Lea was born June 22, 1962 in New Westminster, B.C., Canada. He didn't take up acting until he was 25; before that he sold clothes and was the lead singer for a band called Beau Monde. His acting training comes from Beverly Hills Playhouse, Charles Conrad Studios and the Gastown Actor's Studio.
Lea's television credits besides that of Alex Krycek on The X-Files, has been a reoccurring character, Ricky Caruso on the ABC cop show The Commish. He has had guest appearances on Highlander, Sliders, Jake and the Kid, Lonesome Dove, E.N.G.,
Taking the Falls, Robin's Hood, The Marshall, The Hat Squad, North of 60, and Madison. He also costarred in the movie of the week Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye with Jason Priestly of 90210 fame, and the telefilms Earth Angel and The Investigation.
His feature film credits include Ignition, Lunch with Charles, The Impossible Elephant, Vertical Limit , The Tool Shed, Star 80, From Pig to Oblivion, American Boyfriends, Xtro II: The Second
Encounter, The Raffle and Bad Company. He also starred in John Woo's Once a Thief.
His stage appearances include For What We Reap (Station Street Theatre), Bloody Business (Western Canadian Theatre
CO./New Bastion Theatre), Fair Game (Arts Club Theatre), and At Home (Gastown Theatre).
Lea currently resides in Vancouver.