Teri Polo

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Teri Polo
Teri Polo 2014 crop 2.jpg
Polo in April 2014
BornTheresa Elizabeth Polo
(1969-06-01) June 1, 1969 (age 45)
Dover, Delaware, U.S.
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Anthony Moore (1997–2005; divorced)
Partner(s)Jamie Wollam (2007–present)
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Teri Polo
Teri Polo 2014 crop 2.jpg
Polo in April 2014
BornTheresa Elizabeth Polo
(1969-06-01) June 1, 1969 (age 45)
Dover, Delaware, U.S.
Years active1986–present
Spouse(s)Anthony Moore (1997–2005; divorced)
Partner(s)Jamie Wollam (2007–present)

Theresa Elizabeth "Teri" Polo (born June 1, 1969) is an American actress best known for her role as Pam Focker in the film Meet the Parents (2000) and its two sequels, Meet the Fockers (2004) and Little Fockers (2010). She was one of the stars of the sitcom I'm with Her (2003–2004), had a recurring role as Helen Santos on the political drama series The West Wing (2005–2006) and currently plays the lead role of police officer Stef Foster in the ABC Family series The Fosters (2013–present).

Early life[edit]

Polo was born Theresa Elizabeth Polo in Dover, Delaware. Her mother, Jane (née Gentry), is a homemaker, and her father, Vincent Polo, is a stereo systems designer.[1] She studied ballet for 13 years beginning at age five. By age 13, she was attending New York's School of American Ballet. After winning a modeling contest, she moved to New York City at the age of seventeen to pursue an acting career.


Polo's acting debut was in TV 101. She also starred in the 1990 miniseries The Phantom of the Opera as Christine Daae. Polo played Detective Ash on the TV series Brimstone and became a regular cast member on the last season of Northern Exposure. She appeared in a recurring guest role in the sixth and seventh seasons of The West Wing playing the role of Helen Santos, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits).

In February 2005, Polo appeared on the cover of, and posed nude in Playboy. The appearance was linked to the release of Meet the Fockers, with cover text that made similar plays on words such as “She's one hot Focker”. She was ranked #42 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2002.[2] She was also featured in InStyle. She also starred in the Lifetime Movie Network 2006 movie, Legacy of Fear. In 2007, she starred in a Hallmark Channel movie "Love Is A Four Letter Word". In 2009, she starred in the feature film 2:13 and the Hallmark Channel TV movie Expecting a Miracle with Jason Priestley and Cheech Marin. That same year she also starred in The Beacon (2009).[3]

She was in the 2009 television pilot for Washington Field. The show was about the National Capital Response Squad, a unit of the FBI composed of elite experts in different areas who travel around the world, responding to events that concern American interest. In 2010, Polo reprised her role as Pam Focker in Little Fockers, the sequel to Meet the Parents (2000) and Meet the Fockers (2004). She appeared in the 1980s-styled horror fantasy film, The Hole. She currently is in the ABC Family series The Fosters.[4] Polo plays San Diego police officer Stef Adams Foster, a mother to three children (one from a previous marriage) and the wife of Lena Adams Foster (Sherri Saum), along with the two being foster parents to two children.

Polo has guest-starred on many TV shows, including The Practice, Felicity, Chicago Hope, Numb3rs, Sports Night, Frasier, Medium, Law & Order: LA, Castle and Criminal Minds.

Personal life[edit]

In April 1997, Polo married photographer Anthony Moore. They have a son together Griffin (born 2002). In 2005, Polo and Moore divorced.

In 2006, while on the set of a video, Polo met drummer Jamie Wollam (of the bands Avion, Venice and recently Drake Bell). They have a daughter together, Bayley (born 2007).[5]

In April 2014, Polo filed for bankruptcy, declaring less than $50,000 in assets and debts in excess of $800,000.[6]



1991Born to RideBeryl Ann Devers
1991Mystery DateGeena Matthews
1992Passed AwayRachel Scanlan
1993Aspen ExtremeRobin Hand
1993House of the Spirits, TheThe House of the SpiritsRosa del Valle
1994Golden GateCynthia
1996Arrival, TheThe ArrivalChar
2000Meet the ParentsPam Byrnes
2001Unsaid, TheThe UnsaidBarbara Lonigan
2001Domestic DisturbanceSusan
2003Beyond BordersCharlotte Jordan
2004Meet the FockersPam Byrnes
2007Full of ItMrs. Moran
20092:13Amanda Richardson
2009Hole, TheThe HoleSusan
2009Beacon, TheThe BeaconBryn Shaw
2010Little FockersPam Focker
2012A Taste Of RomanceSara Westbrook
2014Authors AnonymousColette MooneyCompleted


1986LovingKristin LarsenTV series
1988–1989TV 101Amanda Hampton13 episodes
1990Phantom of the Opera, TheThe Phantom of the OperaChristine DaeeTV movie
1990People Like UsJustine Altemus SlatkinTV movie
1994Due SouthStephanie CabotEpisode: "They Eat Horses, Don't They?"
1994Tales from the CryptSheilaEpisode: "Revenge Is the Nuts"
1994–1995Northern ExposureMichelle Schodowski Capra15 episodes
1995Chicago HopeNurse Sarah Jane PettyEpisode: "Heartbreak"
1996Full CircleTana RobertsTV movie
1997Van Helsing ChroniclesHelena HarkerTV movie
1997Prayer in the Dark, AA Prayer in the DarkJanet HayworthTV movie
1997House of FrankensteinGrace DawkinsTV movie
1998TexarkanaTV movie
1998Father for Brittany, AA Father for BrittanyKim LussierTV movie
1998Outer Limits, TheThe Outer LimitsSally McCoyEpisode: "Identity Crisis"
1998Marriage Fool, TheThe Marriage Fool (Love After Death)Susan PrescotTV movie
1998–1999BrimstoneDet. Sgt. Delilah Ash / Ashur Badaktu6 episodes
1999Sugar HillTV series
1999FelicityMaggie Sherwood5 episodes
1999–2000Sports NightRebecca Wells8 episodes
2000FrasierAbby MichaelsEpisode: "Legal Tender Love and Care"
2002Second StringConnie HellerTV movie
2003Straight from the HeartJordan DonovanTV movie
2003L.A. DragnetJessie RossEpisode: "All That Glitters"
2003Practice, TheThe PracticeSarah Barker5 episodes
2003–2004I'm with HerAlex Young22 episodes
2005–2006West Wing, TheThe West WingHelen Santos18 episodes
2006Welcome to the Jungle GymTV movie
2006For the Love of a ChildYvonneTV movie
2006Legacy of FearDet. Jeanne 'JJ' JoyceTV movie
2007Numb3rsRachel WillonsEpisode: "Nine Wives"
2007Love Is a Four Letter WordEmily BennettTV movie
2007Wedding Bells, TheThe Wedding BellsJane Bell4 episodes
2008FinneganDet. Erin FinneganTV movie
2008Law & Order: Special Victims UnitDana KelleyEpisode: "Confession"
2008CSI: MiamiJill WalshEpisode: "Gone Baby Gone"
2009Expecting a MiracleDonna StanhopeTV movie
2009Ghost WhispererNikkiEpisode: "This Joint's Haunted"
Episode: "Body of Water"
2009Storm, TheThe StormDanni NelsonEpisode: "The Storm: Part 1"
2009Drop Dead DivaJillian FordEpisode: "The Magic Bullet"
2009MonkStephanie BriggsEpisode: "Mr. Monk Is the Best Man"
2009Washington FieldSA Amanda DiazTV movie
2010MediumMary-Louise GraffEpisode: "It's a Wonderful Death"
2010Glory DazeProf. LarsenEpisode: "Pilot"
Episode: "Fake Me Home Tonight"
2010–2011Law & Order: LACasey WintersEpisode: "Echo Park"
Episode: "Zuma Canyon"
Episode: "Hayden Tract"
2011CastleKayla BaronEpisode: "Pretty Dead"
2011We Have Your HusbandJayne ValsecaTV movie
2011Man Up!Theresa Hayden Keen10 episodes
2012A Taste of RomanceSara WestbrookTV movie
2012Criminal MindsMaggie HallmanEpisode: "I Love You, Tommy Brown" as a Spree Killer
2013-presentThe FostersStef Adams FosterLead role
2014Law & Order: Special Victims UnitCordelia KeachEpisode: "American Disgrace"


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