Stacey Farber

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Stacey Farber
Born (1987-08-25) August 25, 1987 (age 32)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
EducationThe New School (Eugene Lang College division)
Years active2002–present

Stacey Farber (born August 25, 1987[1]) is a Canadian actress. She is known for playing Ellie Nash in seasons 2 through 7 of the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. From 2010–2011, she starred in the CBC series 18 to Life with fellow Canadian Michael Seater of Life with Derek.[2][3] From 2014 to 2017, Farber played Sydney Katz on the Canadian medical drama Saving Hope.


In her role as Ellie Nash on Degrassi: The Next Generation, Farber plays a troubled young girl who has problems with depression and cutting, while dealing with an alcoholic mother. Stacey started off as a recurring character in the show's second season, but was promoted to a regular role in the third season and continued until the end of season seven. For her work on Degrassi, Stacey was nominated for Canada's top acting award, a Gemini Award, in the category 'Best Performance in a Youth Program or Series'.[4][5][better source needed]

In addition to playing Ellie in Degrassi, Farber also appeared in the 2001 Canadian short film Bagatelle. She played Young Kathryn in the 2002 crime film, Narc, she guest starred as Lacy Sanders on an episode of the television drama Doc, and guest hosted the 2004-05 season finale of The N's Best Friend's Date. She also plays Mary in the animated science fiction series Dark Oracle. As well, she appeared as herself in Instant Star and in 2006 she had a mini-series on The N's The Click titled Stacey's NYC 101. In addition to her screen work, Farber has appeared in various stage productions, including Love, Loss and What I Wore.[6]

Farber was also one of the last three actresses auditioning for the self-titled role in Juno, which Ellen Page eventually landed.[7] Coincidentally, Daniel Clark, who acted as her onscreen love interest for two seasons of Degrassi, originally auditioned for the role of Bleeker, Juno's love interest. The role eventually went to Michael Cera, while Clark landed a smaller role as jock Steve Rendazo.

From 2010–2011, Farber starred in 18 to Life with Michael Seater. The CBC/CW[8] series featured Seater marrying literal girl-next-door Farber at age 18, against both sets of parents' wishes.[6] The pilot was actually filmed in 2008 in Montreal, with the further eleven episodes filmed in summer 2010.[9] Critic Raju Mudhar wrote in the Toronto Star that the series had an "almost Juno-like quality". While disliking the series, he suggested the leads have "some chemistry and both are compelling, young actors to watch."[10] The two were described as "getting along famously" in real life, having met only for the TV movie Degrassi Goes Hollywood.[6] Farber's mother on the series was played by Angela Asher, who appeared with Farber before that in Made... The Movie.[11] The series was nominated for a Gemini Award for best ensemble performance.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Farber was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is from a Jewish family.[13][14][15][16] She graduated in 2005 from the all-girls private school Branksome Hall. Farber completed her first year of university at York University in Toronto in 2007.[17] She transferred to and, in 2009, graduated from The New School university's Eugene Lang College in New York and was an intern at Teen Vogue. She finished her internship in Teen Vogue's Web Department in May 2008; her last Intern Blog entry was made on May 8, 2008.[citation needed]


Television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Narc Young Kathryn Film
2002–2008 Degrassi: The Next Generation Eleanor "Ellie" Nash Recurring role (season 2); main role (seasons 3–7); 74 episodes
2004 Doc Lacy Sanders Episode: "Searching for Bonnie Fisher"
2004 Dark Oracle Mary Voice role; [unknown episodes]
2006 Orpheus Petty Television movie
2006 Booky Makes Her Mark Audrey Television movie
2007 King of Sorrow Des Film
2008 Rewind Georgina Beckett Short film
2009 Degrassi Goes Hollywood Eleanor "Ellie" Nash Television movie
2010 Flashpoint Tracey Episode: "Unconditional Love"
2010 Made... The Movie Emerson Television movie
2010–2011 18 to Life Jessie Hill Main role
2012 Cult E.J Recurring role; 6 episodes
2014 Rookie Blue Courtney Episode: "Blink"
2014–2017 Saving Hope Sydney Katz Main role (season 3); guest role (seasons 4–5); 16 episodes
2015 Take It from Us Aly Unsold television pilot
2016 Flashback Paige Briar Television movie
2017 Chicago Justice Kerry Schmidt Episode: "Drill"
2017 The Brave Cassie Conner Episode: "Moscow Rules"
2018 Grace and Frankie Jo Episode: "The Lockdown", "The Expiration Date"
2018 UnReal Robin Carr 2 episodes
2018 Schitt's Creek Rachel 1 episode


  1. ^ "Stacey Farber". Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  2. ^ "Zap2it". ABC Seeks Comedy Life in Canada. Retrieved July 29, 2008.
  3. ^ Exton, Emily (August 3, 2010). "'18 to Life' premieres tonight: More Stacey Farber, please". Popwatch (Entertainment Weekly). Retrieved August 19, 2010.
  4. ^ "Degrassi Nominated for 3 Gemini Awards in '09". Kary's Degrassi Blog. Retrieved 2015-11-09.
  5. ^ "24th ANNUAL GEMINI AWARDS NOMINATIONS" (PDF). The Globe and Mail. August 25, 2009. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c Zekas, Rita (February 17, 2011). "Zekas: An archeological dig through Badlands". The Star. Toronto. Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  7. ^ "National Post". The reality of a TV life for a real life television star. Archived from the original on May 16, 2008. Retrieved May 13, 2008.
  8. ^ "CBC's 18 to Life to air on CW in U.S." Toronto. 15 July 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
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  10. ^ Mudhar, Raju (January 4, 2010). "Mudhar: Can't count on laughs in 18 to Life". The Star. Toronto. Archived from the original on 2016-11-10. Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  11. ^ Zekas, Rita (April 24, 2010). "Bend and stretch and reach for a good cause". The Star. Toronto. Retrieved 2017-05-09.
  12. ^ "Flashpoint leads Gemini TV contenders". Toronto. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  13. ^ "Degrassi's Jewish cast members share love for their TV program". Jewish Tribune. Toronto. 9 February 2008. Archived from the original on 12 September 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  14. ^ "Jewish cast members excited about Degrassi movie". Jewish Tribune. 26 August 2009. Archived from the original on 12 September 2014. Retrieved 18 May 2013. Epstein and Jewish actress Stacey Farber are front and centre in Paradise City...
  15. ^ "Lasplash". Degrassi - My Introduction. Retrieved June 26, 2006.
  16. ^ "Document2" (PDF). Jewish Tribune. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-08-24.
  17. ^ "Media – York student plays role on York graduate's teen TV drama". July 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-03-06.

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