Characters / Degrassi Junior High

Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High have Loads and Loads of Characters. Here are some of the more well-knowns: WARNING! Spoilers abound!

...but if that's not spoilerrific enough, here's a direct link to the character sheet of the adults on the sequel series.

Michelle Accette

Played by Maureen McKay

Melanie Brodie

Played by Sara Ballingall

Tessa Campinelli

Played by Kirsten Bourne


Played by Steve Bedernjak

Simon Dexter

Played by Michael Carry

Heather and Erica Farrel

Played by Angela and Maureen Deiseach

Lucy Fernandez

Played by Anais Granofsky

Joey Jeremiah

Played by Pat Mastroianni

Stephanie Kaye

Played by Nicole Stoffman

Arthur Kobalowski

Played by Duncan Waugh

  • A-Cup Angst: G-rated version: He hates being short.
  • Adorkable
  • Annoying Younger Sibling
  • The Artifact: Once Stephanie left, his character moved into the background. By Degrassi High, he was Demoted to Extra. Ironically this would also happen to Ashley and her brother Toby in Degrassi: The Next Generation. Their characters were very much based on Steph and Arthur.
  • Butt-Monkey
  • Comedic Hero
  • Demoted to Extra: Along with Joey and Steph, he and Yick were the stars of Degrassi Junior High. But by Degrassi High, he is relegated to more of a background character,
  • Dogged Nice Guy: He has a major crush on Caitlin, but she makes it clear she is not interested. Other than that the poor guy gets no other romantic subplot. Which is saying something for Degrassi.
  • Geek
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: He was suppose to be part of a bullying plot during Degrassi High. But the actor had grown so large that it wasn't believable.
  • Those Two Guys: With Yick.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: Arthur and Yick were usually part the B-plot in every episode during Degrassi Junior High.

Luke Matthews

Played by Andy Chambers

Shane McKay

Played by Bill Parrot

  • Catch-Phrase: "You should be kicked in the head!"
  • Let's Just Be Friends: Spike and him attempt this after the pregnancy, but it doesn't work.
  • Put on a Bus to Hell: After his accident.
    • The Bus Came Back: He went to visit Spike for the last time in DH, the year after the accident who left him mentally disabled.
    • He seemed to be far higher-functioning in DH (when he was receiving intensive outpatient therapy while living at home with his family) than in TNG (after he had been warehoused in an institution his entire adult life).
  • Teen Pregnancy: Most of his plot deals with the problems he faces as a teenage dad. It ends after his drugged induced accident.
  • The Other Darrin: The only character (in the old series, anyway) to be played by two different actors. Jonathon Torrens played Shane in an episode of Series/Degrassi where Emma meets Shane for the first time.

Kathleen Mead

Played by Rebecca Haines

Rick Munro

Played by Craig Driscoll

Christine "Spike" Nelson

Played by Amanda Stepto

Alexa Pappodopoulos

Played by Irene Courakos

Liz O'Rourke

Played by Cathy Keenan

Caitlin Ryan

Played by Stacie Mistysyn

Archibald "Snake" Simpson

Played by Stefan Brogren

Claude Tanner

Played by David Armin-Parcells

Derek "Wheels" Wheeler

Played by Neil Hope

Yick Yu

Played by Siluck Saysanasy

Dwayne Myers

Played by Darrin Brown

Lorraine "L.D." Delacorte

Played by Amanda Cook

  • Girliness Upgrade: Averted. Although Lucy tried.
  • Ill Girl: Is diagnosed with Leukemia in season one of Degrassi High.
  • Put on a Bus: Her last appearance is during the first season of DH, and after that it's said that she's off adventuring with her dad after her brush with Leukemia. Lucy makes several video diaries for her, up until the very last episode of DH. However, none of this is present, nor is she in fact anywhere to be seen in School's Out.
  • Makeover Montage: Lucy gives her one and it makes her look much worse.
  • Straw Feminist
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: She's the tomboy to Lucy and most of her friends.
  • You Go, Girl!

Alex Yankou

Played by John Ioannou