Although well known as a TV and Radio presenter, Debi’s original aim was to be an opera singer after winning a national scholarship at the age of 18. She sang professionally for a number of years, both in Britain and abroad, and found she enjoyed the banter with the audience as much as the singing!
She was spotted by the Station Director of BBC Radio Merseyside, who offered her the afternoon show 2 – 5pm Monday to Friday. Her popularity increased by the month due to her unique “tell it as it is” style of presentation, and by the time she left to present the national morning magazine show on BBC1 TV five years later, she had one of the largest afternoon audiences of any BBC local radio afternoon show in the country.
During this time, she sang and hosted shows for the “El Alamein Reunion” at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool with a 36 piece military band to an audience of over 2,000 veterans. She presented shows for BFBS (British Forces Broadcasting Service) in Belize, Central America, and also broadcast for the troops in Gibraltar. She also had a leading role in the iconic film “Distant Voices, Still Lives” for the British Film Institute, which won the critics prize at Cannes.
Debi went on to present “People Today”, the national morning show for BBC 1 television, for three years, which included her presenting the iconic “Pebble Mill at One” on a number of occasions. After having her daughter, she continued her career as a freelance broadcaster, working for BBC1, Granada Television, Radio 5 Live, and Radio City Gold.
She has interviewed a wide range of celebrities on live television and radio, from politicians to pop stars.
In 2000, Debi was approached to head up the first all-British Shopping T.V. channel, “Shop!” It was a combination of Granada Television as the Production Company, and Littlewoods who were the retailers. As main presenter, Debi quickly gained a reputation for humour mixed with honesty, which proved to be an ideal mix for this specialist niche. Her selling skills, approachability and sometimes “wicked” sense of humour gained her a wide following, and excellent sales figures. She also worked for Ideal World and QVC. For 3 years, Debi also presented “Cruising With The Stars” on Sky TV, a daily, hour long show which showcased tribute acts and other acts who appear on the Cruise Ship circuit.
An accomplished actor, Debi played a leading role in the British Film Industry award winning film, “Distant Voices, Still Lives”. She is an established Keynote speaker – her venues include The Dorchester Hotel in London, The Chester Grosvenor and The Liverpool Crowne Plaza. She is an accomplished and popular commère, and has hosted a wide variety of events at venues including the Liverpool O2 Arena, The Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Manchester MEN Arena and the NEC Birmingham.
In 2016, Debi wowed audiences in Doha, Qatar, where she played “The Good Fairy Gossamer” in Cinderella to capacity audiences of 1000 people per performance for 12 shows with LHK Productions. She also headed up the cast in “Snow White” at The Epstein Theatre Liverpool, playing the Wicked Queen. Until February 2017, Debi presented the mid morning show Monday to Friday for “Sandgrounder Radio”, a Southport based station, but left to do more TV work. She is currently appearing on Sky with Gary “Gazza” Ashburne, “The King of Collectables” for Benham TV, an established collectables company which was founded 50 years ago, and hosts a series of cruise related infomercials for On Air Media, also on Sky.