Debra Lawrance

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Debra Lawrance
Born Debra Lawrance
(1957-01-01) 1 January 1957 (age 59)
Melbourne, Australia
Years active 1976—present
Spouse(s) Dennis Coard (1992-present)

Debra Lawrance (born 1 January 1957) is an Australian actress best known for her role as Pippa Ross on Home and Away, which she played from 1990 to 1998. She continues to guest star to this date- her last appearance was in 2009.


Debra Lawrance was born in Melbourne, Victoria and was the second youngest out of six children. She chose, in 1974, to study acting at NIDA and was accepted. She studied with fellow students, including Mel Gibson, Steve Bisley, Judy Davis and Robert Menzies. Lawrance graduated in 1977.


After graduating, she guest starred in a wide range of roles including Prue Waterman in The Sullivans (1976), Sheila Turner in Skyways, Kerry Burgess in A Country Practice (1982) and Lisa in Bellamy (1981).

She also featured in a number of miniseries, including The Last Outlaw, a series about Ned Kelly. This was followed by a number of feature films, including Silver City.

Lawrance's big break was receiving the lead role of The Fast Lane, a widely successful ABC comedy. Her success led to her appearance in Evil Angels (released as A Cry in the Dark outside of Australia and New Zealand),[1] starring Meryl Streep and Two Brothers Running with Tom Conti.

She took over the role of Pippa Fletcher (later Ross) from Vanessa Downing on 23 July 1990 and continued to play the part on Home and Away until leaving in 1998, although she has frequently returned to guest star.

Debra Lawrance is well known for playing Lisa Cook in Sons and Daughters between 1983 and 1984 and inmate Daphne Graham in Prisoner from 1985 to 1986 and,much earlier in the series she had guest roles as a Nurse and Trainee Prisoner Officer Sally Dean. Debra had a recurring role as Reverend Grace Curtis, Tom Croydon's ill-fated wife on Blue Heelers from 2001 to 2004.

Debra's theatre credits include the London tour of Jack Davis' No Sugar, the role of Vi in the Melbourne Theatre Company production of The Memory of Water, and most recently the 2009 tour of Steel Magnolias in the role of M'lyn; and the title role in the 2010 tour of Driving Miss Daisy.

Personal life[edit]

She met her husband Dennis Coard when he was cast as Pippa's second husband on Home and Away as character Michael Ross. They married in 1992 and have two children: Grace (born 1992) and William (born 1999).

They are involved with the charity Barnardos in Australia and she believes that "[her] kids now have an awareness that there are children out there who require assistance."



Film Release Date/Year Character
Next of Kin 1982 Carol
Fluteman 1982 Sally Cooper
Silver City 1984 Helena
Two Brothers Running 1988 Anonymous
Evil Angels (A Cry in the Dark) 1988 Sally Lowe
The Jammed 2007 DIMIA Case Officer


Television Show Years Played Character
The Sullivans 1976 Prue Waterman
Glenview High 1978 Jane
Ride on Stranger 1979 Jenny
Skyways  ???? Sheila Turner
Holiday Island 1981 Michelle Costello
Bellamy 1981 Lisa
Prisoner 1981 Sally Dean
A Country Practice 1982 Kerry Burgess
Sons and Daughters 1983–1984 Lisa Cook
Prisoner 1984-5 Daphne Graham
The Fast Lane 1986 Pat
What's the Difference 1986 Angela Burke
Home and Away 1990–1998 (main) 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 (guest) Pippa Fletcher
Blue Heelers 1999–2004 Reverend Grace Curtis
Satisfaction 2008 Margaret
Please Like Me 2013-2014 Rose
Wentworth (TV series) 2016 Faith Proctor



  1. ^ "A Cry in the Dark (1988) - Release dates". Retrieved 15 June 2012. 

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