Crystle Lightning

Last updated: October 7, 2023

Crystle Lightning, playing Sandy, is an Indigenous actress from the Enoch Cree Nation in Alberta and a Canadian Screen Award winner for Best Actress in a Drama Series in 2021. She began her show business journey at nine years old when the Lightning family moved from Canada to Los Angeles. There, Crystle landed her first lead role in the feature film 3 Ninjas: Knuckle Up, and she has been working in the industry ever since.

Crystle's film and television appearances include Yellowstone (Paramount+), Outlander (Starz), Trickster (CW), The Good Doctor (ABC), Rutherford Falls (Peacock), Ghosts (CBS), and recently the #1 series on Amazon Prime TV, Three Pines (Prime TV). This year, you will see Crystle Lightning in 1883: Bass Reeves (Paramount+), Spirit Rangers (Netflix), George R. R. Martin's Mary Margaret Road Grader (directed by Steven Paul Judd), and Fancy Dance (directed by Erica Tremblay).

Crystle Lightning is also the co-creator and star of the all-native hit musical Bear Grease, which puts an Indigenous twist on the 1978 classic Grease. She also makes her directorial debut in this production.

When not in front of the camera, Crystle is a hip-hop recording artist. She is a member of the award-winning group LightningCloud, which won Power 106's "Who's Next?" and Hot 97's "Battle for the Best." She has recorded with artists like Cypress Hill and Timbaland and has toured with legends like Kendrick Lamar, ASAP Rocky, and Nicki Minaj. Crystle lives in Treaty 6, Alberta, with her husband, son, and three dogs.

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