Real name: Priyanka Chopra now Priyanka Chopra Jonas
Born: 18 July 1982
Place of birth: Jamshedpur, Bihar (now in Jharkhand), India
Occupation: Actress singer film producer philanthropist model
Years active: 2000–present
Priyanka Chopra (born 18 July 1982) in Jamshedpur, Bihar (now in Jharkhand), India. Born to Ashok and Madhu Chopra, both physicians in the Indian Army. Her father was a Punjabi Hindu from Ambala and Her mother, is the eldest daughter of the late Smt from Jharkhand. Madhu Jyotsna Akhouri, a former member of Bihar Legislative Assembly, and Dr. Manohar Kishan Akhouri, a former Congress veteran.
Chopra has a seven years junior brother, Siddharth and cousins who are actresses Parineeti Chopra, Meera Chopra and Mannara Chopra. Due to her parents; occupations the family relocated to 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 and changing schools, that she welcomed it as a new experience and a way to learn more about India multicultural society.
At thirteen, Chopra travelled 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 family also moved regularly. While in Massachusetts, she participated in several theatre productions and studied Western classical music, choral singing and Kathak dance.
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 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, she returned to India, finishing the senior year of her high-school education at the Army Public School in Bareilly.
During this period, she won the local May Queen beauty pageant, after which she was pursued by admirers, which made her family to equip their home with bars for her protection. Her mother then entered her in the Femina Miss India contest of 2000; she finished second, winning the Femina Miss India World title. Chopra then went on to 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 in 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 that attracted offers for film roles.
Also known by her married name “Priyanka Chopra Jonas”, she’s an Indian actress, singer, film producer and philanthropist. She’s also the winner of the Miss World 2000 pageant. Being One of India’s most-paid and most popular celebrities. Chopra has received several awards, including a 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. In 2017 and 2018, Forbes listed her among the World 100 Most Powerful Women.
Chopra has won a National Film Award for Best Actress for Fashion (2008) and five Filmfare Awards: Best Female Debut for Andaaz (2003), Best Performance in a Negative Role for Aitraaz (2004), Critics Award for Best Actress for Khoon Maaf (2011), and Best Supporting Actress for Bajirao Mastani (2015). She has also won two People Choice Awards: Favourite Actress In A New TV Series , and Favorite Dramatic TV Actress for Quantico. Making her the first South Asian actress to win a People Choice Award. She was awarded the Padma Shri in 2016, the fourth highest civilian award, by the Government of India for her contribution to arts.