Joshua Nolan
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Joshua Nolan in season 1
Season(s) 1, 2
Portrayed by Grant Bowler
First appearance Pilot
Latest appearance Past Is Prologue
Episode count 11
Status Alive
Species Human
Born St. Louis, United States
Occupation Lawkeeper of Defiance (formerly)
Soldier (formerly)
Residence Defiance, North America
Parents Unnamed mother
Unnamed father
Children Irisa

Joshua Nolan is a main character in the first and second[1] seasons. He is portrayed by Grant Bowler, and makes his debut in the series premiere.

Nolan is a male Human and the the surrogate father of Irisa.



Joshua Nolan is a former lieutenant in the Earth Military Coalition who fought in the alien conflict. Born prior to the Arks’ arrival, he saw his comfortable life turned upside down when the war between the humans and Votans began. The conflict took its toll, and in the aftermath of Arkfall, he found himself a wanderer in a dangerous new world. There he was joined by Irisa, a young Irathient he raised as his own, and who served as his lone companion in the lawless badlands.[2]


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 Joshua Nolan on this wiki can be seen here.


  • Was named Jeb in early production.[3]


  1. Acquanetta Ferguson (June 28, 2013). "Syfy to bring Defiance, Helix, Being Human & Warehouse 13 to 'Comic-Con 2013'.
  2. "Nolan | Defiance". Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  3. Nellie Andreeva (January 17, 2012). "Grant Bowler Cast As The Lead In New Syfy Series ‘Defiance’