Debra Messing Biography, Age, Height, Family, Boyfriend, Net Worth, Facts

Debra Messing is an American actress who is perhaps known for her starring role as Grace Adler in the NBC sitcom ‘Will & Grace’ for over 8 years, which earned her six Golden Globe Award nominations and five Primetime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series, winning one in 2003.

Debra Messing

She also starred as Molly Kagan in the television miniseries The Starter Wife, Laura Diamond on NBC’s The Mysteries of Laura, and Julia Houston on NBC’s Smash. Her film credits include Jesus (1999), The Mothman Prophecies (2002), Hollywood Ending (2002), Along Came Polly (2004), The Wedding Date (2005), Lucky You (2007), The Women (2008), Nothing like the Holidays (2008), and Searching (2018). 

Debra Messing Biography

Debra Messing was born on the 15th of August 1968, in Brooklyn, New York, United States of America. She’s currently 53 years old.

Birth NameDebra Lynn Messing
Date of BirthAugust 15, 1968
Place of BirthBrooklyn, New York, U.S.
Age53 years old
Sun SignLeo
EthnicityRussian and Polish
ResidenceNew York City, New York. U.S.

Family and Education

Debra Messing is the daughter of Sandra (née Simons), a former professional singer, banker, and travel and real estate agent, and Brian Messing, a sales executive for a costume jewelry packaging manufacturer. She has an older brother named Brett Messing.

Debra attended East Greenwich High School where she acted in several school productions including the starring roles in the musicals Annie and Grease.

Since her parents insisted that she would finish liberal arts before taking up acting, she attended Brandeis University, graduating summa cum laude in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre arts. In her junior year, she studied theater at the prestigious British European Studies Group of London (BESGL) program.

Later, she got admission to the elite Graduate Acting Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She earned a Master of Fine Arts after three years

Debra Messing Husband

Debra Messing married actor and screenwriter Daniel Zelman on September 3, 2000, and separated after eleven years of marriage in December 2011. They filed for divorce on June 5, 2012, which was finalized on March 1, 2016. They have a son together named Roman Walker Zelman, born on April 7, 2004.

After her split with her ex-husband, she started dating actor Will Chase in late 2011. However, they ended their relationship in October 2014.

Physical Statistics

HeightFeet – 5 feet 8 inches
Centimeters – 173 cm
Meters – 1.73 m
WeightKilograms – 60 kg
Pounds – 132 lbs
Body BuildAverage
Body Measurements35-25-35
Eye ColorHazel
Hair ColorDark Brown
Shoe Size9 (US)
Dress Size6 (US)
Distinctive Features High Cheekbones

Professional Statistics

Film Debut

Debra Messing made her on-screen debut in the romantic comedy movie, A Walk in the Clouds in 1995.

Her film credits include Jesus (1999), The Mothman Prophecies (2002), Hollywood Ending (2002), Along Came Polly (2004), The Wedding Date (2005), Lucky You (2007), The Women (2008), and Nothing like the Holidays (2008). She has also lent her voice to animated films such as Garfield (2004) and Open Season (2006).

Television Debut

In 1994, Debra Messing first starred in the police procedural TV show, NYPD Blue for her role as Dana Abandando.

Famous For

Debra Messing is famous for portraying Grace Adler in the popular NBC sitcom, Will & Grace. For her stellar performance in the show, she won 5 Primetime Emmy Award nominations and 6 Golden Globe Award nominations. She managed to win an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

She also starred as Molly Kagan, the ex-wife of a Hollywood film mogul, on the television miniseries The Starter Wife, for which she received two Golden Globe nominations, a Primetime Emmy Award nomination, and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for her performance.

Brand Endorsements

Debra has appeared in several TV commercials like Clairol’s Nice ‘n Easy hair color, Clairol Herbal Essence Shampoo, Meaningful Beauty, Joyful Heart Foundation, and many others.

Favorite Things

  • Food – Turkey breast, cucumber, quinoa, avocados, strawberries, bananas, and blueberries
  • TV Guilty Pleasure – The Real Housewives of Atlanta
  • Comedy Movie – Home Alone (1990)
  • Pizza Topping – Pepperoni

Debra Messing Net Worth

Debra Messing has an estimated net worth of $25 million US dollars as of 2024. She takes $125 thousand as salary per episode. She made a huge amount of money from television and films, not to mention her lucrative brand endorsement deals.

Social Media Profiles

Debra Messing Facts

During her school days, Debra acted and sang in several productions at East Greenwich High School. She also took lessons in dance, singing, and acting.

In 1986, she won Rhode Island’s Junior Miss competition that paved way for her to compete in America’s Junior Miss scholarship program.

In 2002, she was included in the list of “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” by People magazine. The following year, she was named as “Best Dressed Woman” in 2003 by TV Guide.

If not an actress, she could have been a litigator.

In 2005, she was conferred with the Women in Film Lucy Award in recognition of her excellence and innovation in her creative works that have enhanced the perception of women through the medium of television.

Debra was a judge on the season finale of the second season of Bravo’s reality show, Project Runway.