Sera-Lys McArthur


Photo: C. Stephen Hurst

Sera-Lys McArthur is a screen and stage actor, producer, model and a proud member of the Šiyo Nidé Nakoda Oyadé. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Canada, and currently based in Toronto, Sera-Lys called New York City’s Manhattan “home” for a decade of her young-adult life.

 She has lead roles in independent feature films: Don’t Say Its Name (VuDu, Tubi, Prime); Robbery (VuDu, Tubi, Prime); and the award-winning debut feature from director Jules Koostachin, Broken Angel (APTN)for which Sera-Lys won Best Actress at the American Indian Film Festival, San Francisco, and was named one of Whistler Film Festival’s Stars to Watch. She won two non-gender-specific acting awards from the Blood In the Snow Film Festival in Toronto for her lead performances in: a short, kwêskosîw (She Whistles), which she also produced; and a feature, Don’t Say Its Name

Coming up: keep your eyes glued to the festival circuit because this indie-film darling has several feature films yet to be released! Including: the lead role in Koostachin’s follow-up, Angela’s Shadow; a large pivotal role in Shelley Niro’s film adaptation of the based-on-a-true-story play, Café Daughter;  and a strong supporting role opposite The Walking Dead’s Seth Gilliam in The Legend of Ronkonkoma: Lady of the Lake, from director Maria Capp.  

Recurring roles on series include: Burden of Truth (CBC, CW, Hulu), Pretty Hard Cases (CBC, Amazon FreeVee), Diggstown (CBC, BET+) & Arctic Air (CBC). She had an unforgettable guest star role on Outlander (STARZ), as Mohawk healer ‘Johiehon’, and appeared alongside Cobie Smulders in Netflix’s Friends From College.

Sera-Lys also voices “Thunderbird,” an operator based on McArthur’s own Nakoda cultural identity, in the video game Rainbow Six: Siege (Ubisoft).