Jacinda Barrett wasn’t the only cast wife to make a cameo on “Suits.” In case you missed it, Troian Bellisario, “Pretty Little Liars” star and Patrick J. Adams’s wife IRL, played a love interest of her husband’s character, Mike Ross, on the series. Portraying lawyer Claire Bowden, Bellisario appeared in several episodes during seasons four and five as Mike’s former flame.
We’re first introduced to Claire as a legal-clinic intern in a season four flashback scene, where she’s seen meeting Mike, a bike messenger. As the two become romantically involved, Mike lies about being a law student to impress Claire, which she later discovers and subsequently breaks things off between them. In the present, Claire returns as the opposing lawyer in Mike’s first case as junior partner and quickly finds out he’s practicing law illegally. Though Claire nearly reports Mike as a fraud, Rachel Zane (Meghan Markle) ultimately convinces her to keep his secret. It’s exciting to see both Bellisario and Adams’s chemistry, as well as Adams’s onscreen and real-life fiancée (at the time) in scenes together.
“Suits” isn’t the first — or last — time the couple were on set together. In 2010, when the two were briefly broken up, Adams actually auditioned for and snagged a guest role on “Pretty Little Liars” to win back Bellisario. Clearly, his grand plan worked, and they later starred alongside one another in the 2018 film “Clara” and on the Canadian miniseries “Plan B” in 2023.
After meeting on the set of a play in 2009, Adams and Bellisario began dating on and off for years, until they finally tied the knot in 2016. They’ve since welcomed two daughters, 4-year-old Aurora and 2-year-old Elliot. With more than a decade together under their belts, they continue to show love for each other. “You sacrifice so much. Comfort, space, and time to make the world a little better for the people lucky enough to be in your orbit. And I count my lucky stars I have a front row seat to all of it,” Bellisario wrote in a recent Instagram post celebrating Adams’s 42nd birthday.
Keep scrolling to see more of Bellisario’s cameo on “Suits,” as well as sweet photos of the actor duo.