April 18, 1967
54 years old
5 ft 5 in | 165 cm tall
33-25-34 in | 84-63.5-86.5 cm
55 kg | 121 lbs
7 US | 37.5 EU
Maria Elena Bello was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States, on April 18, 1967, is an American actress.
Young Maria Bello first started performing on the New York stage, in off-Broadway plays.
She made her film debut in romance Maintenance (1992) in role as Eddie.
She got her television debut in UPN mystery science fiction drama series Nowhere Man (1995) in role as Emily Noonan.
Her breakthrough performance came as Mrs. Smith in CBS crime drama television series Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1996).
She was nominated for the Golden Globe Award, a National Society of Film Critics Award and she won the Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Motion Picture for her role as Natalie Belisario in romantic drama film The Cooler (2003).
She won the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actress – Comedy/Romance for her role as Lil Lovell in romantic musical comedy drama film Coyote Ugly (2000).
She was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and she won the Chicago Film Critics Association Award and a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Edie Stall in action thriller movie A History of Violence (2005).
She won the RiverRun International Film Festival for Best Actress for her role as Marcia Prior Glass in drama movie The Sisters (2006).
She was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her performance as Nancy Stockwell in drama film Downloading Nancy (2008).
She won the National Board of Review Award for Best Cast for her role as Grace Dover in thriller movie Prisoners (2013).
Thank You for Smoking (2005) comedy drama opposite Aaron Eckhart, Cameron Bright and William H. Macy
Payback (1999) neo-noir action thriller with Mel Gibson, Gregg Henry and David Paymer
Auto Focus (2002) biographical drama opposite Greg Kinnear and Willem Dafoe
Secret Window (2004) psychological horror thriller with Johnny Depp, John Turturro and Timothy Hutton
The Company Men (2010) drama opposite Ben Affleck, Chris Cooper and Tommy Lee Jones
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005) action thriller with Ethan Hawke and Laurence Fishburne
World Trade Center (2006) survival drama with Nicolas Cage, Michael Peña and Maggie Gyllenhaal
The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) romantic drama opposite Emily Blunt, Hugh Dancy and Maggie Grace
McFarland, USA (2015) sports drama with Kevin Costner, Ramiro Rodriguez and Carlos Pratts
Lights Out (2016) supernatural horror opposite Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman and Billy Burke
Giant Little Ones (2018) drama with Kyle MacLachlan, Josh Wiggins and Darren Mann
The Water Man (2020) drama, opposite Rosario Dawson, David Oyelowo and Alfred Molina
She won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for her role as Dr. Anna Del Amico in NBC medical drama television series ER (1997-1998).
She played Mrs. Smith in CBS crime drama television series Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1996) in 13 episodes.
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (2010) NBC crime drama series in role as Vivian Arliss
Prime Suspect (2011-2012) NBC police procedural drama series in role as Jane Timoney
Touch (2012-2013) Fox drama series in role as Lucy Robbins
Goliath (2016) Amazon Studios legal drama series in role as Michelle McBride
NCIS (2017- ) CBS action police procedural series in role as Jacqueline "Jack" Sloane
Graduated from the Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor, Pennsylvania.
She majored in political science at the Villanova University, in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania.
Has two brothers, Joseph and Christopher and one sister, Lisa.
Has Italian and Polish ancestry.
Practices Muay Thai kickboxing.
She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the age of 28.
Good friends with actresses Mariska Hargitay, Amy Brenneman and Carrie-Anne Moss.
Lives in Venice, Los Angeles, California, United States.
She dated Clare Munn (2011-2016) and Mariska Hargitay (1997).
Has been in relationship with Dan McDermott (1999-2006) they have one son, Jackson Blue McDermott.
Has been engaged to Bryn Mooser (2008-2010).
She started dating French Chef Dominique Crenn in 2019, the couple got engaged on December 29, 2019.