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Debra Messing Biography

Birth Name:
Debra Lynn Messing
Birth Place:
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Won the Rhode Island Junior Miss pageant in 1986
  • Spent a semester abroad in London, studying with acting teachers from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • Made her professional stage debut playing Cecily in a production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest at Seattle's Intiman Theatre
  • First TV appearance was on a 1994 episode of the ABC police drama NYPD Blue
  • Named the Best Dressed Woman of 2003 by TV GUIDE
  • Graduated to big-screen leading roles with the 2005 romantic comedy The Wedding Date; subsequently starred in Nothing Like the Holidays and The Women (both 2008), among others

Awards

  • 2019Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2009Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2008Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated
  • 2007Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: nominated
  • 2007Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: nominated
  • 2006Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2005Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2004Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2004Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 2003Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2003Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2002Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2002Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2001Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2001Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated
  • 2000Emmy-Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 2000Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: winner
  • 2000Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: nominated

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