This is a list of the characters from the Canadian teen-drama series Degrassi: Next Class.

Appearances

ActorCharacterEpisodesSeasons
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Main cast
Amanda ArcuriLola Pacini18Main
Amir BageriaBaaz Nahir11Main
Soma BhatiaGoldi Nahir12Main
Jamie BlochYael Baron11Main
Stefan BrogrenPrincipal Archie Simpson5MainTBA
Chelsea ClarkEsme Song12Main
Reiya DownsShaylynn "Shay" Powers17Main
Ana GoljaZoë Rivas17Main
Nikki GouldGrace Cardinal19MainTBA
Ricardo HoyosZigmund "Zig" Novak19MainTBA
Ehren KassamJonah Haak16MainTBA
Andre KimWinston Chu18Main
Lyle LettauTristan Milligan17MainTBA
Spencer MacPhersonHunter Hollingsworth14Main
Eric OsborneMiles Hollingsworth III19Main
Dante ScottVijay Maraj12Main
Olivia ScrivenMaya Matlin18MainTBA
Sara WaisglassFrankie Hollingsworth19Main
Richard WaltersDeon "Tiny" Bell18MainTBA
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Supporting cast
Raymond AblackSav Bhandari2Recurring
Aisha AlfaMs. Grell4GuestRecurringTBA
Clarissa AnsonKara4RecurringTBA
Michael BrownMr. Mitchell8RecurringTBA
Pay ChenMrs. Lin3RecurringTBA
Ashley ComeauMs. Badger2RecurringTBA
Elle DownsMrs. Powers2GuestTBA
Kate HewlettMrs. Margaret Matlin4RecurringTBA
Sterling JarvisMr. Powers2GuestTBA
Jamie JohnstonPeter Stone4RecurringTBA
Michael KinneyMr. Darryl Armstrong4RecurringTBA
Shane KippelSpinner Mason2Recurring
Cheri MaracleMs. Cardinal3RecurringGuestTBA
Tom MelissisMr. Dom Perino2GuestTBA
Stephanie MooreMrs. Diana Hollingsworth11RecurringTBA
America OlivoMs. Rivas1GuestTBA
John RalstonMr. Miles Hollingsworh II2RecurringTBA

Main characters

The following actors have all received star billing and are listed as "starring" after the opening theme song of Degrassi: Next Class.

  • A regular is an actor who is credited as "starring" after the opening theme song of the show in any given season. Actors are only credited for the episodes for which they appear in.
  • A recurring status is given to actors who are not listed as "starring", but appear in two or more episodes of any particular season.
  • A guest appearance by an actor means he/she is not credited as "starring", but was a guest star in one episode of the season.

Students

Character namePortrayed bySeasons featured
Baaz Nahir1–present (regular)
Grade 10 (Sophomore)

Baaz is an entrepreneurial millionaire trapped in the body of a 10th grade nerd. Baaz is a wunderkind who's always on the lookout for new business ventures. He's calculating and methodical, and hypothesizes all outcomes before throwing himself into situations. Because of this, he often lets logic get in the way of emotional connections and is only able to find and reconnect with his heart through his friends.

  • Baaz has appeared in 11 episodes.
Esme Song1–present (regular)
Grade 11 (Junior)

Prim and proper, a button-down keener on the outside, an erratic thrill-seeker on the inside, Esme's a student who lives in the moment. She's confident, knows what she wants, and isn’t afraid to manipulate others in order to get it. These antics are rooted in her desperate need for attention, so when things don't go according to her plan, Esme lashes out in manic, psychopathic ways.

  • Esme has appeared in 12 episodes.
Francesca "Frankie" Hollingsworth1–present (regular)
Grade 10 (Sophomore)

Frankie is the complete opposite of her older brother Miles and twin brother Hunter. She's always trying to be the perfect daughter and friend. Grounded, positive and intelligent, Frankie is the perfect image of what a politician's daughter should be. But while trying to put of the façade of perfection, she also suffers from the normal teen angst of being misunderstood.

  • Has appeared since the 13th season of the first incarnation.
  • Frankie has appeared in 19 episodes.
Goldi Nahir1–present (regular)
Grade 11 (Junior)

Goldi is an activist and feminist who considers ways in which she can improve Degrassi. She is high achieving and wanted to win the student council presidency. She’s passionate yet somewhat reserved, leading others to believe that she’s standoffish, when in reality she’s just being respectful of others and her own beliefs.

  • Goldi has appeared in 12 episodes including credit only appearances.
Grace Cardinal1–present (regular)
Grade 11 (Junior)

Grace is always giving off a counterculture vibe. Even though she is as plugged in as it gets, she is rebellious in her stance and straight up about everything. She's a dichotomy -- blunt and unapologetic, but cares and comes through for her friends.

  • Has appeared since the 13th season of the first incarnation.
  • Grace has appeared in 19 episodes.
Hunter Hollingsworth1–present (regular)
Grade 10 (Sophomore)

Miles' younger brother and Frankie's twin, Hunter is a computer gamer and comic book lover that you'll often see all dressed in black. In comparison to his twin sister, Hunter seems to be a glass half empty kinda guy. With all the drama going on in his family, Hunter uses his gaming hobby to hold in all the anger and frustration that has built.

  • Has appeared since the 13th season of the first incarnation.
  • Hunter has appeared in 14 episodes.
Jonah Haak1–present (regular)
Grade 11 (Junior)

While he used to be a bit of a troublemaker, Jonah has seen the light and is ready to make new friends who share his strong faith. While he may have given up all his vices, Jonah's kept the rock 'n' roll.

  • Has appeared since the 14th season of the first incarnation.
  • Jonah has appeared in 16 episodes.
Lola Pacini1–present (regular)
Grade 10 (Sophomore)

Bubbly and excitable, Lola is a boy-crazy cheerleader with colorful hair and a vibrant personality that is hard to miss in the halls of Degrassi. She may not be the brightest of students, but she is eager for almost anything.

  • Has appeared since the 14th season of the first incarnation.
  • Lola has appeared in 18 episodes.
Maya Matlin1–present (regular)
Grade 11 (Junior)

Maya is an avid lover of music. She used to be play the cello but is now wants to start a singing career. She's always up for a new adventure or challenge and is always determined to do the best she can. Unafraid to speak her mind and not interested in gaining popularity or what people think of her, she often finds herself in trouble. She is empathetic towards her friends, and is always there for them for advice.

  • Has appeared since the 11th season of the first incarnation.
  • Maya has appeared in 18 episodes.
Miles Hollingsworth III1–present (regular)
Grade 11 (Junior)

Miles used to be viewed as the "bisexual rich bad-boy" but deep down Miles is just a teenager looking for love and acceptance, especially from his father, Miles Hollingsworth II. With the verbal (and rare physical) abuse, Miles turns down a dark path in his life to find peace.

  • Has appeared since the 13th season of the first incarnation.
  • Miles has appeared in 19 episodes.
Shaylynn "Shay" Powers1–present (regular)
Grade 10 (Sophomore)

Shay loves playing sports and is determined to be the best athlete and daughter. She aims high in school and wants to make her parents proud. But although she wants to be the best in academics and sports, she wants a guy who can meet her standards.

  • Has appeared since the 14th season of the first incarnation.
  • Shay has appeared in 17 episodes.
Deon "Tiny" Bell1–present (regular)
Grade 11 (Junior)

Tiny has big dreams for himself, but he also had big troubles in the past. Turning his life around after being in a gang with Zig, he is smart and has huge standards for himself.

  • Has appeared since the 13th season of the first incarnation.
  • Tiny has appeared in 18 episodes.
Tristan Milligan1–present (regular)
Grade 11 (Junior)

Tristan is out, proud, and has his eyes set on running the school. From school related activities and being student council President, he wants it all. Like his personality, his heart is big, which often finds himself searching for "Mr. Right." He believes he's found this in Miles Hollingsworth III.

  • Has appeared since the 11th season of the first incarnation.
  • Tristan has appeared in 17 episodes.
Vijay Maraj1–present (regular)
Grade 10 (Sophomore)

He is a wide-eyed, tall Indian who is good-looking without knowing it. He is a hopeless romantic with a flair for the dramatic. He believes in happy endings, and spends his time fantasizing about the one perfect boy who will sweep his Grade 10 gamer geek self off his feet. He's an idealist who's honest, emotional, and who always follows his heart, even though it usually leads him towards heartbreak.

  • Vijay has appeared in 12 episodes.
Winston "Chewy" Chu1–present (regular)
Grade 11 (Junior)

Winston is smart and sarcastic and best friends with Miles Hollingsworth III. Winston masks his insecurity with a cynical attitude and self-deprecating sense of humor, which protect him from moving too far out of his comfort zone. He's often the voice of reason and a reluctant co-conspirator in hijinks.

  • Has appeared since the 13th season of the first incarnation.
  • Winston has appeared in 17 episodes.
Yael Baron1–present (regular)
Grade 10 (Sophomore)

Strong and dominant, Yael is the girl who always takes the lead. Whether it’s directing the school play or fighting against world hunger, she wants her voice to be heard. She's a go-getter, and sometimes abuses her leadership powers by going further than she can get. It’s only when she’s able to listen and follow others that she truly achieves her goals.

  • Yael has appeared in 11 episodes.
Zigmund "Zig" NovakRicardo Hoyos1–present (regular)
Grade 11 (Junior)

He's handsome, charming, and obsessed with getting the right girl. Zig's home life wasn't ideal, so he made the most of his time at Degrassi flirting with the girls and making his guy friends laugh. Trouble follows Zig, whether it's talking to girls or even doing nothing, he always finds himself in a tight situation. Zig even feels that he hurts the ones he cares about the most.

  • Has appeared since the 11th season of the first incarnation.
  • Zig has appeared in 19 episodes.
Zoë Rivas1–present (regular)
Grade 11 (Junior)

Zoë is fierce and fashion-forward. Intent on a fresh start after her assault, Zoë's nervous on learning to be a normal teenage girl, using her looks, body and money to get what she wants (a trick she learned from her overbearing stage-mom). Zoë's also learning to discover who she is and whether or not she likes girls.

  • Has appeared since the 13th season of the first incarnation.
  • Zoë has appeared in 17 episodes.

Adults

Character namePortrayed bySeasons featured
Archibald "Archie" "Snake" Simpson Stefan Brogren1–present (regular)
Mr. Simpson is the Principal of Degrassi Community School and used to be the Media Immersion teacher. Hailing from Degrassi as an alumnus, Mr. Simpson has a deep love for the school. After several horrible events at the school and a suspension from being Principal for a few months, Simpson returns ready to turn Degrassi around.
  • Has been credited in every season of the Degrassi franchise, except The Kids of Degrassi Street.
  • Mr. Simpson has appeared in 5 episodes.
  • He was the first to say "fuck" on Canadian broadcast television, in the 1992 Degrassi telefilm, School's Out.

Supporting cast

Alumni

Character namePortrayed bySeasons featured
Peter Stone Jamie Johnston2 (recurring)
A former student of Degrassi Community School who is now working in a recording studio. He reappears at Degrassi searching for a student for a co-op placement at his studio.

Parents

Character namePortrayed bySeasons featured
Mrs. Diana Hollingsworth Stephanie Moore1–present (recurring)
The mother of Miles, Hunter, and Frankie Hollingsworth.
  • Has appeared since the 13th season of the first incarnation.
  • Mrs. Hollingsworth has appeared in 11 episodes.
Mr. Miles Hollingsworth II John Ralston1 (recurring)
The abusive and neglectful father of Miles, Hunter, and Frankie Hollingsworth.
  • Has appeared since the 13th season of the first incarnation.
  • Mr. Hollingsworth has appeared in 2 episodes.
Ms. Rivas America Olivo1 (guest appearance)
The protective mother of Zoe.
  • Has appeared since the 13th season of the first incarnation.
  • Ms. Rivas has appeared in 1 episode.
Mrs. Margaret Matlin Kate Hewlett1 (recurring)
The caring mother of Maya who has multiple sclerosis.
  • Has appeared since the 11th season of the first incarnation.
  • During the 11th season of Degrassi, Spirit Synott originated the role of Mrs. Matlin. Kate Hewlett took over during the 12th season.
  • Mrs. Matlin has appeared in 4 episodes.
Ms. Cardinal Cheri Maracle1 (recurring), 2 (guest)
The caring mother of Grace.
  • Ms. Cardinal has appeared in 3 episodes.
Mrs. Powers Elle Downs1–present (guest appearances)
Shay's strict but passionate mother.
  • Elle Downs is also the mother of Reiya Downs, who is the actress of Shay.
  • Mrs. Powers has appeared in 2 episodes.
Mr. Powers Sterling Jarvis1–present (guest appearances)
Shay's strict but passionate father.
  • Mr. Powers has appeared in 2 episodes.

Faculty

Character namePortrayed bySeasons featured
Mr. Darryl Armstrong Michael Kinney1-present (recurring)
The reasonable Math and Gym teacher at Degrassi Community School.
  • Mr. Armstrong has appeared since the 1st season of the first incarnation, making him the longest recurring character of the franchise.
  • Mr. Armstrong has appeared in 4 episodes.
Mr. Dom Perino 1–present (guest appearances)
A strict History teacher at Degrassi Community School.
  • Mr. Perino has appeared since the 2nd season of the first incarnation, making him the second longest recurring character of the franchise.
  • Mr. Perino has appeared in 2 episodes.
Ms. Badger 1 (recurring)
A science teacher at Degrassi Community School.
  • Ms. Badger has appeared in 2 episodes.
Ms. Grell Aisha Alfa1 (guest appearance) 2 (recurring)
The Remedial (Rubber) Room, Career Studies and Digital Arts teacher at Degrassi Community School.
  • Has appeared since the 13th season of the first incarnation.
  • Ms. Grell has appeared in 4 episodes.
Mr. Mitchell 1–present (recurring)
An English teacher at Degrassi Community School.
  • Mr. Mitchell has appeared in 8 episodes.
Mrs. Lin Pay Chen1 (recurring)
The new Mandarin teacher at Degrassi Community School.
  • Mrs. Lin has appeared in 3 episodes.