Jacqueline Fernandez (born 11 August 1985) is a Bahraini-Sri Lankan actress who appears in Bollywood films. Fernandez is one of the prominent actresses in the industry, and is ranked as one of the most fashionable celebrities in India. She is also a 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 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’s 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 the action thriller Race 2 (2013), both of which were box-office successes. Her performance in the former garnered her an IIFA Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress. 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 Debut of the Year – Female in 2010. Alongside her acting career, Fernandez has participated in stage shows, and is active in humanitarian work.
Fernandez was born on 11 August 1985, in Manama, Bahrain,and was raised in a multi-ethnic family. Her father Elroy is of Sri Lankan, and her mother Kim of Malaysian descent. Her grandfather, on her mother’s side of the family, is Canadian and her great grandparents were from Goa, India. 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. She is the youngest of four children with one elder sister and two elder brothers.She hosted television shows in Bahrain at the age of fourteen.After receiving her early education in Bahrain, she pursued a degree in mass communication from the University of Sydney in Australia.After graduating she worked as a television reporter in Sri Lanka. She also attended the Berlitz school of languages, where she learnt Spanish and improved her French and Arabic.