Debra has worked as a professional actor in Northern Ireland since the age of 9 when she landed the face of a nation wide Health Campaign and starred in the Online and Television advertisement. Realising she had a passion for the arts, she became a member of ‘The Rainbow Factory School of Performing Arts’ and was there for 12 years before leaving to further pursue her career. Debra is a graduate of Queen’s University Belfast with a BA HONS Degree in Drama and is currently represented by Lorraine Brennan Acting Management in Dublin. She also has training in Musical Theatre from The London College of Music (Grade 5), Stage Combat (APC), Casting and Screen Acting (Carla Stronge).
She has appeared in many productions with theatre companies such as Spanner in the Works, GBL Productions, Gambit Theatre, c21 Theatre, and Kandu Theatre. In 2012 Debra starred as Cassius in Julius Caesar at The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon and with this knowledge in Shakespeare, in 2016 she was chosen to play the leading role of Miranda in The Belfast Tempest with Terra Nova Productions after a wide social media campaign launched called #iammiranda to find an actress to play the role as part of the Shakespeare400 anniversary. Continuing this, she went on to star as Lady MacDuff/Ross at The Grand Opera House Belfast. Debra stars in the award winning short film The Immaculate Misconception with Partizan Films and currently touring schools in Ireland with Theatre in Education and tackling issues that young people within our generation face today.
Debra has recently just received a place at The Acting Studio drama school in New York City to study at their Summer 2018 Acting Conservatory. Debra has taught for many schools and companies such as Brassneck Youth, YouthAction, New Lodge Arts and is very excited to be the drama teacher of BSPA South.