Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa
An attractive Irathient woman, Irisa is Nolan’s tacit second in command. Smart, independent and feisty, Irisa still struggles with the weight of her unusual upbringing. A drifter since birth, she only stays in Defiance due to the loyalty she feels for Nolan.
Nolan has encouraged Irisa to leave behind her traumatic past. He rescued her at a young age, and the two have been inseparable ever since.
Stephanie Leonidas is known for her many television appearances, most recently in Whitechapel, Eternal Law, and the BBC's Dracula, as well as the award winning ITV film for television Wall of Silence. Other film credits include the lead role of Helena in David McKean's Mirrormask, Luis Llosa's feature film Feast of the Goat, Ben Sombogaart's Crusade in Jeans: A March through Time, Luna and Andrew Douglas' U Want Me To Kill Him. Stephanie has also appeared on stage in the lead role of Dani in Marianne Elliott's The Sugar Syndrome at the Royal Court, receiving rave reviews. Most recently, she portrayed Adela in Gadi Roll's House of Bernarda Alba.