Multifaceted Natalie Gray has received six ACTRA (the Canadian equivalent of SAG) award nominations for her work as an actress and television host/interviewer. She is also a standup comedian, writer, painter and footwear designer and has designed footwear for Playboy, Birkenstock, and Bebe.
Childhood and Family:
Natalie Gray was born in Birmingham, England, to a father in show business. Her dad practiced with Ozzy Osbourne and served as an opening act for Queen, The Who, Tom Jones, The Moody Blues, Pink Floyd, and the Electric Light Orchestra. Young Natalie spent the first three years of her life on the road. The Grays later moved to Canada and Natalie trained with the Second City in Toronto for two years. She then studied acting in Frankfurt and New York before relocating to Los Angeles.
Natalie Gray made her stage debut at age 12 in the U.K. and a year later, starred in a production of “Aladdin.” After her family's move to Canada, Gray won a modeling contest at age 18 and served as a host on the television show “Switchback” (1987 to 1990). She was also cast in the starring role of Charlotte DeBrette in the Canadian series “Highschool Confidential” (1986), opposite Stephanie Moore, and portrayed Cindy Claire in the series “Dog House” (1990-1991), starring Jaimz Woolvett, Shelley Peterson and Valentina Cardinalli.
In 1993, Gray guest starred in an episode of “Kung Fu: The Legend Continues” called “Dragonswing,” where she played the role of Cassandra. The series starred David Carradine, Chris Potter and Richard Anderson. She then appeared in “Family Passions” (1994) and had an unaccredited part in Hart Bochner's comedy “PCU” (1994), which starred Jeremy Piven, Chris Young and Megan Ward. She next portrayed a flight attendant in the NBC film “A Perfect Stranger” (1994), based on a novel by Danielle Steel. The following year, she appeared in the movie “Johnny Mnemonic,” which starred Keanu Reeves, Dolph Lundgren and Dina Meyer, the made for TV film “Love and Betrayal: The Mia Farrow Story,” starring Patsy Kensit, Dennis Boutsikaris and Richard Muenz, and “Be My Valentine,” an episode of the Canadian crime series “Forever Knight.”
Gray resumed her acting in the comedy film “2001: A Space Travesty,” which was released in Portugal on November 17, 2000. The film, directed by Allan A. Goldstein and scripted by Alan Shearman, starred Leslie Nielsen, Ophélie Winter and Ezio Greggio.
Later, in 2008, Gray portrayed Peggy Miles in the pilot of “No Talent Required,” which she also wrote. Prior to “No Talent Required,” Gray lent her writing talents to such TV projects as “Extreme Gong” (1998), “It's So Over: 50 Biggest Celebrity Breakups” (2005), “Glamour's 50 Biggest Fashion Do's and Don'ts” (2005) and “Biography” (the episode “Robin Williams,” 2006). She also wrote “An Abstract Life,” which performed at Hollywood's Egyptian Theater in April 2005.
Gray is a professional painter, a career she has pursued since she was a child. Her abstract art has been sold in over 80 galleries throughout the world. She has also designed furniture and lamps that have been manufactured internationally. In addition, Gray has designed shoes for international brands like Chinese Laundry, Birkenstock, Bebe and Playboy, as well as for actress Pamela Anderson for her film “Behind the Smile” (2006).