Jacqueline Fernandez (born 11 August 1985) is a Sri Lankan actress, former model, and the winner of the 2006 Miss Universe Sri Lanka pageant.
As Miss Universe Sri Lanka she represented her country at the 2006 world Miss Universe pageant. She graduated with a degree in mass
communication from the University of Sydney, and worked as a television reporter in Sri Lanka.
While on a modelling assignment in India in 2009, Fernandez successfully auditioned for Sujoy Ghosh’s fantasy drama Aladin, which marked her
acting debut. Fernandez’ breakthrough role was in Mohit Suri’s psychological thriller Murder 2 (2011), her first commercial success. This was
followed by glamorous roles in the ensemble-comedy Housefull 2 (2012) and its sequel Housefull 3 (2016), and the action thriller Race 2 (2013),
all of which were box-office successes. Her performance in the first of these garnered her an IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination. In
2014, Fernandez played the leading lady in Sajid Nadiadwala’s Kick, which is one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time.
One of the most popular actresses in India, she was the recipient of the IIFA Award for Star Debut of the Year – Female in 2010. Alongside her
screen acting career, Fernandez has participated in stage shows, and is active in humanitarian work.
Fernandez shares a close bond with her family, and admits to missing being around them.She says: “I miss them so much everyday. You don’t
realise when you live away from home how difficult life can be At the same time, staying away from them has taught me to be more responsible. It
has taught me so many things about myself, about priorities and time management.” In March 2012, Fernandez turned vegetarian for a 40-day
period to observe Lent, a period from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday.
Fernandez has participated in several concert tours and televised award ceremonies. In 2013, she performed at the Temptations Reloaded in
Auckland, Perth, and Sydney alongside Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukerji, and Madhuri Dixit. She also performed at the live talent show “Got Talent
World Stage Live” with Khan, Priyanka Chopra and Varun Dhawan the following year. In July 2014, Fernandez opened a restaurant in Colombo,
Kaema Sutra, in collaboration with chef Dharshan Munidasa, which specialises in contemporary Sri Lankan cuisine.