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Debra Lawrence

Debra Lawrence

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Debra Lawrance (Rose - Mum) - Please Like Me

Debra Lawrance was born and raised in Melbourne and graduated, as a Bachelor of Dramatic Art, from N.I.D.A. in 1977.

Her work has been varied, with most of her credits being in television. In 1980 she starred as Maggie Kelly in The Last Outlaw - channel 7's acclaimed mini-series about Ned Kelly. This was followed by several feature films including Silver City.

After travelling overseas Debra won the lead role in The Fast Lane, an ABC T.V. comedy written by John Clarke and Andrew Knight. The show ran for 2 seasons and was a critical success. Debra was then fortunate to work with Tom Conti on Two Brothers Running and then 2 months later with Meryl Streep on Evil Angels.

In 1988 she toured to London with an Aboriginal theatre company production of No Sugar, and then, after further travels returned home to star in Home and Away (her role as Pippa lasted for 8 years). During her time on Home And Away Debra met Dennis Coard, who was playing her on-screen husband; a year after they married on-screen, they tied the knot off-screen as well!

Debra's later work includes playing Reverend Grace, the wife of Sergeant Tom Croydon, on Blue Heelers and the role of Vi in the Melbourne Theatre Company's acclaimed production of The Memory of Water. Recent projects include the reading of Under Mulga Wood at Montsalvat, the world premier of Quilting the Armour, a play about the Kelly women, performed at Glenrowan in July, 2005, and reprised at the Old Melbourne Gaol in November, 2006; and a role in the award-winning new film, The Jammed. Debra has also performed the role of M'Lynn Eatenton in the hugely successful 2009 stage tour of Steel Magnolias with Jacki Weaver and the lead role in Driving Miss Daisy.

Debra is also a senior tutor for the NIDA Corporate Performance Programme, which keeps her busy; but she nonetheless has time to enjoy rural life on the outskirts of Melbourne with Dennis and their two beautiful children, Grace and William.

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