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Ayisha Issa (March 18, 1984) is a Canadian actress and model. She is known for her roles as Solara Shockley in Dark Matter (2017), Jazmin in Polar (2019) and Dr. June Curtis in Transplant (2020).

She voiced and motion captured the role of Fliss DuBois in the game Man of Medan.

Early Life

Issa was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, growing up as an Anglophone on Montreal's West Island. She had a troubled childhood, and at one point lived in a group home.

When she was 15, she was a client with the Batshaw Youth and Family Centres, a local nonprofit assisting troubled youth. As a teenager, she suffered from depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, but despite this, she began working toward a modeling career, which proved to be unsuccessful, something she attributed to her athletic build.

In her twenties, she worked as the assistant front-desk manager at a Montreal hotel before being fired. Looking for a new career, she shifted her focus toward athletics, and after a brief time in kickboxing, began to practice Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. In 2010, she had won the heavyweight adult female white belt (novice) category at the International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Federation World Championships.

Issa holds a Brazilian Top Team Brown Belt and won World Championships in 2014 as a Blue Belt. When she is not on set, Ayisha continues to train and compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and is founder of 4Points BJJ, where she combines her love of the sport with her affinity for youth development to help foster confidence, perseverance and other valuable qualities in kids and young adults.

Career

Film & Television

Issa's professional acting career started when her martial arts background landed her a small role opposite Mickey Rourke and Henry Cavill in the 2011 feature film Immortals.

In 2018, Issa earned a Prix Gemeaux for her portrayal of Brittany Sizzla in the highly acclaimed French Canadian series Unité 9, a role for which she was also nominated in 2017.

Her feature film credits include supporting roles in Brick Mansions opposite the late Paul Walker, Polar for Netflix starring Mads Mikkelsen and Vanessa Hudgens, and The Hummingbird Project with Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgard and Salma Hayek.

On the small screen, Issa plays Dr. June Curtis on the upcoming CTV medical drama Transplant, and has had recurring roles on the Syfy series Dark Matter, 12 Monkeys, and the award-winning CBC comedy Workin’ Moms.

Video games

Issa make her game debut during 2016, in Far Cry Primal as Jayma. In 2019 she has also made her mark in the video game world as one of the fan favourites playable characters, Fliss, in Man of Medan alongside Shawn Ashmore and other Canadian actors such as Arielle Palik, Kareem Alleyne and Chris Sandiford.

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2011 30 Vies Clara 3 episodes
2013-2017 Unité 9 Bouba 54 episodes
2016 12 Monkeys Emissary 6 episodes
2017 Dark Matter Solara Shockley 4 episodes
2019 Workin' Moms Wendy 2 episodes
Shadowhunters Annaliese Episode: "To the Night Children"
The Expanse Matar Kubileya Leader Episode: "Retrograde"
2020 Transplant Dr. June Curtis 13 episodes

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2006 Cheech Cheech's Daughter
2010 L'Appât Van Cleef
2011 Who is Simon Miller? Jasmine
Immortals Priestess Secondary
2013 Warm Bodies Athletic Woman Secondary
Betty and Coretta Student Secondary
2014 Brick Mansions Rayzah
2017 Eye on Juliet Naomi
2018 The Hummingbird Project Ophelia Troller
All the Things (Short) Special Thanks
2019 Polar Jazmin

Video games

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Far Cry Primal Jayma Voice
2019 Man of Medan Félicité "Fliss" DuBois Voice and motion capture of the character

External Links

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