American actress Rutina Wesley plays Maria Miller in Season 1 of The Last of Us TV show. Fans will recognize her from her role as Tara Thornton in the hit vampire show, True Blood.

Wesley has appeared in 24 different projects, including hit TV shows such as Arrow, The Walking Dead, and Hannibal.

Rutina Wesley stars alongside Gabriel Luna, who plays her onscreen partner, Tommy. He has also starred in a number of iconic TV shows and movies, including a Terminator film!

Born21 December, 1978
BirthplaceLas Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Height1.66 m / 5 ft 5
Social Media LinksTwitter – @rutinaofficial
Instagram – @rutina_wesley
Rutina Wesley as Nova in Queen Sugar
Rutina Wesley as Nova Bordelon in Queen Sugar.
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Who Is Rutina Wesley From The Last of Us?

Rutina Wesley is an American actress whose breakout role was in the iconic TV series True Blood as Tara Thornton.

While that show certainly made her a household name, Wesley has gone on to appear in a number of successful films and TV series, such as Queen Sugar.

Rutina Wesley joins the ever-growing star-studded cast of The Last of Us TV show, which features iconic sitcom actors, critically acclaimed Marvel stars and newcomers making their debut.

Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton in True Blood
Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton in True Blood.
Credit – HBO

Who Is Maria in The Last of Us?

Maria Miller is Tommy Miller’s wife and the leader of a settlement of survivors in Jackson, Wyoming. She initially helped establish the settlement in Jackson with her father before becoming its leader alongside Tommy.

While Maria is sympathetic to Joel and Ellie’s plight eventually, she initially fears it will put Tommy and the people of Jackson in danger.

In the 2013 The Last of Us video game, Maria is played by Ashley Scott. Despite having starred in both The Last of Us and The Last of Us Part 2, Scott does not appear in The Last of Us TV show.

Rutina Welsey as Maria in The Last of Us TV show
Credit – HBO

What Happens to Maria in The Last of Us?

After Joel and Ellie leave Maria and Tommy in Jackson, they continue to help their settlement thrive. When Joel and Ellie eventually return, Maria welcomes them with open arms.

Unfortunately, after a tragic incident in The Last of Us Part 2, Tommy and Maria agree to part ways and spend time apart.

Luckily, Maria does not die, making her one of the few characters that Joel and Ellie meet that actually survives The Last of Us.

Read More: Is Joel Dead in The Last of Us TV Show?

Maria in The Last of Us episode 6 played by Rutina Wesley
Credit – HBO

All Rutina Wesley Movies, TV Shows & More

  • How She Moves (Film) 2007 – Raya Green
  • Numb3rs (TV Series) 2008 – Jenny Calandro/Sarah (1 episode)
  • True Blood (TV Series ) 2008 – 2014 – Tara Thornton (80 episodes)
  • The Cleveland Show (TV Series) 2009 – 2012 – Yvette (voice) (2 episodes)
  • A Drop of True Blood (TV Series) 2010 – Tara Thornton (1 episode)
  • Generator Rex (TV Series) 2010 – 2011 – Providence Agent Kenwyn Jones (voice) (2 episodes)
  • Bandwagon: The Series (TV Series) 2011 – Auditioner (1 episode)
  • True Blood: Jessica’s Blog (TV Series) 2012 – Tara Thornton (1 episode)
  • California Winter (Film) 2012 – Marcy Sanchez
  • The Championship Rounds (Short) 2013 – Tina
  • 13 Sins (Film) 2014 – Shelby
  • Last Weekend (Film) 2014 – Nora Finley-Perkins
  • Hannibal (TV Series) 2015 – Reba McClane (5 episodes)
  • The Perfect Guy (Film) 2015 – Alicia
  • Broad Squad (TV Movie) 2015 – Joanne
  • Arrow (TV Series) 2015 – 2017 – Liza Warner (2 episodes)
  • Queen Sugar (TV Series) 2016 – 2022 – Nova Bordelon (80 episodes)
  • Last Looks (Short) 2017 – Sister
  • The Walking Dead (TV Series) 2019 – Jocelyn (1 episode)
  • Live and Let Die: The Radio Play (Radio Play) 2019 – Solitaire (voice)
  • Stucco (Short) 2019 – Officer
  • No Running (Film) 2021 – Ramila
  • DMZ (TV Mini Series) 2022 – Athena (1 episode)
  • The Last of Us (TV Series) 2023 – Maria Miller (1 episode)
Rutina Wesley as the vampire Tara Thornton in True Blood
Rutina Wesley as Tara Thornton in True Blood.
Credit – HBO

FAQs About Rutina Wesley

Does Rutina Wesley Have Any Children?

No, Rutina Wesley does not have children at this time.

Is Rutina Wesley in a Relationship?

No, Rutina Wesley is not in a relationship. She previously married Jacob Fishel in 2005, but separated from him in 2013.

Wesley later announced she was dating Shonda in 2017, but they broke up in 2019.

Does Rutina Wesley Use Social Media?

Yes, Rutina Wesley uses Twitter and Instagram.

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