as Grace Adler
Debra Messing returns to her iconic role as Grace Adler on Global’s Will & Grace.
Messing won an Emmy in 2003 and was nominated on five other occasions for her work in Will & Grace, as well as also earning six Golden Globe Award nominations on the series that earned a total of 16 Emmys and 83 nominations.
Messing, who recently starred in the three-hour remake of Dirty Dancing, previously, toplined the series The Mysteries of Laura for two seasons. In 2012-13, Messing starred in Smash, a musical drama about the creation of a new Broadway show. She was also Emmy and Golden Globe nominated for the miniseries The Starter Wife in 2007.
On the stage Messing made her Broadway debut in the 2014 Tony Award-nominated production of John Patrick Shanley’s “Outside Mullingar.” Other theater credits include Donald Marguiles’ Pulitzer Prize finalist “Collected Stories” and Paul Rudnick’s Off-Broadway play “The Naked Truth.”
Messing’s film work includes the box office hit Along Came Polly and The Wedding Date. Other films on her resume include The Women, Nothing Like the Holidays, Woody Allen’s Hollywood Ending, The Mothman Prophecies and the 2015 indie drama Like Sunday, Like Rain.
Messing is the Global Health Ambassador for Population Services International (PSI), which focuses on HIV/AIDS. She has traveled extensively in Africa in this role and in 2010 testified before the House Foreign Affairs sub-committee on Africa and Global Health. She was also a key speaker at the 2012 AIDS conference in Washington, D.C. Other charities Messing supports include HRC (Human Rights Campaign), Everytown for Gun Safety and the Joyful Heart Foundation. She was honored with the Trevor Life Award for her contributions to the LGBT community.
Messing attended Brandeis University and received her Master of Fine Arts from NYU. She resides in New York.