Niamh (pronounced Neeve) has amassed an enviable resume having recently played the role of Sam in David Cronenberg's feature Map to the Stars and just previous, the role of Gracie, a supporting lead in the Weinstein Company's feature film The Young and Prodigious T. S. Spivet. Niamh also appeared in three Saw feature films in the role of Corbett. Other feature films include Skating to New York and The Marsh. Niamh's television credits include Hemlock Grove, My Babysitter's a Vampire, Debra, Warehouse 13, Rookie Blue, Flashpoint, Runaway, Heartland, Falling Skies, Haven, Hunting for Sarah and Frenemies. Niamh has been nominated for a Young Artist Award for "Best Lead Actor" for her work in Haunting Sarah (TV movie) and Debra. When not in front of the camera, Niamh can be heard singing, playing the violin or training for various styles of dance, her favourite being Irish.
Joining Degrassi in its ninth season as Jenna, Jessica Tyler has been singing and playing music as long as she can remember. Prior to Degrassi , Jessica appeared on the series Overruled and Project Dad. Jessica has also done voice work for Super Why, Franny's Feet and Paws & Tales. In 2010, Jessica traveled to India to build a school with the renowned organization "Free The Children". Jessica also traveled to Haiti with FTC in 2011. Documentaries of both trips were made for MuchMusic in Canada. When not acting, Jessica enjoys keeping fit, playing the guitar, and writing and singing music. In January 2013, Jessica traveled across Canada with Nelly Furtado as the opening act on her "Spirit Indestructible" tour.
Hailing from Canada's capital, Ottawa, Melinda Shankar joined the cast of Degrassi in its eighth season as Sav's little sister, Alli. Prior to this, she did runway and print modeling. In 2008, Melinda traveled to Ecuador with the organization "Free The Children". In 2011 Melinda traveled again with FTC, this time to Haiti. Documentaries of the trips were made for MTV and MuchMusic in Canada. In 2009, Melinda made her lead role debut as Indie Mehta in the YTV series How to Be Indie. For this work, she was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series. Melinda played the role of Janie Gibb in the Disney remake of the Nickelodeon classic Harriet the Spy and also starred with Aidan Quinn in the independent feature The Festival of Lights, for which she received Best Actress award at the Ibiza Film Festival in Spain. The movie was filmed on location in New York City and Guyana. She has a black belt in Karate and has been studying martial arts for over 15 years. She also started taking ballet, pointe, and other forms of dance at only three years old. In February 2010, Melinda accepted an award for Actress of the Year at the Anokhi Magazine Gala. In early 2013, Melinda appeared as Kaitlyn in Shawn Desman's 30-minute music and dance infused special for MuchMusic. In March 2013 Melinda nabbed a Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series for her role on How to be Indie. Most recently, Melinda co-hosted (alongside Degrassi castmate Munro Chambers) Free The Children's first U.S. "We Day" event in Seattle.
London, Ontario native Olivia Scriven joined Degrassi in its eleventh season playing the role of Maya Matlin. Olivia's television and film credits include Being Erica, Cracked, The Husband, Mistletoe Over Manhattan and The Yard. Olivia's theatre credits include Bridge to Terabithia, Ms. Scrooge, Mamma Mia and West Side Story. A trained soprano, Olivia also plays piano, cello, ukulele and guitar.
A.J. has been part of the Degrassi cast since its eighth season playing Connor. A.J. began acting early in life, doing commercials and print work - then at 7, playing Natalie Cole's son (actually starring Natalie Cole) in The Natalie Cole Story. He also hosted 13 episodes of the music show Open Your Ears on YTV. A.J. won the 2012 "Best Performance in a TV Series" (Recurring Young Actor 17-21) at the Young Artist Awards in Los Angeles. A.J. is also a two-time nominee at the "Marty Awards" with honorable mention, which are given out for achievement in the arts by the Community of Mississauga. In 2010, A.J. traveled to India to build a school with the organization "Free The Children". A documentary of the trip was made for MuchMusic in Canada. A.J. was also seen throughout Asia, USA and Canada in the 2013 Canada Day "Roots" store campaign posters.
Cristine began playing the quirky Imogen in Degrassi 's eleventh season. Her previous credits include The Latest Buzz and the feature films Your Beautiful Cul de Sac Home and Stir of Echoes. Other projects include two shows, Really Me and Totally Amp'd and a Nickelodeon tv movie Nicky Deuce, starring many actors from the acclaimed HBO series The Sopranos. Cristine is a classically trained singer (alto, soprano, classical pop and belt) and an accomplished dancer (jazz, lyrical and hip hop).
Prior to joining Degrassi, Aislinn played pre-teen sister, Hannah to Jamie Johnston (a Degrassi alumnus), in the television series Zoey Busiek: Wildcard and Isabella in the HBO series Tell Me You Love Me. Aislinn also earned the role of Beth Ellen in the Disney reboot of the Nickelodeon classic Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars. In 2013, Aislinn was nominated for inaugural Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series. Aislinn is also very passionate about her work she does with Free The Children. She traveled to Ecuador with her Degrassi castmates in 2008. She loved it so much that she went again in 2010 to India, in 2011 to Haiti, and in 2012 to Ghana. Aislinn was honoured to be asked to speak to youth crowds of 20 000+ students at the We Day events in Toronto, Winnipeg, and Saskatoon.
Eric made his television series debut as Miles in Degrassi's thirteenth season. Currently attending high school, Eric's professional acting career began only six months before joining Degrassi with the "Hockey is Ours" commercial for Nike. Eric's talent doesn't end at acting - he has sung and played guitar and piano at local festivals and cafés. In school theatre productions, Eric has played the roles of Willie Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Mowgli in The Jungle Book. In his spare time, Eric enjoys soccer, water and downhill skiing, wake boarding and hockey.
Spencer made his television series debut as Hunter mid-way through Degrassi's thirteenth season. Before joining the show, Spencer appeared in school productions of Anne of Green Gables, Oliver, Guys and Dolls, A Christmas Carol, Beauty and the Beast, Into the Woods and Seussical.
Lyle Lettau made his television drama series debut in the eleventh season of Degrassi. Lyle started working at age 10, appearing in several commercials including Wal-Mart, World Wildlife Fund, Hess Trucks, SportChek and Leap Frog Toys. Lyle's other television credits include the voice of Alan "The Brain" Powers in the animated series Arthur and Postcards from Buster. Lyle also appeared in the independent films The Frog Prince and Beat a Path. In addition to acting from such an early age, Lyle has managed to explore other interests as varied as competing in horse shows and working as a funeral director's assistant. Lyle is inspired by Hollywood glamour, Grindhouse films, Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol and Quentin Tarantino.
Edmonton native Andre Kim fell in love with acting when he performed in The Princess and the Pea with Toronto's "Liberty Junction" theatre group. A student of Cawthra Park's drama program, Andre joined the cast of Degrassi as Winston Chu in its thirteenth season. It was Andre's first ever television role.
With over 20 television and film credits to his name, Demetrius Joyette joined the cast of Degrassi in its twelfth season as hockey jock Mike Dallas. Prior to Degrassi, he appeared in three seasons of The Family Channel's Wingin' It and three seasons of The Latest Buzz starring alongside Degrassi castmates Justin Kelly and Munro Chambers. A four time Young Artist Award nominee, Demetrius also enjoys Karate and plays guitar in his spare time.
Ricardo Hoyos has a wide range of television and film experience including roles on Dino Dan, R.L. Stine's The Haunting Hour, Haven, The Jon Dore Show, The Rick Mercer Report, Outlander, Forever, 'Til Death Do Us Part, What You Eat, Good Morning World, The Secret of the Nutcracker and Back in '93. Ricardo had a lead role in the movie Toronto Stories which premiered at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival and again in 2010, premiered at TIFF in the short film The Armoire. This performance garnered him a Young Artist Award nomination in the category "Best Actor in a Short Film". In 2011, Ricardo was nominated for and won a Young Artist Award in the category "Outstanding Young Ensemble in a TV Series" for Dino Dan. In 2013, Ricardo shot the film Billy The Kid.
Ana Golja joined the cast of Degrassi in its thirteenth season with a wide range of experience in front of the camera. Ana's television credits include How to Be Indie, Flashpoint, Life With Boys, Vacation With Derek, Little Mosque on the Prairie, 1-800-MISSING, In God's Country, King of Sorrow, Connor Undercover, What's Up Warthogs and Clue. Ana's theatre credits include The Sound of Music (Mirvish Productions Toronto) and Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Ana is also very passionate about her work with Free The Children. She traveled to Nicaragua with her Degrassi castmates in 2013. Ana was honoured to be asked to speak to a crowd of 15,000 students at the "We Day" in Saskatoon. When Ana is not shooting Degrassi, you can find her practicing opera with her vocal coach and taking dance lessons.
Nikki joined the cast of Degrassi in season 12 as the blunt and unapologetic Grace, a fixture in the rubber room. Prior to joining the show, Nikki starred in Unnatural & Accidental (feature) and two short films The Birthday and I'm Telling. Nikki currently lives in Vancouver and loves her pet snakes.
Munro Chambers joined the cast of Degrassi in its tenth season as the dark and mysterious Eli Goldworthy. Munro's previous credits include Cracked, The Latest Buzz (for which he received a Gemini nomination), Beethoven's Christmas Adventure, Murder in the Hamptons, Godsend (Robert DeNiro, Greg Kinnear and Rebecca Romijn), A Wrinkle in Time, Bailey's Billion$ (Tim Curry, Jennifer Tilley, Dean Cain and John Lovitz), Good Fences to name a few. Munro has traveled to India, Haiti, Ghana and Nicaragua to build schools with the organization "Free The Children". In 2011, Munro was in the running for a Shorty Award (honouring the best people and organizations producing short-form, real-time social media content) in the "Actor" category. In spring 2014, Munro was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program. Munro was ranked third overall, just behind Neil Patrick Harris and Ian Somerhalder. In 2011 and 2012 Munro presented at the MuchMusic Video Awards. Munro also co-hosted Free The Children's first ever U.S. "We Day" event in Seattle.
Mississauga native Ehren Kassam joins the cast of Degrassi as Jonah, the rocker with a strong love for God. Ehren stepped on the stage in grade five to perform in his school's rendition of A Christmas Carol and has never looked back. Since then, Ehren has performed in many musical theatre productions including Oliver Twist, A Midsummer's Night Dream and as the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland. Ehren studies musical theatre, dance, vocal and performance training in school and also plays piano, guitar, ukulele and a little drums. His band "Eleanor Shore" was formed in 2013 with friends Eric Osborne (Miles on Degrassi) and Connor Dupont.
No stranger to the camera, Reiya joins the cast of Degrassi with a number of acting credits to her name including Made (the movie), ReGenesis, Nikita, The Border, Da Kink in My Hair, Time Tremors, and The Jon Dore Show. Reiya played sisters with her real life sister Riele in the Mark Wahlberg movie Four Brothers. Another of Reiya's passions is studying dance. In her earlier years, she performed during the half-time show at a Toronto Argonauts' game. Beyond dancing, Reiya takes vocal lessons and plans to study animation.
Joining the cast of Degrassi in season 14 marks Amanda's first job in the television industry. The Toronto native is a self-professed nerd when it comes to her taste in TV and movies (Game of Thrones, Buffy and Harry Potter) and she likes to binge-watch them all. When she's not shooting Degrassi, Amanda is usually playing soccer, doing yoga or listening to music (Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and 50's rock and roll). Amanda is also fluent in Spanish.
Luke Bilyk has been taking on the role of super jock Drew Torres on Degrassi since season 10. Most recently, Luke is shooting with Lost Girl when he's not busy with Degrassi. Within the last few years, Luke also filmed an episode of CTV's Flashpoint ("The War Within") and had a recurring role on the series Really Me for the Family Channel. Luke's previous credits include The Jon Dore Show, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Death to Smoochy, Aurora Borealis, Cartoons Gene, The Spot Hunters, My Babysitter's a Vampire and over 20 commercials. Luke is an avid supporter of the organization "Free The Children" (FTC). In 2010, Luke traveled to India to build a school with FTC and again to Haiti in 2011. A documentary for both trips was made for MuchMusic in Canada. Luke has also presented at the FTC "We Day" events in Vancouver and Saskatchewan and co-hosted "National We Day" in Ottawa. Luke's hosting credits include the "Miss Teen Canada World Pageant" (2011-2013), "America's Next Top Model" three-day event (2012) and the largest youth-run empowerment event of its kind, the CMIC "Count Me In" Conference, which was recognized by MPP Dipika Damerla in Parliament. In 2012, Luke was recognized by US Weekly Magazine one of the "Top 100 up-and-coming male celebrities to look out for". Luke has also participated in the Marc Baur workshop Intensive Film/Television as well as the Lindsay Graham workshop in Los Angeles, CA. In his spare time, Luke enjoys hockey, soccer, dirt biking, swimming, trampolining & drums.