Who is Debby Ryan?

American actress and singer Deborah Ann ‘Debby’ Ryan was born in Huntsville, Alabama USA, on 13 May 1993, making Taurus her zodiac sign. She’s appeared in 53 movies and TV series, and is probably best known for playing the lead character Patty Bladell in the popular thriller comedy series “Insatiable”, which also starred Christopher Gorham and Dallas Roberts, and was created by Lauren Gussis. It follows a disgraced civil attorney who’s become a beauty pageant coach, and has begun coaching a vengeful bullied teenager; the series aired its 22 episodes in 2018 and 2019.

Debby’s today highly active in the film industry, and is currently shooting for the upcoming movie “Howdy, Neighbor!”

Education and early life

Debby was raised in Huntsville and Germany alongside her brother Chase Ryan, as their father Chris Ryan began working in Germany as a civilian consultant to the US military when Debby was seven; their mother Sandy Popp Ryan was an elementary school teacher, and a former stage actress.

Debby was seven when she began appearing in theatre plays in Germany; she studied at an elementary school there prior to moving back to the US and settling in Texas, where she was then homeschooled. She was still only 14 when she made her debut film appearance, playing Teenager in the 2007 family drama “Barney: Let’s Go to the Firehouse”, and she’s been active in the film industry since then – Debby passed her GED tests in 2011, and hasn’t attended college.

Roles in TV series

Debby’s debut TV series role was playing Bailey Pickett in two episodes of the 2007 family comedy “Yay Me! Starring London Tipton”, and the year 2009 saw her appear in an episode of both the musical family comedy “Hannah Montana” and the adventure comedy “Wizards of Waverly Place”.

From 2008 through 2011, Debby played Bailey Pickett aka Princess Xaria in the popular action adventure comedy “The Suite Life on Deck”, which starred Cole and Dylan Sprouse, and was created by Jim Geoghan and Pamela Eells. It follows the lives of twin brothers Cody and Zack Martin, and the series won six of its 15 award nominations. Some of Debby’s following roles were in the romantic comedy “Private Practice”, the action adventure comedy “Zeke and Luther” and the crime action “The Glades”.

From 2011 through 2015, Debby starred as Jessie Prescott in the family comedy “Jessie”, which also starred Cameron Boyce and Peyton List, and was created by Phil Baker and Pamela Eells. It follows the life of a Texan teenager who’s just moved to New York City, and the series won two of its 14 award nominations. Debby was then cast to play and voice supporting characters in the animated family fantasy “Goldie and Bear” (voice role), the crime comedy “The Mysteries of Laura” and the musical comedy “Sing It!”

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Her three most recent TV series roles have been in two episodes of the 2017 comedy “Daytime Divas”, four episodes of the 2022 mystery thriller comedy “The Resort”, and four episodes of the 2023 animated adventure comedy “Velma” (voice role).

Roles in movies

In 2008, Debby played Popular Girl in the hit biographical comedy “The Longshots”, which starred Keke Palmer and Ice Cube, and was directed by Fred Durst. It tells the true story of 11 year-old Jasmine Plummer, who was the first girl to play in the Pop Warner Football Tournament, and the movie was nominated for two awards.

Some of Debby’s following roles were in the 2009 family comedy “Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana”, the 2010 family fantasy “What If…” and the 2010 fantasy “16 Wishes”. In 2011, she played Bailey Pickett in the crime adventure comedy “The Suite Life Movie”, which starred Dylan and Cole Sprouse, and was directed by Sean McNamara. It follows Zack and Cody as they’re taking part in a project about the effects of twins called Gemini Project.

Debby could then have been seen playing lead characters in the 2012 family comedy “Radio Rebel”, the short musical “A Rocket to the Moon: Ever Enough” and the adventure comedy “Kristin’s Christmas Past” both in 2013.

She played Wedding Guest in the 2014 adventure crime comedy “Muppets Most Wanted”, which starred Ty Burrell and Ricky Gervais, and was written and directed by James Bobin. It follows The Muppets who’ve become involved in a jewel heist in Europe, and the film won three of its 14 award nominations. Debby was then cast to appear in the 2017 family drama “Rip Tide” (lead role), the 2018 musical mystery thriller “Cover Versions” and later that year the romantic fantasy “Every Day”.

One of her most recent roles has been portraying Debby in the 2023 action crime adventure “Fast X”, which starred Michelle Rodriguez and Vin Diesel, and was directed by Louis Leterrier. It follows a son of drug kingpin Hernan Reyes as he’s targeting Dom Toretto and his family.

Other credits

Debby has three producing credits: 72 episodes of the family comedy series “Jessie” from 2011 through 2015, and in 2016 the family movie “Jessica Darling’s It List” and the musical video “The Never Ending: Santa Baby”.

Some of her most recent talk-show appearances have been in “Made in Hollywood”, “Hollywood on Set” and “In Three”.

Awards and nominations

Debby’s been nominated for six awards, including a 2014 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress: Comedy and three Kids’ Choice Awards for Favorite TV Actress from 2014 through 2016, all four for her performance in “Jessie”.

She was also nominated for a 2011 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie, for “16 Wishes” and a 2013 Behind the Voice Actors Award for Best Vocal Ensemble in a TV Special/Direct-to-DVD Title for “Secret of the Wings”.

Love life and relationships

Debby and American musician Joshua William ‘Josh’ Dun began dating in May 2013, but broke up in September 2014; Dun’s probably known best for being one half (drummer) of the musical duo Twenty One Pilots, with the other half being American singer and rapper Tyler Robert Joseph.

Debby and Josh began dating again not long after their break-up, and married in a private ceremony in Austin, Texas on 31 December 2019; the two are today living together in Columbus, Ohio.

Debby’s revealed that she’d previously been in a relationship with a mentally and physically abusive man, and that the relationship led her to team up with the organization Love is Respect for their anti-domestic violence campaign – Don’t Look Away.

Debby’s married to Joshua William ‘Josh’ Dun as of June 2023, and doesn’t have children.

Hobbies and interesting facts

Debby became the youngest person to direct a Disney channel series in 2013, as she was 20 when she directed “Jessie”.

She’s a deeply religious Christian, and often performed in church musical programs while growing up.

Debby had visited nine countries by the time she turned 10.

She was a huge fan of the series “The Suite Life on Deck” prior to being cast in it.

Debby’s passionate about art, especially drawing, writing and photography.

She and her brother Chase Ryan are very close; he’s today a popular composer and is perhaps known best for composing the music for the 2016 family musical series “Second Star”.

Debby’s revealed that she loves to play chess.

Her celebrity crush is Spiderman.

Debby’s a huge lover of animals, and has a poodle, Presley which can be seen featured in many of her Instagram pictures; Debby’s followed by over 16 million people on the network, and has posted close to 3,000 pictures and videos.

One of her favorite actresses is Chloe Grace Moretz, and some of her favorite movies include “Shadow in the Cloud”, “Greta” and “Brain on Fire”.

Anxiety and depression

Debby’s revealed that her past abusive relationship led her to develop anxiety and depression, and that these mental issues led her to abuse alcohol. She was arrested for driving under the influence in April 2016; after pleading no contest to reckless driving on 30 June, she was sentenced to three years on probation, and had to enroll at rehab program.

Height, age and net worth

Debby’s age is 30. She has brown hair and eyes, is 5ft 5ins (1.65m) tall and weighs around 125lbs (56kgs).

Debby’s net worth’s been estimated at over $4 million as of June 2023.

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