Irisa Nolan
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Irisa Nolan in season 1
Season(s) 1, 2
Portrayed by Stephanie Leonidas
First appearance Pilot
Latest appearance Past Is Prologue
Episode count 11
Status Alive
Species Irathient
Nickname(s) Little Wolf
Occupation Deputy of Defiance (2046 - present)
Residence Defiance, North America
Parents Unnamed parents (deceased)
Joshua Nolan
Significant other(s) Tommy LaSalle

Irisa Nolan is a main character in the first and second[1] seasons. She is portrayed by Stephanie Leonidas, and makes her debut in the series premiere.

Irisa is a female Irathient, and the Deputy of Defiance. She is the surrogate daughter of Joshua Nolan.



An Irathient woman, Irisa is Joshua 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.[2]

Irisa was born Irisa Nyira. When she was just a child, her parents joined a cult led by a man named Thesho, who tortured and abused Irisa as her parents looked on. Due to the trauma, she stopped using her parents name and took the surname of her savior and adoptive father Joshua Nolan.[3]


Season 1 appearances
Pilot Down in the Ground Where the Dead Men Go The Devil in the Dark A Well Respected Man The Serpent's Egg Brothers in Arms
Goodbye Blue Sky I Just Wasn't Made for These Times If I Ever Leave This World Alive The Bride Wore Black Past Is Prologue Everything Is Broken


Every photo of Irisa on this wiki can be seen here.


  1. Acquanetta Ferguson (June 28, 2013). "Syfy to bring Defiance, Helix, Being Human & Warehouse 13 to 'Comic-Con 2013'.
  2. "Irisa | Defiance". Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  3. "What's in a Name" Syfy Sync. Retrieved July 9, 2013.