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, 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.
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.
In the early 2013, Fernandez became the ambassador for HTC One, which she endorses in India. She was the face of Indian Bridal Fashion Week—IBFW of 2013.Later that year, she became the spokesperson for Gareth Pugh’s designed Forevermark Diamonds in Mumbai, and was at the inaugural opening of the Forever 21 store in Mumbai.That year, she also launched Gillette Shaving System with Arbaaz Khan and Aditya Roy Kapur. While analysing Fernandez’s career, India TV noted: “Slowly and steadily Jacqueline Fernandez is climbing up the ladder of success Jacqueline is comfortably grasping every aspect of the work, which an actress is required to do and is accordingly giving results.” On the contrary, Charu Thakur of India Today criticized her acting skills, but remarked that: ” managed to find her feet in Bollywood now by banking on glamorous roles”.