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Maria Elana Bello, American actress. Co-founder Dream Yard Drama Project for Kids, Harlem, New York City.


Bello was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania, to Kathy, a school nurse and teacher, and Joe Bello, a contractor. Her father is Italian American, with roots in Montella, Italy, and her mother is Polish American. She grew up in a working-class Roman Catholic family and graduated from Archbishop John Carroll High School in Radnor, Pennsylvania.


Bachelor of Science in Political Science, Villanova University.


She has appeared in the films Permanent Midnight (1998), Payback (1999), Coyote Ugly (2000), The Cooler (2003), A History of Violence (2005), Thank You for Smoking (2006) and The Jane Austen Book Club (2007). On television, she is known for her role as Dr. Anna Del Amico on the NBC medical drama ER (1997–1998). She starred as Lucy Robbins on the Fox series Touch alongside Kiefer Sutherland, in 2013.

She majored in political science at Villanova University. Following graduation, Bello honed her acting skills in a number of New York theater productions. Bello's early TV appearances include episodes of The Commish (1991), Due South (1994), Nowhere Man (1995), Misery Loves Company (1995) and ER (1997–98).

Her breakthrough came when she was cast as Mrs. Smith in the TV series spy show Mr. & Mrs. Smith, though the show was canceled after eight weeks.

She then appeared in the final three episodes of the third season of ER as pediatrician Dr. Anna Del Amico and was a regular cast member during the medical drama's fourth season. Bello moved on to films, landing a role in Coyote Ugly (2000). She starred in The Jane Austen Book Club (2007) as Jocelyn.

In 2008, Bello starred in The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor as Evelyn O'Connell. In December 2008, Bello began developing a drama for HBO. Besides starring in the new series, Bello will also serve as an executive producer. She starred in the 2009 Sundance film The Yellow Handkerchief, which was released in theatres on February 26, 2010 by Samuel Goldwyn Films.

In 2010 Bello guest starred in 2 episodes of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. The next year she starred in the TV series Prime Suspect, which was canceled after 13 episodes. Bello sits on the board of The CQ Matrix Company.

2014 co-starred Frank Grillo in the James Wan produced thriller Demonic. In the aftermath of the 2010 Haiti earthquake, Bello founded WE ADVANCE with Aleda Frishman, Alison Thompson and Barbara Guillaume. It is an organization that encourages Haitian women to collaborate in making healthcare a priority, and putting an end to domestic violence within their communities.

Currently the organisation is based in a health clinic and a community outreach center in Cité Soleil.


  • She was nominated for the Golden Globe award twice: for Best Supporting Actress in The Cooler (2003) and for Best Actress in A History of Violence (2005).


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  • Other Work

    • Actress: (off-Broadway plays) include The Killer Inside Me, Small Town Gals With Big Problems, Urban Planning. Film appearances include Maintenance, 1992, Permanent Midnight, 1998, Payback, 1999, Coyote Ugly, 2000, Duets, 2000, Sam the Man, 2000, China: The Panda Adventure, 2001, Auto Focus, 2002, 100 Mile Rule, 2002, The Cooler, 2003, Nobody's Perfect, 2004, Secret Window, 2004, Silver City, 2004, Assault on Precinct 13, 2005, A History of Violence, 2005, The Sisters, 2005, The Dark, 2005, Thank You for Smoking, 2006, World Trade Center, 2006, Flicka, 2006, The Jane Austen Book Club, 2007, Yellow Handkerchief, 2008, Downloading Nancy, 2008, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, 2008, Nothing Is Private, 2008, Grown Ups, 2010, The Company Men, 2010. (television films) The Commish: In the Shadow of the Gallows, 1995, Born in Brooklyn, 2001.

      (television series) Mr. & Mistress Smith, 1996, Emergency, 1997-1998 (Screen Actors Guild award for outstanding performance by an ensemble in a drama series, 1997).


Bello is also a board member of Darfur Women Action Group (DWAG), a non-profit NGO that undertakes activism on behalf of genocide victims of the Darfur Conflict.


1 child Jackson Blue McDermott.

Jackson Blue McDermott Bello