Lisa Ray was finishing high school in Canada with aspirations of majoring in Journalism at University when a celebrated fashion magazine approached her to model for them, and she ended up on the cover. This catapulted her into a state of instant celebrity. Her high-profile career got her noticed by Indian filmmakers, but she refused many offers until the offbeat _Kasoor (2000)_, which received a considerable amount of attention. Indian-Canadian director Deepa Mehta then cast her as the lead in the lighthearted romantic comedy Bollywood/Hollywood (2002), which went on to be a huge success in Canada. She subsequently moved to London to study acting and concentrate on a serious career in the performing arts. After graduating from drama school she was reunited with Deepa Mehta in the critically lauded Water (2005). She has since carved out a challenging variety of characterizations- everything from a farm girl to a femme fatale- which is a testament to her adaptability and desire for challenge.
Voted Star of the Future at the 2002 Toronto Film Festival.
Is of Indian and Polish descent.
Is fluent in Hindi, although it is not her first language.
Named one of the top-10 most beautiful Indian women of the millennium by the Daily Times of India.
Lived in London for three years while attending drama school.
Cut off her waist length hair for her role in 'Water'. It was done while filming a scene.