Casey Cott Got Engaged Last Year — What Else Is Known about the 'Riverdale' Star?

Oyin Balogun
Feb 08, 2021
07:20 A.M.

"Riverdale" star Casey Cott became engaged last year to his longtime girlfriend, Nichola Basara, thus shutting down rumors of his real-life gay status.


Playing the first openly gay figure, Kevin Keller, in the CW drama series, "Riverdale" easily birthed speculations that actor Casey Cott may have something in common with his on-screen alter ego after all.


Born in 1992, Cott tends to keep his personal life private, letting off only droplets of information about himself, including his educational background.

Casey Cott arrives for the Premiere Of Lionsgate's "I Still Believe" held at ArcLight Hollywood on March 7, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images

Casey Cott arrives for the Premiere Of Lionsgate's "I Still Believe" held at ArcLight Hollywood on March 7, 2020 | Photo: Getty Images

The 28-year-old actor, who grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, attended Chagrin Falls High School. He is also an alumnus of Boston University, where he studied for two years before transferring to the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama to pursue his acting dreams.


Now a successful actor, the star resides in New York City, where he hopes to start a family with his bride-to-be.

The long-anticipated time-jump is set to happen in this season, propelling the characters seven years into the future.

Aside from his profession, Cott is dedicated to charitable causes. He demonstrated his passion for the cause back in April 2020 by shaving his hair alongside his brother to raise funds for Charity Water, a non-profit organization.



Despite keeping his life under the radar, rumors of Casey Cott's relationship with several Hollywood stars have made their way into the tabloids. In 2017, the "Riverdale" star was rumored to be dating actress Stephanie Styles.

Although neither confirmed the speculations, they kept posting brow-raising posts about each other on their respective social media accounts.

He was also linked to songstress Sabrina Carpenter, after appearing in her 2017 music video, "Why" as her love interest. The duo exchanged a kiss in the video, but that may be as far as they ever came to a relationship as they never addressed the rumors.



It appears speculations of Casey Cott's history with hot female artists were not enough to shut down the gay rumors that have been part of the star's life since assuming the role of Kevin on "Riverdale."

The openly gay character came out with his sexual orientation in the Archie comic series's first season. Remarkably, Cott was on-hand to do justice to his character's preferences.

His outstanding performance as the gay figure was so convincing that many began questioning his real-life sexual orientation. Since then, several rumors of the actor being gay has flooded the media, and trust Cott to let the rumor take its course.



On Sunday, December 20, 2020, the 28-year-old "Riverdale" star shocked the world with the announcement of his engagement to a mystery woman.

He made the revelation by sharing a photo of himself and his new fiancée on Instagram, captioning it with a series of ring emojis. The picture also showed his bride-to-be flashing a diamond band on her finger as the lovebirds posed together.


To the disappointment of most, the star failed to share details about his new fiancée, like her name, when they began dating, or a possible wedding date. Nonetheless, several fans and celebrities flooded the comment section with congratulatory words.

With a look through Casey Cott's Instagram pictures from years back, including one from Thanksgiving 2019, it is clear the relationship has lasted for several years, under everyone's noses.


However, his admission of ringing in Valentine's day as a single man and enjoying every moment of it in a February 2019 interview gives a pointer that his romance began sometime later that year.


Casey Cott is the middle child among three children born to former Air Force fighter pilot Rick Cott and his wife, Lori Cott. He has a younger sister, Carly, and an elder brother, Corey Cott.


While Carly, who is one year his junior, grew up to become a partner operations coordinator at Bionic Solution, Corey became an actor like his brother.

Corey's acting career has spanned almost a decade, with roles in Broadway musicals like "Newsies" and "Bandstand." He also played Eric Montreaux in the Fx series, "Filthy Rich."



Cott began his acting career as a local theatre performer in Ohio in 2011. While in college, he took part in several plays, including "Parade," "Small Engine Repair," and "The Prince Of Egypt."

The icon made his big break in 2016 when he snagged the role of Kevin Keller in the CW series "Riverdale." Playing the first openly gay character in Archie Comic's history put Cott at the forefront of the drama's plot despite being a recurring role.


Due to his outstanding performances and vast fandom, the 28-year-old became a regular by the second season. The actor has since landed roles in "The Mascot," "All The Little Things We Kill," and "The Who's Coming."


CW renewed "Riverdale" for a fifth season on January 7, 2020. However, the series encountered a pitfall, going off-air for several months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.


Luckily, a new premiere date was fixed for January 20, 2021, to the relief of many. As Cott returns on "Riverdale" season 5, fans are excited to accompany the beloved clique of friends on new adventures.

The long-anticipated time-jump is set to happen in this season, propelling the characters seven years into the future. Viewers may expect to find the protagonist in their post-college years, visibly older and probably flashing new love interests.

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