Miriam McDonald

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Miriam McDonald
Born 1987
Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Occupation Actress
Years active 1998–present

Miriam McDonald (born 1987[1]) is a Canadian actress best known for playing the lead[2] female character Emma Nelson on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation.[3][2][4]


McDonald focused on acting, landing a job in the series, System Crash, in 1999. McDonald found a niche as a voice-over actress, after she was cast in 2001 to participate in a cartoon series named Ripping Friends. She has done a total of 39 voice-over jobs.

In 2000, she was cast as Emma Nelson in Degrassi: The Next Generation, a spin-off of the successful Degrassi series.

In 2004, she played Dawn Gensler in the made-for-television movie She's Too Young. She also had a guest role on the Canadian Family show Naturally, Sadie as Heidi.

In 2008, she played Danielle "Daisy" Brooks in the made-for-television erotic-thriller movie, Poison Ivy: The Secret Society.

In 2013, she got two roles in the popular Canadian TV-show Lost Girl and also made an appearance in Orphan Black.


Year Title Role Notes
1999 System Crash TV series
2001 Pecola "Chewy" (or "Chuie"/"Chewie"/"Little Chu")[when?] TV series
The Ripping Friends Additional Voices[when?] TV series
2001–2010 Degrassi: The Next Generation Emma Nelson Main role Seasons 1-9, debuted October 14
2004 She's Too Young Dawn Gensler TV movie, debuted February 16
Blue Murder Lucy Wentworth season 4 episode 5 (44 overall) "Boarders" debuted May 19
2005 Karma Samantha Video
2007 Naturally, Sadie Heidi season 2 episode 25 (49 overall) "As Bad as It Gets", debuted January 7
The Poet Willa film, debuted June 21
Devil's Diary Heather TV movie, debuted September 22
2008 Sea Beast Carly McKenna TV movie, debuted June 30
Poison Ivy: The Secret Society Danielle "Daisy" Brooks TV movie, debuted July 27
2012 XIII: The Series Sasha Episode 19: "Gauntlet"
2013 Lost Girl twins season 3: Riley (at time credited as "Hot Fae") in episode 5 (40 overall) "Faes Wide Shut" (debuted February 10), then Anita in episode 11 (46 overall) "Adventures in Fae-bysitting" (debuted March 31)
Orphan Black Madison season 1, episode 5: "Conditions of Existence" (debuted April 27)
2014 Wolves Haley
2015 It Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked About Moments herself
2016 Degrassi: Next Class Emma Nelson-Mason Guest Star: Season 2, episode 5 "#ThrowBackThursday"


  1. ^ McDonald, Miriam (30 May 2005). "Miriam McDonald Exclusive Interview". Now the whole Degrassi empire if I can call it that, has been around for 25 years, but because I was born in ’87, I missed a lot of those years 
  2. ^ a b "Degrassi where are they now". EOnline.Com. Archived from the original on 21 January 2014. Nelson was the reboot's female lead as she was the child of the original series' fan favorite, Spike 
  3. ^ Reilly, Kaitlin (19 June 2015). "Where is Emma from degrassi today, Miriam McDonald is not a rapper". Bustle.Com. McDonald also mentioned updates about her real estate career 
  4. ^ "Celebrities: Miriam McDonald". TVguide.Com. 

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