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 entered the film industry as a stunt performer and dancer while blazing a path for her acting. After earning credits like the Richard Gere and Jennifer Lopez film, Shall We Dance and The Lazarus Project starring Paul Walker, Lisa Durupt 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 portrayal of the feisty Shandra during the show’s four season run earned her a 2010 Gemini Award nomination for Best Individual Performance in a Comedy Program or Series and a 2013 Leo Award nomination for Best Performance in a Music, Comedy, or Variety Program or Series.
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 favourite around North America, Preggoland introduced Lisa Durupt’s acting prowess to international audiences and also 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 positive directions that are both familiar and diverse. She currently stars as Andrea Todd on the Murder She Baked film series opposite Alison Sweeney for Hallmark Movies and Mysteries. She will also be seen in a pair of new Hallmark movies, Operation Christmas and The Convenient Groom, the premiere episode of E!’s new series, The Engagement, and her first horror film, Puppet Killer, alongside The Soska Sisters.