Debby Ryan is one of the most watched, young stars in the business today, having become known for her unmatched comedic timing, flexibility to also give powerful dramatic performances, and illuminate the television and movie screens with her casual confidence and genuine performances. Debby stars as Jessie on Disney's new hit show, "Jessie". Her big break into comedy came as series regular "Bailey Pickett" on the hit Disney Channel series "The Suite Life on Deck," Ryan has emerged as not only a stellar actress and a teen idol, but a budding businesswoman and true creative force in the business.
Born in Alabama, Ryan lived in Texas for five years before moving to Wiesbaden, Germany with her family, where she lived for three years. While living in Germany, Ryan was one of the only kids participating in musicals and plays in the local theater. She knew that she wanted to be an actor at the ripe young age of nine. After three years in Germany, the Ryan family moved back to Fort Worth,Texas were she attended Fossil Hill Middle and Fossil Ridge High School before Debby where they lived until she made the move to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.
Ryan got her start in film and various television commercials, landing roles in "Barney: Let's Go To The Firehouse", two national commercials, and then the MGM feature film "The Longshots", alongside Keke Palmer and Ice Cube. From there her career took off, securing one of the starring roles on the Disney Channel series "The Suite Life on Deck," which premiered in 2008. In 2010, Ryan starred in the smash hit, Movie of the Week [which aired on Disney] "16 Wishes". The film premiered at 5.6 million viewers, was second on the list of Cable's Top 25 most popular shows of the week, and made that list twice. "16 Wishes" went on to premiere in over 30 countries worldwide. In addition to starring in the film, Debby also sang the theme songs "A Wish Comes True Everyday," pitched and starred in a music video for the song, and wrote an original song entitled "Open Eyes," producing it with her singer-songwriter brother Chase. Debby also played a D.J. with a alter ego in Disney hit, "Radio Rebel". She also sang the theme song, a modern remake of "We've Got the Beat". Her company produced the video in conjunction with Razor and Tie and Mar Vista.
In 2010 Ryan also appeared in the award winning independent feature film "What If..." opposite Kevin Sorbo, John Ratzenberger, and Kristy Swanson, which premiered in select theaters across the country. Most recently, Debby appeared and performed in the nationally broadcast, Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade which aired on ABC.
In her spare time, Ryan is heavily involved in music, and collaborates with her brother and friends to create and produce original music. Ryan hopes one day to launch a record label, to provide a place for other artists to express themselves and create effective music. In addition, she has a huge passion for meeting and speaking to young people, and she supports various charities. Debby also loves rifling through vintage stores, writing and conducting interviews for her music blog, and cooking gluten-free brownies.