MARIA BELLO is an American actress and writer. Her film roles include Permanent Midnight, Payback, Coyote Ugly, The Cooler, A History of Violence, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, Prisoners, and Lights Out. On television, Bello appeared as Dr. Anna Del Amico on the medical drama ER (1997–1998), with other starring roles including as Lucy Robbins on the series Touch in 2013, as Michelle McBride on the first season of the series Goliath in 2016, and since 2017 as Special Agent Jacqueline “Jack” Sloane on the series NCIS.

The Guardian  named her one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination.

Bello has a son with her former boyfriend Dan McDermott. In November 2013, she wrote about having a relationship  with her then-partner, Clare Munn. She published a book, Whatever…Love Is Love: Questioning the Labels We Give Ourselves (Dey Street Books, April 28, 2015).

In February 2020, while attending the 92 Academy Awards in their first public appearance as a couple, Bello announced she and three Michelin Star chef Dominique Crenn had got engaged on December 29, 2019 while vacationing in Paris, France.