Priyanka Chopra looking away from the cameraPriyanka Chopra Jonas ( born 18 July 1982) is an Indian actress, producer, model and singer. The winner of the Miss World 2000 pageant, Chopra is one of India’s highest-paid actresses. She has received numerous accolades, including two National Film Award and five Filmfare Awards. In 2016, the Government of India honoured her with the Padma Shri, and Time named her one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and in the next two years, Forbes listed her among the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women.

Although Chopra initially aspired to study aeronautical engineering, she accepted offers to join the Indian film industry, opportunities which arose as a result of her pageant wins. She made her acting debut in the Tamil film Thamizhan (2002). She then made her Bollywood debut in The Hero: Love Story of a Spy (2003). She played the leading lady in the box-office hits Andaaz (2003) and Mujhse Shaadi Karogi (2004) and received critical acclaim for her breakout role in the 2004 thriller Aitraaz. Chopra established herself with starring roles in the top-grossing productions Krrish and Don (both 2006), and she later reprised her role in their sequels.

Following a brief setback, Chopra garnered success in 2008 for playing a troubled model in the drama Fashion, which won her the National Film Award for Best Actress, and a glamorous journalist in Dostana. Chopra gained wider recognition for portraying a range of characters in the films Kaminey (2009), 7 Khoon Maaf (2011), Barfi! (2012), Mary Kom (2014), Dil Dhadakne Do (2015) and Bajirao Mastani (2015). From 2015 to 2018, she starred as Alex Parrish in the ABC thriller series Quantico and returned to Hindi cinema with the biopic The Sky Is Pink (2019). Chopra has also acted in a number of Hollywood films, most notably Baywatch (2017), The White Tiger (2021) and The Matrix Resurrections (2021).

Chopra promotes social causes such as environment and women’s rights and is vocal about gender equality, the gender pay gap, and feminism. She has worked with UNICEF since 2006 and was appointed as the national and global UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador for child rights in 2010 and 2016, respectively. Her namesake foundation for health and education works toward providing support to underprivileged Indian children. As a recording artist, Chopra has released three singles and provided vocals for a number of her film songs. She is also the founder of the production company Purple Pebble Pictures, under which she has produced several regional Indian films, including the acclaimed Marathi film Ventilator (2016). Despite maintaining privacy, Chopra’s off-screen life, including her marriage to American singer and actor Nick Jonas, is the subject of substantial media coverage. In 2021, she published her memoir Unfinished, which reached The New York Times Best Seller list.

Early life

Priyanka Chopra and her family are looking towards the camera.

Chopra with her parents and brother in 2012

Priyanka Chopra was born on 18 July 1982 in Jamshedpur, Bihar (present-day Jharkhand), to Ashok and Madhu Chopra, both physicians in the Indian Army.  Her father was a Punjabi Hindu from Ambala.  Her mother, Madhu Chopra from Jharkhand is the eldest daughter of Dr. Manohar Kishan Akhouri, a former Congress veteran,  and Madhu Jyotsna Akhouri, a former member of Bihar Legislative Assembly. Her late maternal grandmother, Mrs. Akhouri, was a Jacobite Syrian Christian originally named Mary John,  belonging to the Kavalappara family of Kumarakom, Kottayam district, Kerala. Chopra has a brother, Siddharth, who is seven years her junior.  Bollywood actresses Parineeti Chopra, Meera Chopra, and Mannara Chopra are cousins.

Due to Chopra’s parents’ professions as military physicians, the family was posted in a number of places in India, including Delhi, Chandigarh, Ambala, Ladakh, Lucknow, Bareilly, and Pune. Among the schools she attended were La Martiniere Girls’ School in Lucknow and St. Maria Goretti College in Bareilly. In an interview published in Daily News and Analysis, Chopra said that she did not mind travelling regularly and changing schools; she welcomed it as a new experience and a way to discover India’s multicultural society.  Among the many places that she lived, Chopra has fond memories as a child of playing in the valleys of Leh, in the cold northwestern Indian desert region of Ladakh. She had said, “I think I was in Class 4 when I was in Leh. My brother was just born. My dad was in the army and was posted there. I stayed in Leh for a year, and my memories of that place are tremendous. We were all army kids there. We weren’t living in houses, we were in bunkers in the valley and there was a stupa right on top of a hill which used to overlook our valley. We used to race up to the top of the stupa”. She now considers Bareilly her home town, and maintains strong connections there.

At 13, Chopra moved to the United States to study, living with her aunt, and attending schools in Newton, Massachusetts, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, after a stop in Queens, New York, as her aunt’s family also moved frequently.  While in Massachusetts, she participated in several theatre productions, and studied Western classical music, and choral singing.  During her teenage years in the United States, Chopra sometimes faced racial issues and was bullied for being Indian by an African-American classmate.  She has said, “I was a gawky kid, had low self-esteem, came from a modest middle-class background, had white marks on my legs. But I was damn hard working. Today, my legs sell 12 brands.”  After three years, Chopra returned to India, finishing the senior year of her high-school education at the Army Public School in Bareilly.

During this period, Chopra won the local May Queen beauty pageant,  after which she was pursued by admirers; her family equipped their home with bars for her protection.  Her mother entered her in the Femina Miss India contest of 2000;[28] she finished second,[a] winning the Femina Miss India World title.  Chopra next won the Miss World pageant, where she was crowned Miss World 2000 and Miss World Continental Queen of Beauty—Asia & Oceania at the Millennium Dome in London on 30 November 2000.  Chopra was the fifth Indian contestant to win Miss World, and the fourth to do so within seven years.  She had enrolled in college, but left after winning the Miss World pageant.  Chopra said that the Miss India and Miss World titles brought her recognition, and she began receiving offers for film roles.

Personal life

Priyanka with her husband Nick at a Holi celebration party in Mumbai in 2020

Chopra has maintained a strong relationship with her family, including her younger brother, Siddharth, and lives in an apartment on the same floor as her family. She was especially close to her father, who died in June 2013;  in 2012, she got a tattoo reading “Daddy’s lil girl” in his handwriting.  Having not come from a film background, she describes herself as a self-made woman. Her mother, a well-established gynaecologist in Bareilly, gave up her practice to support Chopra as she embarked upon a film career.

A practicing Hindu, Chopra performs a puja every morning at a small shrine consisting of various murtis of Hindu deities in her home, which she even travels with. Although she is known for her media-friendly attitude, Chopra is publicly reticent about her personal life. Chopra started dating American singer and actor, Nick Jonas in May 2018. Jonas proposed to her on 19 July 2018, a day after her birthday in Crete, Greece. Chopra and Jonas became engaged in August 2018 in a Punjabi Roka ceremony in Mumbai.  In December 2018, the couple married at Umaid Bhawan Palace, Jodhpur in traditional Hindu and Christian ceremonies.[307][308] Following the marriage, Chopra legally changed her full name to “Priyanka Chopra Jonas”.  In January 2022, the couple had their first child, a girl, via surrogacy.

Asian Film Awards

The Asian Film Awards are presented annually by the Hong Kong International Film Festival Society to members of Asian cinema.[10] Chopra has received one award.

Year Nominated artist Category Result Ref.
2009 Priyanka Chopra Outstanding Contribution to Asian Cinema Won [11]

Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards[edit]

The Bengal Film Journalists’ Association Awards are presented by the oldest association of film critics in India, founded in 1937.[12] Chopra has received one award.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2005 Aitraaz Best Actress (Hindi) Won

BIG Star Entertainment Awards

The BIG Star Entertainment Awards is an annual event organised by the Reliance Broadcast Network.[13] Chopra has won four awards from ten nominations.

Year Nominated artist and work Category Result Ref.
2010 Priyanka Chopra New Talent of the Decade – Female Won [14]
2011 7 Khoon Maaf Most Entertaining Film Actor – Female Nominated [15]
2012 Don 2 Most Entertaining Actor in an Action Film – Female Nominated [16]
Barfi! Most Entertaining Film Actor – Female Won [17]
Most Entertaining Actor in a Romantic Film – Female Nominated [18]
2013 Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela Most Entertaining Dancer – Male & Female (for song “Ram Chahe Leela”) Nominated [19]
2014 Mary Kom Most Entertaining Actor in a Social/Drama Film – Female Won [20]
Most Entertaining Film Actor – Female Won [20]
2015 Dil Dhadakne Do Most Entertaining Actor in a Drama Film – Female Nominated [21]
Most Entertaining Singer – Female (for song “Dil Dhadakne Do”) Nominated [21]

Civilian Awards

The Civilian Awards are presented by the Government of India to citizens of India recognising their contributions to various fields such as Arts, Education, Industry, Literature, Science, Sports, Medicine, Social Service and Public Affairs.[22] Chopra was awarded the Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian honour in India.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2016 Priyanka Chopra Padma Shri Won

Filmfare Awards

The Filmfare Awards are presented annually by The Times Group for excellence of cinematic achievements in Hindi cinema.[23] Chopra has won five awards in five categories from twelve nominations.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2004 Andaaz Best Female Debut Won[b]
Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2005 Aitraaz Nominated
Best Performance in a Negative Role Won
2009 Fashion Best Actress Won
2010 Kaminey Nominated
2012 7 Khoon Maaf Nominated
Best Actress (Critics) Won
2013 Barfi! Best Actress Nominated
2015 Mary Kom Nominated
2016 Bajirao Mastani Best Supporting Actress Won
2020 The Sky Is Pink Best Actress Nominated

Filmfare Marathi Awards

The Filmfare Marathi Awards are presented annually by The Times Group for excellence of cinematic achievements in Marathi cinema.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2017 Ventilator Best Film Nominated

Global Indian Film Awards 

The Global Indian Film Awards was an awards ceremony organised by Popcorn Entertainment for the Hindi cinema.[36] Chopra has won two awards.

Year Nominated work and artist Category Result Ref.
2005 Aitraaz Best Villain – Female Won
2007 Priyanka Chopra Most Searched Female Actor on Internet Won

Indian Telly Awards 

The Indian Telly Awards are presented annually by indiantelevision.com to honour excellence in the television industry. Chopra has received one award.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2010 Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi X 3 Most Impactful Debut on Television Won

International Indian Film Academy Awards

The International Indian Film Academy Awards (shortened as IIFA) is annual international event organised by the Wizcraft International Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. to honour excellence in the Hindi cinema. Chopra has won six awards from twelve nominations.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2005 Mujhse Shaadi Karogi Best Actress Nominated
2007 Krrish Best On-Screen Beauty Won
2009 Fashion Best Actress Won
2010 Kaminey Nominated
2011 Priyanka Chopra Green Globe Award for Contribution to a Greener Earth Won
2012 7 Khoon Maaf Best Actress Nominated
2013 Barfi! Nominated
2014 Priyanka Chopra Woman of Substance Won
2015 Mary Kom Best Actress Nominated
2016 Dil Dhadakne Do Nominated
Bajirao Mastani Best Supporting Actress Won
Priyanka Chopra Woman of the Year Won
2020 The Sky Is Pink Best Actress Nominated

Lions Gold Awards

The Lions Gold Awards are presented annually by members of the Lions Club of SOL — Mumbai to honour excellence in the Hindi cinema. Chopra has won five awards.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2009 Fashion Favourite Actor in a Leading Role – Female Won
2011 Anjaana Anjaani Favourite Popular Film Actor – Female Won
2012 Don 2 Favourite Actor in a Leading Role – Female Won
2013 Barfi! Won
2015 Mary Kom Won
2017 Ventilator Favourite Marathi Film Won

Maharashtra State Film Awards

The Maharashtra State Film Awards are presented annually by the Government of Maharashtra for excellence of cinematic achievements in Marathi cinema.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2017 Ventilator Best Film Won

Mirchi Music Awards[edit]

The Mirchi Music Awards are presented annually by Radio Mirchi to honour excellence in the Hindi language film music industry.[60] Chopra has received two nominations.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2013 “In My City” Indipop Song of the Year Nominated
2014 “Exotic” Nominated

Mirchi Music Awards Marathi

The Mirchi Music Awards Marathi are presented annually by Radio Mirchi to honour excellence in the Marathi language film music industry.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2017 “Baba” Listeners’ Choice Song of the Year Won

Mother Teresa Awards

The Mother Teresa Awards are presented annually by the Harmony Foundation to honour social work.

Year Nominated artist Category Result Ref.
2017 Priyanka Chopra Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice Won

MTV Europe Music Awards[edit]

The MTV Europe Music Awards was established in 1994 by MTV Europe to award the music videos from European and international artists. Chopra has won one award from two nominations.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2015 Priyanka Chopra Best Indian Act Won
Worldwide Act: Africa / India Nominated

National Film Awards

The National Film Awards is the most prestigious film award ceremony in India. Established in 1954, it is administered by the International Film Festival of India and the Indian government’s Directorate of Film Festivals. The awards are presented by the President of India. Due to their national scale, they are considered to be the equivalent of the Academy Awards. Chopra has received two awards, first for Fashion as an actress and second for Paani as a producer.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2008 Fashion Best Actress Won
2019 Paani Best Film on Environment Conservation/Preservation Won

Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards India

The Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards India is the Indian version of the American awards show recognising Indian Film, TV, Music and Sports. Chopra has received one award.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2013 Barfi! Best Movie Actress Won
2015 Mary Kom Nominated
2016 Bajirao Mastani Nominated

People’s Choice Awards

The People’s Choice Awards is an annual awards show recognising the people and the work of popular culture, voted by the general public. Chopra has won two awards. She is the first South Asian actress to win a People’s Choice Award.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2016 Quantico Favorite Actress In A New TV Series Won
2017 Favorite Dramatic TV Actress Won

People’s Choice Awards India

The People’s Choice Awards India is the Indian version of the American awards show recognising Indian film, television, music and sports. Chopra has received one award.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2012 Agneepath Favourite Ensemble Cast Nominated
“In My City” Favourite International Music Debut Won

Producers Guild Film Awards

The Producers Guild Film Awards (previously known as Apsara Film & Television Producers Guild Awards) is an annual event organised by the Film Producers Guild of India.[81] Chopra has won eight awards from thirteen nominations.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2006 Aitraaz Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
2009 Fashion Best Actress in a Leading Role Won
2010 Kaminey Won
2012 7 Khoon Maaf Nominated
7 Khoon Maaf and Don 2 Entertainer of the Year Won
2013 Agneepath and Barfi! Star of the Year – Female Won
Barfi! Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
2015 Mary Kom Won
Dialogue of the Year Won
Priyanka Chopra Hindustan Times Celebrity for a Cause Won
2016 Dil Dhadakne Do Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
Bajirao Mastani Nominated
Priyanka Chopra Guild Global Honor Won

Sabsey Favourite Kaun Awards

The Sabse Favourite Kaun Awards were presented annually by Star Gold. The nominees and awardees were decided by public voting. The awards were discontinued after 2010. Chopra has won five awards.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2006 Priyanka Chopra Sabsey Tez Sitara Won
2009 Priyanka Chopra Sabsey Favourite Heroine Won
Sabsey Khoobsurat Ada Won
Kaminey Most Amazing Performance Won
Sabsey Favourite Jodi (along with Shahid Kapoor) Won

Screen Awards

The Screen Awards are annually presented by the Indian Express Limited to honour excellence of cinematic achievements in Hindi and Marathi cinema. Chopra has won eight awards from twenty seven nominations.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2004 Andaaz Most Promising Newcomer – Female Nominated
2005 Aitraaz Best Actor in a Negative Role Won
Jodi No. 1 (along with Akshay Kumar) Nominated
2009 Fashion Best Actress Won
Best Actress (Popular Choice) Nominated
2010 Kaminey Nominated
Best Actress Nominated
Jodi No. 1 (along with Shahid Kapoor) Nominated
What’s Your Raashee? Best Actress Nominated
Best Actress (Popular Choice) Nominated
2011 Anjaana Anjaani Nominated
2012 7 Khoon Maaf Best Actress Nominated
Best Actor in a Negative Role – Female Won
Don 2 Best Actress (Popular Choice) Nominated
Jodi No. 1 (along with Shahrukh Khan) Won
2013 Barfi! Best Actress Nominated
Jodi No. 1 (along with Ranbir Kapoor) Won
Best Actress (Popular Choice) Nominated
2014 Krrish 3 Nominated
2015 Mary Kom Nominated
Best Actress Won
2016 Dil Dhadakne Do Nominated
Best Ensemble Cast Won
Dil Dhadakne Do and Bajirao Mastani Best Actress (Popular Choice) Nominated
Bajirao Mastani Best Supporting Actress Won
2019 The Sky Is Pink Best Film (Critics) Nominated
Best Actress (Critics) Nominated

Shanghai International Film Festival

The Shanghai International Film Festival is one of the largest film festivals in East Asia. Chopra has received one award.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2009 Priyanka Chopra “Golden Goblet” (Jin Jue) Award for Contribution to Cinema Won

Stardust Awards

The Stardust Awards are an annual event organised by Magna Publishing Company Limited to honour excellence in the Hindi cinema.  Chopra has won seven awards from fifteen nominations.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2004 The Hero: Love Story of a Spy Best Supporting Actress Won
2005 Mujhse Shaadi Karogi Superstar of Tomorrow – Female Won
2006 Waqt: The Race Against Time Nominated
2009 Fashion and Dostana Star of the Year – Female Won
2010 Kaminey Nominated
2012 7 Khoon Maaf and Don 2 Nominated
Don 2 Best Actress – Thriller/Action Nominated
7 Khoon Maaf Best Actress – Drama Nominated
2013 Barfi! Won
Star of the Year – Female Won
2014 Gunday Best Actress – Thriller/Action Nominated
Mary Kom Star of the Year – Female Nominated
Best Actress – Drama Won
2015 Dil Dhadakne Do Actor of the Year – Female Nominated
2017 Priyanka Chopra Global Icon of the Year Won

Teen Choice Awards

The Teen Choice Awards is an annual awards show that airs on the Fox Network. The awards honor the year’s biggest achievements in music, movies, sports, television, fashion and other categories, voted by teen viewers.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2016 Quantico Choice TV: Breakout Star Nominated
2017 Baywatch Choice Movie: Villain Nominated

Times of India Film Awards

The Times of India Film Awards (shortened as TOIFA) is an international event organised by The Times Group to reward excellence in Hindi cinema.  Chopra has received two awards.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2013 Barfi! Best Actress Won
2016 Bajirao Mastani Best Supporting Actress Won

World Music Awards

The World Music Awards is an international awards ceremony founded in 1989 that annually honours recording artists based on worldwide sales figures provided by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI).[135] Chopra has received three nominations.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2012 Priyanka Chopra World’s Best Female Artist Nominated
“In My City” World’s Best Song Nominated
World’s Best Video Nominated

Zee Cine Awards

The Zee Cine Awards are an annual award ceremony organised by the Zee Entertainment Enterprises.[139] Chopra has won two awards from ten nominations.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2004 The Hero: Love Story of a Spy and Andaaz Best Female Debut Nominated
2005 Aitraaz Best Actor in a Negative Role Nominated
2011 Priyanka Chopra International Female Icon Nominated
2012 7 Khoon Maaf Best Actor – Female Nominated
2013 Barfi! Won
2014 Priyanka Chopra International Female Icon Won
2016 Dil Dhadakne Do Best Actor – Female Nominated
Bajirao Mastani Nominated
Best Actor – Female (Critics) Nominated
2017 Priyanka Chopra Global Icon Extraordinaire Won

Zee Gaurav Puraskar

The Zee Gaurav Puraskar are presented annually by Zee Network for excellence of cinematic achievements in Marathi cinema.

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2017 Ventilator Best Film Nominated

Other awards[edit]

Year Nominated work and artist Award Category Result Ref.
2005 Waqt POGO Amazing Kids Awards Most Amazing Actress Nominated
2006 Krrish Won
2007 Priyanka Chopra Gr8! Women Awards Contribution to Indian Cinema Won
2008 Zee Astitva Awards Won
2009 Fashion V Shantaram Awards Best Actress Nominated
Priyanka Chopra NDTV Profit Car and Bike Awards Brand Ambassador of the Year Won
FICCI Frames Excellence Honours Most Powerful Entertainer of the Decade Won
2010 NDTV Indian of the Year Awards Female Entertainer of the Year Won
2016 Shorty Awards Best Actress in Social Media Nominated
CNN-IBN Indian of the Year Indian of the Year (Entertainment) Nominated
Instyle Awards Breakthrough Style Star Won
2017 Ventilator Zee Talkies Comedy Awards Best Film Won
Priyanka Chopra Variety Power of Women Awards Philanthropy Won
2019 Bhoga Khirikee Indian Film Festival of Melbourne Best Indie Film Nominated
Priyanka Chopra IMDb STARmeter Award Fan Favorite Won
UNICEF Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award Won

Pageants

Year Recipient Honour Result Ref.
2000 Priyanka Chopra Femina Miss India Won
Miss World Won
Miss World Continental Queen of Beauty − Asia & Oceania Won