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).
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.
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.
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.
|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|
|2011||Who is Simon Miller?||Jasmine|
|2013||Warm Bodies||Athletic Woman||Secondary|
|Betty and Coretta||Student||Secondary|
|2017||Eye on Juliet||Naomi|
|2018||The Hummingbird Project||Ophelia Troller|
|All the Things (Short)||Special Thanks|
|2016||Far Cry Primal||Jayma||Voice|
|2019||Man of Medan||Félicité "Fliss" DuBois||Voice and motion capture of the character|
|Ayisha Issa | @Ayisha_Issa|
|Ayisha Issa | @ayishaissa|