Lisa Ray

Lisa Ray
Born to a Bengali father and Polish mother in Toronto, Lisa Ray is an acclaimed and award-winning actor, philanthropist, writer and entrepreneur. Her career in the entertainment arts began serendipitously in India in 1991 and spans multiple countries, film (Oscar nominated Water), television (Top Chef Canada) and modelling (video for Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s Afreen Afreen).

In 2009, Ray was diagnosed with a rare form of blood cancer, and publicly shared her experiences in a blog called The Yellow Diaries. It was adapted into her debut memoir, Close to the Bone, which became a best seller in India and was awarded the 2020 Laadli Media Award for Gender Sensitivity. Her stories helped break the silence and shame surrounding serious illness in South Asian communities. A lifelong activist, she has become a high-profile global advocate for Cancer Awareness and Wellness through public talks, keynotes and writing. Her poetry explores themes of identity-bending, and living a life with no fixed address.

Ray's recent acting releases include A.R. Rahman’s first production, 99 Songs and International Emmy nominated Amazon series, 4 Shots More Please.

Ray is also a poet, exploring themes from a nomadic, identity bending life. Her writing has been published in Vogue India, Elle India, Mint Lounge, Amazon India, Travel and Leisure, among other publications. She was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal by Queen Elizabeth II for her contribution to Canada amongst other awards and recognition.

Ray is the co-founder of The Upside Space, a curator-led online platform that showcases an inclusive range of traditional art and digital art from South Asia, Southeast Asia and the Middle East.