ABC Family’s ‘Shadowhunters’ Casts Stephanie Bennett as Lydia Branwell (Exclusive)

Actress will appear in multiple episodes of series based on Cassandra Clare YA novels

ABC Family’s “Shadowhunters” has cast Stephanie Bennett in a guest starring role, TheWrap has learned.

Bennett will play the role of Lydia Branwell opposite a cast led by Katherine McNamara and Dominic Sherwood, which also includes Harry Shum Jr., Alan Van Sprang, Alberto Rosende, Emeraude Toubia, Isaiah Mustafa and Matthew Daddario.

“Shadowhunters,” the straight-to-series adaptation of the “Mortal Instruments” series of YA novels by Cassandra Clare, will follow 18-year-old Clary, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is, but rather comes from a long line of Shadowhunters — human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. When her mother Jocelyn is kidnapped, Clary is thrown into the world of demon hunting.

Lydia is described as a beautiful, no-nonsense young Shadowhunter who  is an abrasive “badass.”  She has known terrible loss in her life, and she has become driven and harsh as a result — but under her hard shell lies considerable vulnerability.

“Shadowhunters” is produced by Constantin Film and executive produced by Ed Decter and McG, who will also direct the first episode.

Bennett, who previously recurred on Lifetime’s “UnREAL” and played Snow White on Disney Channel’s “Descendants,” will also be seen as Lori Loughlin in Lifetime’s “Unauthorized Full House” movie. She is represented by Elevate Entertainment and Performers Management in Canada.

“Shadowhunters” will debut with 13 episodes in early 2016 on ABC Family.