Patricia Helen Heaton (born March 4, 1958) is an American actress, comedienne, producer and model best known for playing Ray Barone's wife Debra Barone on the CBS television sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond (1996-2005), for which she won two Emmy Awards. In 2007, she made a return to sitcom television opposite Kelsey Grammer in the Fox comedy series Back to You, which was canceled in 2008. She currently stars in the ABC comedy series The Middle.
Patricia Heaton was born in Bay Village, Ohio, the daughter of Pat and Chuck Heaton, who was a well-known Plain Dealer sportswriter. She was raised as a devout Roman Catholic.
Heaton has three sisters, Sharon, Alice, and Frances, and one brother, Michael, who is the "Minister of Culture" columnist for the Plain Dealer and a writer for the paper's Friday Magazine.