Lisa Ray Biography

She is a former model as well as a Canadian actress. Apart from being a globally acclaimed performer, Lisa Ray is a philanthropist cum a reputed star, who is known for taking challenging roles in issue oriented films.

Early life of Lisa Ray

The actress was born to an Indian Bengali father and Polish mother on 4th of April in the year 1972 in Toronto. She was raised up in Etobicoke’s suburb. During her school days, she attended the following 3 schools:

Etobicoke Collegiate Institute
Richview Collegiate Institute
Silverthorn Collegiate Institute

Having completed her high school degree in 4 years instead of the usual 5 years, Lisa excelled academically.

Besides these, she used to accompany her cinephile father in watching movies of Satyajit Ray and Federico Fellini. Ms. Ray began modeling at the age of 16 years, when she was spotted in a crowd while on a family vacation in this country. She even used to speak Polish to her Polish maternal grandmother.

Career of Lisa Ray

Her known public appearance happened with the Bombay Dyeing’s advertisement, where she posed with Karan Kapoor. Post that, she went to Canada to pursue her university education on journalism. However, those plans got derailed due to a car injury, whereby her mother got injured. This made her return to India and start her career as a model. She then appeared on the Glad Rags’ cover page. She even accompanied model cum actor Kelly Dorjee in anchoring Star Biz, a television (T. V.) show on Star Movies.

Ray made her debut in cinemas in the year 1994 in Nethaji, a Tamil film. Her debut role in a Bollywood film was done in a movie called Kasoor in 2001, where she acted opposite the Bollywood actor Aftab Shivdasani. Her voice in that film needed to be dubbed though as she was unable to speak Hindi. She has got experience of working with some of the production houses of the United States, Europe and Canada. Details of some of her works are provided in the below mentioned table:

Sl. No. Film Year Role Other Details
1 Nethaji 1996 Priya Tamil film
2 Hanste Khelte 1994 Rekha Special appearance in a Hindi film’s song
3 Kasoor 2001 Simran Bhargav Hindi film
4 Takkari Donga 2002 Bhuvana Telugu film
5 Bollywood Hollywood 2002 Sunita Singh (Sue) Multi lingual film (English, Punjabi and Spanish)
6 Ball and Chain 2004 Saima
7 Yuvaraja 2004 Lovely Kannada film
8 The Standard 2005 Bollywood Actress T. V. series
9 Water 2005 Kalyani
10 Seeking Fear 2005 Nina Atwal
11 The Flowerman 2006 Louise
12 Quarter Life Crisis 2006 Angel
13 A Stone’s Throw 2006 Lia
14 I Can’t Think Straight 2007 Tala
15 Blood Ties 2007 Elena 1 episode of a T. V. series
16 The World Unseen 2007 Miriam
17 All Hat 2007 Etta Parr
18 Kill Kill Faster Faster 2008 Fleur
19 Toronto Stories 2008 Beth
20 The Summit 2008 Rebecca Downy T. V. series (Mini)
21 Somnolence 2009 Jeany Rodriguez
22 Defendor 2009 Dominique Ball
23 Cooking with Stella 2009 Maya Chopra
24 Let the Game Begin 2009 Eva
25 Psych 2009 Sita “Bollywood Homicide”, episode 6 of the season 4 of a T. V. series
26 Trader Games 2010 Sarah
27 1 a Minute 2010 Star
28 Murdoch Mysteries 2011 T. B. D. 1 episode of a T. V. series

In an announcement on 15th November, 2011, Ray declared that she has been named for hosting Top Chef Canada, Season 2.

Awards won by Lisa Ray

During her initial career, she was named by a poll of Times of India as the “9th most beautiful woman of the millennium”. Followed by such other recognitions, she has won some awards for her good performance and acting. Following are some of them:

Voted Star of the Future in the Toronto International Film Festival, 2002
Best Actress by the Vancouver Critics Circle for Water
Voice Achievers Award, 2009 for exceptional contribution in film, literature, sports and trade

Personal Life of Lisa Ray

On 23rd of June, 2009, Ray was diagnosed and confirmed to have multiple myeloma, which is a type of cancer that affects the plasma cells. Popularly called “White Blood Cells” or W. B. C., these cells produce antibodies. According to the medical science, this disease is rare. However, followed by a transplantation of a stem cell, she was fortunate enough to be able to announce that she is free from cancer during the month of April, 2010.