Character

Grace Adler

Played by Debra Messing

Actor Bio

Debra Messing returns to her iconic role as Grace Adler on "Will & Grace," which returned to NBC last fall to record ratings.

Messing won an Emmy in 2003 and was nominated on five other occasions for her work on "Will & Grace." She's also earned six Golden Globe Award nominations on the series, which has earned a total of 16 Emmys and 83 nominations.

Messing, who recently starred in ABC's three-hour remake of "Dirty Dancing," previously toplined the NBC series "The Mysteries of Laura" for two seasons. In 2012-13, Messing starred on NBC's "Smash," a musical drama about the creation of a new Broadway show. She was also Emmy and Golden Globe nominated for the USA Network miniseries "The Starter Wife" in 2007.

On the stage, Messing made her Broadway debut in the 2014 Tony Award-nominated production of John Patrick Shanley's "Outside Mullingar." Other theater credits include Donald Margulies' Pulitzer Prize finalist "Collected Stories" and Paul Rudnick's Off-Broadway play "The Naked Truth."

Messing's film work includes the box office hit "Along Came Polly" and "The Wedding Date." Other films on her resume include "The Women," "Nothing Like the Holidays," Woody Allen's "Hollywood Ending," "The Mothman Prophecies" and the 2014 indie drama "Like Sunday, Like Rain."

Messing is the Global Health Ambassador for Population Services International (PSI), which focuses on HIV/AIDS. She has traveled extensively in Africa in this role and in 2010 testified before the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health. She was also a key speaker at the 2012 AIDS conference in Washington, D.C. Other charities Messing supports include HRC (Human Rights Campaign), Everytown for Gun Safety and the Joyful Heart Foundation. She was honored with the Trevor Life Award for her contributions to the LGBT community.

Messing attended Brandeis University and received her Master of Fine Arts from NYU. She resides in New York.

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