Jacqueline Fernandez (born 11 August 1985) is a Sri Lankan actress and model.  She has worked in Indian films, predominantly in Hindi, besides appearing in reality shows and music videos. Debuting with Aladin in 2009 she has since then established a career in the Hindi film industry. Fernandez was born and raised in Bahrain to a multiracial Eurasian family of Sri Lankan, Canadian, and Malaysian descent. After graduating in mass communication from the University of Sydney and working as a television reporter in Sri Lanka, she joined the modeling industry. She was crowned Miss Universe Sri Lanka in 2006, and represented her country at Miss Universe 2006.

While on a modelling assignment in India in 2009, Fernandez successfully auditioned for Sujoy Ghosh’s fantasy drama Aladin, which marked her acting debut. Fernandez had her breakthrough role with the psychological thriller Murder 2 (2011), her first commercial success. This was followed by glamorous roles in the commercially successful ensemble-comedy Housefull 2 (2012) and the action thriller Race 2 (2013), which garnered her an IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination. Fernandez went on to star in the top-grossing action film Kick (2014) and the comedies Housefull 3 (2016) and Judwaa 2 (2017).

Alongside her screen acting career, Fernandez has worked as a judge in the ninth season of the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (2016–2017), is a popular celebrity endorser for various brands and products, has participated in stage shows, and is active in humanitarian work.

Money laundering case

Since December 2021, Fernandez has been subjected to an investigation into a money laundering case involving $200 million. The investigation is being carried out by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) who questioned Fernandez for 10 hours in relation to the case on 9 December, 2021. On 22 December, ED rejected Fernandez’s request to downgrade the Lookout Circular (LOC) which was issued against her in the case which blocks her to travel outside India.

Fernandez was removed from the upcoming movie The Ghost which will star Nagarjuna. It is speculated that the eviction from the movie happened due to the money laundering case.

Filmography

Films

Year Title Role Notes
2009 Aladin Jasmine Debut film
2010 Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai Tara
Housefull Dhanno Special appearance in song “Aapka Kya Hoga (Dhanno)”
2011 Murder 2 Priya
2012 Housefull 2 Bobby Kapoor
2013 Race 2 Omisha
Ramaiya Vastavaiya Herself Special appearance in song “Jadoo Ki Jhappi”
2014 Kick Shaina Mehra
2015 Roy Ayesha Aamir/Tia Desai
Bangistan Rosanna (Rosie) Cameo appearance
Brothers Jenny Fernandes
Definition of Fear Sarah Fording British film
2016 Housefull 3 Ganga “Gracy” Patel
Dishoom Meera Balraj “Ishika” Behl
A Flying Jatt Kirti
2017 According to Mathew Daphne Reynolds Sri Lankan film
A Gentleman Kavya Chetwani
Judwaa 2 Alishka Bakshi
2018 Baaghi 2 Herself Special appearance in song “Ek Do Teen”
Race 3 Jessica Gomes
2019 Saaho Herself Trilingual film (Hindi, Tamil and Telugu); special appearance in song “Bad Boy’
Drive Tara Netflix film
2020 Mrs. Serial Killer Sona Mukherjee Netflix film
2021 Radhe Herself Special appearance in the song “Dil De Diya”
Bhoot Police Kanika “Kanu” Kulbhushan Disney+ Hotstar release
2022 Bachchhan Paandey Sophie
Attack Ayesha
Vikrant Rona Films that have not yet been released Racquel D’Coasta aka Gadang Rakkamma Cameo appearance; Kannada film
Cirkus Films that have not yet been released TBA Filming
Ram Setu Films that have not yet been released TBA Filming

Television

Year Title Role
2016 Dance Plus (season 2) Guest
Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (season 9) Judge
2017 Dance Plus (season 3) Guest
2018 Dance Deewane
2021 Dance Deewane (season 3)
Dance Plus (season 6)

Music videos

 
Year Title Singer(s) Label Ref.
2016 GF BF Gurinder Seagal T-Series
2020 Mere Angne Mein Neha Kakkar, Raja Hasan
Genda Phool Payal Dev, Badshah Sony Music India
2021 Paani Paani Aastha Gill, Badshah Saregama Music
2022 Mud Mud Ke Neha Kakkar, Tony Kakkar Desi Music Factory

Awards and nominations

Fernandez has won numerous awards mainly for her works in Housefull 2, its sequel Housefull 3, Murder 2, and Race 3.

Year Organisation Category Nominated Work Result Ref.
2010 IIFA Awards Debut of the Year – Female Aladin Won
Stardust Awards Exciting New Face Won
2012 Best Actress (Thriller/Action) Murder 2 Nominated
2013 IIFA Awards Best Actress in a Supporting Role Housefull 2 Nominated
15th Asianet Film Awards Most Stylish Bollywood Actress Herself Won
2015 BIG Star Entertainment Awards BIG Star Most Entertaining Dancer Kick Won
Stardust Awards Style Diva Won
Screen Awards Best Actress (Popular Choice) Nominated
2016 Ada Derana Sri Lankan of The Year Global Entertainer Herself Won
Stardust Awards Best Actress Housefull 3 Nominated
Dishoom Nominated
2017 BIG Zee Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Actor in a Comedy Film – Female Housefull 3 Nominated
Most Entertaining Dancer – Male/Female A Flying Jatt Nominated
Most Entertaining Dancer – Male/Female Dishoom Nominated
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards India Best Movie Actor (Female) Judwaa 2 Nominated