Lisa Ray is an internationally acclaimed film actress, TV host, model, entrepreneur and philanthropist. Ray began her career in Mumbai when she was catapulted into a high profile modelling career at the age of 16. She went on to excel in the fashion and entertainment business in India on television and in film. Named one of the ‘Ten Most Beautiful Indian Women of the Millennium’ by a “Times of India” poll, Ray cemented her profile as an iconic figure in India before leaving for drama school in London and opportunities around the world. She is an award-winning actress who starred in Canada’s Oscar nominated film, Water, amongst other prestigious credits. A nomadic spirit at heart, Lisa returned to Toronto in 2009 post a diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma, an incurable bone marrow cancer. She chose to go public with her diagnosis at the launch of one of her films during the Toronto International film festival and chronicled her experiences with Cancer in an acclaimed blog called the ‘Yellow Diaries’. Post a stem cell transplant in December 2009, Lisa has filmed a 6 part series on Travel and Jewellery for Discovery Channel in India, taken on the role of the host of the highly rated Top Chef Canada on Food Network, has partnered to open a yoga studio, Moksha Yoga Brampton, recently completed a 8 city tour with a prestigious stage production called ‘Taj’ and a four city tour with the ‘Splendid Indian Closet’ debuting her sari fashion line in the US. She has partnered with Indian Design House, Satya Paul, designing an exclusive line of cocktail sarees inspired by her challenges with Cancer, with a portion of sales going to the David and Molly Bloom Research Chair for Multiple Myeloma..Most recently, Ray relapsed in early 2013, sparking a change of lifestyle and eating habits which will culminate with a Wellness Blog launching end of this year.
In 2012, Lisa was named Ambassador for the Pantene Beautiful Lengths Campaign, recognized with a ‘Facing Cancer Together Award of Honour’ by the ‘Look Good Feel Better’ Charitable Program, and awarded the ‘Light of India Award for Excellence in Arts and Entertainment’. She was featured as one of ’50 Most Beautiful People’ in “Hello! Canada”, and honoured as ‘Entertainment Luminary’ by “Spark” in benefit of the ‘Children’s Aid Foundation’. In 2013 she was awarded the Diamond Jubilee Medal for service to Canada.
In 2014 Lisa was recognised as a ‘Woman of Action’ by the ICRF. She also participated in ProjectEleven27, an initiative spearheaded by designer Laura Siegal to support ethical practises in the garment industry and honour the garment factory workers who perished in Bangladesh. She also continues to campaign to raise funds and awareness for Multiple Myeloma research. She is participating in a ground breaking clinical trial at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto.
Ray’s memoir is slated to release in 2015 by Harper Collins. She divides her time between Toronto and Mumbai.