Maria plays the key role of Angie Sanford in the upcoming six-part ABC miniseries, Stateless, starring and executive produced by Cate Blanchett.
Maria played the lead role of Julia in the Network Ten series Sisters, from producer Imogen Banks. She also played the lead role of Miss Tan in ABC’s AACTA-nominated The InBESTigators, which is currently streaming globally on Netflix.
Other recent projects include guest roles in Network Ten’s My Life is Murder, Mr Black and How to Stay Married; Nazeem Hussain’s sketch comedy Orange is the New Brown, on Channel Seven; ABC’s Glitch and Get Krackin’.
Previous credits include playing Sagitarius in Zero Point (for Undergrowth) and the lead role of Florence in web series Other People’s Problems, by Seymour Films. She also created, wrote and starred in her own web series, Movement.
On stage, Maria played the lead role of Daphna in the 2015-16 national tour of the Australian premiere production of Bad Jews, from Ellis Productions.
Earlier credits include features Blessed, Under a Red Moon and Hating Alison Ashley, and TV credits Wentworth, Underground, Rush, City Homicide, Home and Away, Trip for Biscuits, a recurring role in Chris Lilley’s We Can be Heroes, Neighbours and Blue Heelers. She also appeared in the riotous web comedy Footballer Wants a Wife.
Having worked professionally since her teens, Maria received a place in the inaugural Scholarship Course at the Melbourne Theatre Company in 2002. She was a 2010 graduate of Melbourne’s 16th Street Acting Studio and later studied at the Susan Batson Studios NY and with acting coaches Larry Moss, Ivana Chubbuck, Elizabeth Kemp (The Actors Studio), Penelope Chater and Penelope McDonald. She has also undertaken vocal and dialect training with Suzanne Haywood and Susan Gorrence.