Cassie Steele

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Cassie Steele
Cassie Steele (cropped).jpg
Born (1989-12-02) December 2, 1989 (age 32)
  • Actress
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2001–present
(m. 2018)
Musical career

Cassandra Rae Steele (born December 2, 1989[1]) is a Canadian actress and singer best known for portraying Manny Santos on Degrassi: The Next Generation and Abby Vargas on The L.A. Complex. In 2014, she played Sarah in the MTV horror television movie The Dorm. She also voices Tammy Gueterman and Tricia Lange in Adult Swim's Rick and Morty.

Early and personal life[edit]

Steele is of British descent on her father's side[citation needed] and Filipina descent on her mother's side.[2] 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. She was also a gymnast for an unspecified amount of time.

Steele married American actor Trent Garrett in 2018.[3]


2001: Fib Finder[edit]

In 2001, Steele first appeared in a Fib Finder commercial alongside Cristine Rotenberg (Simply Nailogical[4])

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 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 Disney film Full Court Miracle as well as 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.

On August 12, 2014, Steele released the album "Patterns" to iTunes. The official video for "Games" was released the same year on September 1, and it premiered on her VEVO page. Steele released the single "Power" shortly afterwards. It was released to iTunes on October 21, 2014.

Steele started the band "psychocandy" with Glint member Jase Blankfort in August 2019. Their single "Hunger" is available to stream on SoundCloud. On January 1, 2020, the band posted a photo on a new account on Instagram with the caption "2020."

In 2019, it was reported that Steele would voice the titular character in the Disney film Raya and the Last Dragon. On August 27, 2020, however, Steele was replaced by Kelly Marie Tran.[5]



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"


Album Information
  • Released: April 17, 2012
  • Label: Independent
  • 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)
  • "Power" (2014) (single release)


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 Main role (season 1–9); 128 episodes
2004 Full-Court Miracle Julie Television movie
2007 Super Sweet 16: The Movie Sophie Television movie
2007 The Best Years Lucy Ramirez-Montoya Recurring role; 3 episodes
2007 Da Kink in My Hair Girl Episode: "Fass & Facety"
2008 Instant Star Blu Recurring role; 5 episodes
2008 Degrassi Spring Break Movie Manny Santos TV movie
2009 Degrassi Goes Hollywood TV movie
2010 Degrassi Takes Manhattan TV movie
2010 My Babysitter's a Vampire Rochelle TV movie
2012 The L.A. Complex Abby Vargas Lead role
2014 Sorority Surrogate Valerie Vont TV movie, main role
2014 The Dorm Sarah TV movie, main role
2014–2021 Rick and Morty Tammy Gueterman, Tricia Lange Recurring role; 12 episodes
2015 Zombie Shark Amber Steele TV movie, main role
2016 Twist of Fate Kelly TV movie, main role
2017 Mississippi River Sharks Tara TV movie, main role
2018 Paint it Red Lana Independent film


  1. ^ Steele, Cassie [@cassandrasteele] (December 3, 2014). "I love you for all the wonderful 25th birthday wishes, you've made it my favourite age already! Goodbye 24, you sucked and I won't miss you" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Serrano, Kristine Lorraine (November 2, 2012). "Who is Cassie Steele?". The Philippine Star. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  3. ^ Hearon, Sarah (February 2021). "'Degrassi: The Next Generation' OGs: Where Are They Now?". Us Weekly. Retrieved September 11, 2021.
  4. ^ Cristine Rotenberg's "Reacting to my OLD COMMERCIALS as a child before YouTube" Video
  5. ^ "'Star Wars' Alum Kelly Marie Tran Replaces Cassie Steele as Lead in Disney's 'Raya and the Last Dragon'". The Wrap. August 27, 2020. Retrieved August 27, 2020.

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