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Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Lisa Durupt developed early passions for the pastimes of her surroundings, with fishing and playing ice hockey leading the way.

Lisa Durupt’s skills on the ice earned her a university scholarship in Minnesota until a shoulder injury put her hockey plans on hold and she enrolled at the University of Winnipeg. After seeing a production of A Chorus Line as her first assignment, she dropped her scholarship to study theatre and film at her home university before attending the Canadian College of Performing Arts.

Using her athletic and artistic background to her advantage, Lisa Durupt first entered the film industry as a stunt performer and then as dancer in the Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez film, Shall We Dance. Her first acting break came when she caught the attention of Saturday Night Live and Kids in the Hall veteran Mark McKinney, who cast her on his HBO Canada series, Less Than Kind in 2008. Lisa Durupt’s unrestrained turn as the feisty Shandra during the show’s four season run earned her a 2010 Gemini Award nomination and a 2013 Leo Award nomination.

Following projects like The Pastor’s Wife starring Rose McGowan, The Color of Rain featuring Lacey Chabert, Run for Your Life with Amy Smart, and the TV favourite, Supernatural, Lisa Durupt earned her biggest film role to date in Preggoland as the preferred daughter of James Caan who finds the tables turned when her competitive, underachieving sister Sonja Bennett fakes a pregnancy. A film festival favorite around North America, Preggoland introduced Lisa Durupt’s acting prowess to international audiences and earned her a 2015 Leo Award nomination for Best Supporting Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture.

Lisa Durupt has used the momentum of her successful turn in Preggoland to send her in diverse new directions. She joined Alison Sweeney for five instalments of the highly-rated Murder She Baked film series for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries along with guest starring roles on the likes of Motive and Date My Dad before returning to Canadian television in 2017 with a recurring role as Jen on the internationally-recognized CBC series Heartland. On the big screen, she will next be seen in the tongue-in-cheek horror film, Puppet Killer alongside Aleks Paunovic, Richard Harmon, Kyle Cassie, and Gigi Saul Guerrero.

Outside of acting, Lisa Durupt remains active in sports and dance. She is personally committed to a number of causes including women in film, Multiple Sclerosis and homelessness.