Debra Lawrance

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Debra Lawrance
Born Debra Lawrance
(1957-01-01) 1 January 1957 (age 60)
Melbourne, Victoria, 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 has made a number of return appearances as the character, the most recent was in 2009. She is also known for her role as Rose in Please Like Me, that won her the Logie Award for Most Outstanding Supporting Actress. In 2017, she was the winner of Hell's Kitchen Australia.


Debra Lawrance was born in Melbourne, Victoria and was the second youngest out of six children. In 1974 Lawrance studied at the NIDA along with Mel Gibson, Steve Bisley, Judy Davis and Robert Menzies.


After graduating in 1977, Lawrance appeared in a number of roles including Prue Waterman in The Sullivans (1976), Sheila Turner in Skyways, Kerry Burgess in A Country Practice (1982), Lisa in Bellamy (1981) and Lisa Cook in Sons and Daughters between 1983 and 1984.

Lawrance played inmate Daphne Graham in Prisoner from 1985 to 1986 having played minor roles as a Nurse and Trainee Prisoner Officer Sally Dean much earlier in the series.[1]

Lawrance also featured in miniseries The Last Outlaw, a series about Ned Kelly, and feature film Silver City.

Lawrance's big break was a lead role in 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),[2] starring Meryl Streep and Two Brothers Running with Tom Conti.

In July 1990 Lawrance joined the cast of Home and Away, taking over the role of Pippa Fletcher (later Ross) from Vanessa Downing. Lawrance left the main cast in 1998, but she has frequently returned to guest star.

Lawrance 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.

From 2013 to 2016, Lawrance played Rose, the mother of the title character portrayed by Josh Thomas, in the comedy drama Please Like Me. She appeared in a main role in all four seasons of the show, which saw her character deal with divorce and mental illness. Lawrance's performance was met with critical acclaim, winning her an AACTA Award for Best Performance in a Television Comedy for her part in a two-hander episode (with Thomas) in the show's second season.

In 2017, Lawrance appeared as a celebrity contestant and eventual winner on Hell's Kitchen Australia, which is based on the British series of the same name.[3][4]

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).



Film Release 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
Cop Shop 1978
Glenview High 1978 Jane
Ride on Stranger 1979 Jenny
Skyways 1979 Sheila Turner
The Last Outlaw 1980 Maggie Kelly
Holiday Island 1981 Michelle Costello
Bellamy 1981 Lisa
Prisoner 1981 Nurse Sally Dean
A Country Practice 1982 Kerry Burgess
Sons and Daughters 1983–1984 Lisa Cook
Prisoner 1984–1985 Daphne Graham
The Fast Lane 1986 Pat
What's the Difference 1986 Angela Burke
Home and Away 1990–1998 (main) 2000, 2002, 2003, 2005–2009 (guest) Pippa Fletcher
Blue Heelers 1999–2004 Reverend Grace Curtis
Satisfaction 2008 Margaret
Please Like Me 2013–2016 Rose
Wentworth 2016 Faith Proctor


  1. ^ Prisoner TV Series (1979–1986) on IMDb
  2. ^ "A Cry in the Dark (1988) – Release dates". Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Saw, Amelia (24 March 2017). "The celebrities taking on Marco Pierre White in Hell's Kitchen Australia are named". Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  4. ^ Coster, Alice (24 March 2017). "Hell's Kitchen Australia host doesn't know the celebrity contestants". Herald Sun. Retrieved 24 March 2017. 

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