Maria was most recently seen on Australian screens in the well-received ABC series The Newsreader and New Gold Mountain for SBS.
She played the key role of Angie Sanford in ABC’s six-part miniseries Stateless, starring and executive produced by Cate Blanchett, as well as a lead in Iso series Retrograde also for the ABC. Her breakout was the lead role of Julia in the Network Ten series Sisters, from producer Imogen Banks, followed by the role of Miss Tan in ABC’s AACTA-nominated The InBESTigators. Both series are 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.
Other credits include features Blessed and Hating Alison Ashley, and for television, My Life is Murder, Mr. Black, How to Stay Married, sketch comedy Orange is the New Brown, Glitch, Get Krackin’, Wentworth, Underground, Rush, City Homicide, Trip for Biscuits, and recurring roles in We Can be Heroes, and Blue Heelers. She also appeared in web series Footballer Wants a Wife and Other People’s Problems.
Maria is popular on the voiceover circuit in Australian and US markets. She is the voice of the Winter Queen in World of Warcraft: Shadowlands and has voiced a number of audiobooks, games, the animation series Zero Point and commercial campaigns.
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.