Deanne Bray

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Deanne Bray
Born (1971-05-14) May 14, 1971 (age 48)
Residence North Hollywood, California
Spouse(s)
Troy Kotsur (m. 2001)
Children1
Website www.deannebray.com

Deanne Bray (born 14 May 1971) [1] is an American actress. Bray was born deaf and is bilingual in American Sign Language and English. She is best known for her role as Sue Thomas in the show Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye . She is also known for her recurring role as Emma Coolidge on Heroes .

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Personal life

Bray was born in Canoga Park, Los Angeles, California and has spent most of her life in southern California. She lived in Seattle for a few years with her mother and attended Washington State School for the Deaf for grade 8 though she was raised mostly by her father in California. Bray's father could do some basic ASL, but her mother chose not to learn any ASL at all. She is married to Troy Kotsur, who is also a deaf actor. Bray is an advocate for improving early childhood education for deaf children and is a spokesperson for Language Equality and Acquisition for Deaf Kids (LEAD-K). [2] On 8 September 2005, she gave birth to daughter Kyra Monique Kotsur.

Bray's parents made certain their daughter was instructed from an early age to speak and write English and learn American Sign Language as well, sending her through a variety of learning programs and centers to strengthen her language skills. [3] A California native, Bray broke into the entertainment industry after she was discovered performing with a deaf dancing group called "Prism West" at a Deaf festival at California State University, Northridge, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Biology. [4] } She is pursuing a master's degree in Sign Language Education. [5]

Bray is a co-host with Missy Keast on the DVD Your Pregnancy: What To Expect a comprehensive resource for pregnant deaf or hearing challenged women. [6] [7]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1996 What Do Women Want Sharon
2005 Last Mountain Blonde Annie
2007 I See the Crowd Roar: The Story of William Dummy Hoy AnnaDocumentary short
2008 Universal Signs Natalie
2013 No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie ASL Advocate

Theatre

YearTitleRoleNotes
2018Arrival and DepartureEmilyTheater

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1995Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: LightningTeddy FranklinTV film
1996 The Pretender Deaf WomanEpisode: "Flyer"
1997 Ellen JulietEpisode: "Ellen's Deaf Comedy Jam"
1997 Diagnosis: Murder Jan CurranEpisode: "Murder, Country Style"
2001 Strong Medicine SonnyEpisode: "Fix"
2001 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. GilbertEpisode: "Sounds of Silence"
2002–2005 Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye Sue Thomas Lead role (56 episodes)
2003L.A. Sheriff's HomicideTechnicianTV film
2006 Rescue Me RoseMaryEpisode: "Hell"
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dean PriceEpisode: "Silencer"
2007 Curb Your Enthusiasm JeanEpisode: "The Rat Dog"
2007 The L Word Amy ReedEpisodes: "Lacy Lilting Lyrics", "Little Boy Blue"
2008 The L Word Amy ReedEpisodes: "Lesbians Gone Wild", "Lay Down the Law"
2008 Sweet Nothing in My Ear Dr. WaltersTV film
2009–2010 Heroes Emma Coolidge Recurring role (9 episodes)
2013 2 Broke Girls JoanneEpisode: "And Not-So-Sweet Charity"
2014 Grey's Anatomy NicoleEpisode: "Go It Alone"
2014 Switched at Birth Dean of GallaudetEpisode: "It Isn't What You Think"
2017 Veep JulieEpisode: "Qatar"

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References

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