Debbie Rush

Debbie Rush (born 29 March 1966) is an English actress, best known for playing the role of Anna Windass in Coronation Street from 2008 to 2018.[2]

Debbie Rush
Debra Ann Smith

29 March 1966 (1966-03-29) (age 54)
TelevisionCoronation Street (2008–2018)
Spouse(s)Andrew Rush (m. 1989)[1]
Children3; including William and Poppy


Early careerEdit

After training at the Manchester School of Acting when she was in her thirties,[3] she has also starred in Shameless and Hollyoaks in the City.[4] Rush also filmed the role of Pam in the horror film Salvage alongside Neve McIntosh.

Coronation StreetEdit

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."[5] In March 2015, Rush was nominated in the category of "Best Actress" at The British Soap Awards 2015.[6]

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.

Further rolesEdit

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.

Other venturesEdit

In December 2010, Rush released her own fitness DVD, Debbie Rush's Bulge Buster Workout.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Rush and husband Andrew have three children, Tom, Poppy and William.[8]


Year Title Type Role Notes
2006 Hollyoaks: In the City TV Mrs Jones Episode #1.6

Episode #1.18

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
2009 Salvage Film Pam Horror Film
2013 Lemon La Vida Loca TV Herself Episode #2.6
2014 All Star Family Fortunes TV Herself Episode #11.10

Episode #12.2

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”


  1. ^ "Corrie's Debbie Rush renews wedding vows at star-studded ceremony in Rochdale". Manchester Evening News. 6 April 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  2. ^ "Debbie gets fame rush". Heywood Advertiser. M.E.N. Media. 20 November 2008. Retrieved 25 December 2008.
  3. ^ "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.
  4. ^ Debbie Rush on IMDb
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Daniel Kilkelly (30 March 2015). "British Soap Awards 2015 voting opens". Digital Spy. Retrieved 16 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Debbie Rush's Bulge Buster Workout [DVD]: Film & TV". 2010-12-27. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
  8. ^ "Poppy follows star mum's footsteps". Manchester Evening News. 5 November 2009. Retrieved 25 April 2014.