Shadowhunters Adds Canadian Actress Maxim Roy as Clary's Mom Jocelyn

Shadowhunters Cast Jocelyn Fray

Shadowhunters‘ latest casting announcement is a real mother.

Canadian actress Maxim Roy has been tapped to recur as Jocelyn Fray, mom to 18-year-old protagonist Clary (Happyland‘s Katherine McNamara), ABC Family announced Monday.

The role, played by Game of Thrones‘ Lena Headey in the 2013 Mortal Instruments movie, is a pivotal one, as Jocelyn’s kidnapping sets Clary’s entire destiny into motion.

Here’s ABC Family’s official description of Mama Fray:

Very beautiful, warm, protective and bold, Jocelyn Fray is Clary’s mother. On the surface, Jocelyn leads a normal life running an antiquities store. We will learn, however, that she harbors many secrets about a past life, particularly her ties to an ancient group of supernatural beings known as Shadowhunters. In order to defend Clary from danger, Jocelyn transforms from single mom back into one of the most lethal Shadowhunters that ever lived.


For those not quite up to speed, Shadowhunters — premiering sometime in 2016 — follows Clary, a human-angel hybrid who forms a band of supernatural misfits with whom she hunts demons.

Previously announced cast members include Dominic Sherwood as Jace, Alberto Rosende as Simon, Emeraude Toubia as Isabelle, Matthew Daddario as Alec, Isaiah Mustafa as Luke, Alan Van Sprang as Valentine and Harry Shum, Jr. as Magnus.

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11 Comments
  1. I’m not sure why they changed her from a painter…

  2. Leah says:

    She looks more like Lily Collins’ mother than Katherine McNamara’s. Also, doesn’t she just end up in a coma for three books?

  3. uk-usa-tvaddict says:

    Does she do anything? In the film she was in it for 10 minutes and then she was in a mystical coma. I want more than a flashback or 2. I want good female relationships.

    • wgsecretary says:

      The movie was just based on the first book. There are 6 books in the The Mortal Instruments series and her mother has a larger role eventually. I assume the tv series will include more than just content from the first book. So, it would keep likely that we’ll get to see more from Clary’s mother in the show than in the movie.

  4. Ally Oop says:

    Nice. I like her from 19-2 (the award-winning Canadian drama she is currently on).

  5. Taylor says:

    What? First Luke now Jocelyn? What was wrong with their old occupation.

    • Taylor says:

      It just doesn’t seem right to the fans who have been following the series for years. There is a reason why they love the characters for who they are.

  6. Mckynzie says:

    this makes it seem like Clary creates the shadowhunters band of misfits not like she stUmble upon there world if they change that the whole thing will be really off. Also Luke being a detective will he still be a part of the shadowhunters world? and be valentines parabatai? Joclenys paintings and only ever selling one to the same person was how clary remembered Magnus Bane but it will be interesting to see how the antique shop will take how ever owning a shop instead of being a rouge painter would make it alot harder to leave when valentine has picked up her trail.

  7. Tanith says:

    Cant wait to see the series in Australia next year hope its free to air and its like the books i loved all six books wanna read them again