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Today closes the chapter on a very significant part of my life. Being Spencer Hastings in the crazy world was a rare and beautiful gift. A gift that will continue to give for the rest of my days on this Earth. And I wanted to say thank you to all the people who gave it to me.
Troian Bellisario


Troian Bellisario, born on October 28, 1985, is an American actress. She portrayed Spencer Hastings and Alex Drake in the Freeform series Pretty Little Liars.

Life and Career

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A young Troian as Teresa in Quantum Leap.

Troian Avery 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. The actor Sean Murray and the producer Chad W. Murray are her stepbrothers. Her step-brother, Sean Murray plays Special Agent Timothy McGee on the hit TV series NCIS which Troian guest-starred on as Timothy McGee's sister.
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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.
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Troian as Spencer in Pretty Little Liars.

Beginning in 2006, Bellisario began appearing in a number of independent short films such as Unspoken, Archer House, and Intersect. In November 2009, Troian was cast as Spencer Hastings in the TV series Pretty Little Liars, based on the book series by Sara Shepard. She later also plays Alex Drake, Spencer's twin-sister in the same series.

In 2012, Troian stars in the short film Exiles as Juliet, and Joyful Girl as Belle. In 2013, she stars in a film titled C.O.G. as Jennifer.

In 2016, Troian married an actor named Patrick J. Adams, the star of the hit USA Network show, Suits. Her fellow PLL cast mates Ashley Benson, Lucy Hale, Ian Harding, Keegan Allen, and Sasha Pieterse attended the wedding. Patrick later made a cameo in Troian's TV show Pretty Little Liars, as Hardy.

In 2017, she made her directorial debut after directing an episode of PLL. She went on to write and produce her own movie which she titled Feed. The movie starred herself and Tom Felton. After the finale of Pretty Little Liars, she confessed that she wanted to do more directing.

In 2018, she directed an episode of the hit Freeform series, Famous In Love.

Filmography

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
2005–2006 NCIS Sarah McGee 2 episodes
2006 Unspoken Jani Independent short film
2007 Archer House Tatum Independent short film
2007 Intersect Victoria Independent short film
2010–2017 Pretty Little Liars Spencer Hastings
Alex Drake
Main Role
2010 Consent Amanda Main role
2011 Peep World P.A. Theatrical film, post-production
2012-2013 Lauren Lauren Main Role (YouTube Series) 
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 with 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
2018 Clara Clara Main Role

Directorial

Year Film Notes
2017 Pretty Little Liars Directorial debut; acted while directing; 1 episode
2018 Famous In Love 1 episode
2018 Good Trouble 1 episode

Trivia

  • Her Father, Donald P. Bellisario, wrote the Quantum Leap episode, A Portrait for Troian, which aired in 1989, when Troian was four. Troian's mother, Deborah Pratt, played "Troian" in the episode.
  • She is the step-sister of Sean Murray (via Vivienne Bellisario and Donald Bellisario), who plays Agent Tim McGee on NCIS. 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. [1]
  • 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.
  • When she found out that she would playing A.D., she asked Marlene not to tell the other cast mates so their performances weren't affected.
  • As Alex Drake, Troian purposely fiddled with her hands, but when she was playing Spencer Hastings she didn't. This was an acting choice that she made to differentiate the characters and give the audience a little clue that Spencer was off.
  • She did a year of dialect training prior to portraying Alex's British accent, as she wanted Alex to have a more, "street" accent.
  • If she could play in any movie, she would like to play Lisbeth Salander from The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.
  • If Troian had to pick another character other then Spencer to have an evil twin, she would pick Alison.
  • She loved directing Sasha, as the pair have a great relationship off-screen.
  • She was a fan of Spaleb, and respected that Spencer and Hanna talked about it and how the plot played out.
  • One of her favorite scenes to film was the scene between Caleb, Spencer, and Hanna where Caleb is talking through the door.
  • She has said that she never had a problem doing emotional scenes in the final season, because she had played Spencer for so long, and the relationships felt real to her.
  • Both she and Keegan Allen think that it would be really cool and funny to see the Hastings, Drake's, and DiLaurentis' in one big family therapy session.
  • She attended the royal wedding between Megan Markle and Prince Harry with her husband.

Awards

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 Nominated
2016 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Pretty Little Liars Nominated
2017 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress: Drama Pretty Little Liars Nominated
2017 Television Industry Advocacy Awards Support to National Eating Disorders Awareness Feed Won

Episodes Directed (1/160)

Season 7 (1/20)

Troian's Gallery

References

  1. http://www.eonline.com/news/515494/troian-bellisario-engaged-to-patrick-j-adams-see-the-pretty-little-liars-star-s-ring

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