Jordan Todosey

Jordan Todosey (born February 8, 1995) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her role as the first transgender character, Adam Torres, on the long-running TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation[1] and as Lizzie McDonald on Life with Derek.

Jordan Todosey
Todosey in November 2010
Born (1995-02-08) February 8, 1995
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Years active2005–present
Known forDegrassi: The Next Generation

Early life

Todosey was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and began working as a child actor at a young age, making appearances in series such as Instant Star (2004–2008), Life with Derek (2005–2009) and Flashpoint (2008–2012).



Todosey with series creator Linda Schuyler at the 70th Annual Peabody Awards

Todosey is perhaps best known for playing transgender character, Adam Torres, in the Degrassi franchise, becoming the first actor to portray a transgender character in the show's 30-year history.[1]

For her performance, Todosey won a Gemini Award in 2011, for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series,[2][3] and the two-part episode "My Body Is a Cage" has also been widely recognized, including winning a Peabody Award in 2011, citing that Todosey "beautifully portrayed" a transgender character.[4][5]

When Todosey's character was killed off from the series in 2013, controversy ensued,[6][7][8] including a statement from GLAAD condemning the decision to kill off Todosey's character, while also calling Todosey's performance "authentic, multi-dimensional..."[9]

Linda Schuyler, one of the show's creators, defended the choice to kill the character, saying in a statement that Todosey's storyline "will affect even more lives in an authentic way…"[10]

Other work

Todosey played Lizzie McDonald in the series Life with Derek and the spin-off movie Vacation with Derek. She also appeared in one episode of Flashpoint; in The Pacifier as a Firefly (Girl Scout); and in The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio as Tuff Ryan at 9 years old. She also voiced the main character, Willa, on the animated TV series Willa's Wild Life. She starred in Santa Baby as Amelia.[11]

In 2015, she co-starred with Henry Rollins and Boo Boo Stewart in the thriller He Never Died. She is currently appearing as Tracey in Between and also recently appears in Murdoch Mysteries.[12]


Year Title Role Notes
2005 The Pacifier Firefly Girl
2005 The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio Tuff Ryan at 9 yrs
2005–2009 Life With Derek Lizzie McDonald 70 episodes, main character
Nominated—Young Artist Award for Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)
2006 Instant Star Helen "Problem Child"
2006 Santa Baby Amelia Won—Golden Sheaf Award for Best Female Performance
2007 Friends and Heroes Sophia TV series (1 episode)
2007 The Stone Angel Lottie (age 9)
2008 Flashpoint Phoebe Swanson "First in Line"
2009 Willa's Wild Life Willa Main role (voice)
2010 Vacation with Derek Lizzie McDonald TV movie
2010 The Good Witch's Gift Jodi TV movie
2010–2013 Degrassi Adam Torres TV series; 78 episodes
Gemini Award for Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series
2011 Rookie Blue Esther Episode: "Heart & Sparks"
2012 Secrets of Eden Tina McBradden TV movie
2013 Saving Hope Arwen TV series (1 episode)
2015 He Never Died Andrea
2015–2016 Between Tracey Creeker TV series
2016 Murdoch Mysteries Fen (1 episode)
2016 Sweetblood Lucy
2017 Wishfart Tsuni (voice) TV series
2020 Hudson and Rex Alicia (1 episode)


  1. "'Degrassi': We interview creator Linda Schuyler before ep 300 airs". Retrieved 2016-06-25.
  2. "26th Gemini Awards Nominee List" (PDF). Gemini Awards. 3 August 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 October 2011. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
  3. "2011 Gemini Awards Presented in Drama, Children's or Youth, Comedy and Variety Categories" (PDF). Gemini Awards. 31 August 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 December 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
  4. "'Degrassi' episode wins Peabody Award | Toronto Star". Retrieved 2016-06-25.
  5. "Degrassi: My Body Is A Cage". Retrieved 2016-06-25.
  6. "Degrassi: Fan Favorite Dies". Retrieved 2016-06-25.
  7. "Dear Writers, I Will Not Allow You to Quietly Bury Your Queers | Bitch Flicks". Retrieved 2016-06-25.
  8. "Invisibility: Why TV needs Adam Torres". Thoughts by Erica. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
  9. "Sad turn for Adam on "Degrassi" in last night's episode (Spoiler)". 2013-08-16. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
  10. Swift, Andy (2013-08-16). "'Degrassi' Shocker: Adam's Fate Revealed In Emotional Episode". Hollywood Life. Retrieved 2016-06-25.
  11. Jordan Todosey (Santa Baby)
  12. "Rollins joined on screen to He Never Died by the Twilight franchise star Boo Boo Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Kate Greenhouse (The Dark Hours), Jordan Todosey ("Degrassi: The Next Generation"), and Steven Ogg". Gemini Awards. 31 August 2011. Retrieved 1 September 2011.
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