Full Name: Priyanka Chopra Jonas
Birthday: July 18, 1982
Birthplace: Jamshedpur, India
Height: 5‘ 6"
Net Worth: $50 million
Priyanka Chopra Jonas is one of the most influential entertainers in India and around the world. She first gained fame as the winner of the Miss World 2000 pageant at age 18. Chopra quickly became one of the biggest stars in Bollywood, starring in a multitude of hit films over the next decade and winning prestigious awards. Never satisfied with the status quo, Chopra boldly set her sights on conquering Hollywood as well. She broke barriers as the first South Asian lead of a U.S. network TV drama with Quantico, while also stepping into blockbuster movies like Baywatch. Today, Chopra‘s trailblazing, globetrotting career has made her a household name from Bollywood to Hollywood and beyond.
Road to Miss World
As a high school student in India, Chopra never expected to become an entertainment icon. But when she entered the Femina Miss India contest in 2000 on a lark and won, it kicked off a chain of events that would change her life. The ambitious 18-year-old next took the Miss World crown, catapulting her to instant fame in India.
This pageant success laid the foundation for Chopra‘s meteoric rise. Just two years later, she would make her Bollywood debut and go on to massive success there. But first, she spent a year traveling the world and representing Miss World with grace and flair. Chopra has said winning Miss World gave her "a sense of self-belief that you can achieve anything you want to."
Beginning with hits like The Hero (2003) and Andaaz (2003), Priyanka Chopra quickly became one of the biggest female stars in Bollywood. She won nearly every major acting award in India during her prolific decade-plus career. Some highlights include winning the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut and Best Performance in a Negative Role for Aitraaz (2004).
Chopra steadily took on more complex, boundary-pushing roles over the years. Fan favorites include her turns in the action thriller Don (2006), the fashion world drama Fashion (2008) – for which she won the National Film Award for Best Actress – and the comedy caper Barfi! (2012). With her willingness to play complicated, unsympathetic characters, Chopra expanded the parameters for Bollywood‘s leading ladies. She has starred in over 50 Bollywood films to date.
Making Hollywood History
By the late 2000s, Chopra was itching to expand her horizons and make a name for herself in Hollywood. She voiced the antagonist in Disney‘s animated film Planes (2013), then landed the highly coveted lead role on ABC‘s thriller Quantico in 2015. As intelligent FBI recruit Alex Parrish, Chopra became the first South Asian actress to star in an American network TV drama.
Chopra won a People‘s Choice Award for Quantico and gained significant popularity in the U.S. She said: "I wanted to be the first Indian actor to be able to break into mainstream pop culture in America." Chopra achieved that goal in historic fashion. She also starred in the blockbuster Baywatch film (2017) alongside Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron.
Global Multimedia Star
In addition to conquering both Bollywood and Hollywood, Priyanka Chopra boasts impressive music and philanthropic credentials as well. She signed with Universal Music Group in 2017 and has released several singles like "In My City" and "Exotic" to crossover pop success. She was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2016 in recognition of her activism for children‘s rights.
Chopra is also making savvy entrepreneurial moves, with investments in tech startups, her own production company, and the recent launch of her haircare brand Anomaly. And her 2018 marriage to Nick Jonas only enhanced her worldwide fame as half of a celebrity supercouple.
With such multifaceted achievements across continents, Priyanka Chopra Jonas has firmly established herself as an A-list star and icon with fans around the globe. Her confident ambition and refusal to be limited by her origins or background make Chopra one of the most inspiring success stories of modern entertainment. At just 41, there is no limit to what this sensational trailblazer may accomplish next.