Wood joins Bold; Degrassi sets cast

Windsor, ON-born actress Jacqueline MacInnes Wood starts work on CBS soap. Meanwhile, Epitome Pictures series welcomes new class for season eight

CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful has added Jacqueline MacInnes Wood to its cast, putting the Windsor, ON-born actress to work as Steffy Forrester, a character not seen on the daytime soap since 2006.

MacInnes, 21, has signed a three-year contract following auditions in late April. She is represented by David Ritchie and Richard Gerrits of Ambition Talent in Toronto, and started taping episodes last week.

MacInnes’ credits include a one-ep appearance on the CW series Runaway and a recurring role on Lovebites, the TBS adaptation of the Quebec sitcom Un gars, une fille. She also appeared last season on two episodes of MVP on CBC. The Forrester character, and that of her twin, were previously and interchangeably played by real-life sisters Whitney and Sophia Schuring.

Another Ambition client, 18-year-old newcomer Jordan Hudyma, is among the eight new faces to be seen next season on CTV’s Degrassi: The Next Generation. The eighth season of the teen drama completed casting last month, and has also added A.J. Saudin, Argiris Karris and Judy Jiao, all repped by Premier Artists Management; Kevin Jubinville of LeFeaver Talent Management; Melinda Shankar from Angie’s Talent; Sam Earle of Butler Ruston Bell; and Evan Williams, repped by AMI. All eight join the regular cast of the Epitome series.

According to Epitome, it is not known if Shenae Grimes will be back next season, following her casting in the CW remount of Beverley Hills, 90210, announced last week. Grimes has been with the show full-time since season five.

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This story has been corrected. Williams is repped by AMI, not Ambition as originally reported.

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