Holly Marie Combs stars in the one-hour drama "Pretty Little Liars," based upon the popular book series from Alloy Entertainment, as Ella Montgomery, Aria's mother who is unsuspecting that her husband, Byron, had an affair with one of his ex-students at the college.
Combs is known worldwide for her role as Piper Halliwell on the long-running, popular series "Charmed," where she was also a producer for 4 seasons. After taking time off to raise her young family, Combs also initiated, starred in and co-produced the USA TV production "Mistresses."
Combs was born in San Diego, Calif., and moved with her family to New York when she was eight years old. She attended the Professional Children's School N.Y. and, following in her mother's footsteps as an aspiring actress, began her career working in television commercials and print advertisements at age 10. She won her first movie role by 13, playing the daughter of Don Johnson and Susan Sarandon in the feature film "Sweet Hearts Dance."
At 18, Combs got her big break starring for four seasons in the critically acclaimed television drama "Picket Fences." Her role as teen-aged Kimberly Brock won Combs critical acclaim and a Young Actors Award.
In television movies, Combs has played an impressive range of starring roles, including the daughter of a murdered heiress in the fact-based "Daughters," killer Diane Zamora in "Love's Deadly Triangle: The Texas Cadet Murder" and a rape victim in "Sins of Silence." Feature film work includes "Born on the Fourth of July," "Chain of Desire" and "Simple Men." She is also in Steven Soderbergh's remake of "Ocean's Eleven," opposite George Clooney and Brad Pitt, in which she plays herself, along with Barry Watson and Joshua Jackson.