Debra Lawrance

Debra Lawrance

Debra is an AACTA and Logie Award winning actor, who graduated from NIDA in 1977 and holds a degree in Dramatic Art – her classmates included Mel Gibson and Judy Davis. Debra has worked successfully in theatre, film and television since.

The highlights of her extensive television work include the lead role of Pat in two seasons of the ground-breaking ABC comedy series The Fast Lane – written by John Clark and Andrew Knight – and the long-running role of the kindly foster mother Pippa in the hugely popular series Home and Away. Debra’s most recent TV work includes spots on The Doctor Blake Mysteries – Season 4, Wentworth – Series 4, House Husbands – Series 4, and the role of Rose in Josh Thomas’ critically acclaimed series Please Like Me – Seasons 1 to 4. Debra was awarded the 2015 AACTA Award (Australian Academy award) for Best Performance in a Television Comedy and the 2017 Logie Award for Most Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role in Please Like Me.

Debra recently put her cooking skills to the test as a contestant and eventual winner on Seven’s reality series Hell’s Kitchen Australia, headed by British Michelin-starred chef Marco Pierre White.

Debra’s film highlights include the highly enjoyable experiences of working with Tom Conti in Two Brothers Running; and then, luckily, with Meryl Streep in Evil Angels (aka A Cry in the Dark). Her most recent film work was the highly regarded The Jammed.

Debra’s theatre highlights include M’Lynn in the 2009 Australian tour of Steel Magnolias; the title role in the 2010 national tour of Driving Miss Daisy and Letitia Blacklock in the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane 2013/14 seasons of A Murder is Announced.

Debra has also been teaching vocal communication skills to women in the workplace – a role she is finding incredibly satisfying.

Debra married her Home and Away co-star Dennis Coard in 1992; they have two beautiful children, Grace and William, and live in rural bliss east of Melbourne.

Debra Lawrance

Awards

Most Outstanding Supporting Actress – Please Like Me, TV Week Logie Awards 2017
Best Performance in a Television Comedy
 – Please Like Me Series Two, AACTA Awards 2015

 

Television

PLAY SCHOOL STORY TIME
Guest Reader / Presenter. Dir: Karin Fitzhardinge, ABC TV 2017
HELL’S KITCHEN AUSTRALIA
Contestant. Seven Network 2017
PLEASE LIKE ME (Series 4)

Role: Rose. Dir: Matthew Saville, Pigeon Fancier / John & Josh Pty Ltd 2016
THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES (Season 4)
Role: Mrs Gilmore. Dir: Fiona Banks, January Productions Pty Ltd 2015
WENTWORTH (Series 4)
Role: Faith Proctor. Dir: Various, Fremantle Media Australia Pty Ltd 2015
PLEASE LIKE ME (Series 3)
Role: Rose. Dir: Matthew Saville, Pigeon Fancier / John & Josh Pty Ltd 2015
HOUSE HUSBANDS (Series 4)
Role: Judge Allison Kummerow. Dir: Various, Playmaker HH4 SPV Pty Ltd 2015
PLEASE LIKE ME (Series 2)
Role: Rose. Dir: Matthew Saville, Pigeon Fancier / John & Josh Pty Ltd 2014
IT’S A DATE

Guest. Dir: Jonathan Brough/ Peter Helliar, Princess Pictures, 2013
PLEASE LIKE ME

Role: Rose. Dir: Matthew Saville, Pigeon Fancier / John & Josh Pty Ltd 2012
MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES

Role: Mrs Mobbs. Dir: David Caesar, ABC TV, 2011
HOME AND AWAY

Role: Pippa Ross. Dir: Various, Seven Network, 2007-2008
BLUE HEELERS

Role: Rev. Grace Curtis. Dir: Various, Seven Network, 2001
HOME AND AWAY

Role: Pippa Ross. Dir: Various, Seven Network, 1990-1998
THE FAST LANE

Role: Pat. Dir: Various, ABC Melbourne, 1985-1987
PRISONER

Role: Daphne Graham. Dir: Various, Grundy TV; 1985
THE LAST OUTLAW

Role: Maggie Kelly. Dir: George Miller and Kevin Dobson, Seven Network; 1980

 

Film

AND THOUGH THE MUSIC ENDED, WE DANCED ON THROUGH THE NIGHT (Short)
Role: Joanne. Dir: Nick Pollack, Buff Productions 2016
THE DEATH & LIFE OF OTTO BLOOM
Role: Nell Allen. Dir: Cris Jones, Otto Bloom Optimism Film Pty Ltd 2015
THE JAMMED

Role: Dimia Officer. Dir: Dee Maclachlan 2006
TWO BROTHERS RUNNING

Role: Anne. Dir: Ted Robinson 1987
EVIL ANGELS

Role: Sally Lowe. Dir: Fred Schepisi, Evil Angel Films Pty Ltd, 1987
SILVER CITY

Role: Helena. Dir: Sophia Turkiewicz Limelight Productions, 1983
FLUTE MAN

Role: Sally Cooper. Independent Productions 1982
BEFORE THE LIGHT IS OUT

Role: Carol. SIS Productions 1981

 

Stage

A MURDER IS ANNOUNCED
Role: Letitia Blacklock. Dir: Darren Yap, Australian Tour 2013 / 2014 / 2015
DRIVING MISS DAISY

Role: Daisy Werthan. Dir: Dennis Moore, HIT Productions, 2010
STEEL MAGNOLIAS

Role: M’Lynn Eatenton. Dir: Darren Yap, Blackbird Productions, 2009
QUILTING THE ARMOUR
Role: Ellen Kelly. Glenrowan/Old Melbourne Gaol, 2005
SECOND CHILDHOOD

Hothouse Tour 2004
MEMORY OF WATER

Role: Vi. Dir: Julian Meyrick MTC, 2004
SYLVIA

Role: Kate. MTC 1998
BROTHERS KARAMAZOV

Role: Katarina. Dir: Bogdan Koca, Thalia, 1989
FIRST BORN TRILOGY – NO SUGAR

Role: Secretary-Missionary. Dir: Andrew Ross, Marli Biyol – Tour To London, 1988

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