Debra Messing has found success in both television and film. She is best known for her EMMY® Award-winning performance as "Grace Adler" on the critically acclaimed television series "Will & Grace," which also garnered her six Golden Globe nominations, four EMMY nominations, two American Comedy Award nominations and one individual People's Choice Award nomination. Last year, Messing was seen in USA Network's miniseries "The Starter Wife," for which she received an EMMY and Golden Globe nomination. Because of the successful run of the miniseries, the network decided to turn it into a regular television series, with Messing reprising her lead role.
Messing has also been seen in numerous feature films including THE WEDDING DATE, opposite Dermot Mulroney; ALONG CAME POLLY, with Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston; PURPLE VIOLETS, directed by Edward Burns; Woody Allen's comedy HOLLYWOOD ENDING, opposite Woody Allen and Tea Leoni; and THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES, opposite Richard Gere. Most recently, Messing wrapped production on HUMBOLDT PARK, where she stars opposite John Leguizamo and Alfred Molina.
Well-versed in stage work, she has appeared on Broadway in Tony Kushner's acclaimed play "Angels in America: Perestroika," as well as in such off-Broadway productions as "Four Dogs and a Bone" and "Collected Stories".
Born in Brooklyn, New York and raised outside of Providence, Rhode Island, she studied drama at Brandeis University before earning her MFA at New York University.