The popular Canadian drama series Degrassi made waves for decades, even premiering on top media channels. The teenagers who were cast in the drama have grown significantly over the years. Here’s where the teenage stars of the Degrassi cast are today.
Shane Kippel as Spinner Mason
Shane Kippel played Spinner Mason until the second season of Degrassi. On leaving the series, he joined a band where he played the drums before the group got dissolved.
Shane alongside two cast members from Degrassi is set to release a 2020 project titled The Beacons of Gondor.
Lauren Collins as Paige Michalchuk
Paige, a friend of Marco, attended Banting University after her graduation and starred in a movie. After her time in the drama series, the beautiful actress has continued to act. She has featured in several movies on popular channels like Netflix and YouTube originals.
She is present in the series Impulse which lasted for two seasons. Lauren Collins is currently married and welcomed a baby with her spouse in the early parts of 2020. Asides from the TV series, she has been part of casts for movies and one of such is The Christmas Chronicles in 2018.
Jake Epstein as Craig Manning
The aspiring musician Craig Manning became an artist and subsequently moved to chase a career as a solo artist. Being part of the Drama club, he visited Degrassi to perform. Tony has featured in many top TV shows like Designated Survivor, Suits, and many others.
Additionally, he has starred in a couple of movies in the likes of Spiderman, and popular shows, Broadway being an example. The Broadway star has stayed on the radar, an easy reminder for many Degrassi fans that the star is still busy entertaining.
Melissa McIntyre as Ashley Kerwin
Despite the constant disagreement with Craig when it comes to music, the singer and pianist were known for flaunting her talent and later explored Europe with Manning. Well, unlike many other co-stars who are busy in Hollywood, she has had a somewhat quiet career.
Although she was featured in the first season of Mrs. America, the Toronto-based actress spends most of her time baking and enjoying lovely moments with her canine friend. In Drake’s “I’m Upset” reunion video, Melissa McIntyre graces the occasion with her presence to catch up with friends from old times.
Ephraim Ellis as Rick Murray
The long hair and glasses don’t quite remind one of him as much the wrong things he did; attacking Jimmy Brooks and his girlfriend. He was notable for his response to bullies and how he ended up passing away.
The hard to forget character has featured in several movies since Degrassi. Added to his recent appearance in V-Wars, the actor has also played roles in Falcon Beach, Family Biz, and a couple of TV shows. He has was likewise present for Drake’s hit track video “I’m Upset.”
Nina Dobrev as Mia Jones
Mia Jones debuted on the show in Season 6. Being a teenager with a baby, her interaction with other students wasn’t smooth, she had to deal with resentment. Throughout her entire stay in Degrassi, she balanced school, being a mother and also cheerleader till she left and continued her career as a model.
Dobrev acted in The Vampire Diaries. More to this, she has starred in both seasonal shows and movies. Some of the movies she starred in are XXX: Return of Xander Cage, Let’s Be Cops, Flatliners and Fam.
Jake Goldsbie as Toby Isaacs
Despite their rough times, Toby and J.T. are great friends. After his first appearance in the first season, he was last seen in the ninth season. He later graduated alongside Emma and Manny.
After leaving Hollywood, Jake has not since featured in movies. Due to his love for sports, he switched to sports podcasts. He successfully ran sportsfield where he discusses basketball, soccer, and other sports. In the latter part of 2019, after his marriage, he launched a music podcast which he calls the Columbia House Party.
Shenae Grimes as Darcy
The Degrassi star is the keenly religious type who was also a cheerleader. Remembered for the notable attack incident in the seventh season, she eventually left Degrassi for Kenya. After Degrassi, she starred in The Detail and Scream 4.
Asides from acting the now married star is a fashion blogger. After becoming a mother, she started blogging about motherhood after the birth of Bowie Scarlett in September of 2018.
Dalmar Abuzeid as Danny Van Zandt
Liberty’s Van Zandt younger brother, Danny Van Zandt was played by Dalmar Abuzeid. His troublesome character later became more appealing and he successfully graduated from Cornell University.
He has not been in too many shows over the years. In the Netflix show Anne with an E, he played the role of Sebastian Bash. Later, he featured in the Canadian sitcom ” Crawford” and a couple of shows.
Andrea Lewis as Hazel
Andrea Lewis has forever earned the love of Degrassi fans following her role as Hazel Aden. She later graduated Degrassi and moved on in the series. Shortly after leaving the show, she landed the role of Hillary Duff’s bestie in Cadet Kelly.
Despite being best remembered for Degrassi, she has featured in a couple of movies in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Down in Delta and Soul Food being some of the many. In 2009, she appeared in a musical film by Nickelodeon. In 2013, she took her career further, creating a series called Black Actress and starred in it.
A.J Saudin as Connor DeLaurier
Connor was studious and quite boring. He didn’t perform well socially and had to cope with bullying. Despite being bullied by many students, he still had his group of friends. In terms of shows and movies, he has gone off the radar.
Presently, he is into music. A couple of years ago, he dropped his first single followed by an EP a year later. In recent months he released “Nocturnal Nirvana,” a single after his last EP was released in 2017. The Degrassi cast star seems to be building up a career in music.
Christina Schmidt as Terri
Terri featured in the first three seasons until she was put in a coma by her boyfriend. The incident with Rick marked her exit from the series.
She moved on to modeling. She has appeared in numerous magazines over the years. Of recent, the Fashion magazine in Canada featured her on the cover of their new magazine edition. She is now a mother and also dates Landen Wakil.
Daniel Clark as Sean Cameron
Sean’s role in Degrassi made being bad somewhat adorable. His captivating look got Ellie and Emma drooling over him. He eventually graduated to join the army. In later years after his role in the drama series, he seldom featured in any movie again.
However, he did have one role before leaving Hollywood behind. Together with Jorge Ramos, he worked for Fusion TV as a reporter and was a producer for another media channel. Unlike many of the co-acts from the Degrassi cast, he sadly missed the reunion in the viral Drake’s music video, “I’m Upset.”
Anais Granofsky as Lucy Fernandez
Anais Granofsky starred in the early seasons of Degrassi, dating back to the late 90s. In the 2000s, she switched from acting to producing later.
She continued in the production of Degrassi: The Next Generation. After numerous appearances in movies, she’s set to release two books in 2021 – Between Two Worlds and another in her name. The 47-year-old actress still directs movies.
Ryan Cooley as J.T. Yorke
James Tiberius’s sad existence in the seventh season no doubt made fans unhappy. After his passing in Degrassi, he starred in two more movies Lost Girl and Oh No! It’s an Alien Invasion after which he never featured in a movie again.
He currently runs a multinational digital agency. In 2019 he got engaged. Many expected to see him in Drake’s reunion “I’m Upset” video. However, he missed it because he thought the call for a reunion was a fraud.
Nicole Stoffman as Stephanie Kaye
Stephanie Kaye in the second season of Degrassi Junior High played the role of an unruly president. In later years, after her role in the Canadian series, she acted in some shows in the ’90s and beyond.
After some time, she studied politics at the University of Canada. Her knowledge of jazz landed an opportunity to work as a jazz musician. Along the line, she also worked as a political fundraiser. She currently works in Canada as an advancement intern for advanced research.
Mike Lobel as Jay Hogart
Jay Hogart was a bully and troublemaker yet so likable as a character. His part in the school attack led to his expulsion. Notable also is the incident with Emma at The Ravine. His run came to end in Season 6.
On leaving Degrassi, he continued acting. He starred in a comedy film and another movie titled The Music in Me. He also appeared in Detention Adventure and up until the breakup of the Future Peers band in 2019, he was an active member.
Paula Brancati as Jane Vaughn
Jane dated Spinner at a point and was a member of the football team. The lead vocalist for Janie and the Studs graduated as the valedictorian of her class and furthered her studies in California.
Talking of Degrassi before and after, she has since been in many movies and TV shows. Her most recent appearance is the show Workin Moms, a 2019 release. Alongside co-stars from Degrassi, she appeared in Slasher, a horror series.
Aislinn Paul as Clare Edwards
Darcy’s younger sister Clare won the attention of many following her ordeals with health and her personal life. Later she was a victim at the hands of her boss.
Clare Edwards has the most appearances in Degrassi after Mr. Simpson. Her role won a couple of awards and many nominations. On leaving Degrassi, she played key roles in some TV shows. She starred in Dark Matter as well as Heroes Reborn.
Miriam McDonald as Emma Nelson
She’s easy to remember, especially considering she tied the knot with Spinner. She attended Smithdale University with her childhood best friend Manny Santos. Miriam McDonald hasn’t been all too busy acting or singing since Degrassi.
However, she has occasionally appeared in some movie series. One such is the Orphan Black where she appeared in an episode and a year later in a movie. Then before her role in the movie A Veteran’s Christmas in 2018, she reprised her position as Emma in an episode of Degrassi two years earlier.
Angela Deiseach as Erica Farrel
The twins in the Degrassi series enjoyed a couple of seasons, featuring in many episodes. They both played interesting roles. After their time acting in the Degrassi series, they both left Hollywood.
They went to study journalism, however, Angela returned to Canada to feature in some TV shows while also serving as a school teacher. As for Maureen, she never returned to acting and went completely off the radar; living a quiet life.
Munro Chambers as Emo Eli
Emo Eli spent ample time on the show, appearing in many seasons of Degrassi: Next Class. His unsteady relationship with Clare was one of the easy to remember storylines.
Additionally, he could be remembered for his substance use and friendship with Adam Torres; the transgender. Before his time in the show, the 30-year-old actor also played the role of Wilder in The Latest Buzz for four years. Later, he also starred in series like Harpoon, Riot Girls, and other TV shows. He has stayed active as an actor.
Pat Mastroianni Acted as Joey Jeremiah
Joey was the musician in the Degrassi Junior High show back in the ’80s. After his role, he got a job as a waiter and later worked as a paver for his father. In later seasons, he resumed his role as a Joey and was a key part of the show over the next five seasons.
After Degrassi: The Next Generation, he continued to act in many movies and series. He was in the Unlucky, Saving Hope, and more recently, Dark Matter. The 48-year-old Canadian actor continues to thrive well in the movie industry to add to his long list of TV series and movies.
Dayo Ade as Bryant Lester Thomas
Dayo Ade is the cool fella who played Bryant Lester Thomas in the Degrassi Junior High. He was the easy going guy also known as BLT. Many of the stars in Degrassi have continued mostly in acting.
Of them all, Dayo Ade seems to be the most successful in terms of starring in big movies. First, he was in the popular series Lost, as well as CSI-NY. Later, he got a role in the high-ranking series; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Sarah Barrable-Tishauer as Liberty Van Zandt
Graduating as the valedictorian of her class comes as no surprise considering she’s very much motivated and often regarded as highly inspired.
Talk of her long name and being a valedictorian in 2012 when she graduated from the University. Sarah hasn’t been into acting after her role in Degrassi. Presently she’s a DJ and has managed projects, she managed project Dandelion for a couple of weeks. She’s had a quiet and pretty simple life.
Stefan Brogren as Archie
Stefan played the role of the nice and cheerful Archie “Snake” Simpson in Degrassi Junior High and other seasons. He enjoyed a long time in the series as a Degrassi teacher and principal.
His role as Archie allowed him to be present in all the Degrassi seasons. Up until 2015, he was still behind the scenes. In recent times, he continues to direct TV series and movies.
Shay Mitchell as Model
Shay Mitchell had an appearance that was so short, that if one tried to grab some pop-corn, you would have completely missed her. She gave Mia advice since she dropped out of school to face her career.
After her appearance as a model, she went on to play bigger roles in popular films and TV shows such as Pretty Little Liars. With millions of social media followers, the 33-year-old has featured in numerous series including the We Celebrate the Class of 2020 Tv special show.
Adamo Ruggiero as Marco Del Rossi
The valedictorian turned teacher Marco Del Rossi started in Season 2. He eventually became a faculty member. Since his time as a Degrassi cast member, he has played many roles, usually short in nature.
Additionally, in the aspects of relationships with past cast members of Degrassi, he has maintained a friendship with his on-screen bestie Lauren Collins, who played the character, Paige. Adamo continues to act and enjoy the occasional roles he gets.
Siluck Saysanasy as Yick Yu
Yick Yu played by Siluck Saysanasy was a poor Vietnamese boy who escaped the war and relocated to Canada with his family. He starred in many seasons of Degrassi Junior High. He was friends with Arthur Kobalewscuy and later grew close to a bunch of cool guys.
He has switched his specialty in recent times. He does behind the camera jobs and no longer acts. His position in movie crews pegs him as an assistant director in some TV series like the popular Designated Survivor, The Mortal Instruments, and Shadow Hunters.
Stacey Farber as Ellie Nash
Stacey Farber debuted in Season 2 of the Degrassi series before graduating, and in the end, attended the University of Toronto. She hadn’t lost her acting skills and still featured on Diggstown among other TV dramas.
Another example is the medical TV series Saving Hope. Similar to many of Degrassi‘s stars, the memories of early days acting alongside friends prompts her to upload throwback pictures of the Degrassi days. Stacey also played roles in comedy series like Unreal and Grace and Frankie. Two episodes of Animal Kingdom on TNT also featured Farber.
Neil Hope as Derek “Wheels” Wheeler
Derek “Wheels” Wheeler is a troubled individual in Degrassi Junior High. His role spanned a couple of episodes in many seasons. A memorable moment for him was reuniting the Zit remedy band which was his final appearance in the drama series.
Unfortunately, he passed away four years after leaving the show. He was unable to explore the entertainment industry as many would have expected. He was 37.
Charlotte Arnold as Holly J. Sinclair
Holly J. Sinclair was the tough girl who made changes and became better. She was the power squad captain. She also played the role of the student council president. Her role earned the award of the best youth series.
Notably, she has starred in a successful TV show before taking up the role in the Degrassi series. She has enjoyed the privilege of joining several TV shows, she played a role in the recent series Beauty and the Beast. She was also present in Deadly Inferno.
Duncan Waugh as Arthur Kobalewscuy
Duncan Waugh acted as Arthur Kobalewscuy who was present in 65 episodes featuring throughout Seasons 1-5. Degrassi fans won’t forget in a hurry. The star was more of an outcast in his role.
After his few appearances in TV shows, he left acting. He went to college and trained as a social service worker. His college studies were the last known information about him before he went off the radar.
Melissa DiMarco as Principal Daphne Hatzilakos
Principal Daphne Hatzilakos was the role Melissa DiMarco played for more than seven seasons. She has starred in a number of movies before eventually landing a role as the principal in Degrassi.
After the series of episodes, she has acted in more movies in recent years. At one point, she created a comedy show in her name; Out There with Melissa DiMarco. The show featured her life as an entertainment journalist. In many of its episodes, she interviewed big acts like Ludacris, Brad Pitt, Pharrell, and Cameron Diaz among many others.
Stephen Amell as Doorman
Stephen Amell acted as the doorman or a frat bro who stood guard at the door. Since that was the only scene he was present, talking to Paige at the door before letting her in, not many people knew him.
However, Stephen Amell starred as Oliver Queen in the popular TV series Arrow. He’s still active as an actor and landing good roles in several movies. Amongst movies like Private Practice, Hung, and Rent a Goalie, he also starred in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
Cassie Steele as Manny Santos
The popular Manny Santos explores Hollywood after graduating from Smithdale. Now, Cassie acts and sings. As far back as 2010, she featured in a Disney movie and The L.A. Complex, which is a series.
Her career allowed her to make voice-overs for animated shows such as Rick and Morty. Her acting career is supported by her knack for music. Over the years, Cassie Steele has released two studio albums and EPs.
Devon Bostick as Nic
Nic was the ex-boyfriend of Nina and was quite an angry guy. He was believed to incited the clash between two big schools. Since he left the Canadian drama series, he has worked as an actor in numerous TV shows and movies.
His fame rose when he starred in The 100. Many who enjoyed the Degrassi series could easily relate to his angsty behavior as he had back then. He also enjoyed more success, featuring in Lady Gaga’s music video for “Til It Happens To You.”
Landon Liboiron as Declan Coyne
Rich kid Declan Coyne featured in Degrassi for about two seasons before leaving. Despite his short time, he got sufficient publicity to land him roles in many TV shows and films. He played a role in Terra Nova after having some guest appearances in some movies.
In 2015, he got the role of Peter Rumancek in the popular Netflix series Hemlock. He later featured in The Howling Reborn, Girl in Progress, Burning Bodhi, and many more. He continues to enjoy success with rumors of more shows inbound.
Jessica Tyler as Jenna Middleton
Jessica Tyler is best known for her role in Degrassi: The Next Generation. The Canadian born actress now focuses on songwriting and playing the guitar. She’s also a trained gymnast who dances well. It’s rumored that the former Degrassi star still has close contact with many of the fellow cast members.
Her first studio album is set to be released soon. She has no record of other participation in TV shows or general films. Watch out for her music space!
Aubrey Drake Graham as Jimmy Brooks
Mason’s best friend Jimmy Brooks was famous as a basketball player in the show and later became incapacitated. Since then, Aubrey Graham now known as Drake has become a megastar.
The musician has billions of streams across many channels. Many of his famous hits like ”One Dance,” “In My Feelings,” and the recent ” Toosie Slide” have amassed more streams for the four-time Grammy award winner. Aside from his successful music career, he joined the crew of the famous drama series – Euphoria, where he was the executive producer.