Jacqueline Fernandez (born 11 August 1985) is a Sri Lankan actress, 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.Fernandez was born on 11 August 1985,in Manama,[Bahrain, and was raised in a multi-ethnic family. Her father, Elroy, is Sri Lankan, and her mother, Kim, is of Malaysian descent. Her grandfather, on her mother’s side of the family, is Canadian. Her father, who was a musician in Sri Lanka, moved to Bahrain in the 1980s to escape civil unrest between the Tamils and Sinhalese and subsequently met her mother who was an air hostess.
In 2014, Fernandez appeared in Sajid Nadiadwala’s directorial debut The action film Kick, a remake of a 2009 Telugu film of same name. She starred opposite Salman Khan, playing Shaina, a psychiatry student. She retained her real voice for the first time in Kick.While Sneha May Francis commented that she is: “incredibly dazzling, and moves like a magic”, Raja Sen of Rediff.com was more critical of her dialogue delivery, calling it “unfortunate.”
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.