Troian Bellisario is a multi-talented American star who started her career as a child actress. She was born and brought up surrounded by the glitz and glamor of the acting business and unsurprisingly took an interest in it from an early age. Today Troian has not only found fame as an actress but has now written, directed, and produced a few projects herself.
Well, thanks to her hard-earned success in the entertainment business, Bellisario has amassed a big following over the years. And many of them are interested to know more about her personal and professional life. So, let’s take a look at Troian’s biography and get to know her better.
What Was Troian Bellisario’s Childhood And Family Like?
The talented star was born Troian Avery Bellisario in Los Angeles County, California on 28th October 1985. She is the eldest of two children of Deborah Pratt and Donald P. Bellisario and her younger brother, Nicholas Bellisario was born in 1991. Besides Nicholas, Troian also has many half and step-siblings through his father’s relationships.
The actress has four elder half-siblings namely, Joy Bellisario-Jenkins, Julie Bellisario-Watson, David Bellisario, and Leslie Bellisario-Ingham, from her dad’s marriage with Margaret Schaffran. Troian Bellisario’s father then tied the knot with Lynn Halpern and welcomed a son, Michael Bellisario with her. Michael and Troian seem to share a close bond.
Furthermore, after separating from Troian’s mother in 1991, her dad, Donald married Vivienne Murray. And through this marriage, Troian gained two step-brothers, Sean Murray, and Chad W. Murray. Both of them were involved in the popular police procedural show, NCIS, with Sean as an actor and Chad as a producer. Moreover, the show was created by Donald Bellisario himself.
Talking about Troian’s background, she has Italian and Serbian ancestry on her dad’s side while her mother is of Creole and African American descent. She was born and raised in Los Angeles and apparently had Lesli Linka Glatter, Ashley Olsen, and Mary-Kate Olsen as her neighbors. Moreover, despite her parent’s divorce, it seems like the actress had a wonderful childhood.
Did Troian Bellisario Attend University?
As for her educational background, Troian was enrolled in Studio City, California’s Campbell Hall School. She studied there from kindergarten through the twelfth grade and was the valedictorian of her class. After completing her high school studies, Bellisario joined Vassar College.
But only a few months after classes started, Troian took a break from college for the sake of her mental health. She reportedly felt that the institution enhanced her perfectionist tendencies, which was not healthy for her. However, she did complete her studies, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2009 from the University of Southern California.
When Did Troian Bellisario Start Acting?
As stated above, Troian Bellisario comes from a family involved in the entertainment business. Her father is a popular television producer known for creating shows such as Quantum Leap, NCIS, and Magnum, P.I among others. Her mom, Deborah is also a producer and also worked as an actress and writer. As a result of her parent’s career in the industry, Troian’s career started when she was only three years old. Her first work was in the 1988 movie Last Rites, written, directed, and produced by Donald Bellisario.
Two years after her acting debut, Troian guest starred in a few episodes of her dad’s show, Quantum Leap. She also had a brief appearance in other shows like JAG, Tequila and Bonetti, First Monday, and NCIS. She then started working on a few short films such as Unspoken, Intersect, A November, The Come Up, and Joyful Girl to name a few, and also appeared in the movies Consent and Billboard Dad.
Then in 2009, Troian was cast as one of the main characters, Spencer Hastings in the television adaptation of the book series, Pretty Little Liars. Her performance on the show was loved by fans and she continued to play the part till it ended in 2017. Moreover, Bellisario also played Alex Drake, Spencer’s identical twin in the final season of the show.
Alongside her work in Pretty Little Liars, Troian also starred, wrote, produced, and directed many projects between 2010 and 2017. Listed below are a few of her works:
- Sister Cities
- In the Shadows of the Rainbow
- Still a Rose
Moreover, the talented actress has continued with her career in the industry with appearances in projects such as Where’d You Go, Bernadette, We Are Here, Clara, Life on Mars, Bite Size Halloween, Doula, and many more. It is evident that Troian Bellisario’s net worth of $10 million has been heavily influenced by the numerous works she has worked on over the years.
Who Is Troian Bellisario Married To?
Talking about her love life, the Pretty Little Liars star is happily married to her longtime partner, Patrick J. Adams. Troian Bellisario’s husband is also a popular actor and the pair first met while starring in the production of Equivocation in 2009 and started dating. While they did split for a while, after Adams appeared in PLL in a few episodes, the couple got back together.
Their relationship grew stronger after the small break and they got engaged in 2014. However, they only got married two years later, on 10th December 2016 in California. The lovely couple then welcomed their first child, a little girl named Aurora Adams in 2018. Their second daughter, Elliot Rowena Adams was born in 2021.
While sharing her birth story on the podcast Katie’s Crib, the Bellisario-Adams pair revealed that their youngest one was born in the hospital parking lot, in the backseat of their car. The labor proceeding was very quick which resulted in Patrick himself delivering his daughter. Despite the unconventional birth, both mom and baby were healthy.
Well, a look through Troian and Patrick’s Instagram shows the love and dedication they have for each other and for their lovely family. We wish them more happiness and health in the future.