Ever since The N now TeenNick brought the drama-licious series to the States in the early s, we've been hooked. Wondering what your favorite characters from Degrassi Community School are up to today? Read on to find out. And hey, we have to say it: Whatever it takes, we know you can make it through! For nine seasons, Miriam McDonald played the role of Emma Nelson, whose friendship with Manny Santos and relationship with Sean Cameron were main focal points of 'Degrassi' throughout the early seasons.
As the determined activist Emma, McDonald's character dealt with a wealth of issues, including anorexia, bulimia and even an STD. Ultimately, Emma ends up drunkenly marrying Spinner and decides to stay with him when realizing that they really do love each other. During her time on 'Degrassi,' McDonald also starred in the Lifetime movie 'She's Too Young,' playing a promiscuous teen who contracts syphillis. McDonald has also stayed close with her 'Degrassi' besties, frequently tweeting them and Instagramming pictures of her and Cassie Steele Manny.
As Emma's BFF, Cassie Steele's Manny underwent quite the transformation throughout her time on 'Degrassi,' going from an innocent young girl to becoming pregnant with Craig's baby and ultimately choosing abortion to dating Jay and becoming an actress in 'Degrassi Goes Hollywood.
In addition to acting, Steele has also focused on her music career, releasing two albums, going on tour and releasing an EP in That same year, she landed her biggest role since 'Degrassi,' starring as Abby Vargas on the short-lived series 'The L.
After the shooting, Jimmy was confined to a wheelchair for the rest of the series, dashing his dreams of playing basketball -- but opening the door to a career in music.
But he hasn't forgotten his 'Degrassi' roots, even coming up with a 'Wheelchair Jimmy' dance move for one of his biggest hits, 'The Motto. Lauren Collins played popular cheerleader Paige Michalchuk, 'Degrassi's' resident mean girl for the first few seasons of the show. Over time, she reforms and deals with such issues as rape, drug use, anxiety and her relationship with Alex. Her series-long friendship with Marco comes to blows in 'Degrassi Goes Hollywood,' where it is ultimately hinted that the two are no longer friends.
Though primarily known for her 'Degrassi' fame, Collins has acted steadily both during and after her run on the show, most notably with a recurring role on the Disney Channel show 'Life with Derek' and in the film 'Charlie Bartlett.
Daniel Clark played the rough-around-the-edges Sean Cameron, who, despite his tough background, has a heart of gold. He dates Emma on-and-off throughout the series as well as Ellie, for a time until he and Emma eventually call it quits for good when Sean joins the army. In , Clark had his second biggest role to date with a bit part in 'Juno. She joins Craig's band, and in one particularly memorable episode, gets high on Ecstasy.
Ashley eventually ends up touring with Craig in Europe. After her run on 'Degrassi,' McIntyre stayed out of the public eye for quite some time. In , she re-emerged as a member of the band Fortune, and is currently on Twitter.
As Craig Manning, Jake Epstein played one of the cutest guys of 'Degrassi,' but, like his fellow classmates had his fair share of drama. Throughout the show, the Downtown Sasquatch musician dated Ashley, Manny and Ellie, and suffered through bipolar disorder, a cocaine addiction and an abusive father. After 'Degrassi,' Epstein set his sights on a musical theater career, starring in several national tours, with main roles in 'Spring Awakening' and 'American Idiot.
Turn Off the Dark' on Broadway. Before any of the other 'Degrassi: Junior High' and 'Degrassi High' series. Brogren has been portraying the character for over 15 years, with plot lines surrounding everything from Snake's marriage to Emma's mom Spike, undergoing chemotherapy to becoming principal of the school.
During his time on 'Degrassi,' Brogren has also expanded his career to the other side of the camera, becoming both a director and producer of the show. Brogren continues to portray Snake on the series, and in served as a producer and director on 'The L.
Complex,' on which Cassie Steele starred. For eight seasons, Jake Goldsbie played the bespectacled Toby Isaacs, Ashley's younger, nerdier step-brother. He was best friends with J. Yorke and traumatized after J. Apart from appearing in one episode of 'Being Erica' in , Goldsbie retired from acting after 'Degrassi. Shane Kippel's Spinner Mason was one of the 'Degrassi' characters most synonymous with the show.
Spinner started off as a bully but soon transformed, becoming best friends with Jimmy and having an impressive dating resume, which included Paige, Manny, Jane and ultimately Emma.
During his nine years on the show, Spinner deals with the drama of his various romantic relationships, his guilt over bullying Rick the classmate who shoots Jimmy , the horror of testicular cancer and eventually being shot himself though he recovers. You can listen to them here and follow Kippel on Twitter and Instagram. Stacey Farber portrayed Ellie Nash, who, in the beginning of the series, handles her mother's alcoholism and her dad's military absence by cutting herself.
She dates Sean for a while, eventually moving in with him after her mom accidentally sets their apartment on fire. However, she and Sean break up and Ellie heads off to college with Marco and Paige, where she discovers her love of journalism. She is last seen in 'Degrassi Goes Hollywood,' where she eventually gets together with her longtime crush, Craig. Interestingly enough, Farber has seemingly followed in Ellie's career footsteps.
After graduating from Parsons School of Design where she had multiple internships at fashion magazines , Farber currently serves as the executive editor for the scarf company Lilogi. She is also still acting, and had roles in the television shows '18 to Life' and 'Cult. Liberty Van Zandt, played by Sarah Barrable-Tishauer, was one of 'Degrassi's' most strong-willed, determined female students. Throughout the series, Liberty dates J. She ultimately goes to college and rooms with Emma and Manny.
She has instead become a graphic designer and works as a communications consultant. Adamo Ruggiero played Marco, the series' first openly gay character. As such, his time on the show often revolved around the struggle of coming out and dealing with hate crimes and violence due to his sexual orientation. After graduating from 'Degrassi,' he went to college with Paige and Ellie, but presumably ended his friendship with Paige in 'Degrassi Takes Hollywood.
Ruggiero, who came out in real life in , was the host of 'The Next Star' from Most recently, Ruggiero starred in the 'Truth or Dare Show,' a stage reading of a Madonna documentary.
He is still close with his castmates, particularly Lauren Collins and Stacey Farber, and the trio frequently tweet each other. She ultimately moved to Kenya. In , Grimes got her mainstream break by starring as Annie Wilson in The CW's ',' a character she played throughout the show's run. In , she tied the knot with musician Josh Beech. Nina Dobrev got her big break playing Mia Jones, a young teen mom who transfers to 'Degrassi' from their rival school, Lakehurst, in Season 6. Much of Mia's plotlines surrounded the difficulties of being a young mom and her struggle to balance her modeling career with school.
She was last seen reportedly locking lips with Liam Hemsworth. Charlotte Arnold Holly J. Driven and bossy with a sarcastic streak, Charlotte Arnold's character Holly J. Sinclair commanded the school. Over the course of the series, she dates Blue Chessex, Declan and Sav. She ultimately has kidney failure due to a staph infection and is forced to go on dialysis, but, in true Holly J.
Before starring on 'Degrassi,' Arnold played the titular character on the series 'Naturally, Sadie. After leaving 'Degrassi' in , Arnold has not appeared on screen since. She is, however, active on social media and you can follow her on Instagram here. Aislinn Paul's character, Clare, was first introduced on the show as Darcy's nerdy little sister.
As her character developed, Clare soon grew more complex and shed her know-it-all image. She was best known for her friendship with Alli and her on-and-off relationship with Eli, which has become a fan favorite. Paul continues to portray Clare on 'Degrassi. You can follow Aislinn Paul on Twitter here. Munro Chambers plays the emo Eli Goldsworthy, whose on-and-off relationship with Clare is one of the show's main plotlines in the later seasons.
In addition to his relationship with Clare, Eli is a good friend to transgendered classmate Adam Torres, but also gets involved with drugs, including pot and MDMA, a form of ecstasy. Like Aislinn Paul, Chambers still stars as Eli on the show. In the last season, he attends NYU after graduating from 'Degrassi' and reveals he has cheated on Clare while at school.
However, she forgives him and the two resume their relationship. Follow Munro Chambers on Twitter here.