Stacey began acting professionally at age 13. Since then she has been in 13 different television and movie productions. Stacey is most recognized for her award winning role as Ellie Nash from the television show “Degrassi: The Next Generation”, where she was part of 106 episodes.
Michael has been acting since he was 8 years old. Acting in over 25 different projects, Michael is best known for his lead role in Life With Derek, with a total of 70 episodes over four seasons.
Michael and Stacey are now sharing the television screen in the sitcom, “18 to Life”, which debuted this January on CBC. Although “Degrassi: The Next Generation”, was a major role for Stacey, “18 to Life”, gives her the opportunity to star, with Michael, in her own series where their two characters are the primary focal point.
Both actors spent last summer in Montreal for the filming of the first 12 episodes. Michael and Stacey found that being transplanted to Montreal for the show’s filming helped the entire cast and crew bond. Being away from home made fellow cast members and crew of the show one big family. “We were able to interact with the writers and producers,” says Michael, “This meant we were able to contribute to the show, as well, and talk about our characters.”
Following the tapings, Stacey returned to Toronto, did some traveling, auditioning, and more acting. Recently, she finished filming next season’s premier episode of “Flashpoint”.
Both Stacey and Michael grew up in Toronto. Michael attended the Toronto Island School before the Etobicoke School for the Arts. Michael is more than just an actor, he has already written for television and would like to study directing. Stacey was a student at the Claude Watson School for the Arts, the only public arts school for grades 4 to 8 in Toronto. Following high school at Branksome Hall Stacey attended York University before heading to the New School in New York City to fulfill her interests in journalism.
When they are not too busy working, both Stacey and Michael enjoy hanging out in Toronto with friends and family. Michael is particularly fond of the many funky coffee shops along Queen Street East.
Watch 18 to Life – Mondays, 8 PM, CBC