Debra Ann Smith
29 March 1966 (age 54)
|Television||Coronation Street (2008–2018)|
|Spouse(s)||Andrew Rush (m. 1989)|
|Children||3; including William and Poppy|
After training at the Manchester School of Acting when she was in her thirties, she has also starred in Shameless and Hollyoaks in the City. Rush also filmed the role of Pam in the horror film Salvage alongside Neve McIntosh.
In 2008, Rush was cast in soap opera Coronation Street as Anna Windass. She won the part over a number of highly-rated actors. Of this Rush said: "I went for the casting a few months ago and then was called back for the screen test. When I got the part I couldn’t believe it, I was thrilled to bits. I watched Corrie all the time growing up and all the family are tuning in now that I’m going to be in it. It’s surreal, because the cast and characters are already part of your life just from watching it." In March 2015, Rush was nominated in the category of "Best Actress" at The British Soap Awards 2015.
Rush announced her decision to leave the series in July 2017 and Anna departed in the episode first broadcast on 22 January 2018. She appeared in two further episodes first broadcast on 31 May to 1 June 2018.
Since leaving Coronation Street, Rush appeared in Sky One original Brassic for two episodes in 2019 and alongside Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith in series 5 of BBC One anthology series Inside Number 9.
In December 2010, Rush released her own fitness DVD, Debbie Rush's Bulge Buster Workout.
|2006||Hollyoaks: In the City||TV||Mrs Jones||Episode #1.6
|2007||The Street||TV||Mother of disabled child||Episode #2.2|
|2008||Shameless||TV||Nice Woman||Episode #5.11|
|Florence Nightingale||Film||Nurse Interviewee||Drama Film|
|2008–2018||Coronation Street||TV||Anna Windass||1,057 episodes|
|2013||Lemon La Vida Loca||TV||Herself||Episode #2.6|
|2014||All Star Family Fortunes||TV||Herself||Episode #11.10
|All Star Mr & Mrs||TV||Herself||Episode #6.8|
|2019||Brassic||TV||Daffne Bishop||Two episodes|
|2020||Inside No. 9||TV||Julia||Episode: “Love’s Great Adventure”|
- "Corrie's Debbie Rush renews wedding vows at star-studded ceremony in Rochdale". Manchester Evening News. 6 April 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
- "Debbie gets fame rush". Heywood Advertiser. M.E.N. Media. 20 November 2008. Retrieved 25 December 2008.
- "Debbie Rush: I piled on 2 stone at Corrie's butty wagon ..I cried when I saw how fat I'd got". Daily Mirror. 2010-10-10. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- Debbie Rush on IMDb
- Glendinning, Amy (22 October 2008). "Starring Coronation Street role for mum-of-three". Heywood Advertiser. M.E.N. Media. Archived from the original on 18 April 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2009.
- Daniel Kilkelly (30 March 2015). "British Soap Awards 2015 voting opens". Digital Spy. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
- "Debbie Rush's Bulge Buster Workout [DVD]: Amazon.co.uk: Film & TV". Amazon.co.uk. 2010-12-27. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
- "Poppy follows star mum's footsteps". Manchester Evening News. 5 November 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
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