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The Shapeshifter
Biological Information

The Shapeshifter

Also Known As
  • 100+
  • Sometime in the early 1900's
  • Deceased
  • The Shapeshifter
  • The Shifter
Killed by
Physical Information
  • Female
Hair Color
  • Blonde (true form)
  • Black (as Joanna and Wendy)
Eye Color
  • Green
Family Information
Magical Information
Basic Powers
Individual Powers
Significant kills
Portrayed By
First Appearance
Last Appearance
 The Shapeshifter is the main antagonist of Witches of East End in Season 1. The shapeshifter morphed to look exactly like Joanna Beauchamp, but the difference is the Shapeshifter has unnatural green eyes. 


The Shapeshifter is cunning and ruthless, as it wants to kill Joanna Beauchamp, it has killed Maura's husband and brutally attacked Maura Thatcher. It has also freed Doug so he can go after Freya Beauchamp, to kill her as revenge.


Early Life


Not much is known about the shapeshifter's life, though it is shown in later episodes that Penelope is the shifter. Penelope is none other than Athena, Archibald's daughter who has set out to avenge her father's  death in the hands of Joanna Beauchamp many years ago. Athena had faked her death in th 1960s and assuming a new name (Penelope) and has come to East Haven to take revenge on Joanna.

Season 1

In Pilot, The Shapeshifter, was shown in the first minutes and brutally attacked Maura Thatcher and killed her husband. Soon after, It showed the Shapeshifer going into the house of the Beauchamps' and freeing A man in the painting so he can go after Freya.

In Marilyn Fenwick, R.I.P. , the Shifter used its blood to draw a symbol, Malus Amplio, into the bark of a tree in the garden, causing the tree to turn black and die.

In Today I Am A Witch, Joanna has a nightmare where she is attacked by the Shifter in her bedroom. The Shifter strangles her, pinning her to her bed whilst holding an energy talisman made from her hair. Later in the episode, whilst Joanna is in the kitchen the shifter appears, Joanna uses her powers to telekinetically move it away from her, pinning it against the wall however the Shifter then attacks her the same way, throwing her across the room into the fridge, as the Shifter is about to kill her, Freya Beauchamp arrives in time to save her mother and uses her power of Telekinesis to send a knife flying towards the Shifter. The Shifter narrowly misses the knife by a few inches, turning into a cloud of smoke and escaping via the fireplace. 

In A Few Good Talisman, as Vidar is dying he reveals that he was sent to end the Beauchamp line by the Shifter and that he will not be the last to come after them. 

In Unburied, the Shifter is revealed to be Penelope Gardiner.

Powers and Abilities

Basic Powers

Individual Powers

Stolen Powers