Debra Stephenson is an actress and impressionist who came to public prominence through TV appearances in such shows as Bad Girls and in Coronation Street, where she played the character Frankie Baldwin.
Debra started making an impression at the tender age of six, with impersonations of Margaret Thatcher Kate Bush, Ester Rantzen and other leading ladies, winning local talent shows and subsequently making an appearance on TV's Opportunity Knocks as a teenager. After a change of direction, she embarked on training as a serious actress at the Manchester Metropolitan University, subsequently picking up a number of roles in TV dramas before co-presenting the BBC1 children's show The Friday Zone.
Debra's profile grew when she landed the role of the loveable but ditzy Diane Powell in the BBC 1 TV drama Playing The Field, but it was her performance as the evil 'Shell' Dockley in three series of Bad Girls that brought her to wider audiences. She was twice nominated for Best Actress at the National Television Awards as a result of her portrayal of 'Shell', before winning most popular actress at The TV Quick Awards for the role.
Other TV shows continued to tap into her talents for comedy as well as straight drama, including Catherine Cookson's A Dinner Of Herbs, Spooks, Midsummer Murders, Where The Heart Is and the BBC 1 sketch show TV To Go. Other TV credits include Waterloo Road, Upfront: The Postcode Lottery, My Mad Fat Diary, Get Your Act Together, Coastal Walks with My Dog, Zig and Zag, Young Hyacinth and BBC1 children's drama Rocket Island. Debra is also much loved for her impressions of people like Davina McCall, Ann Robinson and Cheryl Cole in The Impressions Show with Culshaw and Stephenson (BBC1).
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