Miriam Katherine McDonald (born July 26, 1987[3]) is a Canadian actress best known for playing the lead[5] female character Emma Nelson on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation.[6][5][7]


McDonald focused on acting, landing a job in the series, System Crash, in 1999. McDonald found a niche as a voice-over actress, after she was cast in 2001 in John Kricfalusi's The Ripping Friends. She has done a total of 39 voice-over jobs.

In 2000, she was cast as Emma Nelson in 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 Canadian Family show Naturally, Sadie as Heidi.

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

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


1999System CrashTV series
2001Pecola"Chewy" (or "Chuie"/"Chewie"/"Little Chu")TV series
The Ripping FriendsAdditional VoicesTV series
2001–2010Degrassi: The Next GenerationEmma NelsonMain role (seasons 1-9), 125 episodes
2004She's Too YoungDawn GenslerTV movie,
Blue MurderLucy WentworthSeason 4, Episode 5: "Boarders"
2007Naturally, SadieHeidiSeason 2, Episode 25: "As Bad as It Gets"
The PoetWillaFilm
Devil's DiaryHeatherTV movie
2008Sea BeastCarly McKennaTV movie
Poison Ivy: The Secret SocietyDanielle "Daisy" BrooksTV movie
2012XIII: The SeriesSashaEpisode 19: "Gauntlet"
2013Lost GirlRiley and AnitaSeason 3, Episode 5: "Faes Wide Shut" (Riley, credited at Hot Fae)

Season 3, Episode 11: "Adventures in Fae-bysitting " (credited as Anita)

Orphan BlackMadisonSeason 1, Episode 5: "Conditions of Existence"
2015It Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked About MomentsHerself
2016Degrassi: Next ClassEmma Nelson-MasonGuest Star: Season 2, episode 5 "#ThrowBackThursday"