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1 September 1971 |
Hammersmith, London, England
Deborah "Debbie" Chazen (born 1 September 1971 in Hammersmith, London) is an English actress. She is most famous for playing the roles of Annie in the BBC comedy The Smoking Room, Big Claire in Mine All Mine and various roles in the BBC sketch show Tittybangbang.
After graduating from Manchester University in 1992 with a degree in Russian Studies, Chazen trained at LAMDA and has since appeared in the Mike Leigh film Topsy Turvy, Gimme Gimme Gimme, the final episode of Mile High, EastEnders and Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married, as well as playing the role of Fred's maid in the 1999 version of A Christmas Carol and of Fanny Squeers in the 2001 version of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby.
Her theatre work includes Mother Clap's Molly House at the National Theatre, London, by controversial writer Mark Ravenhill, the role of the Good Fairy in the Barbican Theatre's first ever pantomime, Dick Whittington and His Cat, in 2006 and Dunyasha in Jonathan Miller's version of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard in Sheffield (March 2007). In 2006 she also played the role of Maribel in a new play called Crooked at the Bush Theatre, for which she received much acclaim. An article in the International Herald Tribune newspaper compared the quality of her performance to the likes of Judi Dench and Maggie Smith. Another role that she played to great acclaim was that of Tessa in The Girlfriend Experience, which she performed three times, twice at the Royal Court Theatre and then again when the production was re-staged at The Young Vic.
Chazen appeared in two episodes of Midsomer Murders, one episode of Doc Martin,and in the Doctor Who 2007 Christmas Special Voyage of the Damned. In November and December 2008 she played Milton's sister Susan in Another Case of Milton Jones on BBC Radio 4.
She starred as Ruth in the stage show Calendar Girls, running from November 2009 - January 2010 at the Noël Coward theatre in Leicester Square, during which time she was diagnosed with breast cancer and had to withdraw half way through the run in order to start treatment. Luckily, she made a full recovery and returned to Calendar Girls in the same role for a national tour at the end of 2010.
She had a running story line in Doctors in 2010 as Sissy Juggins, who along with her brother Ivor Juggins kidnapped Dr. Jimmi Clay, and was nominated for a Soap Award. She has also appeared in one episode of Eastenders as Minty's blind date and two episodes of Coronation Street as Miriam, a social worker sent to interview the characters Becky and Steve and toured Calendar Girls in August–December 2011.
In 2013 Chazen appeared in the Sky 1 comedy series Trollied as Sarah. She is to play the role of Ludmilla in the new play The Duck House by Dan Patterson and Colin Swash. Starring alongside Ben Miller and Diana Vickers, the show is a political satire based on the UK parliamentary expenses scandal and will embark on a 5 week tour in October 2013 before transferring to London's Vaudeville Theatre. She also appeared as Ludmilla in Ambassadors.
- "The Duck House: MPs' expenses satire heads for West End". bbc.co.uk/news. BBC News. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013.
- "Political Comedy The Duck House Will Play London's Vaudeville; Cast Announced". playbill.com. Playbill. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 20 September 2013.
- Caroline Westbrook (28 December 2006). "Debbie Chazen interview". SomethingJewish.co.uk. Retrieved 26 December 2009.