Heaton is best known for her role as Debra Barone on the award-winning series Everybody Loves Raymond. Heaton won two Emmy® Awards for her role in Raymond, and received her sixth nomination. In addition to her Emmy® wins, Heaton is also the recipient of the Best Comedy Actress award from the Viewers for Quality Television, a SAG award and three SAG nominations in the Best Actress category for her role on Raymond.
Heaton starred with Kelsey Grammer in the comedy Back to You on Fox. She recently completed filming The Middle, a half-hour comedy for ABC. Heaton's other television credits include prominent roles in the series Room for Two, Someone Like Me and Women of the House, and a recurring role on the critically-acclaimed series thirtysomething. She has also appeared in the CBS television film A Town Without Christmas and Miracle in the Woods. Heaton also recently appeared in Hallmark Hall of Fame's Front of the Class.
Heaton also starred in the role of "Stella" in the Second Stage production of The Scene, a new play by Theresa Rebeck.
Heaton produced and starred in the TNT/FourBoys Films production The Engagement Ring. She also starred in the TNT/Neil Simon production of The Goodbye Girl and ABC's The Path to 9/11. Her feature film credits include Memoirs of an Invisible Man, Beethoven, New Age and Space Jam.
In addition to her acting and producing credits, Heaton is also a bestselling author whose book "Motherhood and Hollywood -- How to Get A Job Like Mine" was on the New York Times best-sellers list.
In 2001, Heaton co-founded FourBoys Films, a production company which she runs with her husband David Hunt. FourBoys recent productions include The Engagement Ring for TNT and the documentary feature film The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania. FourBoys Films also produced Amazing Grace, directed by Michael Apted, in conjunction with Bristol Bay Productions.
Heaton lives in Los Angeles with her husband and four sons.