Marisha Ray is an American voice actress, writer, producer, host and an occasional stunt performer. She is best known for her voice acting in video games, most notably voicing characters in “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” (2015) and “Splinter Cell Guards” (2015), but also for appearing in a live web series “Critical Role” as a recurring character.
The early life of Marisha Ray
Ever since she was a little girl, Marisha Ray displayed an enormous affection for all things video games. At the very early age of three, she was first handed a game controller and thus immediately fell in love with video games. Spending a lot of time either playing games or watching TV, Marisha felt an urging desire to be a performer. She took the call of performing very seriously, training theater acting at various facilities such as the American Academy of the Dramatic Arts, Point Park University Conservatory of Performing Arts, Governor’s School for the Arts and LA Connection Comedy Theater.
After investing much of her time in the theater, naturally, she started her acting career at the theater stage, performing in New York, Chicago, and Orlando. However, in 2008 she made the decision to move to Los Angeles. It proved to be the correct decision as it allowed Rey to advance her acting career.
She slowly started appearing in many short movies and indie TV series and shows, the most notable being “The Grind” from 2012 where she hosted the show and acted in various sketches, such as the web parody “School of Thrones” from 2013. She worked with a number of networks such as Spike TV, Hallmark Channel, and MTV, starring in various commercials and shows, even writing episodes. Marisha also found the time to produce her own Batgirl fan series in 2012 called “Batgirl: Spoiled” in which she had an acting part as well.
Still, Ray’s strong gaming background soon came to the spotlight, when she started doing small voice work roles for various video games. That led to her voicing the female Diamond Dog Soldier in “Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain” in 2015. She voiced Margaret in “Persona 4” series, Mary in “Splinter Cell Guards” and the female stormtrooper in Star Wars: Battlefront‘s multiplayer mode.
Marisha Ray is engaged to Matthew Mercer, a fellow voice actor and a member of the “Critical Role” cast, best known for voicing Leon S. Kennedy, one of the main characters in the hugely popular “Resident Evil” video game series, and his work in English dubs of Japanese anime. The two are currently residing in Los Angeles and have yet to announce the wedding date.
She has signature long, red hair and is 5′ 5″ (1.65 m) tall. She was born on May 10th but is keeping her birth year private, joking on Twitter that the Hollywood doesn’t recognize age but rather an age range, alluding to the uneven standard and position of women in the industry.
What’s she doing now
Marisha Ray is a relative newcomer to the world of acting and is slowly building her career. Her passion for video gaming is deeply ingrained in her comedy and writing. Most recently, she provided voice work for three characters “Fire Emblem: Fates” video game, “Lego Marvel’s Avengers”, “Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, as well as voicing Laura in “The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II”.
Rey continues to portray Keyleth in “Critical Role”, a live weekly show on Twitch where professional voice actors play Dungeons & Dragons campaigns. She has also completed the filming of her role as Morgan in “The Malibu Tapes” live-action indie movie, slated for a release in April this year.,
There is no doubt that Marisha Ray is just at the beginning of a very encouraging career. She already has a huge following in the gaming community by being an avid fellow gamer, but also a familiar face from various gaming shows she hosted and appeared in. She is a regular at gaming conventions all around the US. We will see and hear more of Marisha Ray in the future, be it through live-action or voice acting, comedy sketches or live web series. With her ambition to act and produce, as well as many talents as she has, there will be plenty of work for Marisha Ray to further her promising career.
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