Miriam McDonald (born 1987) is a Canadian actress best known for playing the lead female character Emma Nelson on the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation.


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 to participate in a cartoon series named 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, debuted October 14
2004She's Too YoungDawn GenslerTV movie, debuted February 16
Blue MurderLucy Wentworthseason 4 episode 5 (44 overall) "Boarders" debuted May 19
2007Naturally, SadieHeidiseason 2 episode 25 (49 overall) "As Bad as It Gets", debuted January 7
The PoetWillafilm, debuted June 21
Devil's DiaryHeatherTV movie, debuted September 22
2008Sea BeastCarly McKennaTV movie, debuted June 30
Poison Ivy: The Secret SocietyDanielle "Daisy" BrooksTV movie, debuted July 27
2012XIII: The SeriesSashaEpisode 19: "Gauntlet"
2013Lost Girltwinsseason 3: Riley (at time credited as "Hot Fae") in episode 5 (40 overall) "Faes Wide Shut" (debuted February 10), then Anita in episode 11 (46 overall) "Adventures in Fae-bysitting" (debuted March 31)
Orphan BlackMadisonseason 1, episode 5: "Conditions of Existence" (debuted April 27)
2015It Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked About Momentsherself
2016Degrassi: Next ClassEmma Nelson-MasonGuest Star: Season 2, episode 5 "#ThrowBackThursday"