She was born to a Sri Lankan father and a Malaysian mother. When she was just four, she along with her three siblings migrated to Bahrain, where she spent the rest of her childhood. For college, she shifted base to Australia, where she secured a degree in Mass Communications, after which she moved back to Sri Lanka to pursue a career in modeling and TV reporting.
Jacqueline Fernandez – Bollywood debut and journey
She was crowned Miss Sri Lanka Universe in 2006; a year later she appeared in a music video for Bathiya and Santhush. She received modeling offers from India and was subsequently selected for a Bollywood movie. Simultaneously, she has also been writing a column for the Sri Lankan national daily ‘ The Daily Mirror’ and works for a non-profit organization that is geared to helped the needy. Before coming to India, she was also working as a TV host for a business based program called ‘Lanka Business Report’.
Jacqueline Fernandez’s first film was Alladin (2009) opposite Riteish Deshmukh which bombed badly. In 2010, she was a part of another flop called Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai. Recognition came to her in the form of an item number called Dhanno for Housefull, directed by Sajid Khan.
Jacqueline’s first big hit was Murder 2 (2011), which became a runaway hit. Her role had a lot of sex-appeal with thrills added. In 2012, she signed ‘Housefull 2’ which turned out to be another big hit. But her biggest blockbuster so far, has been Race 2 which is among the top five money-spinners of 2013. She also appeared in an item number in Prabhu Deva’s Ramiaya Vasta Vaiya.
Jacqueline’s next films include Kick with Salman Khan, Roy alongside Ranbir Kapoor and a Hollywood film ‘According to Matthew’.
Jacqueline Fernandez height and trivia
Height – 5 feet, 7 inches
She turned down many films like Raaz 3D because the role was similar to Murder 2 and Krrish 2 due to date conflicts. Rumor mills said that a possessive boyfriend in the form of Sajid Khan hurt her career making decisions.
She raised £4000 for helping the cause of her friend’s NGO,Pratham, which works for children’s primary education
Jacqueline Fernandez appeared in a Sony Ericsson commercial with Hrithik Roshan. She has also done Pepsi ads with Ranbir Kapoor, Titan Watches with Aamir Khan. Jacqueline Fernandez is the brand ambassador of Nestle’s popular brand Maggi and Lux in Sri Lanka and HTC One in India.