Patricia Heaton is a Hollywood actress, TV host, and producer. She became well known in the 1990s for her portrayal of the character Debra Barone in the highly-acclaimed sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. The talented actress has come to be known in recent times for her lead role as Frankie Heck in the ABC sitcom The Middle.
Heaton’s longrunning career has been dotted with numerous accolades particularly for her work on the small screen. She has three Emmy Awards to her name; two for her work on Everybody Loves Raymond and one for her work on the cooking TV series Patricia Heaton Parties. The talented actress also has several notable big screen credits including the 2014 comedy drama Moms’ Night Out and the 2017 animated Christian comedy The Star.
Patricia Heaton’s Bio
Patricia Helen Heaton was born on March 4, 1958, in Cleveland. Even though information about her early life is limited, we know that she had her college education at Ohio State University where she bagged a B.A. degree in drama. She moved to New York City in 1980 and there, she studied under drama teacher William Esper. She also formed an acting troupe dubbed “Stage Three” alongside a couple of her fellow students and together, they performed in different cities.
While performing with Stage Three in Los Angeles, Heaton caught the eye of a casting director who ultimately gave her a guest role on the drama series Thirtysomething (1989-91). She also guest-starred in several other TV series from 1989 into the early 1990s. The talented actress landed her first major role as Jill Kurland on the sitcom Room for Two (1992-93) and this was followed by regular roles in other sitcoms like Someone Like Me (1994) and Women of the House (1995).
Patricia Heaton got her career-defining moment in 1996 when she was cast as Debra (née Whelan) Barone, the female lead in the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (1996–2005). Her brilliant performance during the show’s 9-season run earned her much critical acclaim including two Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2000 and 2001 in addition to four other nominations. The talented actress also received multiple Screen Actors Guild Award nominations including a win in 2003 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.
While working on Everybody Loves Raymond, Heaton also made guest appearances on several other TV shows and she also recorded starring roles in a few telefilms. She later landed a spot on the main cast of the short-lived sitcom Back to You (2007-08). Heaton reached another career milestone in 2008 when she was cast as the lead star of the sitcom The Middle (2009–2018). She portrayed the lead character Frances “Frankie” Heck during the 9-season run of the show.
Patricia Heaton has had a steadily acting career since shooting into the limelight in the 90s. The actress has not had major roles in any big-budget films, however, she has done very well for herself with her television work.
Beyond her acting job, Heaton has also been involved in several other bankable ventures. She served as the host of the cooking TV show Patricia Heaton Parties and also doubled as a co-producer. Being a fan favorite, she has scored numerous endorsement deals in the course of her career. The Hollywood actress has her net worth valued at an astonishing $40 million.
Patricia Heaton’s father, Chuck Heaton was an accomplished sports journalist and reporter. He had a 50-year career working for The Cleveland Plain Dealer, a daily newspaper in their hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. He died in February 2008 at age 90. Heaton’s mother Patricia (née Hurd) died when the actress was twelve years of age. She has 4 siblings; sisters Sharon, Alice and Frances and a brother named Michael. Just like their father, Michael Heaton also works as a columnist for The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
In the world of showbiz and entertainment, very few are fortunate enough to have it good in the career and also in their private life. Patricia Heaton belongs to this group of celebrities who have achieved success in their careers as well as their relationships. The actress is in a longterm marital union with English-born actor David Hunt. The couple tied the knot back in October 1990 and have remained inseparable ever since.
Heaton has four children with her husband, David Hunt. Their first son Samuel David Hunt was born in September 1993. They welcomed a second son John Basil Hunt on May 15, 1995, and their third son Joseph Charles ‘Joe’ Hunt was born on June 2, 1997. The couple’s youngest son Daniel Patrick ‘Dan’ Hunt was born on January 20, 1999.