Lisa Ray is an internationally-acclaimed film actress, TV host, model and ardent food lover. Raised in Canada by an Indian father and Polish mother, she was discovered at age 16 while on vacation in India, and went on to become one of India’s most successful cover models and celebrities. Named one of the “Ten Most Beautiful Indian Women of the Millennium” by a Times of India poll, Lisa cemented her profile in India by debuting in Bollywood film Kasoor, before pursuing opportunities globally, including attending drama school in London in 2001.
Lisa has starred in the Oscar nominated film, Water, amongst other prestigious acting credits. Her multidimensional career includes hosting her own entertainment show in India, headlining a six part travel and culture series for TLC called Oh My Gold, and acting as the Global Ambassador for Rado Watches.
In 2009, Lisa chose to share her diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma, a rare blood cancer, from the red carpet during the Toronto International Film Festival. “The Yellow Diaries,” a blog that chronicled her deeply personal cancer experiences, earned Lisa global attention, and a deal with Harper Collins to publish her autobiography. Lisa works passionately to raise funds and awareness for Multiple Myeloma research, and was named Ambassador for the “Pantene Beautiful Lengths” campaign, as well as being awarded a Facing Cancer Together Award of Honour by the “Look Good Feel Better” organization.
Following her treatment, Lisa co-founded MYB, a yoga studio in Brampton, Ontario.
Philanthropic interests range from taking part in the on-air drive for SickKids Hospital, to Ambassador of Plan Canada’s “Because I Am A Girl” campaign, a global movement which supports the rights of girls around the world.
A lifelong devotee of global cuisine and cultures, Lisa’s travels made her the ideal choice to host Top Chef Canada, one of Food Network Canada’s top series, which recently filmed its fourth season.
In 2013, Lisa added designer to her resume, by producing an exclusive line of cocktail sarees with iconic Indian design house, Satya Paul. Portions of the proceeds benefit Multiple Myeloma research. She returned to the stage for a successful seven city Canadian tour of Luminato Festival’s Taj, taking the lead role opposite renowned Bollywood actor Kabir Bedi. Lisa was also a recipient of a Diamond Jubilee Award for contribution to Canada.
Recently married, Lisa looks forward to her next great meal and travel adventure with her husband.