Miriam McDonald

Miriam Katherine McDonald (born July 26, 1987[1]) is a Canadian actress best known for playing the lead[2] female role Emma Nelson on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation.[3][2][4]

Miriam McDonald
Miriam Katherine McDonald

(1987-07-26) July 26, 1987
Years active1998–present


McDonald focused on acting, playing a role in the series, System Crash, in 1999. McDonald found a job as a voiceover actress, after she was cast in 2001 in John K's animated show The Ripping Friends. She has done a total of 39 characters.

In 2001, she was cast as Emma Nelson in the CTV/The N drama 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 Family show Naturally, Sadie as Heidi.

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

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

In 2018, McDonald was part of Drake's music video for "I'm Upset", which took place during a Degrassi reunion.


Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1999 System Crash TV series
2001–2002 Pecola Chewy Main voice role
2001–2010 Degrassi: The Next Generation Emma Nelson Lead role (seasons 1–9), 138 episodes
2004 She's Too Young Dawn Gensler Television film
2004 Blue Murder Lucy Wentworth Episode: "Boarders"
2005 Karma Samantha Direct-to-video film
2007 Naturally, Sadie Heidi Episode 2.25: "As Bad as It Gets"
2007 The Poet Willa Film
2007 Devil's Diary Heather Television film
2008 Sea Beast Carly McKenna Television film
2008 Poison Ivy: The Secret Society Danielle "Daisy" Brooks Television film
2012 XIII: The Series Sasha Episode: "Gauntlet"
2013 Lost Girl Hot Fae / Anita Episodes: "Faes Wide Shut", "Adventures in Fae-bysitting"
2013 Orphan Black Madison Episode: "Conditions of Existence"
2014 Wolves Haley Film
2016 Degrassi: Next Class Emma Nelson-Mason Episode: "#ThrowBackThursday"
2018 A Veteran's Christmas Marnie Radcliffe Television film


  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. "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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