Debra Messing is best known for her role on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated comedy series "Will & Grace."
This January, NBC ordered ten episodes of a "Will & Grace" revival with the entire original creative team, which is scheduled to air during the 2017-18 television season.
Most recently, Debra starred in the NBC series "The Mysteries of Laura," which premiered in 2014. In 2012 and 2013, Debra starred as Julia Houston in NBC’s "Smash," a musical drama about the creation of a new Broadway show. In 2014, Debra made her own Broadway debut in the Tony Award-nominated production of John Patrick Shanley’s "Outside Mullingar." Other theater credits include Donald Marguiles’ Pulitzer Prize finalist "Collected Stories," and Paul Rudnick's Off-Broadway play "The Naked Truth."
Debra’s film work includes the box office hit "Along Came Polly" and "The Wedding Date." Debra starred in "The Women" and the family comedy, "Nothing Like The Holidays." She also co-starred in Woody Allen’s "Hollywood Ending," and "The Mothman Prophecies." Debra won a Best Featured Actress Award for her work in the 2015 Indie drama "Like Sunday Like Rain."
In 2017, Debra will star as Marjorie Houseman in ABC’s three-hour remake of "Dirty Dancing," premiering May 24th.
Debra is the Global Health Ambassador for Population Services International (PSI) focusing on HIV/AIDS. She has traveled extensively in Africa in this role and in 2010 testified before the House Foreign Affairs sub-committee on Africa and Global Health. She was also a key speaker at the 2012 AIDS conference in DC. Other charities Debra supports include HRC (Human Rights Campaign), Everytown for Gun Safety, and Joyful Heart Foundation. She was honored with The Trevor Life Award for her contributions to the LGBT community.
Debra attended Brandeis University and received her MFA from NYU. She resides in New York.