Debby Ryan
Birth Date:
Huntsville, Alabama, USA
Birth Place:
May 13, 1993
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American actress Debby Ryan is best known for her roles as Bailey Pickett on Disney Channel's “The Suite Life on Deck” (2008-2011) and Jessie Prescott on the Disney Channel Original Series “Jessie” (2011-?). She also appeared in the popular Disney Channel Original Movie “16 Wishes” (2010), from which she received a Young Artist Award, and the Disney Channel Original movie “Radio Rebel” (2012). Apart from acting, Ryan is also a singer, songwriter and record producer. She recorded promotional singles “Made of Matches” and “We Ended Right” (both 2011), and “We Got the Beat” for “Radio Rebel.” She also recorded the theme song “Hey Jessie” from the show she has starred in.
She plays various instruments including piano, keyboard and the guitar.   

Ryan mentions her “Suite Life” co-star Brenda Song as her acting idol. Her other role models include Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Rachel McAdams and Tobey Maguire.


Childhood and Family:

Deborah Ann Ryan, who would later be popular as Debby Ryan, was born on May 13, 1993, in Huntsville, Alabama. Due to her father's career in the military, Debby lived in various places in Europe  while growing up. She stayed in Germany for three years until age 10, when her family returned to the US and settled at Fort Worth, Texas. While in Germany, she was one of the only kids performing in musicals and plays. She attended Fossil Hill Middle and Fossil Ridge High School in Texas before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in showbiz. Debby Ryan is known by her family and close friend with the nickname Debs.

16 Wishes


After doing various television commercials in her early teen years, Debby Ryan made her first TV appearance in an episode of “Barney & Friends” called “Rabbits/Ducks and Fish” in 2006. She went on to have her first film role in “Barney: Let's Go to the Firehouse,” which was released straight to video on March 13, 2007. She also appeared as Bailey Pickett in the television series “Yay Me! Starring London Tipton” and as popular girl in the feature film “The Longshots” (2008), starring Ice Cube and Keke Palmer.

In 2008, Ryan landed the main role of Bailey Picket/Princess Xaria in the Disney Channel Original Series “The Suite Life on Deck,” opposite Dylan and Cole Sprouse, Brenda Song, Phill Lewis and Doc Shaw. She remained with the show until it ended after three seasons in 2011.  

In the meantime, Ryan reprised her role as Bailey Pickett in an episode of “Wizards of Waverly Place” called “Cast-Away (to Another Show)” and in the episode “Super(stitious) Girl” of “Hannah Montana” (both 2009). In 2010, she co-starred opposite Kevin Sorbo and Kristy Swanson on the independent film “What If...,” directed by Dallas Jenkin, and starred in the lead role of Abigail “Abby” Jensen in the made for TV film “16 Wishes,” which premiered on June 25, 2010 on Disney Channel and July 16, 2010 on the Family Channel. She was nominated for a 2011 Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Movie, Miniseries or Special - Leading Young Actress for her performance in the latter. In 2011, the actress appeared in an episode of “R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour” and again reprised the Bailey Pickett role in the TV film “The Suite Life Movie,” based on the show she had starred in.

After “The Suite Life on Deck” departed the airwaves, Ryan landed her own Disney Channel series called “Jessie,” which premiered on the TV network on September 30, 2011. There she was cast as Jessie Prescott,  a small town Texas girl who relocates to New York City and becomes a nanny to a high profile couple's four children Emma, Luke, Ravi and Zuri Ross (played by Peyton List, Cameron Boyce, Karan Brar and Skai Jackson, respectively). Ryan also performed the show's theme song “Hey Jessie.”        

Ryan continued to appear in episodes of “Private Practice” (2011), “ Zeke and Luther” (2012), “The Glades” (2012) and “Austin & Ally” (2012). She starred in the lead role of Tara Adams, a shy schoolgirl who secretly adopts the radio personality Radio Rebel, in the Disney Original Movie “Radio Rebel” (2012), which drew over 4 million viewers on its premiere night. She performed the song “We Got the Beat” for the film soundtrack, which was released on February 21, 2012. She also performed and co-produced the song “We Ended Right.” Her voice could be heard as Spike on the 2012 computer-animated comedy film “Secret of the Wings.”   

Ryan will play the role of Haddie in the upcoming comedy film “Last Chance Holiday,” directed by Jim Fall and written by Rachel Stuhler. Among her co-stars in the film include Judd Nelson, Elizabeth Mitchell and Shiri Appleby. Ryan is also set to appear in the upcoming musical comedy film “Muppets Most Wanted” (2014), a sequel to 2011's “The Muppets.” The film was directed by James Bobin and written by Bobin and Nicholas Stoller.


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