Deborah Ann Debby Ryan is an American actress, director, and singer. Ryan is known for starring as Jessie Prescott in the Disney Channel Original Series Jessie and as Bailey Pickett in Disney Channels The Suite Life on Deck.
Ryan was born in Huntsville, Alabama. She has performed in various theater performance groups and talent competitions. Her father was in the military, so she moved to numerous places in Europe. She lived in Germany until she wasand can speak both English and German. She started performing in professional theaters at the age of seven on an American base in Germany. She returned to the United States in 2003, at the age of 10, and was raised in Texas. In a 2009 People Magazine interview, she described herself as a nerd in school. She was bullied in middle school for being a mascot and a member of the schools chess club.