Ileana D’Cruz is an Indian actress who mainly appears in Bollywood and South Indian cinema. She began her career as a model and later made her film debut with the Telugu film Devadasu in 2006. In 2012, she starred in the critically acclaimed Hindi film Barfi, for which she bagged the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.
Ileana was born in Pune, India to Ronaldo Leo, a lawyer and a Samira, a homemaker. Her family shifted to Goa when she was about 10 and she has three siblings – older sister Farrah, younger brother Rhys and youngest sister Eileen. Ileana completed her schooling in Goa and graduated from Bombay. She rose to prominence after doing ads for brands like Electrolux, Emami Talc, and Fair & Lovely, which was directed by the famous Bollywood director Rakesh Roshan.
Ileana D’cruz is apparently in a relationship with an Australian guy named Andrew Kneebone who is an IT professional. The two have been spotted together on several occasions.
She made her silver screen debut with the Telugu film Devadasu in 2006. Directed by Y.V.S Chowdary, the movie went on to be a super hit and Ileana received a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debutant South. She then starred in the commercial blockbuster Pokiri along with Mahesh Babu and Prakash Raj. The film’s success catapulted D’Cruz into instant stardom, making her one of the leading actresses down South.
She then went on to star in movies like Aata, Jalsa, Kick, Shakti, Nanban and Julayi. The year 2012 was a turning point in Ileana’s career as she was roped in for Anurag Basu’s film Barfi, which also made her Hindi film debut. In addition to playing the role of the narrator, she portrayed the character of Shruti Ghosh, a girl who leaves her true love for material comforts. The movie released on 14 September 2012, to highly positive reviews from critics, and was well appreciated by the audiences too. It was chosen as India’s official entry to the Oscars for the 85th Academy Awards and also starred Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra in the lead roles.
She then appeared in Bollywood films like Phata Poster Nikhla Hero, Main Tera Hero, and Happy Ending. Her 2016 project includes the thriller film Rustom opposite Akshay Kumar.