The Shadowhunters cast is a tight-knit group of actors who have worked together on the show since it began in 2016. Many of them have been friends for years before they joined the series, so there’s no shortage of on-set shenanigans. Luckily, the chemistry between them all translates to the screen and makes each episode interesting to watch. The cast of Shadowhunters includes:
1. Katherine McNamara as Clary Fairchild
Katherine McNamara is an actress who was born in Los Angeles, California. She is best known for her role as Clary Fray in the TV series Shadowhunters. She also appeared on The Secret Circle.
In the show’s first season, she plays a teenager who discovers that she comes from a long line of “shadowhunters,” or humans who hunt demons and vampires because they are descended from angels. After her mother disappears during a demon attack, Clary teams up with two other shadowhunters, her brother Jace and Alec (who later become her boyfriend), to rescue their mom before it’s too late. She is among the cast of Shadowhunters.
2. Dominic Sherwood as Jace Herondale
As far as actors go, Dominic Sherwood is one of the best. He was born in London, England, but his family is from Los Angeles. His mother is an actress named Tessie Darke, and his father is Malcolm Sherwood, a well-known British actor who has been in many films and television shows. Dom started acting when he was just eight years old (and yes, that’s him as a child on his mother’s arm). He’s since appeared in many films and television shows, including I, Am Number Four (2011), Clash Of The Titans (2010), and Soul Surfer (2011).
3. Alberto Rosende as Simon Lewis
Established as a warlock in the first season, Simon Lewis is Clary’s best friend and Magnus Bane’s apprentice. Though he doesn’t possess any magical powers, Simon creates music from his guitar that can heal or harm others. In love with Clary for years, he finally professes his feelings at the end of season 2 when he discovers that Jocelyn Fray is actually his biological mother.
Simon has always been there for Clary, even when she didn’t know her real parents or why she had a second sight ability. The two share an undeniable bond that only strengthens throughout time as they learn more about each other’s lives and interests. He is among the cast of Shadowhunters.
4. Matthew Daddario as Alec Lightwood
Matthew Daddario plays Alec Lightwood, a warlock who is the older brother of Isabelle Lightwood and leader of the New York Institute. He has a complicated relationship with his mother, Maryse Lightwood, who was involved in his father’s death. Her actions have made it difficult for him to trust her and her motives, but he ultimately cares deeply about his family and friends. Matthew is among the cast of Shadowhunters.
5. Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle Lightwood
Isabelle Lightwood (Emeraude Toubia) is a Shadowhunter and member of the New York Institute. She’s also a warlock, and her father is Robert Lightwood. Isabelle is Alec’s sister, and she’s dating Max. In “Shadowhunters” lore, Isabelle has been around for centuries; she appears in multiple books from The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. She’s described as having short black hair with dark blue eyes—very different from the dark hair and green eyes we see on the show! She is among the cast of Shadowhunters.
6. Isaiah Mustafa as Luke Garroway
The show’s primary love interest is a werewolf named Luke. As of now, he’s the only known werewolf in the cast, but there are more on the way. Luke Garroway was born into a family of vampires (the Fairchild clan) but has fallen in love with Clary Fray (another main character), who is not one herself. This relationship has created tension within his pack because they believe she is dangerous to him because she isn’t like them. In addition to being a werewolf, Luke is a member of three other clans: Lightwood and Morgenstern.
7. Harry Shum Jr. as Magnus Bane
Harry Shum Jr. stars as the warlock Magnus Bane, a High Warlock of Brooklyn and The New York Institute member. He’s also a good friend and ally to Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara), Jace Lightwood (Dominic Sherwood), and Isabella Branwell (Emeraude Toubia). Magnus was first introduced in Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series as a character who had lived for over two millennia. Still, he didn’t come into his own until The Infernal Devices trilogy, when he met Alec Lightwood and fell in love with him.
8. Alisha Wainwright as Maia Roberts
Alisha Wainwright is a British actress who played Maia Roberts in Shadowhunters. She was born on April 10, 1984, and raised in London, England. Alisha is the daughter of actors Christopher Timothy and Kate Alderton.
Maia Roberts is a warlock who is part angel and part human with no memory of her parents or how she came into existence until she finds herself living among other shadowhunters at the New York Institute for Magical Instruction after being abandoned by her foster mother Isabelle Lightwood when she was young due to her powers not being fully developed yet.
Even though Isabelle knew full well what type of child she could become one day because both of their parents were warlocks themselves so this meant that Maia would have many gifts similar if not identical abilities to them once they grew older enough where they could control their destiny without having someone else tell them what needs to be done first before anything else happens next.
9. Alan van Sprang as Valentine Morgenstern
Alan Van Sprang plays a powerful warlock named Valentine Morgenstern. A warlock is a male witch who has rejected the use of divine magic, instead using his powers to obtain his goals. In this case, those goals have been to create an army of demons and take over the world.
10. Maxim Roy as Jocelyn Fairchild
Jace’s mother and Clary’s adoptive mother. She is a Shadowhunter, a witch, and the head of the New York Institute. A former lover of Valentine Morgenstern (her husband), she was previously killed by him but was brought back to life through the use of magic. She has since been trapped in an endless loop where she is killed repeatedly by Valentine until Jace finds out how to save her.
11. Jon Cor as Hodge Starkweather
Hodge Starkweather is a high-ranking Clave member and a warlock who has been in love with Jocelyn for years. He’s the one who told Clary and Jace about the Shadow World, but he also knows that Valentine murdered Jocelyn to steal her babies’ blood. He’s also a member of the New York Institute, which makes him an important ally or enemy, depending on your side.
12. David Castro as Raphael Santiago
David Castro is a Canadian actor and model known for his roles in Shadowhunters (2016), The Secret Circle (2011), and The Messengers (2015). Born in Toronto, Canada, to David Castro Sr., a Mexican-American Actor, and Linda Castro, an English-Canadian Actress. David’s mother encouraged him to pursue acting at a young age because she was tired of seeing her son play video games all day.
13. Jade Hassouné as Meliorn
Like Alec, Meliorn is a faerie who works for the Clave. He is also a master spy and has been working on behalf of the High Warlock for centuries. The Seelie Court also considers him one of their own since he was born into it, but he ultimately decided to side with the Unseelies instead. His powers include shape-shifting into any animal or creature (except for vampires), teleporting at will, and transforming objects into other things by touch.
14. Christina Cox as Elaine Lewis
Elaine Lewis is Jace’s mother, who was born a Shadowhunter. She married Luke Garroway and had two children, Clary and Jonathan Morgenstern. Elaine was a powerful Shadowhunter with excellent knowledge of runes, but she fell in love with someone from the Downworlder community (Luke). As punishment for this transgression, she was exiled from both groups: she could never return to the world of Shadowhunters or join the Downworlders.
After being separated from her family for several years (during which time she presumably lived among Downworlders), Elaine returned home when Jace came of age (15 years old). She took him back into her house so he could attend school at Endicott Academy just like any other human student would have done at this age; however, after only one year at school, he moved out again without telling anyone where he went off to next.
15. Nicola Correia-Damude as Maryse Lightwood
Nicola Correia-Damude is a pretty famous actress and model. She has a lot of credits to her name in TV shows, movies, and music videos. She played the role of Maryse Lightwood in Shadowhunters. Nicola’s career began at an early age when she was modeling for Ralph Lauren Kids catalogs when she was just 13 years old. This led to many other modeling opportunities for Nicola, such as Land’s End catalogs and other fashion magazines like Vogue Kids Japan, where she modeled alongside Brooke Shields.
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