PROFILE
Name:
Stacey Farber
Birth Date:
August 25, 1987
Birth Place:
Canada
Nationality:
Canadian
BIOGRAPHY
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Stacey Farber
Degrassi: The Next Generation

Background:

“If I could be guaranteed work, I'd love to be an actress, but it's so risky. The work is unpredictable and so it can be scary making a living in this industry. My plan is to go to university and audition at the same time. I like writing -- I've always thought it would be cool to write for a magazine. I like all that girly stuff.” Stacey Farber

Canadian actress Stacey Farber is best known for playing Eleanor “Ellie” Nash, a goth whose home life is in turmoil on the television series “Degrassi: The Next Generation” from season 2 to season 7 (2002-2008). She netted three Young Artist nominations and a Gemini nomination for her performance on the show.  After leaving the show, Farber starred with Michael Seater on the sitcom “18 to Life” (CBC, 2010-2011), from which she shared a Gemini nomination.

Farber enjoys swimming, snowboarding, dancing and watching movies. She likes listening to Britney Spears, John Mayer and Dave Matthews. Her favorite actress is Julia Roberts and her favorite actors are Will Ferrel, Ben Stiller and Tom Hanks.  She mentions “Will & Grace” and “The OC” her favorite television shows and “Old School” her favorite film. She is close friends with co-star Lauren Collins from “Degrassi.”  


Red

Childhood and Family:

Stacey Farber was born Stacey Anne Farber on August 25, 1987, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In 2005, she graduated from Branksome Hall, an all girls private boarding school in Toronto, Ontario. She finished her first year of university at York University in Toronto, Canada, and then went on to attend The New School university's Eugene Lang College in New York. In May 2008, she completed a web internship in New York City for Teen Vogue online.     

Stacey got the nickname “Red” from her father because she is a redhead. She has a sister named Lindsay.


18 to Life

Career:

Stacey Farber had her first taste in front of the film cameras when she starred in “Games at Four,” a 2001 Canadian short/drama  film directed by Javiera Fombona and written by Lara McKinnon. The same year, she also acted alongside Mae Martin in a 12 minute Canadian short called “Bagatelle,” which was directed by Johanna Mercer and written by Michael MacLennan.

Farber's first big break arrived when she landed the role of Ellie Nash, a harassed young girl who has problems with depression and cutting, while coping with an alcoholic mother in the Canadian critical hit teen drama series “Degrassi: The Next Generation,” which premiered on CTV on October 14, 2001. She began as a recurring character in its second season in 2002 before being promoted to a regular role in the third season, which started on September 17, 2003. She would keep the post until the end of season seven, which concluded on June 23, 2008, and make a guest appearance in season 8. For her work on the show, Farber received  Young Artist nominations for Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) in 2003, Outstanding Young Performers in a TV Series in 2005 and Best Young Ensemble Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) in 2006. She was nominated for a Gemini Award in the category of Best Performance in a Childrens' or Youth Program or Series for her appearance in the episode “Paradise City - Part Three” in 2009.

Farber portrayed Young Kathryn in “Narc,” a 2002 crime film about corrupt police involved in the illegal drug trade, directed and written by Joe Carnahan. Starring Jason Patric, Ray Liotta, Chi McBride and Busta Rhymes, the film was well received by most critics, and grossed over $12.6 million worldwide, nearly doubling the production budget of $6.5 million. In 2004, she appeared as Lacy Sanders in an episode of the PAX medical drama series “Doc” called “Searching for Bonnie Fisher.” Between 2004 and 2005, she played Marty in the Canadian science fiction/animated series “Dark Oracle.”  In 2005, she recreated her role of Ellie Nash in the direct to video “Jay and Silent Bob Do Degrassi” and also guest hosted the season finale of “The N's Best Friend's Date.” In the following year, Farber appeared with Patrick J. Adams, Eion Bailey and Fairuza Balk in the series pilot, “Orpheus,” and played Audrey in the award nominating Canadian made for television film “Booky Makes Her Mark,” starring Tatiana Maslany, Megan Follows and Stuart Hughes. She had a small role in the Damian Lee drama/thriller movie “King of Sorrow” (2007), which won the Action on Film Award for Best Actor and Best Actress at the 2009 Action on Film International Film Festival, USA, and starred as Georgina Beckett in the Canadian short “Rewind” (2008), along with Martha Burns and Adam Butcher.   

In 2009, Farber reprised her role of Ellie Nash in “Degrassi Goes Hollywood,” the television movie adaptation of “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” The film premiered in the United States on The N on August 14, 2009 and in Canada on CTV on August 30, 2009.

Farber returned to series television as a regular when she starred along with Michael Seater as Jessie Hill and Tom Bellow, respectively, a young couple who decides, on a dare, to get married right out of high school on the CBC sitcom “18 to Life.” The show ran for two seasons from January 4, 2010 until March 28, 2011. Farber shared a 2010 Gemini nomination in the category of Best Ensemble Performance in a Comedy Program or Series for her work in the show. Commenting about the show, she stated, “I can't imagine being married right now. But I think it's a really sweet idea. And I like that they get married out of love and not because Jessie's pregnant or something like that.”

Meanwhile, in July 2010, Farber made a guest appearance as Tracey in an episode of “Flashpoint” called “ Unconditional Love.” In the following month, she portrayed Emerson in the Canadian made for TV film comedy “Made... The Movie,” opposite Cyrina Fiallo, Rachel Skarsten and Ashley Leggat.


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