Leana was born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia. From a young age she had a deep desire to perform. Her acting debut came as Cinderella in a first grade school production. Naturally artistic, she explored many different interests including painting, drawing, figure skating, gymnastics and singing. Another creative interest was makeup, which led her to Vancouver for training as an esthetician and makeup artist.

In the midst of her quest to pursue all things creative, Leana began reading Julia Cameron’s life-changing book, “The Artists Way.” The book was the catalyst in her decision to seek higher training in acting. She auditioned for the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria. She was accepted and entered into the college's full-time, intensive program, training with highly regarded and world-renowned instructors. After completing her studies, Leana graduated and received a certificate in performing arts. She quickly began working, booking roles on stage and in two independent films. In order to further pursue her career, she relocated to Vancouver, where she is currently based with her husband Shaun and their Yorkshire terrier, Beckham.