Ileana D'Cruz grace the trailer launch of Raid (16) (cropped).jpgIleana D’Cruz (born 1 November 1987) is an Indian-born Portuguese actress and model who predominantly appears in Telugu and Hindi language films. D’Cruz was born in Mumbai and spent most of her childhood in Goa. D’Cruz made her screen debut in 2006 with Telugu-language film Devadasu, which was a commercial success whilst earning her the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debutant.

D’Cruz established herself as a leading actress in Telugu cinema with successful films including Pokiri (2006), Rakhi (2006), Munna (2007), Jalsa (2008), Kick (2009) and Julayi (2012).[1] She made her debut in Tamil cinema with Kedi (2006) and starred in Shankar’s Nanban (2012), a commercial success.

D’Cruz expanded to Hindi cinema in 2012 with Anurag Basu’s comedy-drama Barfi!, for which she won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. She has since played the leading lady in Main Tera Hero (2014), Rustom (2016), and Raid (2018).

 

Early and personal life

D’Cruz was born to a Catholic father and Muslim mother in Mahim, Mumbai on 1 November 1987.[5][6] Her family moved to Parra, Goa when she was 10 years old.

Her first portfolio was created in January 2003; D’Cruz called it a “disaster”. Subsequent photo shoots and ramp shows led to a second portfolio the following year, which landed her advertisements from Electrolux, Emami Talc and Fair & Lovely. The latter, in particular, which was directed by Rakesh Roshan, gave her exposure and brought in several offers for acting in feature films.

D’Cruz acquired Portuguese nationality in 2014. In an interview with Verve in 2017, she said that Portugal was a part of her ancestry.

She was in a relationship with Australian photographer Andrew Kneebone. It was rumored that they had already married.  On 28 August 2019, Indian media aired the news that the couple had broken up.

Filmography

Films

Year Title Role(s) Language(s) Notes Ref.
2006 Devadasu Bhanu Telugu
Pokiri Shruti Telugu
Kedi Aarthi Tamil
Khatarnak Nakshatra Telugu
Rakhi Tripura Telugu
2007 Munna Nidhi Telugu
Aata Sathya Telugu
2008 Jalsa Bhagyamathi/Bhagi Telugu
Bhale Dongalu Jyothi Telugu
2009 Kick Naina Telugu
Rechipo Krishna Veni Telugu
Saleem Satyavathi Telugu
2010 Huduga Hudugi Herself Kannada Guest appearance
2011 Shakti Aishwarya Telugu
Nenu Naa Rakshasi Meenakshi/Shravya Telugu
2012 Nanban Ria Santhanam Tamil
Julayi Madhu Telugu
Devudu Chesina Manushulu Ileana Telugu
Barfi! Shruti Ghosh Sengupta Hindi
2013 Phata Poster Nikhla Hero Kajal Hindi
2014 Main Tera Hero Sunaina Goradia Hindi
Happy Ending Aanchal Reddy Hindi
2016 Rustom Cynthia Pavri Hindi
2017 Mubarakan Supreet “Sweety” Gill Hindi
Baadshaho Rani Gitanjali Devi Hindi
2018 Raid Malini Patnaik Hindi
Amar Akbar Anthony Aishwarya/Pooja/Teresa Telugu
2019 Pagalpanti Sanjana Hindi
2021 The Big Bull Meera Rao Hindi
2022 Unfair & Lovely Films that have not yet been released TBA Hindi Completed
Untitled Shirsha Guha film Films that have not yet been released Illli Hindi Filming

Music videos

Year Title Singer(s) Ref.
2017 Pehli Dafa Atif Aslam
2022 Ooo Ooo Qaran

Accolades[edit]

Year Film Award Category Result
2006 Pokiri Filmfare Awards South Best Actress (Telugu) Nominated
2007 Devadasu Best Female Debut Won
2009 Jalsa Best Actress (Telugu) Nominated
Santosham Film Awards Best Actress Won
2010 Kick Filmfare Awards South Best Actress (Telugu) Nominated
2012 Nanban Vijay Awards Favourite Heroine Nominated
Barfi! BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor (Film) Debut – Female Nominated
2013 Filmfare Awards Best Female Debut Won
Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Female Won
Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Zee Cine Awards Best Female Debut Won
Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Nominated
Star Guild Awards Best Female Debut Won
Times of India Film Awards Best Female Debut Won
Best Supporting Actress Won
2014 Main Tera Hero Stardust Awards Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Nominated
Happy Ending Nominated
Best Actress in a Comedy or Romance Nominated
2015 Main Tera Hero Screen Awards Best Actress (Popular Choice) Nominated class=”no table-no2″ |Nominated |