of the hit USA Network show Suits, who played Hardy.

Troian as Spencer in Pretty Little Liars.


Year Film Role Notes
1988 Last Rites Nuzo's daughter Theatrical film
1990 Quantum Leap Teresa 1 episode
1992 Tequila and Bonetti Teresa Garcia 1 episode
1998 JAG Erin Terry 1 episode
1998 Billboard Dad Kristen Direct-to-video film
2002 First Monday Kimberly Baron 2 episodes
NCIS Sarah McGee 2 episodes
2006 Unspoken Jani Independent short film
2007 Archer House Tatum Independent short film
2007 Intersect Victoria Independent short film
Pretty Little Liars Spencer Hastings

Alex Drake

Main Role
2010 Consent Amanda Main role
2011 Peep World P.A. Theatrical film, post-production
Lauren Lauren Main Role on WIGS (a youtube channel) 
2012 Pleased to Meet You Carson Main Role
2012 The Come Up Jessica Independent short film
2012 Exiles Juliet Independent short film
2012 Joyful Girl Belle Independent short film
2013 C.O.G. Jennifer Main Role
2013 Exiles Julliet Short film;actress, writer, and executive producer
2013 Immediately Afterlife Bennett Short film co-starring Shay Mitchell
2014 Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins Claire Post-production
2015 Surf Noir Lacey Short film
2015 Still a Rose Short Film
2015 Martyrs Lucie Jurin
2015 Suits Claire Guest; episode: "Fork in the Road"
2017 Feed Olivia Grey Main Role
2017 Clara Clara Main Role


  • Her Father, Donald P. Bellisario, wrote the "Quantum Leap"(1989) episode, "Quantum Leap: A Portrait for Troian - February 7, 1971 (#2.11)"",(1989), which aired in 1989, when Troian was four. Troian's mother, Deborah Pratt played "Troian" in the episode.
  • Is the step-sister of Sean Murray(from Vivienne Bellisario and Donald Bellisario), who plays Agent Tim McGee on "NCIS" (2003), and she has appeared in it several times as Sarah McGee, Tim McGee's sister.
  • Starred in a short movie called Immediately Afterlife with Shay Mitchell.
  • Her best friends on the set of Pretty Little Liars are Keegan Allen, Shay Mitchell, Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Tyler Blackburn, Sasha Pieterse and Ian Harding.
  • Troian’s taste in music is made of mainly indie rock.
  • Troian has a special necklace that she wears with anything. This is her “must-have” accessory.
  • In a fantasy world, she would be a rock star. When she was younger, she had a "very intense obsession with death" and was fascinated by forensic scientists and morticians. She had a "draw to work with the dead."
  • When she has free time on the set, Troian likes to sleep, write, and work on other projects.
  • Both Troian and Spencer are studious and put a lot of pressure on themselves to succeed. We see Spencer's uptight and focused attitude on the show, and Troian said that she was valedictorian of her class, she "felt that [she] had to be the best and the brightest at everything otherwise [she] wasn't worth anything." One big difference is that Troian has learned to re-evaluate her priorities and Spencer has not yet had the life experience necessary to see that need. If Troian was to describe Spencer's superpower, she'd say it was her intellect.
  • Troian and her boyfriend, Patrick J. Adams, were revealed to be engaged in late February 2014. Source
  • Troian had anorexia nervosa.
  • Troian went to Campbell Hall School and USC.
  • Was childhood friends with Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen.
  • She was also childhood friends with fellow Pretty Little Liars actress Lulu Brud.
  • In January 2017, she cut her hair shorter for the first time in seven years.
  • She and Andrea Parker are the only main actors on the show to have played more than one character.


Year Award Category Work Nominated Result
2010 Vision Festival Best Acting (Female Lead) Consent Won
2010 FirstGlance Philadelphia Best Actress Consent Won
2011 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: Female Pretty Little Liars Nominated
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: Female Pretty Little Liars Won
2013 IAWTV Awards Best Female Performance (Drama) Lauren Nominated
2013 New York Festivals Best Performance by an Actress Lauren Won
2013 Streamy Awards Best Female Performance (Drama) Lauren Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Pretty Little Liars Won
2014 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Pretty Little Liars Nominated
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Star: Female Pretty Little Liars Pending

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Season 7 (1/20)

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