5 Actors You Didn’t Know Went To Ryerson

Looking for another reason to go to Ryerson? Here are 5 people you may recognize that used to go there. 

There’s no doubt that Ryerson is a fantastic school. It’s a leader in innovative, career-focused education with a commitment to meet social needs through community engagement. Through Campus Guides, we offer a ton of different insights to the student experience, such as Ryerson’s mental health resources, entrepreneurship, and so much more. 

Plus, some really cool people started off at Ryerson and later went on to do big things. You might even recognize some of them!

1. Nina Dobrev

You may recognize Nina Dobrev if you ever watched Degrassi growing up, or even Vampire Diaries. She went to Ryerson in 2008 to study Sociology but later left to pursue a career in acting and entertainment.

2. Shay Mitchell

Shay Mitchell has been in a ton of stuff too over the years. You probably remember her as Emily from Pretty Little Liars, or as Peach in the series, You. Shay studied acting at Ryerson and went on to pursue that talent on the big screen.

3. Hannah Simone

If you’re a fan of New Girl, you definitely know who Hannah Simone is. That’s right, Cece! Hannah is a British-Canadian model and actress that went to Ryerson’s RTA School of Media before kick starting her career as a MuchMusic VJ.

4. Nia Vardalos

Most of us can agree that My Big Fat Greek Wedding was a classic. If only windex was a realistic solution to acne, amirite? Nia not only attended Ryerson, but the school was also used as a filming spot for the movie and it’s sequel! 

5. Eric McCormack

Will & Grace, anyone? Eric McCormack, also known as Will on the show, went there in 1985. 

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Published on June 14, 2021

About Samantha Moss

Sam is a Toronto-based Certified Digital Marketing Professional with the Digital Marketing Institute, and a Professional Certified Marketer (PCM) with the American Marketing Association. She is also a Creative Project Manager for properties of 55rush.com, and the designated Editor for Campus Guides. When she's not at work, she's probably drawing something or watching videos of dogs on TikTok.