Biography|May 20, 2012 11:00 am

Jacqueline Fernandez Biography

Jacqueline Fernandez is a Sri Lankan actress and model who was crowned Miss
Universe Sri Lanka in 2006. She is currently working in the Mumbai film industry.

She was born into a Sinhalese family in Colombo. Both her parents are Sinhalese — her father hails from Negombo but has now migrated to Malaysia, and her mother hails from Kandy. At age three, she moved with her family to Bahrain where she studied at the Holy Crest Girls’ School in Manama. She took part in a variety of activities in school that ranged from ballet to athletics. Jacqueline Fernandez graduated from the Murrey University in Australia with a degree in mass media studies, following which she started modeling in Australia, Singapore, Dubai and Sri Lanka.
She won the crown for the Miss Sri Lanka Universe in 2006 and competed in the Miss Universe pageant but unfortunately, could not make it to the finals. After the pageant, she started working as an anchor for the Lanka Business Report and also was the writer for a column in The Daily Mirror. By this time, Jacqueline Fernandez had already started working as a model in India. She also runs a non profit organization in Sri Lanka that works for the upliftment and empowerment of people who are underprivileged. Her cousin Frederica Jansz is the editor of the Sri Lankan newspaper Sunday Leader.
Jacqueline Fernandez debuted as an actor in the Hindi film called Aladin, which was directed by Sujoy Ghosh and released in 2009. This film casted Ritesh Deshmukh opposite her and in her very first film, she had the opportunity of working in a film that also starred Hindi film stalwarts like Amitabh Bachchan and Sanjay Dutt. In the film, that was a reworking of the fairytale of Aladin, Jacqueline played the role of jasmine, who was a student from America who joined Aladin’s college. In 2010, she acted in the romantic comedy Jaane Kahan Se Aaya Hai directed by Milap Zaveri. In this film too she acted opposite Ritesh Deshmukh, thereby sparking off rumours of an alleged affair between the two co-stars. But she has repeatedly denied such rumours. Jacqueline Fernandez plays the role of an alien who comes from Venus to Earth in search of true love. In the same year, she had a special appearance in the film Housefull in an item number called “Apni toh Jaise Taise.” This film starred Akshay Kumar, Deepika Padukone, Lara Dutta, Jiah Khan and Ritesh Deshmukh.
She has also ventured into the Tamil film industry and made an appearance in a film called Mankatha which stars Ajith Kumar, Nagarjuna, Trisha Krishnan, Manoj Manchu, Vedhika Kumar and Lakshmi Rai. Jacqueline Fernandez has two films lined up for the year 2011 called Murder 2, which is a sequel to the 2004 film Murder, that was directed by Anurag Basu and starred Emraan Hashmi and Mallika Sherawat in the lead roles. This film will be directed by Mohit Suri. Fernandez is also rumored to have been cast in the next film that Milap Zaveri will direct. She is also supposed to be starring in Housefull 2.
According to her, being independent and accomplished was extremely important for her and that perfectionism is her strongest asset. She says that is becomes necessary for her to give her best shot in everything that she undertakes.
Awards and Nominations
Though she has acted only in two films, Jacqueline Fernandez has already received the International Indian Film Academy Award and the Stardust Award for the Best Female Debut in 2010 for her debut film Aladin.
Aladin (2009)
Jaane Kahan Se Aaya Hai (2010)
Housefull (2010)
Mankatha (2010)
Murder 2 (2011)
Housefull 2 (2012)
Raaz 3D (2012)
Krrish 2 (2012)
Total Dhamaal (2012)
Pravegaya (2012)