Debra, Dexter’s step sister is a tough, ambitious cop who is desperate to become a homicide detective in spite of constant antagonism from her boss, the head of the division.
Jennifer Leann Carpenter was born 7th December 1979 at 3AM in Louisville, Kentucky. For education she went to St. Raphael Elementary School, Walden School and Sacred Heart Academy. Jennifer always knew that acting was something that she wanted to pursue. Her aunt would actively encourage her to pursue this dream. While at the Walden School she played Helena in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream“. At age 8 she played Tiny Tim at the annual Dickens on Main Street celebration and held the role for three years. For college, Jennifer attended Juilliard in New York City since the age of 18. “I went to school. I went to Juilliard. You spend 13 hours a day on voice and speech. In 2002 Jennifer portrayed Mary Warren in the Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible“, also starring Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. Linney, calling her the finest young actress she’s ever known, was so taken by Carpenter’s performance that she suggested her to the casting directors of “The Exorcism of Emily Rose“. While she is best known for dramatic roles, Jennifer says that she loved this role and the experience of working in “White Chicks“. The film lead Carpenter to her first TV series, Danny DeVito’s “Queen B” (2003), in which she co-starred alongside Alicia Silverstone. Unfortunately only a pilot was filmed because Fox did not end up picking up the show. Carpenter moved on to star in “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” (2005) alongside close friend Laura Linney in a role that made her both a household name as well as an acclaimed character actress. Her impressive performance made TV produces take notice and so she was shortly cast as Debra Morgan in Showtime’s risque and brilliant new series, “Dexter“. Later in 2008 she made the horror movie “Quarantine” (2008) where she plays the TV reporter Angela Vidal who is going to interview and make a reportage of some fire fighters. She and her cameraman follows the fire fighers to a small apartment building and that’s when stuff starts to become frightening. This was a remake of the Spanish film “[Rec]” (2007) and both versions got a lot of viewers and people were positive about Jennifer’s part.