Debra Lawrance (born 1 January 1957) is an Australian actress.
January 1, 1957
|Occupation||Television and film actress|
She is best known for her role on Home and Away, as Pippa Ross, which she played from 1990 to 1998, and has made a number of return appearances as the character, the most recent being in 2009. She also had a role in cult serial Prisoner, coincidentally she also appeared in the re-imaging series Wentworth on Foxtel.
She is also known for her role's in Please Like Me, as Rose that won her the Logie Award for Most Outstanding Supporting Actress and Neighbours as Liz Conway.
Debra Lawrance was born in Melbourne, Victoria and was the second youngest of six children. In 1974 Lawrance studied and graduated in 1976 from NIDA alongside such alumni as Mel Gibson, Steve Bisley, Judy Davis and Robert Menzies
Lawrance has appeared in a number of roles including The Sullivans as Prue Waterman (1976), in Skyways as Sheila Turner, A Country Practice a sKerry Burgess (1982), Bellamy (1981) as Lisa and Sons and Daughters between 1983 and 1984 as Lisa Cook
Lawrance had a more permanent role in Prisoner from 1985 to 1986 as Daphne Graham, after having had minor roles including as a Nurse and Trainee Prisoner Officer Sally Dean much earlier in the series.
Lawrance's big break was a lead role in The Fast Lane, a widely successful ABC comedy. Her success led to her appearance in the film Evil Angels (released as A Cry in the Dark outside of Australia and New Zealand), starring Meryl Streep and Two Brothers Running with Tom Conti.
In July 1990 Lawrance was cast in Home and Away, taking over the role of Pippa Fletcher (later Ross) from Vanessa Downing. Lawrance left the main cast in 1998, but has made returning guest appearances over the years, the last being in 2009.
Debra's theatre credits include the London tour of Jack Davis' No Sugar, the role of Vi in the Melbourne Theatre Company production of The Memory of Water, and most recently the 2009 tour of Steel Magnolias in the role of M'lyn; and the title role in the 2010 tour of Driving Miss Daisy.
She appeared in a main role in all four seasons of the show, which saw her character deal with divorce and mental illness. Lawrance's performance was met with critical acclaim, winning her an AACTA Award for Best Performance in a Television Comedy for her part in a two-hander episode (with Thomas) in the show's second season.
Lawrance met her husband Dennis Coard when he was cast as Pippa's second husband on Home and Away as Michael Ross. They married in 1992 and have two children, daughter Grace (born 1992) and son William (born 1999).
|Next of Kin||1982||Carol|
|Two Brothers Running||1988||Anonymous|
|Evil Angels (A Cry in the Dark)||1988||Sally Lowe|
|The Jammed||2007||DIMIA Case Officer|
|Television show||Years played||Character|
|The Sullivans||1976||Prue Waterman|
|Ride on Stranger||1979||Jenny|
|The Last Outlaw||1980||Maggie Kelly|
|Holiday Island||1981||Michelle Costello|
|Prisoner||1981||Trainee Officer Sally Dean|
|A Country Practice||1982||Kerry Burgess|
|Sons and Daughters||1983–1984||Lisa Cook|
|The Fast Lane||1986||Pat|
|What's the Difference||1986||Angela Burke|
|Home and Away||1990–1998 (main) 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005–2009 (guest)||Pippa Fletcher|
|Blue Heelers||1999–2004||Reverend Grace Curtis|
|Please Like Me||2013–2016||Rose|
|Neighbours||2018, 2019||Liz Conway|
- "Debra Lawrence". AusStage.
- Prisoner TV Series (1979–1986) at IMDb
- "A Cry in the Dark (1988) – Release dates". IMDb.com. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
- Saw, Amelia (24 March 2017). "The celebrities taking on Marco Pierre White in Hell's Kitchen Australia are named". news.com.au. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- Coster, Alice (24 March 2017). "Hell's Kitchen Australia host doesn't know the celebrity contestants". Herald Sun. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
- "ANC Australia Story Time". 10 June 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
- Dainty, Sophie (29 June 2018). "Neighbours confirms Debra Lawrance is joining as Susan's sister Liz Conway". Digital Spy. Retrieved 23 December 2018.