Debra Tammer grew up in Leeds and through her wit, charm and brilliantly convincing posh accent managed to persuade Oxford University to let her in. After graduating, she studied Classical Acting at LAMDA. Her first job, hanging from a tree as a murder victim, in a Crimewatch reconstruction video, seemed to be the beginning of a meaningful career. She soon went on tour with the English Shakespeare Company playing Jessica in The Merchant of Venice. After a successful run of the Kelloggs Crunchy Nut Cornflakes commercial, she then went on to play several unhinged, crazy women with a penchant for breakfast cereals. It wasn’t long before she was cast as the ‘thin’ neurotic girl in Kay Mellor’s Fat Friends for ITV. Soon after this, she secured a comic part in the romantic comedy feature film, Suzie Gold.
She first performed stand up in 2011 and then created her first one woman show POP,POP,POP about a pregnant X-factor reject from Essex who believes Olly Murs to be the father of her unborn child.
As a writer, Debra, along with her co-writer, Claudia Solti, wrote the film, That’s For Me! a spoof documentary about a wannabe delusional actress. That’s For Me! was produced by Andras Hamori of H20 Motion Pictures and was screened at Montreal Comedy Film Festival, Just For Laughs, the UK Jewish Film Festival and the London International Film Festival.
Debra wrote the musical comedy Mancunian Rhapsody, which was first performed in July 2014 as part of the Camden Fringe Theatre Festival. The play is about a religious Jewish woman from Manchester with a love of Freddie Mercury music. It went on a UK tour in 2015 and won best show at the Greater Manchester Fringe and sold out at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
She has recently played an American Lieutenant in the feature film Hunter Killer (2018) and a war torn 1940s woman in the feature film Allied(2016).
She is working on a new TV comedy script called The Real Life, a futuristic comedy about a family living in an AI world.
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