Jacqueline Fernandez (born 11 August 1985) is a Sri Lankan actress, model, and the winner of the 2006 Miss Universe Sri Lanka pageant. As Miss Universe Sri Lanka, she represented her country at the 2006 worldMiss Universe pageant. She graduated with a degree in mass communication from the University of Sydney, and worked as a television reporter in Sri Lanka.
While on a modelling assignment in India in 2009, Fernandez successfully auditioned for the fantasy drama Aladin, which marked her acting debut. Fernandez's breakthrough role came with the psychological thriller Murder 2 (2011), her first commercial success. This was followed by glamorous roles in the ensemble-comedy Housefull 2 (2012) and the action thriller Race 2 (2013), both of which earned over ₹1 billion (US$16 million) worldwide. Her performance in the former garnered her a Best Supporting Actress nomination at IIFA. In 2014, Fernandez played the leading lady in the action thriller Kick, which ranks among the highest-grossing Indian filmsof all time. Fernandez received critical acclaim for her role in Brothers. She received further success with the romantic comedy Housefull 3, the action adventure Dishoom, and the superhero thriller A Flying Jatt (all 2016).
One of the most popular actresses in India, she is the recipient of the several awards. 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.