Jacqueline Fernandez is a Sri Lankan actress and model who primarily works in the Hindi film industry. The winner of the 2006 Miss Universe Sri Lanka pageant, Jacqueline is famous in Bollywood for essaying glamorous roles in films like Housefull
2, Race 2
, and Housefull 3.Early Life
Born in Bahrain, to a Sri Lankan father, Elroy Fernandez and Malaysian mother, Kim, Jacqueline is the youngest of four children with one elder sister and two elder brothers. Jacqueline did her schooling from Bahrain and then went to the University of Sydney from where she graduated in Mass Communication. After graduating she began working as a television reporter in Sri Lanka but simultaneously continued modeling and in 2006 she was crowned the Miss Sri Lanka Universe. Jacqueline was the anchor of Lanka Business Report and also used to write for The Daily Mirror.
Jacqueline from a very young age wanted to make it big in the world of glamor. When she came to India for a modeling assignment, she auditioned for the fantasy film Aladin
and landed the lead role.Personal Life
Being a famous celebrity in Bollywood comes with its pros and cons. Jacqueline`s personal life has always been under media scrutiny. Her affair and break up with Bollywood`s director Sajid Khan was much publicized. Their courtship period of two years ended in 2013. Before being in a relationship with Sajid Khan, Jacqueline was dating Bahraini prince Hassan bin Rashid Al Khalifa, whom she met at a mutual friend`s party, but the duo separated soon after.Movie Career
Jacqueline Fernandez broke into the industry with Sujoy Ghosh`s fantasy adventure film Aladin in 2009, opposite Riteish Deshmukh. The film which also starred Amitabh Bachchan
and Sanjay Dutt
was a box office disaster both in terms of collection and content. Jacqueline garnered mixed reviews for her portrayal of Princess Jasmine. Her second film Jaane Kahan Se Aayi h
ai, again starring Riteish Deshmukh, was a flop. Jacqueline was criticized heavily for not being able to satisfyingly play the role of an alien.
Success came to Jacqueline with Mahesh Bhatt`s thriller mystery film Murder 2
in 2011. Directed by Mohit Suri, the film starred Emraan Hashmi along with her in the lead. The film was one of the highest grossers in 2011 and did wonders to uplift Jacqueline`s career. Next year in 2012, Fernandez appeared in the ensemble comedy film Housefull 2 co-starring Akshay Kumar
, John Abraham,
and Asin Thottumkal
. Directed by her then boyfriend, Sajid Khan, the movie was a commercial super hit but was thrashed miserably by the critics.
She subsequently starred in the multi-starrer suspense film Race 2 with Saif Ali Khan
, Anil Kapoor,
John Abraham, Deepika Padukone
and Ameesha Patel
. Directed by the famous duo Abbas-Mustan, the movie fared badly critically and Jacqueline was heavily criticized for her role.
2014 proved to be a turning point in Jacqueline`s career. She starred opposite Salman Khan in Sajid Nadiadwala`s directorial debut Kick. The movie which also starred Randeep Hooda
and Nawazuddin Siddiqui
was an official remake of a Tamil film with the same name. Kick was a runaway hit and was amongst the highest grossing Hindi films at that time. This record-breaking movie made Jacqueline one of the most sought after actresses in Bollywood.
She then appeared in films like Roy
, and Brothers, which were all box office duds. In 2015, Jacqueline made her Hollywood debut with British Horror film Definition of Fear. The film in which she essayed Sarah Folding, a psychology student was premiered at the 4th Delhi International Film Festival in December 2015.
Jacqueline Fernandez`s 2016 releases include Housefull 3, Dishoom
, and A flying Jatt
. In the same year, she also made her Hindi TV debut as one of the judges in Jhalak Dikhhla Ja Season 9. Her 2017 releases include the action comedy film Drive
opposite Sushant Singh Rajput
, A Gentleman
alongside actor Sidharth Malhotra
, and the David Dhawan
directorial venture Judwaa 2
alongside Varun Dhawan
. Her other projects include the Sri Lankan English film According to Mathew, under the direction of Chandran Rutnam.