Deanne Bray

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Deanne Bray
Born (1971-05-14) May 14, 1971 (age 47)
Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Residence North Hollywood, California
Troy Kotsur (m. 2001)
Children 1

Deanne Bray (born 14 May 1971)[1] is an American actress. Bray was born deaf and is bilingual in American Sign Language and English. She is best known for her role as Sue Thomas in the show Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye. She is also known for her recurring role as Emma Coolidge on Heroes.

Personal life[edit]

Bray was born in Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California and has spent most of her life in southern California, although she lived in Seattle for a few years with her mother. She is married to Troy Kotsur, who is also a deaf actor. On 8 September 2005, she gave birth to daughter Kyra Monique Kotsur. She lives with her family in North Hollywood, a district of Los Angeles.[2]

Bray's parents made certain their daughter was instructed from an early age to speak and write English and learn American Sign Language as well, sending her through a variety of learning programs and centers to strengthen her language skills.[citation needed] A California native, Bray broke into the entertainment industry after she was discovered performing with a deaf dancing group called "Prism West" at a Deaf festival at California State University, Northridge, where she earned a B.A. degree in Biology.[citation needed]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 What Do Women Want Sharon
2005 Last Mountain Blonde Annie
2007 I See the Crowd Roar: The Story of William Dummy Hoy Anna Documentary short
2008 Universal Signs Natalie
2013 No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie ASL Advocate


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Lightning Teddy Franklin TV film
1996 The Pretender Deaf Woman Episode: "Flyer"
1997 Ellen Juliet Episode: "Ellen's Deaf Comedy Jam"
1997 Diagnosis: Murder Jan Curran Episode: "Murder, Country Style"
2001 Strong Medicine Sonny Episode: "Fix"
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Gilbert Episode: "Sounds of Silence"
2002–2005 Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye Sue Thomas Lead role (56 episodes)
2003 L.A. Sheriff's Homicide Technician TV film
2006 Rescue Me RoseMary Episode: "Hell"
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dean Price Episode: "Silencer"
2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm Jean Episode: "The Rat Dog"
2007 The L Word Amy Reed Episodes: "Lacy Lilting Lyrics", "Little Boy Blue"
2008 The L Word Amy Reed Episodes: "Lesbians Gone Wild", "Lay Down the Law"
2008 Sweet Nothing in My Ear Dr. Walters TV film
2009–2010 Heroes Emma Coolidge Recurring role (9 episodes)
2013 2 Broke Girls Joanne Episode: "And Not-So-Sweet Charity"
2014 Grey's Anatomy Nicole Episode: "Go It Alone"
2014 Switched at Birth Dean of Gallaudet Episode: "It Isn't What You Think"
2017 Veep Julie Episode: "Qatar"


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