Jordan Todosey is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her role as the first transgender character, Adam Torres, on the long-running TV series Degrassi: The Next Generation and as Lizzie McDonald on Life with Derek.
Todosey is perhaps best known for playing transgender character, Adam Torres, in the Degrassi franchise, becoming the first actor to portray a transgender character in the show’s 30-year history.
For her performance, Todosey won a Gemini Award in 2011, for Best Performance in a Children’s or Youth Program or Series, and the two-part episode “My Body Is a Cage” has also been widely recognized, including winning a Peabody Award in 2011, citing that Todosey “beautifully portrayed” a transgender character.
When Todosey’s character was killed off from the series in 2013, controversy ensued, including a statement from GLAAD condemning the decision to kill off Todosey’s character, while also calling Todosey’s performance “authentic, multi-dimensional.”
Linda Schuyler, one of the show’s creators, defended the choice to kill the character, saying in a statement that Todosey’s storyline “will affect even more lives in an authentic way.”