Stacey Farber

Stacey Farber (born August 25, 1987[1]) is a Canadian actress. She is known for playing Ellie Nash in seasons 2 through 8 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.

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


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]

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.[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.

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]

In October 2020, Farber was cast in the recurring role of Leslie Larr, described as a "hardened, world-worn dream killer", on the upcoming CW television series Superman & Lois.[13] In December 2020, she was cast in the recurring role of Tara Anderson in the third season Netflix drama series Virgin River.[14]

Personal life

Farber was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is from a Jewish family.[15][16][17][18] 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.[19] 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.


Television and film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2002–2009 Degrassi: The Next Generation Eleanor "Ellie" Nash Recurring role (seasons 2, 8); main role (seasons 3–7); 74 episodes
2002 Narc Young Kathryn Film
2004 Dark Oracle Mary Voice role; [unknown episodes]
2004 Doc Lacy Sanders Episode: "Searching for Bonnie Fisher"
2006 Booky Makes Her Mark Audrey Television film
2006 Orpheus Petty Television film
2007 King of Sorrow Des Television film
2009 Degrassi Goes Hollywood Eleanor "Ellie" Nash Television film
2010–2011 18 to Life Jessie Hill Main role
2010 Flashpoint Tracey Episode: "Unconditional Love"
2010 Made... The Movie Emerson Television film
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
2016 Flashback Paige Briar Television film
2017 The Brave Cassie Conner Episode: "Moscow Rules"
2017 Chicago Justice Kerry Schmidt Episode: "Drill"
2018 Grace and Frankie Jo Episodes: "The Expiration Date", "The Lockdown"
2018 Schitt's Creek Rachel Episode: "The Barbecue"
2018 UnREAL Robin Carr Episodes: "Confront", "Codependence"
2019 Animal Kingdom Tasmin Episodes: "Know Thy Enemy", "SHTF"
2019–2020 Diggstown Pam MacLean Main role
2021 Superman & Lois Leslie Larr Recurring role[13]


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  2. "Zap2it". ABC Seeks Comedy Life in Canada. Archived from the original on July 30, 2008. 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 November 9, 2015.
  5. "24th ANNUAL GEMINI AWARDS NOMINATIONS" (PDF). The Globe and Mail. August 25, 2009. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  6. Zekas, Rita (February 17, 2011). "Zekas: An archeological dig through Badlands". The Star. Toronto. Retrieved May 9, 2017.
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  9. "Light-hearted approach". The Telegram. St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Canadian Press. January 4, 2010. Archived from the original on September 12, 2014.
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  12. "Flashpoint leads Gemini TV contenders". Toronto. August 31, 2010. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  13. Baysinger, Tim; Lincoln, Ross A. (October 22, 2020). "'Degrassi' Alum Stacey Farber to Play Leslie Larr on 'Superman & Lois'". The Wrap. Retrieved October 24, 2020.
  14. Petski, Denise (December 18, 2020). "'Virgin River' Renewed For Season 3 By Netflix; Zibby Allen Joins Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved March 7, 2021.
  15. "Degrassi's Jewish cast members share love for their TV program". Jewish Tribune. Toronto. February 9, 2008. Archived from the original on September 12, 2014. Retrieved May 18, 2013.
  16. "Jewish cast members excited about Degrassi movie". Jewish Tribune. August 26, 2009. Archived from the original on September 12, 2014. Retrieved May 18, 2013. Epstein and Jewish actress Stacey Farber are front and centre in Paradise City...
  17. "Lasplash". Degrassi - My Introduction. Archived from the original on June 13, 2006. Retrieved June 26, 2006.
  18. "Document2" (PDF). Jewish Tribune. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 24, 2009.
  19. "Media – York student plays role on York graduate's teen TV drama". July 2007. Archived from the original on March 6, 2007.
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