Debbie Bates
Debbie Bates 2
Portrayed by Nicola Duffett
Introduced by Leonard Lewis
Gender Female Female
First Appearance 25 May 1993
Last Appearance 22 June 1995
Duration 1993-1995
Status Deceased
Occupation Bookmaker cashier
HusbandLiam Tyler (until 1993)
Nigel Bates (1994–95)
DaughtersClare Bates
MotherMaxine Palmer
Debbie Bates nee Palmer made her first appearance on 25 May 1993. She is portrayed by Nicola Duffett. She was the wife of Nigel Bates. Debbie was killed in a car accident in 1995.


Debbie first appears in Walford in May 1993 as a friend of Tracey the barmaid. She becomes a love interest for Nigel Bates when she meets him at his birthday party. Debbie and her daughter Clare move nearby to escape Debbie's husband Liam Tyler, who has been abusing her. Liam eventually tracks Debbie down and makes several attempts to break up Nigel and Debbie but is unsuccessful, and Debbie and Clare both move to Walford to live with Nigel.

In July 1994, Debbie marries Nigel and they are content in marriage. She starts working at the local bookmakers but her boss, Stan Dougan, constantly tries to flirt with her, which she dislikes. She keeps this a secret from Nigel but when Stan makes a move on her she quickly rejects him and quits her job. Nigel is suspicious of Debbie suddenly quitting but eventually finds out Stan has been harassing her, so he punches Stan.

Tragedy strikes soon after when Debbie is killed in a hit-and-run accident in June 1995. Police tell Nigel that she walked out into a road and someone hit her at speed, killing her instantly. Debbie's death devastates Nigel and Clare for some time. Nigel goes on to adopt Clare after Liam returns and is unsuccessful in his attempt to gain custody of her. On the 13th anniversary of Debbie's death in 2008, Clare and Dot Branning visit her grave.


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