Debra Lynn Messing, born on August 15, 1968, in the Brooklyn, New York City, the United States. Her mother Sandra Messing, worked as a professional singer, banker, travel and real estate agent whereas her father Brian Messing is a sales executive for a costume jewelry packaging manufacturer. At the age of three, she moved to East Greenwich, Rhode Island along with her parents and her elder brother, Brett.
Debra was encouraged by her parents to be an actress. After graduation, she attended Brandeis University where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts, and also gained admission to the elite Graduate Acting Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She also completed a Master of Fine Arts.
Debra debuted her acting career in an American television series, Angels in America, written by Tony Kushner. After a year, she appeared in an American police procedural drama television series, NYPD Blue, along with David Caruso.
In 1995, Debra appeared in a romantic drama movie of Alfonso Arau, A Walk in the Clouds, along with Keanu Reeves. The story of this movie is based on a young soldier who is returning to his home from World War II and wants to settle down and start a family with the woman he impulsively married him just before enlisting.
Similarly, Debra appeared in numerous movies including Celebrity, The Mothman Prophecies, Along Came Polly, The Wedding Date, Open Season, Purple Violets, Lucky You, Lucky You, and Like Sunday, Like Rain.
Debra is an American by nationality and belongs to white ethnicity. She married her boyfriend, Daniel Zelman, after dating him for a long time. The couple blessed with a son Roman Walker Zelman. However, Debra couple couldn't continue her married life with her husband and the couple separated. On June 5, 2012, Debra filed for a divorce which was finalized on March 1, 2016. She also dated her boyfriend, Will Chase.
As a popular actress, Debra earns a big amount of money from her professional acting career. She charges $250,000 thousand per episodes for television series. According to some source, her net worth is estimated to be $20 million.