Debby Ryan is one of the most watched young stars in the business today, having become known for
her unmatched comedic timing, flexibility to give powerful dramatic performances, and the ability to
illuminate the television and film screens with her casual confidence and genuine performances.
Debby can currently be seen starring on The Disney Channel Original series “Jessie”, as Jessie
Prescott, a Texas teenager who moves to New York City and becomes a nanny to four children of a
high profile couple. “Jessie” premiered on September 30, 2011 and quickly became The Disney
Channel’s #1 series of all time for its target demographic. The series will premiere season three, on
October 5, 2013. Debby also recently starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie, “Radio Rebel,”
which premiered on February 17, 2012 to over 6 million viewers. Based on the novel Shrinking Violet
by Danielle Joseph, Debby appeared as Tara Adams, a shy high school senior who leads an alternate
life as an anonymous DJ [called Radio Rebel.] In addition to starring in the movie, Debby contributed to
three tracks on the soundtrack, including “We Got The Beat,” “A Wish Comes True Every Day,” and “We
Ended Right.” Aside from “Radio Rebel” and “Jessie,” Debby is also widely recognized for her role as
Bailey Pickett on the Disney Channel series “The Suite Life on Deck,” a role she held from 2008-2011.
On the feature film front, Debby can next be seen in MUPPETS MOST WANTED, for Walt Disney
Studios Motion Pictures.
Born May 13, 1993 in Alabama, Debby moved to Texas as a small child and lived there for five years
before moving to Wiesbaden, Germany with her family, where she lived for three years. While in
Germany, Debby was one of the only children in her age group fascinated with plays and musicals,
and she wanted to be involved in every way possible. By the age of nine, she knew she wanted to be
an actor. After three years in Germany, the Ryan family moved back to Keller, Texas, where they lived
until they made the move to Los Angeles to allow Debby to pursue a career in the entertainment
industry.
Debby got her start in film, landing roles in “Barney: Let’s Go To the Firehouse” and the MGM feature
film, “The Longshots” alongside Keke Palmer and Ice Cube. She also appeared in a handful of national
television commercials. From there, her career took off – securing one of the starring roles on Disney
Channel’s “The Suite Life on Deck”, which debuted in 2008. In 2010, Debby starred in the smash hit
Disney Channel film “16 Wishes”. The movie premiered to 5.6 million viewers and made second on the
list of cable’s top 25 most popular shows of that week, twice. Since then, “16 Wishes” has been shown
in over 30 countries worldwide and is continuing to draw in strong viewership numbers. In addition to
her work with The Disney Channel, Debby recently appeared on ABC’s “Private Practice,” showcasing
some of her dramatic acting chops. In the episode, Debby played Hailey, a recovering cocaine addict.
She also appeared on A&E’s hit series “The Glades,” in 2012.
When not working, Debby is passionate about volunteering and is a Disney Friends for Change
Ambassador. Her recent work with Friends for Change took her to India, where in partnership with Free
the Children, Debby helped to build a new school for a local village. She is also heavily involved in
music and loves to collaborate with her brother, Chase Ryan, and her friends. In July 2011, she
released the single “We Ended Right,” which debuted on iTunes and was also picked up to be featured
on the “Radio Rebel” soundtrack. On the business side, Debby recently launched a production
company called Shadowborn Productions, where she produced the official music video for “Radio
Rebel.” Debby hopes to one day launch a record label and music management/production company, to
provide a place for other artists to express themselves and create amazing music.