Deanne Bray (born May 14, 1971) 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.
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). On September 8, 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. 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. She is pursuing a master's degree in Sign Language Education.
|1996||What Do Women Want||Sharon|
|2005||Last Mountain||Blonde Annie|
|2007||I See the Crowd Roar: The Story of William Dummy Hoy||Anna||Documentary short|
|2013||No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie||ASL Advocate|
|2018||Arrival and Departure||Emily||Theater|
|1995||Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Lightning||Teddy Franklin||TV film|
|1996||The Pretender||Deaf Woman||Episode: "Flyer"|
|1997||Ellen||Juliet||Episode: "Ellen's Deaf Comedy Jam"|
|1997||Diagnosis: Murder||Jan Curran||Episode: "Murder, Country Style"|
|2001||Strong Medicine||Sonny||Episode: "Fix"|
|2001||CSI: Crime Scene Investigation||Dr. Gilbert||Episode: "Sounds of Silence"|
|2002–2005||Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye||Sue Thomas||Lead role (56 episodes)|
|2003||L.A. Sheriff's Homicide||Technician||TV film|
|2006||Rescue Me||RoseMary||Episode: "Hell"|
|2007||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Dean Price||Episode: "Silencer"|
|2007||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Jean||Episode: "The Rat Dog"|
|2007||The L Word||Amy Reed||Episodes: "Lacy Lilting Lyrics", "Little Boy Blue"|
|2008||The L Word||Amy Reed||Episodes: "Lesbians Gone Wild", "Lay Down the Law"|
|2008||Sweet Nothing in My Ear||Dr. Walters||TV film|
|2009–2010||Heroes||Emma Coolidge||Recurring role (9 episodes)|
|2013||2 Broke Girls||Joanne||Episode: "And Not-So-Sweet Charity"|
|2014||Grey's Anatomy||Nicole||Episode: "Go It Alone"|
|2014||Switched at Birth||Dean of Gallaudet||Episode: "It Isn't What You Think"|
- Bob Ayers (December 2004). Deaf Diaspora, The Third Wave of Deaf Ministry. Lincoln, NE, USA. p. 57. ISBN 0-595-33541-1.
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- "Deaf actors from Oak Park star in play premiering in Hollywood". Retrieved September 28, 2019.
- "A Hearing Loss Hero" (PDF). Retrieved September 28, 2019.
- "American Sign Language Honor Society". Retrieved September 28, 2019.
- Your Pregnancy What to Expect. ISBN 0977097455.
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