• Lisa Ryder is a Canadian actress best known for her role as Beka Valentine in the TV series “Andromeda” (2000-2005)
• She attended the University of Toronto and switched her focus to acting and has since made appearances in over 30 films and TV series
• She is married to Canadian stage and television actor, Ari Cohen and the couple have two children
• She has written the play “A Blow in the Face” which is based on her life experience
• She is part of remembrance videos for the popular sci-fi series “Andromeda”, and has collaborated with the show’s creator, Gene Roddenberry on other projects


Who is Lisa Ryder?

Lisa Ryder is a Canadian actress who is perhaps best known to the world as Beka Valentine in the TV sci-fi action-drama series “Andromeda” (2000-2005), while most recently she has been recognized as Agent Hewes in the TV sci-fi action-adventure series “Endlings” (2020), in addition to other appearances.

Lisa Ryder Biography- Age, Childhood, and Education

Lisa Ryder was born on the 26th October 1970, in Edmonton, Alberta Canada; she hasn’t revealed anything about her parents, or if she has any siblings. Lisa became interested in the performing arts at an early age, joining the Edmonton Studio of Ballet as a child.

As she got older, her love for dancing increased, but it was when she enrolled at university that she switched her focus to acting. She attended the University of Toronto, and signed up for drama classes and it was then that she fell in love with acting, and continued on to pursue it as a career.

Career Beginnings

Before making her debut on stage, Lisa started the theatre group Bald Ego Productions, with some of her friends and colleagues. While working with them, she was writing plays and displaying her dancing talents, as she was in the main creating choreographies. Lisa made her acting debut in 1994 with a minor role in the TV series “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues”, while the following year she had her first regular role as Det.

Tracy Vetter in the TV horror crime-drama series “Forever Knight”, joining the already established cast in the show’s last season. After this, Lisa continued with a few notable appearances, first as Kim in the sci-fi mystery film “City of Dark” (1997), also starring Carlo Rota and Beatriz Pizano, while in 1998 she starred in the comedy crime-drama film “Stolen Heart”.

Rise to Prominence

At the start of the new millennium, Lisa secured her most prominent role to date in her career – she was chosen as Beka Valentine, a warrior pilot in the sci-fi action-adventure series “Andromeda”, co-starring Kevin Sobo, Lexa Doig, and Laura Bertram.

Lisa Ryder

Ryder appeared in all 110 episodes, and for her work received a Gemini Award nomination in the category for Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Series. While on the set of the series, she wasn’t looking for other roles, but made an appearance in the sci-fi action horror film “Jason X” (2001), co-starring with her colleague from “Andromeda”, Lexa Doig.

Decline in Popularity

Unfortunately, after the TV series ended, Lisa struggled to obtain any role until 2009, though she made an appearance in the mystery television movie “Secret Lives” in 2005. Nevertheless, from 2009 onwards, she has managed to find a steady engagement.

She started coming back with minor roles, such as a guest role in the TV series “Degrassi: The Next Generation”, then the role in the television movie “Secrets of Eden” (2012), and the same year also had a representative role in the dramedy film “The Story of Luke”, that won a number of prestigious awards at various festivals, and starred Lou Taylor Pucci, Jayne Eastwood, and Pam Hyatt.

Career Resurgence; where is Lisa Ryder Now?

In 2013 she featured in the fantasy-drama television movie “The Good Witch’s Destiny” (2013), and the next year appeared in a couple of episodes of the TV family-drama series “Remedy”.

Three years later she had a guest role in the highly successful horror drama series “The Strain”, while most recently, she started appearing in the TV sci-fi action-adventure series “Endlings” (2020). Furthermore, she is working on the romantic comedy film “Hotel Limbo”, which is now in post-production and scheduled for release in October 2020. Lisa will play the lead character and will be accompanied by Sophie Gendron, and James McDougall.

Lisa Ryder Net Worth, Height, Weight, and Appearance

Lisa is a successful actress who so far has appeared in more than 30 films and TV series, all of which have increased her wealth. According to reports, Lisa Ryder’s net worth has been estimated at $1.5 million, as of mid- 2020.

Lisa stands at 5ft 8ins (1.73m) tall, while she weighs approximately 132lbs ~ 60kgs. Her vital statistics are 34-25-36 ins, while her bra size is 38B. She is recognized for her short blonde bob hair, and her blue eyes.

Lisa Ryder Personal Life, Marriage, Husband, Children

Lisa Ryder is very secretive about her personal life, and only obscure information is available about her life. Nevertheless, we know that she married the Canadian stage and television actor, Ari Cohen in 2005, but have since divorced, though there is no official information when the couple’s marriage dissolved. However, before the separation, they welcomed a son, and a daughter.

Lisa Ryder’s Ex-Husband, Ari Cohen

Ari Cohen is a Canadian actor, born in Winnipeg, Manitoba; there is no information as to when he was born, and we know that he attended the University of Manitoba. During university years, he was a member of the Black Hole Theatre Company. He made his acting debut in 1990 with the role of Philbin in the romantic comedy-drama film “Archangel”, and since then has made around 90 film and TV appearances. He is mostly known for his supporting roles in TV series, such as “The L Word” (2004), “The Tournament” (2005-2006), and “My Babysitter’s Vampire” (2011-2012). Most recently he had a notable role in the film “It” (2017), in which he portrayed Rabbi Uris, and reprised the role in the sequel “It Chapter Two” (2019). He is currently working on the TV drama series “Rising Suns” (2020).

Lisa Ryder News, Facts

Lisa has remained true to the theater and has featured in plays throughout her career. She has also written the play “A Blow in the Face”, which had its premiere in 2019 at the Nightwood Theatre, Toronto, Ontario and was also performed at Bald Ego Theatre in Toronto. The play is based on her life, and a time when she experienced postpartum depression, following the birth of her first child.

Lisa is best known for her role in “Andromeda”, and is a part of the remembrance videos and interviews as a cast member of one of the most popular sci-fi series of the early 2000s. One such video is made by Looper, released two years ago, when they talked about Lisa, in addition to other cast members.

She has often collaborated with Andromeda’s creator, Gene Roddenberry, appearing in several other series and films, including “Earth: Final Conflict”, and “Total Recall 2070”, among others.

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