Debbie Evans is one of Hollywood’s top stunt women. She began riding motorcycles in her hometown of Lakewood, California when she was six years old. By the age of nine she began competing in the sport of motorcycle trials. By 1976, she became the first woman to reach the rank of expert, successfully competing against the men. She was considered the best female observed trials rider in the United States, earning factory-backed sponsorship from Yamaha.
Her entertainment roots began with halftime shows at various stadium events, which included her famous headstand on the seat of a balancing motorcycle. Not one to shy away from the challenge of a male-dominated field, she accepted the offer to do a motorcycle jump over a 30-foot ravine for the movie Deathsport. This job would be the beginning of a stunt career that would span decades. When Debbie tied for second overall in the 1978 CBS Stunt Competition as the only female competitor, and won first place in the car race, beating out all of the top male stunt drivers, her stunt career took off. She has since been featured in Reader’s Digest, Glamour Magazine, Cycle World, Dirt Bike, and on ESPN, The Montel Williams Show, Women’s Entertainment Television, and Entertainment Tonight, and more.
Debbie worked tirelessly, honing her physical skills and abilities, performing just about every stunt possible, but she never steered far from her first love…motorcycles and cars! Debbie won two of her many Taurus World Stunt Awards for doubling Michelle Rodriguez in The Fast and the Furious (2002), and has continued with the franchise in the subsequent films. Debbie has won 7 Taurus World Stunts Awards, one of the highest acknowledgements in her industry. She has also been inducted into the American Motorcyclist (AMA) Hall of Fame, The Hollywood Stuntman’s Hall of Fame and she has been given numerous other awards and nominations.
Debbie has had an amazing career. A few of her most notable scenes include stunt doubling Carrie Anne Moss in The Matrix Reloaded (2003) where she drove a Cadillac CTS and rode a Ducati 996 in the famous freeway chase sequence. She also doubled for Michelle Rodriguez in the first Fast and Furious (2009), driving a car under a semi-truck, crashing and flipping it off the embankment and into the field below. Debbie performed stunts in many other films in the Fast and Furious franchise. She drove in all the female driving sequences Fast films 1,2,3,6,7, and 8. She has doubled for many of the leading ladies in Hollywood and was the stunt driving double for Angelina Jolie in Wanted (2008), Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2005) and Taking Lives (2004).