Teri Polo is an American actress known for her role as Pamela Martha Byrnes in the feature film Meet the Parents (2000) and its sequel Meet the Fockers (2004).
She was one of the stars in the sitcom I'm with Her, as well as the political drama series The West Wing and the short-lived sitcom Man Up!, in 2011.
She also starred in The Little Fockers, the third instalment of the movie franchise, and appeared in the feature Beyond, opposite Jon Voight. She also acted in the Lifetime movie Jayne's Story, in 2012.
Polo was seen the Hallmark movie Taste of Romance, which was released in 2011, and recurred on Law & Order: Los Angeles. Other credits include the feature film The Hole, directed by Joe Dante, and the miniseries The Storm, both released in 2010.
Earlier credits include Beyond Borders, co-starring Angelina Jolie, the suspense thriller The Unsaid, opposite Andy Garcia, and Domestic Disturbance, opposite John Travolta and Vince Vaughn.
She also co-starred opposite Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller in Meet the Parents, for which she won a People's Choice Award, and in its sequel, Meet the Fockers.
Originally from Dover, Denver, Polo began her performing career as a dancer. By age 13 she was attending New York's School of Ballet. The summer before her senior year, she was signed to a modeling contract, which led to a role on the daytime drama Loving. She made her primetime debut in the dramatic series TV 101.
Television audiences may remember her as Michelle Capra in Northern Exposure. She also starred in the comedy series I'm with Her, as well as David E. Kelley's The Wedding Bells.
Other TV credits include Hallmark's Love Is a Four-Letter Word, the original film Second String, opposite Jon Voight, and the television movie Straight from the Heart.
She was nominated for an Emmy Award for her role opposite Jimmy Smits on The West Wing.