Debra Lynn Messing is an American actress. Messing was born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, the daughter of Sandra (née Simons), who worked as a professional singer, banker, travel, and real estate agent, and Brian Messing, a sales executive for a costume jewelry packaging manufacturer. She is known for her many television roles, most notably her eight-year run playing Grace Adler on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace.
In 1993, Messing won acclaim for her acting in the pre-Broadway workshop production of Tony Kushner’s play Angels in America: Perestroika. Subsequently, she appeared in several episodes of the television series NYPD Blue during 1994 and 1995. In 1995, Messing made her film debut in Alfonso Arau’s A Walk in the Clouds playing the unfaithful wife of the main character Paul Sutton (Keanu Reeves).