Lisa Ryder biography

Lisa Ryder

Date of Birth: October 26, 1970

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Ryder travelled to Toronto to work on her drama degree at the University of Toronto. Following her university training, she continued to polish her skills through the study of dance, voice, clown techniques, and improv with numerous prominent drama instructors.

In theatre, she has amassed an impressive resume with credits including Insignificance, Macbeth, Possible Worlds and Insomnia, to name a few. She has also become an accomplished playwright penning Put Me Away, Baggage, The Paradise, Café Naked, Gulf and Panting of the Victors.

She began her career on screen in 1992, playing a small role in the series Forever Knight. The part led her to a regular gig on the show playing Detective Tracy Vetter. After a three-year stint with Knight, she landed a role in the Canadian award winning, mini series The Newsroom. The late '90s was laced with major roles in feature films such as Stolen Heart and Blackheart (both 1998).

Ryder first received nationwide recognition in Gene Roddenberry's sci-fi series Andromeda playing the first officer Beka Valentine. She took advantage of the exposure and landed a lead role in the horror film, Jason X (2002).

Lisa Ryder Filmography


  • Jason X (2002)
  • Blackheart (1998)
  • Stolen Heart (1998)
  • City of Dark (1997)
  • Strands (1997)

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