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"And what's bizarre is I'm always going to be a cutter. Even if I don't do it for years, it's still me."
— Ellie talks about her self inflicted wounds with Craig.

Ellie Nash
Ellie Season 6
Full Name Eleanor Nash
Nickname(s) Ellie

El (by everyone)
Frosh (by Jesse)
Chick on Sticks (by Leo, Craig's Manager)
Smelly McSnootypants (by Manny)
Blood Sucking Vampire (by Amy)

Gender Female
Date of Birth August 1988
Eye Color Brown
Hair Color Red
Family Colonel Nash (Father)

Caroline Nash (Mother)
Bueller Nash-Cameron (Pet; Deceased)
Attila (Cousin)

Relationships Jesse Stefanovic (Ex-Boyfriend)
Sean Cameron (Ex-Boyfriend)
Marco Del Rossi (Ex-Boyfriend)
Spinner Mason (Former Attraction)
Craig Manning (Attraction; Kissed, Possible Relationship)
Paige Michalchuk (Kissed)
Job Journalist
School(s) Toronto University

Degrassi Community School

Affiliation(s) Degrassi Grapevine

The Core
Hell Hath No Fury (2004)
Downtown Sasquatch (2005-2006)

First Episode Karma Chameleon (204)
Last Episode Paradise City (4) (822)
Reason Storyline ended
Episode Count 74
Portrayed By Stacey Farber

Eleanor "Ellie" Nash is a graduate from Degrassi Community School. Ellie began her freshman year in Season 2 as the new goth girl. Year after year, she slowly toned down her goth look, but still remained the same girl. Due to her father Colonel Nash's absence and her mother Caroline Nash's alcoholism, she dealt with self harming issues, but with the help of group therapy, she overcame it. She was known to have a passion for writing. Her best friends are Marco Del Rossi, Ashley Kerwin and Craig Manning. She is also good friends with the Michalchuk siblings, Alex Nuñez, Jimmy Brooks and Spinner Mason. She was rivals with Manny Santos for the affections of Craig but it was implied that they made up. She was written out in Degrassi Goes Hollywood, in which her most notable storyline came full circle after her father returned. Ellie was portrayed by Stacey Farber.

Character History

Season 2

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Ellie in season 2.

In Karma Chameleon, Ellie Nash made her first appearance as the new goth girl. In her very first episode, she became enemies with Paige Michalchuk when she refused to move seats in the Media Immersion lab so that Hazel Aden could sit beside Paige.

In Weird Science, Jimmy Brooks tried to ask her out. She refused as he previously dated Ashley Kerwin, her new best friend and a girl who didn't have many friends due to past mistakes. However, Ellie gave Spinner Mason her number.

In Drive, when Ellie decided to get her cartilage pierced, Ashley wanted to get her belly button pierced to impress Ellie. When Ashley was about to get it done, she decided that she couldn't go through with it. Later, she told Ellie that she has a huge fear of needles but she was going to have it done as she wanted to be "cool" and score some points with Ellie. Ellie assured her that she was her friend and did not need a piercing to impress her.


In Shout (2), Ellie was very impressed by Paige Michalchuk and the Sex Kittens (PMS)' song about rape at the Pro-Voice Song Writing Contest. Putting her arms around Paige and Ashley's shoulders, she lamented that the band had been robbed as the song had only gotten an honourable mention. Given their poor relationship, Paige was surprised that she liked it but Ellie said, "Paige, you were awesome. Truly."

In Take My Breath Away, Ellie has a crush on another new student, Marco Del Rossi, and, inspired by Edward Gorey's The Gashlycrumb Tinies, started sending him secret admirer emails. Marco thought that Hazel, who also liked him, was sending them and Ellie was disheartened that he may like the popular girl instead. Ellie sends Marco an email to meet her at the Zen Garden, and when she learns he expected Hazel, not her, she runs off embarrassed. Marco finds her outside at the bus stop and tells her not to be embarrassed and tells her that he thinks she's cute. She blushes and Marco asks her out, saying that Hazel is not his type. Ellie is overjoyed and the two would soon begin dating.


Ellie talking on the phone with Marco

In Careless Whisper, Marco was wonderful in Ellie's eyes, and they eventually became boyfriend and girlfriend.
However, she soon realized that he acted more like a friend than a boyfriend and after a few arguments, they decided to make out in Ashley's room at a study night to prove their relationship with one another. However, Marco said he was confused about his sexuality and Ellie accepted him, saying she would be his fake girlfriend for the moment.
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Ellie and her best friend Ashley


Marco and Ellie's first kiss

In How Soon Is Now?, when Marco and Ellie do exceptionally well on a Media Immersion assignment, they are asked to film it. However, things get complicated as everyone says they're so perfect for each other, so Ellie kisses him. Then Ellie changes the ad and gets angry at Marco for making mistakes. They get into a fight, where Marco says that she's treating him like her slave, and Ellie says that's how she feels around him. They later talk to each other, and Marco comes out and tells her that he's gay. She is still upset, but they agree to keep the charade up until Marco is ready to come out to the whole school.

After Craig Manning's father Albert Manning died, in Tears Are Not Enough (2), Ashley confided in Ellie that Craig had laughed at the funeral. Ellie said, "Funerals can be stressful. Weird things happen." After Craig walked over to them, a concerned looking Ellie said "hey" to him. Craig told Ashley that he had signed them up as candidates for king and queen for the end of year luau, much to her surprise. Ellie tried to take their picture but Craig told her to save it for the dance.

Season 3

In Father Figure (1), Ellie was amused that Paige referred to her boyfriend Spinner as "honeybee." Craig said that he bet that she and Marco had pet names as well. He tried to take a photo of Ellie and Marco with his camera but Ellie took one of him first. She blew on her camera like a smoking gun before laughing.

In Pride (1), Ellie went on a trip to the beach with Marco and his group of friends, namely Paige, Jimmy, Spinner and Hazel. The others, especially Paige, made Ellie uncomfortable, but Marco told her to relax. Ellie told Marco that she was not pretending to be his girlfriend anymore, which put Marco in a difficult position. As she was playing her guitar, Marco, encouraged to do so by Spinner, put his arm around her. She became irritated and announced that they had broken up. Spinner then pressurised Marco to ask out someone new and suggested Hazel, who had feelings for him. Marco reluctantly agreed and was set into a double date with Spinner and Paige.

Ellie in season 3

On a date with Hazel at The Dot, Ellie walked in with her friend and saw Hazel put her arm around Marco. Ellie was disappointed in him, but didn't say so. Marco, ashamed, knew that she was right and left the Dot. She understood what he was going through and they remained very close friends.

The day after he came to Spinner in Pride (2), Marco and Ellie heard Craig say to Jimmy, "Alright, Spin asked us to keep it a secret until he’s thought about it more, so you can’t tell anybody, alright?" Marco and Ellie were both concerned that Spinner had told them that he was gay and were relieved to learn from Jimmy that he and Craig had been talking about the fact that Spinner was planning a surprise party for Paige's 16th birthday in several weeks. Marco gave Craig and Jimmy a hug and told them that he would take the secret to his grave. Ellie gave them a confused look as she left. Craig and Jimmy were likewise confused.

That night, Marco was gay bashed while en route to Dylan's hockey game. The police showed up and chased the bashers away. Jimmy tried to call Marco, but had no luck since the bashers had broken his phone. He found him with the police, traumatized and crying, and comforted him in a hug. Ellie also supported Marco the next day and assured him that she was there for him.

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Ellie with her father

In Whisper to a Scream, Ellie's father, a Colonel in the Canadian Army, was sent on a peacekeeping trip to Afghanistan, leaving Ellie alone with her mother, whose loneliness had driven her to alcoholism. Ellie's problems slowly mount, as she is frequently late for classes, her grades (especially math) begin slipping, and her interview with Caitlin Ryan for the co-op went horribly. Paige, who also wanted the position, gave her a hard time. This, combined with her mother virtually getting drunk every night and ignoring Ellie, became too much for her and she began to cut. Her cutting becomes frequent and she knows she can't stop it. Ellie ends up getting the co-op job. Paige was very upset and made a rude remark to Ellie but she didn't mind. The job seems to help Ellie a bit, but not enough to make her stop hurting herself.

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Ellie cutting herself.

Paige later discovered what Ellie was doing in the girls' washroom, and although they didn't like each other, she told Ms. Suave, the school's guidance counselor. Ellie was angry at Paige, but eventually realized she needed help and they called a truce.

In Accidents Will Happen (2), when she and Craig bumped into each other, Ellie angrily told him to watch where he was going. As he had his arm around Manny at the time and he later kissed her, Ellie surmised that they had begun dating and told Ashley.

In Take On Me, during a Saturday detention with Jimmy, Toby, Hazel and Sean (Breakfast Club style), she begins talking with the group and instantly bonds. When the whole group was separated, Ellie rounds them up and they take an adventure throughout the school, ending up on the roof. Sean asks if she's scared of him, and she replies no and asks if he's freaked out by her, and he replies no also. When Sean admitted he was the one stealing things around school, Ellie showed him her scars. Sean ran his fingers over them and took her hand in his. Ellie was secretly recording this, as she was writing an article for Caitlin about the thefts at school, and felt conflicted.

Back in the classroom, Ellie was rummaging through her bag to take a photo when the tape recorder fell out, playing Sean's admission for all to hear. Angered, Sean crushed the tape with his foot and she lost the respect of the other detainees, despite insisting that she wouldn't use any names. The following day, Ellie approaches Sean at his locker and hands him the tape, saying that there would be no story on the thefts. Sean realizes that she meant no harm and they begin dating.

In Don't Dream It's Over, their relationship is steady, but it does have a few issues. When Ellie makes plans with Sean to go to the movies with him and his friends, she forgets about her plans with Marco, so Ellie takes him along. Jay and Alex, Sean's friends, don't greet him warmly. Sean is sick of Marco hanging around Ellie, and Ashley tries to convince her that change is good but Ellie doesn't see the problem in bringing Marco along with her. After some words of wisdom from Marco, Ellie and Sean make up.

In the same episode, Ellie told Marco that she wanted to go with Ashley to visit Terri MacGregor in the hospital after her boyfriend Rick Murray put her in a coma but said that, since she did not really know Terri, it would seem morbid.

In Rock and Roll High School, Ellie is very supportive of Ashley when Craig cheats on her with Manny, and they both make snide remarks toward the two. During a Battle of the Bands competition, Ellie joined Ashley's anti-Craig band, Hell Hath No Fury.

In Our House, when Sean's brother, Tracker, wants to move to Alberta, Ellie is worried and says that long distance won't work, but when he reveals he can stay she is overjoyed. Amy also tries to steal Sean away from Ellie, but Sean is not moved at all.

Season 4

In King of Pain, Ellie becomes friends with Alex after Marco makes her vice president.

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Ellie in season 4.

In Anywhere I Lay My Head, Ellie's mother's drinking was getting worse, and this caused Sean to worry as he suspected that she may be cutting herself again, despite her denial of this. He offered Ellie to move in with him, which Ellie rejected, as she believed that she needed to take care of her mother. Two events, however, cause her to have a change of heart. First, her mom shows up drunk to "Parent-Teacher Night" and as a result humiliates her in front of her friends and teachers with her drunken antics, and also slaps Sean and tells him to stay away from Ellie. Later that night, when she wakes up to the beeping of the fire alarm and the stench of smoke, she discovered that her mother had left a pot burning on the stove before proceeding to get

Ellie reveals her cuts to her mother

drunk and pass out. The flames spread to the curtains, destroying the kitchen and forcing Ellie and her mother to temporarily relocate. Ellie told her mom that she would stay at Ashley's, but instead moved in with Sean.

Ellie tries to wake her drunken mother during a house fire.

A few days later, at a housewarmer party that Marco had convinced her to have, Ellie's mom comes in, after finding out that she had lied. As they are about to leave the room, Sean grabs her mother's arm and tells her that Ellie is better off there. Her mother slaps Sean across the face and leaves leaving Sean stunned. Once home, Ellie shows her mom the scars and cutting equipment, and says that if she stays with her she will cut again, which leaves them both crying. While Ellie goes back and stays with Sean, her mother goes into rehab. Ellie buys a ferret (which she names Ferret Bueller) to live with her and Sean.

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Ellie in season 4, after dealing with a house fire, the school shooting and Sean's departure.

In Back In Black, after the school shooting, Ellie tries to be there for Sean, who is considered a "hero" for saving Emma's life. However, whilst being interviewed, the reporter says that she previously interviewed his parents and shows him the tape. He becomes furious, calling it an act as, according to him, he feels as though his parents gave up on him and were putting on an act. Ellie wanted him to talk about it, but he refused. Jumping from the truck after smashing a T.V, he finds Jay with Emma and basically kidnaps all three. Sean drives to Wasaga Beach and has run ins with both Tyler, the kid he deafened in one ear, and his parents. Ellie and Sean have a fight, and then Sean talks to his parents. Sean decides to stay in Wasaga, which upsets Ellie but they exchange "I Love You"s before she leaves.

After Craig kissed her in Neutron Dance, Ashley told Ellie that she was thinking about giving him another chance and getting back together. Ellie, still bitter over her recent break-up with Sean, said, "Guys suck, Ashley. They enjoy messing with our feelings - and then sticking us with the rent." She believed that it was only a matter of time before Craig cheated on Ashley again. However, Ashley ignored Ellie's advice and she and Craig got back together the next day.

In Secret (1), Ashley said to Ellie that she was worried about Craig as he was bipolar. Ellie told her that it was not her job to worry about it and that she should take from "another sicko." Craig sat down beside them and asked them who was a sicko. Ellie told him that she was referring to the goulash on his tray and promptly left. Craig then asked Ashley what they had been talking about and she lied to him by saying that she had not told Ellie that he was bipolar. She told him that there was a support group for teenagers with mental health problems and advised him to go. While he predicted that he would hate it, he went anyway and found it beneficial until Ellie arrived. The next day at school, Craig yelled at Ashley for sending him to Ellie's group. When she told him that she did not think that he would mind, he said that she did not think at all.

Several hours later, Ellie came to Craig's house on the pretext of having her guitar repaired but admitted almost immediately that it was an excuse. She told Craig that she used to cut herself, saying that, "What's bizarre is I'm always going to be a cutter. Even if I don't do it for years, it's still me." He confided in her that he was bipolar and she tried to cheer him up by reminding him that the same was true of Kurt Cobain. She then advised him to talk to Ashley, telling him that she cared about him. Craig said that he knew that but he was bothered by the fact that all she ever talked about lately was his medications, his therapist and his moods. In his garage that night, Ashley said that she should have told him that it was Ellie's group earlier. Craig told her that he wanted to be her normal boyfriend, not some crazy guy that she had to save all the time, and talk about things like music, movies and even goulash rather than his condition. Ashley kissed him and they reconciled.

In Queen of Hearts, Ellie is left to live alone once Sean leaves and Ferret Bueller dies. When she found it hard to pay her rent, she sought out a way to earn some cash. With the help of Marco, Ellie learned to play a new card game, which she practiced at and eventually became very skilled with. After winning $10 from a game with Craig, Jimmy, and Alex, Ellie thought about playing Dylan's hockey team with Alex for more cash. When Ellie realized Alex was playing for high stakes, she became hesitant about keeping her trust in Alex. But when Alex surprised Ellie

Ellie and Alex

with a game winning hand, Ellie learned a lesson in trust and in gambling. Afterward, Ellie realized that what she was doing wasn't the best way to earn her rent money and Alex then told her what she needed to know about her mother. When she finally proved to herself that her mother was sober and not drunk by calling her to go to Sean's old place, she decided to move back in with her, as they were both tired of being alone, but made her mother promise to try and watch her drinking problem carefully. Mrs. Nash agreed to do her best and at least try, day by day.

In Goin' Down the Road (1), Ellie was cast as a goth girl in Kevin Smith's new film Jay and Silent Bob Go Canadian, Eh!, which was being shot at Degrassi. After filming a scene with Kevin and Jason Mewes, she complained to Craig that her Goth costume was very 1988. She tried to cheer him up but he said that he did not feel like smiling as Ashley was going to spend the summer in England, where she would meet someone much cooler than him and never come back. Kevin told him that instead of hanging around Degrassi all summer, he should follow Ashley to London. She was a little disturbed when Jason Mewes touched her hair.

In Goin' Down the Road (2), Ellie filmed another scene of Jay and Silent Bob Go Canadian, Eh! in which her character tells the science teacher Miss Hoffman, played by Caitlin Ryan, that Jay went into her purse, stole her tampons and stuck them up Silent Bob's nose. After the first take, Jason Mewes kept his hand on her knee and she angrily told him to remove it. As Caitlin kept getting her lines wrong, the scene took 36 takes before Kevin, already angry at the news that Caitlin and Joey Jeremiah were engaged, finally replaced her. Several weeks later, when filming wrapped, Kevin gave her a hug.

Season 5


Ellie in early season 5.

In Venus (1), while Ashley was away in England over the summer, Ellie and Craig bonded, becoming best friends. Their other best friend Marco was jealous of the fact that the two of them have even developed hand signals as his relationship with Ellie did not include them. On the first day of school, Ellie received an email from Ashley, telling her that she had met a boy named Alister and started a relationship with him. As it was Craig's 17th birthday the next day, she decided not to tell him yet and organised a party at the Dot for him. However, she mentioned it to Spinner, who later told Craig that he deserved better than Ashley. Craig demanded an explanation from Ellie, who told him that Ashley had dumped him via email. He was furious with her but Marco, who also knew about it, told Craig not to shoot the messenger. After discovering that he was the last person to know, Craig said, "Screw you" to Ellie and left the Dot in a rage. Ellie was very hurt by his unkind words. Marco realised that she had feelings for Craig, which she denied.

The next day at school in Venus (2), Marco attempted to get Craig and Ellie to reconcile but neither of them were receptive to his efforts. In English class, Ellie told Craig that Ashley had wanted to tell him herself but not until the time was right as she was concerned. Craig angrily told her that he was not going to go off his meds and "go all crazy." He said that Ellie knew that he was fine as they hung out all summer and that he did not need her to protect him. Ellie responded, "All this anger is for Ashley. Buy a ticket, go to London and freak on her there." The following day, after they had both calmed down, Ellie visited Craig in his garage. She apologised for not telling him that Ashley had broken him up with him as soon as she found out and not realising that he did not need her to protect him. After some hesitation, he apologised to her for overreacting at the Dot. Their friendship repaired, Ellie told Craig that, since she was between bands and Downtown Sasquatch was between drummers, she should join his band. After Ellie demonstrated her drumming proficiency, Craig readily agreed.

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Ellie in late season 5.

In Weddings, Parties, Anything, Craig, Ellie, Marco and Jimmy were practicing in his garage. He became annoyed when Jimmy started to play a guitar solo in the middle of his singing and cut the performance short. Jimmy criticised Craig's decision to try and get the band a gig at a wedding, which he considered lame. He, Jimmy and Marco began arguing but they were interrupted by Ellie banging her symbols. She told that they would get nowhere by critising each other and Jimmy conceded that weddings were gigs. After Jimmy and Marco left, Craig thanked Ellie for backing him up. She told him that she enjoyed playing with him and then said that she meant the band. He complimented her on drumming but she told him that she still needed help. As he showed how to improve her funk drumming, they seemed to be growing closer. The next day at the car lot, a potential customer, Diane, told Joey that her ex-boyfriend's band was supposed to play at her sister's wedding and she had found no one to replace them. Joey introduced her to Craig and invited her over to his house to see the band audition.

At school, Marco asked him what they happened with Ellie after he and Jimmy had left. Craig told him that he gave her a drumming lesson and they watched a DVD. He said that 90% of his troubles in life were caused by girls and, as such, he intended to be a monk for the year, focussing on nothing other than school and the band. In therapy group, Craig said that he owed his recovery to Ellie as she had been "incredible" and thanked her for all her help. When Joey commented that Ellie was a nice, cute girl, Craig said that she was merely a friend who was a girl. Joey told him that he knew from personal experience that there was no such thing.

After Diane hired the band for the wedding gig, they went to the Dot to celebrate but Marco and Jimmy left so that Craig and Ellie would be alone. Ellie thanked Craig for giving her the drum lesson and he again thanked her for all her support. When Manny came in, Craig beckoned her over to join them. Ellie was very annoyed at this. The next day, Marco, describing himself as Craig's "best friend in the whole world," asked him how the date went. Craig denied that it was a date as "monks don't date." He claimed that it was just friends hanging out and mentioned that Manny had joined them. Marco said, "Cue the romantic train wreck." On the day of the wedding, Ellie wore an attractive black dress and Craig was so distracted that he let go of the large speaker that he and Marco were lifting, causing it to fall on Marco's toe. Manny then arrived wearing a turquoise dress and Craig became even more distracted. He explained to the band that he had invited Manny along to help them. Ellie, once again very annoyed by Manny's presence, said, "Yeah, very practical roadie costume."

Before the gig, Manny was doing her make-up and Ellie told her to do something. Manny said that Craig loves her tambourine but Ellie responded that they did not need any low-rent pop-tarts in the band. Manny told that they say that there should be at least one attractive girl in every band. During the performance, Craig invited Manny on stage to play the tambourine and Ellie became so angry that she threw one of her drumsticks at Manny's head. When Manny accused her of it, Ellie remarked that she was surprised that she could even feel it through all her hairspray. Ellie stormed out and Craig followed her, asking what the hell was going on. She said, "You tell me! You're the one who called her, you're the one who sat there drooling over her like you were some perv." She then told him that her outfit was not her as she did not dress up. When Craig said that he was flattered in an uncertain tone of voice, she told him not to be as it was for the gig and that it did not mean anything. Craig said that she was a really good friend who was always there for him and that she had seen him in the gutter where he did not want anyone else to see him. Ellie, who was very hurt, sarcastically said that she was glad to be there for him and told him that she would see him in group. The next day, Craig and Manny began a new relationship.


Jimmy's painting of Ellie in Redemption Song.

In I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, with Craig and Manny dating, Ellie became friends with Jimmy and discovered that he was a talented artist and enjoyed expressing himself through art, especially after the shooting. Ellie took him to an art exhibition, causing him to miss wheelchair basketball tryouts, which caused a fight between Jimmy and his father and Hazel, his girlfriend. Ellie helped Jimmy understand that he didn't have to follow through with basketball, which inspired him to paint. When Jimmy is helping with the painting of the wall mural, he paints Ellie's face which makes Hazel jealous. He explains that he loves Hazel, but Ellie inspires him, resulting in her dumping him.

In Redemption Song, Jimmy realized that he developed a crush on Ellie.

In The Lexicon of Love (1), Ellie and Jimmy attended the Toronto premiere of Jay and Silent Bob Go Canadian, Eh! together. At the after party, he complimented her performance in the film, though she pointed out that she only had five lines.

When Ashley returned home from London in High Fidelity (2), Ellie told her that Craig was in Vancouver pursuing his solo music career and that he was dating Manny. Ashley said that this made her "vaguely itchy," referring to their love triangle two years earlier. When Ashley asked if she was dating anyone, Ellie told her that she was crushing on someone "as usual" but it was never going to happen "as usual." She was referring to Craig but Ashley believed that she meant Jimmy, who confided in her that he had feelings for Ellie. The next day, at the graduation of the Class of 2006, Jimmy asked Ellie if she wanted to take their friendship to the next level but she told him that she did not feel that way about him. Shortly afterwards, Craig returned to Toronto to surprise Manny. He waved at Ellie, who gave him an awkward look before averting her gaze.

Season 6

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Ellie in early season 6.

In Here Comes Your Man (2), Ellie drops her goth look but continues to wear her black clothing and remains the same person. She attends Toronto University with Marco and lives in a dorm. Her new roommate, Amberly, is very colorful, tidy, and a bit weird. Ellie is annoyed when Amberly cleans her stuff, folds her clothes and takes down her "inappropriate pictures". Amberly also calls Ellie by her full name, Eleanor, and makes a photo album that is supposed to share all the precious moments they will have. Ellie soon writes an editorial about roommates for her school's newspaper, The Core, and mentions how weird Amberly is, referring to her as the "Stepford Amarosa, minus the looks." She submits it anonymously, but Jesse, the editor, publishes it with her name on it. Amberly kicked Ellie out of their dorm room, so she moved in with Dylan and Marco, which Marco was happy about because a lot of friends were away at other universities.

Ellie and Marco in season 6

In True Colours, Jesse begins taking an interest in Ellie, and at first she thinks it's only because she's a writer, but it becomes apparent that he wants more than that. She receives mixed messages from him, as he rejects her first newspaper article. However, they work everything out and begin a relationship. Ellie is determined not to be seen as a little girl in her relationship with him, and reveals to Ashley that she is a virgin. However, they work things out and she loses her virginity to him.

In What's it Feel Like to Be a Ghost (1), when Craig returns for a visit from Vancouver, both Manny and Ellie realize there's something strange about the new "rock star" Craig. When Manny finds out that Craig is taking cocaine, she takes it too, believing that it will give her a boost like it did for Craig. Unlike Craig, Manny finds that she didn't really like it, and decides that she really doesn't want Craig anymore either and dumps him. When Ellie finds some of the drugs on Craig's floor in his room, she immediately suspects something, but is led to believe otherwise when Craig shifts all of the blame to Manny. This leads Ellie to feel obligated to free Craig of Manny's bad i

Ellie and Craig.

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Ellie found herself in a love triangle with Manny and Craig...

In What's it Feel Like to Be a Ghost (2), her boyfriend Jesse is furious with her because she's too blind and lovesick to see that Craig was seriously deceiving her. After Manny dumps Craig for choosing drugs over her, she reveals the news to Ellie. She also tells Ellie that Craig lied to her about who the drugs really belonged to and that he had been taking them since he arrived back in Toronto. She doesn't mention that she tried them herself. Ellie talks to Craig and invites him to join her at group later that day. He actually shows up, but doesn't go in and leaves at the last minute without Ellie ever seeing him.


Craig manipulates Ellie by kissing her.

Later, before the show, Ellie tells Craig that he needs help and is going to tell Joey. Craig kisses her and tells her he loves her, but then asks her not to tell Joey. Because of this, she feels as if she is being manipulated by him and calls him a bastard and leaves. However, she attends his show later that evening where Craig's nose begins to bleed while singing. It is later learned that Craig is heading to Calgary to go into rehab. At the airport, Craig tells Ellie that he really loves her, and that he has for a long time. Ellie is very upset and says that it doesn't matter. That it's beside the point because he needs help, and she leaves.

Ellie in late season 6

In Rock This Town, at Liberty's birthday party, Ellie apologized to Manny about what happened with Craig and they called a truce. Soon after, J.T. Yorke was stabbed by Drake Lempkey, a Lakehurst thug. She also interviewed many students about their opinions on J.T. and if he was a target by the Lakehurst students. All her information would be submitted to her article at The Core. She was seen at the school J.T. Yorke memorial smiling at his pictures.

In The Bitterest Pill, Ashley tries to convince Ellie to tell Jesse about her kiss with Craig, but she thinks she will lose him if she does. At the office, Jesse gives her coupons and says that he loves her, which makes Ellie admit her kiss. He is not angry and reveals that he fooled around with a girl at a bar. After a fight, Ellie ignores him but after a talk with Jimmy about love, the pair reconcile, with Ellie admitting she loves him too.

In Don't you Want Me? (2), Ellie is happy when her friend, Paige, returns home. However, she is unhappy in her relationship with Jesse and they are constantly fighting. They break up, and she tells Paige that it's ok to casually date him. Jesse and Ellie clearly weren't really over each other though, and when Jesse and Paige broke up one of the reasons was he always spoke about Ellie. Jesse and Ellie were then caught in bed together by Marco, implying they got back together.

Season 7

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Ellie working at the core in season 7.

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In Jessie's Girl, Ellie is back with Jesse and is set to cover an interview with Caitlin Ryan when she returns. Ellie is shocked to discover Jesse making out with Caitlin and gets drunk. Marco is worried, but Ellie still decides to do the interview. Ellie begins asking Caitlin questions about Jesse and calls her a slut, walking away in tears. Ellie is also angry at Jesse and leaves The Core. Caitlin later talks to Ellie and tells her that she had no idea she was dating Jesse,otherwise she wouldn't have kissed him. Caitlin also tells her that she is dumping Jesse and she should go back to The Core.

Ellie apologizes and takes Caitlin's advice. When Jesse tries to make a move on her, Ellie tells him that she is "Back at The Core, not with you". Later, when Jesse is graduating, he offers the position of editor to Ellie, which she accepts.

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Ellie is disgusted upon finding Jesse and Caitlin having sex in the editor's office.

In Owner of a Lonely Heart, Ellie tries to soothe Marco's love wounds by setting him up with Eric, a guy from The Core, whilst he is still in a long-distance relationship with Dylan. Marco has fun with Eric and breaks up with Dylan. Ellie is also supportive of Marco's financial crisis. Ellie and Marco also help Paige realize that she has to work.

In Don't Stop Believin', Ellie tries speed dating and is unsuccessful and her workload at the newspaper increases. Paige reveals that she is moving into a condo her dad brought her and Marco realizes how much he depends on Griffin, Paige and Ellie for everything. One night, during a blackout, Marco and Ellie talk about living together in the future and buying a two bedroom apartment. Then, caught up in the moment, Marco and Ellie kiss and start stripping each other's clothes off, nearly having sex.

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Ellie in late season 7

The next day, they wake up and are sleeping in the same bed, Marco rushes out without talking to Ellie, who is apparently naked. Marco starts freaking out and questioning his sexuality, while Ellie tells him that it's no big deal because they didn't actually go all the way. Marco tells her it's hard for him because he almost didn't want to stop doing it with her, while Ellie agrees and says that a part of her wanted them to go all the way.

They then decide that moving on will be a good change for them. The next day, Paige, Marco, Griffin and Ellie decide to all move out and go their separate ways. Marco and Ellie were both a little awkward, but agreed to stay in touch from that point on.

Season 8

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Craig and Ellie explore L.A.

Ellie appeared in the season 8 movie Degrassi Goes Hollywood. When she and

Ellie in Hollywood.

Marco travel to L.A. over winter break to see Paige, Ellie is surprised to run into Craig. He invites her to his concert that night and afterward invites her to stay at his place. Eager to get away from Marco's insistence that she deal with her family problems, Ellie goes to stay with Craig, insisting that she is over him. Craig plays Ellie a song he wrote for her while he was in rehab, "Rescue You." At first, Ellie is happy to be with Craig in hopes of finally being together, but she is crushed to discover that although Craig and Ashley are no longer touring together, he has a girlfriend named Yvette, whom he didn't tell her about. Ellie is hurt and decides to leave Craig's
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Ellie's Breakdown in Degrassi Goes Hollywood

house to head back to stay with Marco and Paige.

At Paige's party the next day, Craig approaches Ellie and tries to tell her that he has feelings for her. Ellie, drunk, misunderstands and leaves the party. Marco and Craig get into a scuffle that lands them both in the pool. They find Ellie on the beach, wading waist deep in the ocean, hinting that she was trying to commit suicide. Knowing she does not know how to swim, they rush after her and bring her back to shore. Later that night, Craig helps Ellie accept that she needs to go home to see her father (who, she reveals, is in the hospital suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder after his tour in Afghanistan). At the airport, Craig and Ellie kiss passionately. Ellie says, "We'll always have LA, right?" while Craig responds, "Someday, maybe," indicating that they may embark on a relationship in the future. Before she left, Ellie gave Craig one final kiss and he was very sad to see her go. After returning home, Marco goes with Ellie to the hospital, where she sees her lost father.


Season 2

Season 3

Season 4

Season 5

Season 6

Season 7

Season 8


Season2 (13)

Freshman Year

Ellie was introduced in season 2 as a 9th grader with a unique sense of style. Never one for blending in, her clothing was severe, and included mesh tops, patent leather clothing adorned with zippers, plaid skirts, and heavy boots. She was fond of heavy make up and dark eyeliner, and studded leather accessories such as belts, wristbands, and chokers. Her hair was usually worn up in a ponytail or pigtails, and was often braided, permed, and dyed different colours. She also had a number of piercings in her ears and navel. 


Sophomore Year

Although Ellie was unapologetic about her look, her fashion choices were also a source of some insecurity for her when she developed a crush on her popular classmate Marco. However, upon finding out that Marco was attracted to "cool, alternative girls", Ellie's fears of being rejected by him subsided, and the two pursued a relationship. 

Season4 (81)

Junior Year

Ellie's style stayed mostly consistent as she entered grade 10. She maintained her love of punk and goth-inspired attire and accessories, and her wardrobe consisted solely of black, red, and white clothes. The cutting habit she developed  also forced her to keep her arms covered with long-sleeved shirts in an effort to hide the self-inflicted cuts on her arms. She straightened her hair and refrained from dying it, keeping it tied up in an edgy ponytail, or in a pair of braided pigtails. She used eyeshadow more sparingly than she did the year before, instead opting to keep her eyes lined in harsh black eyeliner.  The depression she struggled with as a result of her cutting, her mother's alcoholism, her father's absence, and her closeted ex-boyfriend coming out was reflected in her style, which was overall darker than it was the previous year. 


Senior Year

Her signature style remained intact in season 4. However, at this time, Ellie gradually began wearing fewer accessories, and wore her hair down more frequently. Even though her attire wasn't as intense and punky, it was more a little post-modern grunge.


In College

The abrasive goth appearance she had been cultivating throughout grade 10 evolved into a sexier, somewhat vampy look as she started grade 11.

Her senior year saw a greater break from the look she sported throughout most of high school. With the departure of her best friend Ashley, Ellie began spending more time with Ashley's musician boyfriend Craig. However, Ellie gradually began developing feelings for him, and subsequently started wearing more rocker-inspired clothing, which was derivative of Craig's own style. She abandoned her mesh tops and lolita goth skirts in favour of vintage wash t-shirts, jeans, and leather jackets. Ellie also began wearing her hair down in loose, lovely waves. Her friendship with Craig allowed her to break free from her status as an "outsider" at school, and make a wider variety of friends. This, along with her rekindled relationship with her mother, led Ellie to develop a more positive outlook on life, which was reflected in her new style.


Main article: Marco-Ellie Relationship
Main article: Sean-Ellie Relationship
Main article: Jesse-Ellie Relationship


Friendships Relationships Conflicts Attractions Love Triangles
Marco-Ellie Relationship Marco-Ellie Relationship Paige-Ellie Friendship Craig-Ellie Friendship Craig-Ellie-Manny Love Triangle
Ashley-Ellie Friendship Sean-Ellie Relationship Ellie-Manny Conflict Jimmy-Ellie-Craig Love Triangle
Craig-Ellie Friendship Ellie-Jesse Relationship Ellie-Hazel Conflict Jimmy-Hazel-Ellie Love Triangle
Paige-Ellie Friendship
Alex-Ellie Friendship
Caitlin-Ellie Friendship
Ellie-Dylan Friendship
Ellie-Griffin Friendship
Jimmy-Ellie Friendship


  • She is one of many present and former Degrassi students who don't go by their full name. The others being:
  • In Weird Science, Ellie is seen walking away from Jimmy with a guitar on her back. The only episode in which she is seen playing the guitar is Pride (1).
  • Ellie was one of six characters who have attempted suicide (Season 8, Degrassi Goes Hollywood). The other five were:
  • Ellie was one of four characters who have intentionally hurt themselves with the others being DarcyAdam, and Cam.
  • Ellie was the first to know about Marco's then-secret of being gay.
  • She was the second character to attempt to drown herself. The first was Sean.
  • Ellie was the first female drummer in a band on Degrassi. The second was Imogen.
  • Ellie was the first goth character in Degrassi history. The second was Ashley, who became a goth in season two. The third was Jane, who had the goth appearance in season 7.
  • Ellie doesn't know how to swim, and she used this as an attempt to commit suicide in Degrassi Goes Hollywood.
  • Ellie and craig

    Ellie and Craig look out to the ocean in Degrassi Goes Hollywood.

    Ellie was the first character to show up twice in the same title sequence. The second was Peter, and the third was Dave.
  • Ellie came between Jimmy and Hazel, leading to their breakup. She also came between Craig and Manny, but they did not break up.
  • Ellie has her cartilage and her belly button pierced.
  • At some point, Ellie was romantically involved with every male character in Downtown Sasquatch: she dated Marco, she gave her number to Spinner (but it was unknown if they actually dated), she kissed Craig twice, and Jimmy was inspired by her.
  • Caitlin was her mentor.

    Ellie in season 3-5 opening.

  • Ellie was the second character who had a mother with drinking problems. The first was Kathleen.
  • Ellie was the first character that dated a guy who needed to cover up his true sexuality. The second was Fiona Coyne, who dated Riley Stavros.
  • Ellie was one of six characters to be followed into their freshman year of college as a regular. The other five were MarcoEmmaMannyLiberty and Paige.
  • Ellie is believed by some to be the inspiration of the future character Eli Goldsworthy, who started appearing in season 10.
  • Ellie was the second character who had a passion for journalism, the other two being Caitlin and Clare.
  • Ellie is one of three girls that Craig wrote a song about, the other two being Manny and Ashley.
  • Ellie is one of the twelve characters to be a regular after their graduation/dropout. The others are Emma, Manny, Liberty, Spinner, Paige, Marco, Jay, Eli, Bianca, Katie, and Peter.
  • Ellie is one of the few characters to have left Degrassi as a virgin. The others are Hazel AdenWesley BetenkampAdam Torres (died), Archie Simpson, and Terri MacGregor.
  • She had very poor knowledge of cars, as revealed in Our House.
  • Marco considered Ellie to be "the cutest girl in school," as he told Craig in Weddings, Parties, Anything.
  • Like Marco, she was a big fan of Edward Gorey's work, including The Gashlycrumb Tinies.


  • "Uh huh." (first line)
  • "Hi, Daddy." (final line)
  • "I did. Loud and clear, thanks."
  • (To Paige) "There's nothing wrong with me!"
  • "Spinner, rule number one of puberty. Shower every day."
  • "Okay, I cannot believe Friendship Club brainwashed Spinner."
  • "The ick, in pathetic!" (To Jay and Silent Bob while filming)
  • "I didn't even know the school had an elevator!"
  • "You could feel it through all that hairspray? Amazing!"
  • "I'm walking, here."
  • "Dylan invited you. You have to go."
  • "Guys suck, Ashley. They enjoy messing with our feelings - and then sticking us with the rent."
  • "Real musicians coming through!"
  • "Marco, we just kissed! It's no big deal! Watch! (kisses Paige)
  • "Yeah, that was weird. And...bacon-y?"
  • "And what's bizarre is I'm always going to be a cutter. Even if I don't do it for years, it's still me."
  • "Well, I don't have any neuroses. Of course!"
  • "In fact, I don't know how I ever made it through high school without having my breasts shown online."
  • "I've never liked anyone like this before. It's...weird."
  • "It's not your business, shut up."
  • "That went well."
  • "It's a psycho girl thing. Emphasis on psycho."
  • Craig: "Stop staring."
    Ellie: "Stop being an ass."
    Craig: "Do you know how humiliating it was, to find out in public, that my girlfriend dumped me by e-mail?"
    Ellie: "Oh! Oh you're forgetting on your birthday, that's a pretty good detail too. Ashley wanted to tell you herself, she wanted to wait 'till the time was right, she was... concerned."
    Craig: "That I'd go off my meds and go all crazy? I'm fine, you know I'm fine, we hung out all summer. And I don't need you protecting me."
    Ellie: "All this anger is for Ashley, buy a ticket, fly to London, and freak on her there." - Venus (2)
  • Craig: "Ellie, wait! What the hell's going on?"
    Ellie: "You tell me! You're the one who called her, you're the one who sat there drooling over her like you were some perv." (Ellie turns and walks away, then turns around again) "And this? This isn't me. I don't dress up."
    Craig: "I'm... flattered?"
    Ellie: "Don't be! This, this is for the gig. This doesn't mean anything."
    Craig: "Ellie. We do group together. You've seen me down in the gutter. Lower than low. Lower than I want anyone else to see me. That's why you're my friend. My really good friend."
    Ellie: "So glad I can be there for you."
    (She begins to walk away again)
    Craig: "Ellie!"
    Ellie: "Bye. See you in group!" - Weddings, Parties, Anything
  • Ellie: "Look, um, the band's kinda getting in the way of stuff and I'm gonna have to quit."
    Craig: "Oh, ha. You're funny. You are joking, right?"
    Ellie: "No, no, I'm tired of the band... and you, Craig. You're kind of annoying and you kind of smell." - Bizarre Love Triangle
  • "Question, who's still bitter over last year?  Oh! Marco Del Rossi!" - Total Eclipse Of The Heart
  • Craig: "I love you, Ellie."
    Ellie: "I love you too."
    Craig: "So don't make me stop, please. I need it. Don't call Joey." - What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost? (2)
  • Craig: "Ellie, I know I messed up, badly. But I am glad for one thing; I was finally able to be honest with you. I meant what I said, and I felt that way for a long, long time." - What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost? (2)
  • Craig: "Ellie, wait. I should have told you about Yvette."
    Ellie: "No, you were trying to be a good friend, and I interpreted that as a romantic overture...again." - Degrassi Goes Hollywood
  • Ellie: "I, I just really have to stop thinking that my feelings for you will...ever be requited."
    (Long pause)
    Craig: "I had a really great time today." - Degrassi Goes Hollywood
  • Ellie: "We'll always have L.A. right?"
    Craig: "Someday, maybe." - Degrassi Goes Hollywood

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