Patricia Heaton talks about 'The Middle'

september 29, 2010 "The Middle" stars Patricia Heaton as Frankie, Neil Flynn as Mike, Charlie McDermott as Axl, Eden Sher as Sue, Atticus Shaffer as Brick and Chris Kattan as Bob.

Patricia Heaton is perhaps best known for her role as Debra Barone on the award-winning series "Everybody Loves Raymond." She won two Emmy Awards for the role and was nominated seven times. 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 work on "Raymond."

Heaton starred opposite Kelsey Grammer in the critically acclaimed comedy series "Back to You." She also starred in the Hallmark Hall of Fame film, "Front of the Class." Her other television credits include a recurring role on ABC's popular series "thirtysomething" and prominent roles in the series "Room for Two," "Someone Like Me" and "Women of the House," as well as the television films "A Town Without Christmas" and "Miracle in the Woods."

On stage, Heaton garnered praise for the role as Stella in the Second Stage production of "The Scene," a play by Theresa Rebeck. She received a Lortel Award nomination for her performance.

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 a bestselling author whose book, "Motherhood and Hollywood -- How to Get a Job Like Mine," made the New York Times Bestsellers list.

In 2001 Heaton co-founded FourBoys Films, a production company which she runs with her husband, David Hunt. FourBoys' productions include "The Engagement Ring" for TNT and the documentary feature film "The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania." FourBoys Films also produced the acclaimed film "Amazing Grace," directed by Michael Apted, in conjunction with Bristol Bay Productions.

Heaton lives in Los Angeles with her husband and four sons.

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