Born August 11, 1985, Jacqueline Fernandez is a Sri Lankan actress, former model, and the winner of the Miss Universe Sri Lanka pageant of 2006. She is best known for her works in the Bollywood film industry. Growing up in Bahrain, Fernandez often fantasized about becoming a Hollywood film actress. At the age of 14, she hosted television shows in Bahrain and went on to work as a television reporter after graduating from the University of Sydney, Australia. In relation to her acting career, Fernandez received some training at the John School of Acting. Although she was a television reporter, she accepted offers in the modelling industry, which came as a result of her being crowned the winner of the Miss Universe Sri Lanka in 2006. She subsequently went on to represent Sri Lanka at the world Miss Universe 2006 pageant in Los Angeles. Then, in 2009, Fernandez travelled to India for a modelling assignment. She successfully auditioned for Sujoy Gosh’s fantasy film Aladin and thus made her debut in the Bollywood film industry. Although the film was a critical and commercial failure, she won the IIFA Award for Star Debut of the Year – Female. Later, in 2010, Fernandez appeared opposite Deshmukh in the science fiction romantic comedy Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai. The film, along with Fernandez’s performance, received poor reviews. After that, she starred in Mahesh Bhatt’s thriller Murder 2 and this film became Fernandez’s first commercial success and marked a turning point in her career. The following year, she appeared in the ensemble comedy Housefull 2 alongside Akshay Kumar, John Abraham, and Asin. It became one of the top grossing productions of India that year and earned $26 million worldwide. Despite receiving negative reviews for her performance, Fernandez received a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the 14th IIFA Awards. Then in 2014, Fernandez appeared in the action film Kick alongside Salman Khan. This film was also a major turning point in her career as it became the fourth highest-grossing Bollywood film and went on to establish Fernandez as one of the most popular Bollywood actresses. After this, she went on to appear in several commercial successes as well as failures, however, she is still regarded as one of the most popular Bollywood actresses and has also received several other titles such as “Bollywood’s Best Dressed Actresses”, throughout her career.
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