Cassie Steele

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Cassie Steele
Robin Wong TIFF Schmooze Cassie Steele.jpg
Background information
Birth name Cassandra Rae Steele
Born (1989-12-02) December 2, 1989 (age 24)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Genres Grunge, alternative rock, indie pop, indie rock
Occupations Actress, singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2001–present
Website www.cassiesteele.com

Cassandra Rae "Cassie" Steele (born December 2, 1989) is a Canadian actress and singer-songwriter best known for portraying Manny Santos on Degrassi: The Next Generation and Abby on The L.A. Complex.

Life and career[edit]

1989-2001: Early life and career beginnings[edit]

Steele was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She began crafting her own songs to go with her poetry when she was in the first grade, she then began taking singing lessons. She attended London School of Dance in Scarborough, Ontario and trained in ballet and jazz dance. Steele is the older sister of Alexa (Alex) Steele, who appeared on Degrassi: The Next Generation as Angie Jeremiah in seasons one through five and as Tori Santamaria in seasons eleven and twelve.

2001-2010: Degrassi: The Next Generation[edit]

In 2001, Steele appeared on an episode of Relic Hunter as the ten-year-old version of Sydney Fox.

Since she was eleven years old, Steele has appeared as a regular cast member on Degrassi: The Next Generation playing the character of Manny Santos. She played the role for nine years, before exiting the show in 2010. She has also appeared in three Degrassi TV films: Degrassi Spring Break Movie, Degrassi Goes Hollywood and Degrassi Takes Manhattan.

During the filming of Degrassi, Steele also starred in the MTV movie Super Sweet 16: The Movie and My Babysitter's a Vampire and had recurring roles in The Best Years and Instant Star.

Steele has also embarked on a music career. Her debut album, How Much for Happy, was released in 2005, followed by two Canadian tours. Steele's follow-up album, Destructo Doll, was released on July 21, 2009. She appeared on Channel One News to promote the album for the music segment.

2011-present: The L.A. Complex and other projects[edit]

In 2011, Steele was cast as Abby Vargas in the series The L.A. Complex, which premiered on CTV and Much Music on January 10, 2012, and aired regularly on Much Music. On the same day as the premiere, the series was officially picked up by The CW to begin airing in the United States in the spring. It was renewed for a second season, which aired simultaneously on both Much Music and The CW that summer. The L.A. Complex was officially cancelled on December 20, 2012.

On April 17, 2012, Steele released the extended-play "Shifty" to iTunes. On April 1, 2014, her single "Mad" was released to iTunes. The official lyric video premiered on her VEVO page one day prior.

She starred as Valerie Vont in the Lifetime film Sorority Surrogate, which was released on March 22, 2014. She will appear as Sarah in the film The Dorm later in the year.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Album Information
How Much for Happy
  • Released: March 15, 2005 (CAN)
    April 26, 2005 (US)
  • Label: Bullseye Canada, Rob'N'Steal Productions
  • Canadian sales: 25,000
  • Canadian Certification: Gold
  • Official Singles:
    • 2005: "Bluebird"
    • 2005: "Famous"
Destructo Doll
  • Released: July 21, 2009
  • Label: Independent, Rob'N'Steal Productions
  • Canadian sales: 25,000
  • Canadian Certification: Gold
  • Official Singles
    • 2009: "Mr. Colson"
    • 2009: "Go Dark"

EPs[edit]

Album Information
Shifty
  • Released: April 17, 2012
  • Label: Independent
Patterns
  • Released: August 12, 2014
  • Label: Independent

Other songs[edit]

  • "Things That God Cannot Explain" (2005)
  • "Pavement" (2008) (featured on Songs from Instant Star 4)
  • "Crash My Party" (2009) (featured on Degrassi Goes Hollywood: Music from the Original Movie)
  • "Life Is a Show" (2009) (featured on Degrassi Goes Hollywood: Music from the Original Movie)
  • "One Saturday Night Away" (2009) (featured on Degrassi Goes Hollywood: Music from the Original Movie; with the cast of Degrassi Goes Hollywood)
  • "Something Sexy" (2010) (single release)
  • "I Trust You" (2010) (featured on Degrassi Takes Manhattan: The Heat Is On (Music from the Original Movie); with fictional band The Studs)
  • "Grain" (2010) (single release)
  • "Mad" (2014) (single release)

Filmography[edit]

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2001 Relic Hunter Sydney Fox - Age 10 Episode: "Sydney at Ten"
2001–2010 Degrassi: The Next Generation Manny Santos Seasons 1-9 (Series regular)
2003 Full-Court Miracle Julie TV movie
2004 Doc Heidi Euchi Episode: "No Pain, No Gain"
2007 Super Sweet 16: The Movie Sophie TV movie
2007 The Best Years Lucy Ramirez-Montoya 3 Episodes
2007 'Da Kink in My Hair Girl Episode: "Fass & Facety"
2008 Instant Star Blu 5 episodes
2008 Degrassi Spring Break Movie Manny Santos TV Movie
2009 Degrassi Goes Hollywood Manny Santos TV movie
2010 Degrassi Takes Manhattan Manny Santos TV movie
2010 My Babysitter's a Vampire Rochelle TV movie
2012 L.A. Complex, TheThe L.A. Complex Abby Vargas Lead role
2014 Sorority Surrogate TV movie Main role
2014 The Dorm TV movie Main role

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