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Debby Ryan

Ryan at the premiere for Up in May 2009
Background information
Birth name Deborah Ryan[1]
Born May 13, 1993 (1993-05-13) (age 16)
Origin Huntsville, Alabama, USA
Genres Pop rock, country pop, Jazz
Occupations Actress, Singer, voice actor, screenwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Years active 2000–present (Stage)
2007–present (Television–film)
Labels Walt Disney

Deborah Ann Ryan (born May 13, 1993) is an American teen actress, singer, voice actor and screenwriter. Ryan is best known for portraying Bailey Pickett in the Disney Channel Original Series The Suite Life on Deck, which is the spin-off/sequel to The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Ryan started acting in professional theatres at the age of seven; in 2007 she appeared in the Barney & Friends straight-to-DVD film Barney: Let's Go to the Firehouse and then was discovered in a nationwide search by Disney. She is also known for appearing in the 2008 feature film The Longshots as Edith and will star in the independent film What If, which is set for a 2010 release.


Early life

Ryan was born in Alabama.[2] Ryan is a Christian; she has performed in churches, theater performance groups and talent competitions.[3] Ryan's father was in the military, so she often moved to different places in Europe. Ryan started performing in professional theaters at the age of seven on an American base in Germany.[4] She found she loved acting. At the time, Ryan was fluent in German.

She returned to the United States at the age of 10 in 2003 and was raised in Texas.[4][5] She dreamed of acting full-time. In a 2009 People Magazine interview, she described herself as a "nerd" in school.[4] Ryan was bullied in middle school for being a mascot and in the school's chess club.[6]

Ryan has an older brother, Chase (who is older than her by approximately two years). He is a guitarist and vocalist. In a March 2009 interview, Ryan said her older brother is one of her role models.


Ryan began appearing in various television commercials in her early teenage years. She appeared in several commercials of iDog and various board games, her latest commercial was in an iDog Dance commercial in 2008.[3] Ryan's first film role was in 2007 as a guest character in Barney: Let's Go to the Firehouse, she played the role of a teenager. Ryan also had a supporting role in the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer feature film, The Longshots, alongside teen actress Keke Palmer and Ice Cube. Ryan played Edith, a teenage mean girl, in the feature film.

Ryan plays one of the main characters, Bailey Pickett in Disney Channel Original Series The Suite Life on Deck. The series is a sequel/spin-off to the hit Disney Channel series, The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. The series' pilot aired on September 26, 2008 in the US.[7] The series premiere on the Disney Channel in the US drew 5.7 million viewers,[8] and it became the most-watched series premiere in Canada on the Family channel.[9]

The series was 2008's #1 top scripted television series for children between the ages 6 to 11 and pre-teenagers between the ages 9 to 14, beating the veteran series Hannah Montana and Wizards of Waverly Place in the ratings.[10] The series is also 2009's top rated scripted series in the children and tween demographic (6-14), outpacing Hannah Montana and several other teenage shows.[11]

Following the success of The Suite Life on Deck, she appeared on the first show of Studio DC: Almost Live, a special half-hour variety show that features The Muppets as well as Disney Channel stars. She also made a small appearance on Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream

In 2009, it was announced that Ryan landed a starring role in the independent feature film, What If... alongside Kevin Sorbo and Kristy Swanson. The film is a straight to DVD film which is set to be released on Valentine's Day in 2010, the film was shot in Manistee, Michigan in July 2009. The film is produced by Pure Flix Entertainment and centers a Christian family.[12][13][14] In October 2009, Ryan hosted the first Tween Girl Summit in which she hosted the event and its concerts.[15] "Tween girls are drawn to talented performers who emanate the joy of life, and we are so happy to have teen favorite Debby Ryan as the first host of The Tween Summit Music Festival," said Denise Restauri, founder of The Tween Summit, and AK Tweens.[15] "The Tween Summit is a day of celebrating the excitement of youth and hope for the future. As my tween friends say, 'This concert is going to Rock!'"[15]


Ryan plays several instruments including the acoustic guitar, piano and keyboard. She is also a songwriter and is currently working on music alongside her older brother.[16] Ryan has showed many interest in several types of music and her music genre will be mainly jazz and country pop with a blend of alternative rock. Ryan was set to headline the "Terrific Teen Tour", a concert series which co-headlined Mitchel Musso, Jasmine Richards and Savannah Outen, that would start on July 9, 2009 and end on July 14 but the tour was canceled due to schedule conflicts.[17][18] The tour would have been Ryan's debut as a live musician.[19] Ryan's first single, "Adios" is yet to be released. [20]

Personal life

In a 2009 People Magazine interview, Ryan stated her Suite Life co-star, Brenda Song is her acting idol.[4] In a March 2009 interview, Ryan revealed she also looks up to Meryl Streep, Ryan claims Streep "is so profoundly thought-provoking and life-changing." Ryan also said her other role models include Anne Hathaway, Rachel McAdams and Tobey Maguire. She also said, "I love jazz! I love singing it. I also love country! My brother loves rock, he also has this chill Jason Mraz-like style. So basically, my answer is: jazz-country-rock-alternative? I have no idea! But I honestly would love to make country music."

Ryan has spent time at the Ronald McDonald House and has help raise money for the kids in need.

Ryan is involved in Disney's Friends for Change. She was featured in a commercial on the Disney Channel.[21] The charity helps explain how kids can help preserve the planet and invites them to go to the Friends for Change website to register and pledge, offering them the chance to help choose how Disney will invest $1 million in environmental programs.[22] [22]


Year Film Role Notes
2007 Barney: Let's Go to the Firehouse Teenager Direct to video
2008 The Longshots Edith Metro–Goldwyn–Mayer film
2010 What If... Kimberley Main role, independent film
16 Wishes Abby Jensen Main Role; Disney Channel Original Movie
Year Title Role Notes
2008 The Suite Life on Deck Bailey Pickett Main Role, Disney Channel 2008-present
Disney Channel's Totally New Year 2008 Herself Disney Channel special New Years event
Jonas Brothers: Living the Dream Herself "Hello Hollywood" (Season 1, Episode 7)
2009 Hannah Montana Bailey Pickett crossover episode: Wizards on Deck with Hannah Montana
Wizards of Waverly Place
My Mate Flynn Tina (Voice) Disney Channel UK
New Year Star Showdown Herself Disney Channel special New Years event


  • Game of Life: Twists and Turns (2007)[3]
  • iDog Amp'd (2007)[3]



Awards and nominations

Year Result Award Category Nominated Work
2009 Nominated Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series The Suite Life on Deck
Popstar! Magazine's 8th Annual Poptastic Awards[23] Favorite Television Actress
Won Popstar! Magazine's 8th Annual Poptastic Awards Favorite Female Newcomer


  1. ^ "Debby Ryan (TheDebbyRyan) on Twitter". Retrieved November 17, 2009. "it's Deborah; call me Debs." 
  2. ^ Debby Ryan Disney Channel. Retrieved 2009-11-17.
  3. ^ a b c d "Debby Ryan: The Dream". Retrieved 2008-06-22. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Meet the co-stars: Debby Ryan" (May 2009). People Magazine. "I’m a nerd. I was in chess club. I went to mascot camp. In eighth grade I was the mascot of my school: a wildcat. I still have the old costume in my dressing room. It reminds me every day to go big and have energy"
  5. ^ Debby Ryan Teen Magazine interview
  6. ^ "Debby Ryan's important message". Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  7. ^ "Disney Channel MediaNet". Disney Channel MediaNet. Retrieved 2008-09-03. 
  8. ^ Gary Levin (September 30, 2008). "Nielsens: Presidential debate fights for numbers". USA Today. Accessed 2008-12-12.
  9. ^ Scott Campbell (October 20, 2008). The Suite Life on Deck sets sail on Family Channel with record-breaking premiere ratings. Accessed 2008-12-12.
  10. ^ "Disney Channel/ Highlights For 2008". Business Wire. Retrieved 2008-12-24. 
  11. ^ "The Suite Life on Deck Season 3". Disney Channel Media Net. Retrieved 2009-10-19. 
  12. ^ "Debby Ryan on the set of What If!". Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  13. ^ "Debby Ryan films What If in Michigan". Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  14. ^ "What If Movie wraps filming". Associated Content. Retrieved 2008-07-29. 
  15. ^ a b c "Disney Channel's Debby Ryan Set to Host the First Allykatzz Tween Summit Music Festival". Retrieved 2009-12-29. 
  16. ^ Debby Ryan - Lyrics sketchpad
  17. ^ "Wachovia Center -TTT- CANCELLED". Wachovia Center. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  18. ^ "Terrific Teen Tour - Rochester, NY POSTPONED". Ticketmaster. Retrieved 2009-07-06. 
  19. ^ Terrific Teen Tour
  20. ^ a b "Debby Ryan Recording First Single!". Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  21. ^
  22. ^ a b "THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY LAUNCHES DISNEY'S FRIENDS FOR CHANGE". Disney Channel. 05-14-2009. Retrieved 2009-06-05. 
  23. ^ Popstar Magazine

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Debby Ryan
Born May 13, 1993 (1993-05-13) (age 17)
Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.
Years active 2006-present

Debby Ryan (born on May 13, 1993, in Huntsville, Alabama) is an American actress, singer, and songwriter. She is best known for her role in The Suite Life on Deck.

Debby Ryan is known as Bailey Pickett on The Suite Life on Deck. She has an older brother Chris Ryan who has an alternative rock band. She loves to hang with friends and says, she couldn't be happier. She is a singer, her main music genres are alternative rock, country music. She was set to perform on a tour in the summer of 2009, but was cancelled due to schedule conflicts. She is set to star as Kimberly in What If. And is Abby Jenson on 16 Wishes.

Debby Ryan is also known for her role in "Longshots". She is a singer, as shown above, and she was scheduled to release her new single, "Adios" on the Terrific Teen Tour, but the tour had been cancelled. She said it would be her "big break" in her singing career, and she has many fans out there who support her through everything.

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