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Debbie Kurup

Born on 3rd July 1979 in Sunderland, England, Debbie Kurup is an Olivier nominated actress and singer.



She won the 2013 Award for her performance as Nicki Marron in The Bodyguard. She also won the UK Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a Musical.


Her numerous theatre credits include Girl From the North Country (Old Vic, 2017) where she portrayed the role of Mrs Neilsen; Sweet Charity (Donmar Warehouse); Anything Goes (UK/Ireland Tour, 2015) where she appeared as Reno Sweeney, for which she received an MTA Best Actress nomination; The Threepenny Opera (National Theatre), and The Bodyguard (Adelphi Theatre, 2013).

She has also appeared in Chicago (Adelphi Theatre, 2006/Cambridge Theatre, 2011) where she played the role of Velma Kelly; Ben Elton’s Tonight’s the Night (Victoria Palace); Rent (Prince Wales Theatre/UK Tour) where she played Mimi; Fame the Musical (UK Tour) where she portrayed the character of Carmen; I Love You Because (Landor Theatre, 2007/Clapham, London) where she took on the role of Diana Bingley; Sister Act (London Palladium) where she played KT and understudied the lead role of Deloris; and West Side Story (UK Tour) where she was seen as Anita/Consuela.

Other theatre credits include Nancy in Oliver (Larnaca International Festival); Sylv in Steven Berkoff’s East (Leicester Haymarket); Rachel in The Dying Game (Greenwich Theatre, workshop); Pepper in I Sing (Union Theatre); Julie in Hot Stuff (Leicester Haymarket); Rosalyn in Stand by Me (UK Tour); Diane in Pal Joey (Chichester Festival Theatre); Boogie Nights (Savoy Theatre/UK Tour); Poison (Tricycle Theatre), and Bad Girls – The Musical (New Players) as Denny Blood.


Children in Need (BBC); Poison Arrow (Pro Active Pictures); Hollow (Futuretime Pictures) and He’s Having a Baby (Hat Trick) among others.

Recording: She is featured on the original London cast albums of Chess in Concert Company, Sister Act, Tonight’s The Night, and Girl from the North Country.