Jacqueline Fernandez is a former Miss Sri Lanka and an actress from Sri Lanka. She was born on 2 June 1984. Her mother is a Sinhalese Buddhist born in malaysia and her father is a Sinhalese Sri Lankan Roman Catholic. She has three siblings, two brothers and an older sister. She is the cousin of Frederica Jansz. She had most of her schooling in Bahrain at Sacred Heart School, where she was motivated to do well and excelled in events such as athletics, drama and many other fields. She especially enjoyed Track and Field.
Having a passion for cultures and languages, she also joined the Berlitz school of languages, where she learned to speak Spanish and improved her French and Arabic; she also picked up horse riding.
According to her: "Being independent and accomplished was imperative to me and I always demanded the best of myself. Perfectionism is my strongest asset."
In 2006, she was crowned the Miss Sri Lanka for Miss Universe 2006 in March, 2006 and also competed in Miss Universe 2006. She has worked as an anchorwoman on one of Sri Lanka's business programs called "Lanka Business Report". She also writes a weekly column for a national newspaper, the Daily mirror. Fernandez also has a non-profit organization in Sri Lanka focusing on empowering the underprivileged. She has worked in various films and endorsements with Indian film stars.
She has started her acting debut from the Hindi movie Aladin (2009 film) in 2009 directed by Sujoy Gosh along with well known Indian stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, and Ritesh Deshmukh. She plays the character of Jasmine in the movie, the new girl in college who has come from America.