Debby Ryan stars as Jessie, a 20-year-old nanny and aspiring actress who leaves her small Texas town for New York City in hopes of making all her dreams come true, in the Disney Channel comedy series "Jessie." She is also is co-producer on the series which is now in its third season.
Ryan starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie "Radio Rebel" and is well known for her starring role as "Bailey Pickett" on the hit Disney Channel series "The Suite Life on Deck." In 2010 she starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie "16 Wishes." In addition to singing the movies theme song, "A Wish Comes True Everyday," she co-wrote a second track, "Open Eyes," with her singer-songwriter brother, Chase.
Committed to humanitarian work and social justice, Ryan originated the role of a Disney Friends for Change Ambassador, helping to encourage kids and families to make a lasting, positive change by helping people, communities and the planet. In summer 2013, her "Disney Friends for Change: Education in India" short was nominated for an Emmy.
Ryan made her feature film debut in "The Longshots," alongside Keke Palmer and Ice Cube, and more recently starred in "What If," opposite Kevin Sorbo, John Ratzenberger and Kristy Swanson.
Born May 13, 1993, Ryan spent her early years in Alabama, Texas and Germany. She is heavily involved in music; she and Chase have built a home studio where they've begun working on cover songs and creating original content from the ground up, both for other artists and themselves. Ryan hopes one day to launch a record label. She has a tremendous passion for meeting and speaking to young people and supports various charities. When not working on her television, film and music projects, she loves to make s'mores in her backyard with friends, read, take photos, and orchestrate road trip adventures.
Ryan currently resides in Los Angeles.