Maria plays the key role of Angie Sanford in ABC’s six-part miniseries Stateless, starring and executive produced by Cate Blanchett.
She played the lead role of Julia in the Network Ten series Sisters, from producer Imogen Banks, and the lead role of Miss Tan in ABC’s AACTA-nominated The InBESTigators. Both series are currently streaming globally on Netflix.
Multi skilled, Maria is busy behind the lens, too. She has her own series in development with fellow actor Lucy Durack and Sisters co-creator Imogen Banks. Their musical comedy drama, Unbeweavable, has recently secured Story Development funding from Screen Australia. Maria was a director’s attachment on the 2019 NYC set of Awkwafina is Nora from Queens – mentored by writer, director and producer Lucia Aniello. She also created, wrote and starred in her own web series, Movement, which screened at Tribeca Film Festival 2016.
Recent television credits include guest roles in Network Ten’s My Life is Murder, Mr Black and How to Stay Married; Channel Seven’s sketch comedy Orange is the New Brown, from Nazeem Hussain; and ABC’s Glitch and Get Krackin’. She was also in Zero Point, for Undergrowth, and the web series Other People’s Problems, by Seymour Films.
Maria is popular on the voiceover circuit in Australian and US markets. She has voiced games in the US and the animation Zero Point, among other things, in Australia. She also has a number of high-profile commercial campaigns to her name.
Having worked professionally since her teens, Maria received a place in the inaugural Scholarship Course at the Melbourne Theatre Company. She is a graduate of Melbourne’s 16th Street Acting Studio and later studied at the Susan Batson Studios NYC.
On stage, Maria played the lead role of Daphna in the national tour of the Australian premiere production of Bad Jews, from Ellis Productions.
Earlier screen credits include features Blessed and Hating Alison Ashley, and TV credits Wentworth, Underground, Rush, City Homicide, Trip for Biscuits, and recurring roles in Chris Lilley’s We Can be Heroes, and Blue Heelers. She also appeared in the riotous web comedy Footballer Wants a Wife.