Born in what was still Communist Poland to thespian parents, Izabella Miko could dance before she could walk. At the age of 15, she was recruited by the School of American Ballet - New York to study on a full scholarship. In 1997, Izabella's body could no longer withstand the rigors of a seven-day a week ballet-training schedule and gave in to vertebrae, knee and ankle injuries, and her career as a ballet dancer was over. She returned to Warsaw and while recovering, a casting director who was working with her parents asked if she would play a part in a TV movie, 'Lithuania You're My Motherland." She accepted not knowing where else to turn. Once bitten by the acting bug and shortly before her 18th birthday, Izabella headed back to America, only this time as an actor. She immediately began training at The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute. She shortly landed her first American movie playing the heartbreaker Cammie in Jerry Bruckheimer's "Coyote Ugly." She followed this debut with a leading role in J.S. Cardone's "The Forsaken," opposite Simon Rex and Kerr Smith. She followed that with lead roles in "The Shore," opposite Ben Gazzara and Lesley Ann Warren, and the haunting "Bye Bye Blackbird," opposite Derek Jacobi and Michael Lonsdale.
Izabella has completed several feature films in recent years including, "Flakes," opposite Zooey Deschanel and Christopher Lloyd, "Crashing," opposite Campbell Scott, Showtime's "The House of Usher," opposite Austin Nichols and Beth Grant, "Park," an ensemble comedy in which she stars with Stephen Baldwin and Ricki Lake, and the Paramount/MTV film "Save the Last Dance 2," opposite Columbus Short and R&B chart-topper Ne-Yo. She also had a recurring role in HBO's Emmy-nominated series "Deadwood."
When not working, Izabella makes her home in Los Angeles where she studies languages, loves to cook and continues to study dance.