Patricia Heaton is an American actress. In 1989, she appeared in six episodes of Thirtysomething. This marked her acting debut. The following decade, she starred as Jill Kurland in the short-lived ABC sitcom Room for Two, after which she starred in another short-lived show Women of the House. From 1996 to 2005, Heaton became widely known for playing Debra Barone in the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. After it ended, she starred as Kelly Carr in the TV show Back to You. Her prominence on television grew with her role as Frankie Heck in The Middle. At the same time, she hosted her own show Patricia Heaton Parties from 2015 to 2016.