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Debra Messing

Birth Place: Brooklyn, New York, USA

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Debra Lynn Messing (born August 15, 1968) is an American actress. After graduating from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Messing starred in the short-lived television series, Ned and Stacey on Fox (1995–1997), and Prey on ABC (1998). She achieved her breakthrough role as Grace Adler, an interior designer, on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace (1998–2006, 2017–2020), for which she received seven Golden Globe Award nominations and five Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, winning once, in 2003.

From 2007 to 2008, Messing starred as Molly Kagan, the ex-wife of a Hollywood film mogul, on the television miniseries The Starter Wife, for which she received two Golden Globe nominations, a Primetime Emmy Award nomination, and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination. Thereafter, she appeared as Broadway playwright Julia Houston on the NBC musical drama Smash (2012–2013) and as homicide detective Laura Diamond on the NBC police-procedural comedy The Mysteries of Laura (2014–2016). From 2017 to 2020, Messing reprised her role as Grace Adler on NBC's three season revival of Will & Grace, garnering a ninth Golden Globe nomination for her performance.

Messing's film work includes A Walk in the Clouds (1995), Jesus (1999), The Mothman Prophecies (2002), Hollywood Ending (2002), Along Came Polly (2004), The Wedding Date (2005), Lucky You (2007), The Women (2008), Nothing Like the Holidays (2008), Searching (2018), and 13: The Musical (2022). She has also lent her voice to animated films such as Garfield (2004) and Open Season (2006).

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Roundabout Theatre Company Original Broadway Production, 2022
Ernestine Ashworth

Manhattan Theatre Club Production, 2014

Lisa Morrison

Lynette Marshall

Brenda/ Collette (Understudy)

Brenda/ Collette (Understudy)

Debra Messing Movies

A Walk in the Clouds
[ 1995 ] Betty Sutton
McHale's Navy
[ 1997 ] Lt. Penelope Carpenter
[ 1998 ] TV Reporter at Lupus Office
The Mothman Prophecies
[ 2002 ] Mary Klein
Hollywood Ending
[ 2002 ] Lori
[ 2004 ] Arlene
Along Came Polly
[ 2004 ] Lisa Kramer
The Wedding Date
[ 2005 ] Kat Ellis
Open Season
[ 2006 ] Beth
Purple Violets
[ 2007 ] Kate Scott
Lucky You
[ 2007 ] Suzanne Offer
The Women
[ 2008 ] Edie Cohen
Nothing Like the Holidays
[ 2008 ] Sarah Rodriguez
Like Sunday, Like Rain
[ 2014 ] Barbara
Albion: The Enchanted Stallion
[ 2016 ] The Queen
[ 2018 ] Detective Vick
The Dark Divide
[ 2020 ] Thea Pyle
13: The Musical
[ 2022 ] Jessica
[ 2022 ] Debra Messing

Debra Messing TV Shows

Ned and Stacey
Stacey Colbert
Debra Messing
Dana Abandando
Beth Lukner
Julia Houston
The Mysteries of Laura
Laura Diamond
Will & Grace
Grace Adler

Debra Messing Awards and Nominations

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2022 - Outstanding Actress in a Play

Debra Messing, Birthday Candles

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Debra Messing News

NBC's SMASH Now Streaming on Peacock

NBC’s Emmy-winning hit musical drama series SMASH starring Debra Messing, Katharine McPhee, and Megan Hilty is now streaming on Peacock. The upcoming stage musical adaptation of Smash is slated to open on Broadway in 2025, with producers Robert Greenblatt, Neil Meron, and Steven Spielberg. 
Photos: Stars Walk the Red Carpet at the Drama Desk Awards

Winners for the 2024 Annual Drama Desk Awards were announced last night at NYU Skirball Center. Tony Award Winners Sutton Foster and Aaron Tveit hosted the ceremony. Check out photos from the red carpet here!
Photos: Backstage with the Drama Desk Awards Winners

Check out photos from backstage with the winners of the 2024 Drama Desk Awards!
Shoshana Bean, Corbin Bleu & More Join 2024 Drama Desk Awards as Presenters

Additional presenters have been revealed for the 2024 Annual Drama Desk Awards, taking place on Monday, June 10 beginning at 6:15PM at NYU Skirball Center. Learn more about the awards.
Laura Benanti, Matthew Broderick, Montego Glover, and More Will Present at the 2024 Drama Desk Awards

The Drama Desk Awards are under a week away, and the presenters for the big night have now been revealed! Learn more about who is presenting here!
Video: Randy Rainbow Pokes Fun at Marjorie Taylor Greene in New GREASE Song Parody

Randy Rainbow is back with his latest parody, this time poking fun at Marjorie Taylor Greene. Check out the video here!
Video: Randy Rainbow Parodies '9 to 5' With New Political Parody 'FORTY-FIVE!'

Randy Rainbow is back with his latest political parody, taking a jab at former President Donald Trump with his new video titled 'FORTY-FIVE!' Check out the video here!
Joshua Henry, Caissie Levy, Kara Lindsay & More to Join 2024 WP Theater Gala

WP Theater has revealed the presenters and performers for its 2024 Annual Gala. See who is taking part and learn how to purchase tickets.
Tony-Winner Miriam Silverman And Stephen Moyer To Star In MACBETH

Stephen Moyer from True Blood and Tony Award winner Miriam Silverman star in MACBETH for Red Bull Theater's 20th Anniversary Festival. Directed by Nathan Winkelstein, the play features a strong ensemble cast.
WP Gala Will Honor Sutton Foster, LaChanze, and Anne Quart; Hosted by Eden Espinosa

The honorees have been revealed for the WP Theater 2024 Annual Gala, which include Sutton Foster, LaChanze, and Anne Quart. The event will be hosted by Eden Espinosa  at The Edison Ballroom on Monday, May 20, 2024.
Recap the Works of John Patrick Shanley

John Patrick Shanley's masterpiece, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Doubt, officially opens in its first Broadway revival since it premiered in 2005. This comes just weeks after his latest play, Brooklyn Laundry, opened off-Broadway at MTC. Do you know the rest of Shanley's plays and films?
Ang Lee, Corey Stoll and Madison Love to be Honored at NYU Tisch School of the Arts' 2024 Gala

New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts will honor world-renowned film director Ang Lee, critically acclaimed film, television and Broadway actor Corey Stoll, and multi-platinum singer and songwriter Madison Love. Learn more about the honorees and about the gala!
Wake Up With BroadwayWorld February 5, 2024

Rise and shine, BroadwayWorld! It is February 5, 2024 and it's time to catch up on all of the theatrical happenings you may have missed in the last 24 hours.
Photos: Debra Messing, Shoshana Bean, Tovah Feldshuh & More Celebrate SHABBAT ON BROADWAY

See photos of Debra Messing, Adam Pascal, Shoshana Bean and more at Shabbat on Broadway.
Video: Watch Talia Suskauer and More Perform at SHABBAT ON BROADWAY

Watch Talia Suskauer, and Zal Owen and Danny Kornfeld perform at Shabbat on Broadway.
APPROPRIATE is a Revival, Tonys Seek New Spokesperson, and Shabbat Comes to Broadway

I like to do one topic per week, but on rare occasions, so much happens that a subdivided column is necessary. This is one of those times. Appropriate is a revival. The Tonys will have a new spokesperson. Jewish leaders are fighting against antisemitism.
Key to the City Productions, Led By Amanda Lipitz and Henry Tisch, to Present SHABBAT ON BROADWAY January 27

On Saturday, January 27 at 9:30am, the Jewish community and Broadway community will come together to celebrate Shabbat with a free inclusive service that blends Jewish prayer, favorite showtunes, and more.
SOME LIKE IT HOT Enters Final Two Weeks of Performances on Broadway

There are only two more weeks left to see SOME LIKE IT HOT at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre. Learn how to purchase tickets!
Emmy-Winning Actor Andre Braugher Dies At Age 61

Emmy Award-winning actor Andre Braugher has passed away at the age of 61. 
SOME LIKE IT HOT Enters Final Four Weeks on Broadway

There are only four more weeks left to see SOME LIKE IT HOT at Broadway’s Shubert Theatre. Learn how to purchase tickets.


How many Broadway shows has Debra Messing been in?

Debra Messing has appeared on Broadway in 2 shows.

How many West End shows has Debra Messing been in?

Debra Messing has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Debra Messing been nominated for?

Debra Messing has been nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Play at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Birthday Candles."

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