Katrina Kaif (born Katrina Turquotte on 16 July 1984) is a Anglo Indian actress and model who has appeared in Bollywood, Telugu and Malayalam films. Today, with 17 films to her credit, she is the country’s sexiest woman, according to the lads’ magazines FHM and Maxim; and the sub-continent’s most bankable female lead, according to the past year’s box-office receipts. Mattel, the toymaker, said that a forthcoming Barbie doll would be modelled on her.
Kaif was born in Hong Kong to a Muslim Indian Kashmiri father,Mohammed Kaif, and a British mother, Suzzane Turquotte. Her mother, a Harvard graduate, was a lawyer but later became involved in charity work. Her parents separated when Kaif was very young. Kaif has seven siblings. She was raised in Hawaii and later moved to her mother's home country, England.
At the age of fourteen she was approached by an agent and she began modeling; her first job was for a jewelry campaign. She continued modeling in London, under a contract with the Models 1 Agency and did campaigns for houses, such as La Senza and Arcadius and even walked on the London Fashion Week.
Kaif's London modeling-work led her to discover by London-based filmmaker Kaizad Gustad, who gave her a part in his film Boom (2003). She moved to Mumbai and was offered a number of modeling assignments. However, filmmakers were initially hesitant to sign her because she could not speak Hindi.
Kaif saw success with the 2005 film Sarkar where she played the bit part of Abhishek Bachchan's girlfriend. Her next release, Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (2005), where she was paired opposite Salman Khan, earned her the Stardust Breakthrough Performance Award.
In 2007, Kaif appeared in the hit movie Namastey London, wherein she starred as a British-Indian girl alongside Akshay Kumar for the second time after the box office dud Humko Deewana Kar Gaye (2006). Since then, she had appeared in a series of box office hits that include Apne, Partner and Welcome.
2008 saw her play a negative role for the first time in Abbas-Mustan's hit action thriller Race. She played the role of Saif Ali Khan's secretary who is secretly in love with his hostile stepbrother played by Akshay Khanna.
Kaif's second release of the year was Anees Bazmee's production Singh Is Kinng, opposite Akshay Kumar. Upon release the film was a big success at the box office. Kaif's final release of the year, Subhash Ghai's Yuvvraaj, was a commercial failure, but its script has made its way into the Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences for artistic merits, original screenplay with a substance and the film as a whole.
2005: Zee Cine Award for Most Promising Debut, Sarkar
2008: IIFA Award for Best Actress, Race
2009: Apsara Award for Best Actress In Supporting Role, Race
2009: IIFA Award for Best Actress, Singh Is Kinng
2009: Stardust Award for Star Of The Year, Singh Is Kinng
2009: Stardust Award for Best Actress In A Negative Role, Race
2010: Screen Award for Best Actor In Popular Category, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
2010: Screen Award for Best Actor In Popular Category, New York
2010: Stardust Star of the Year Award – Female for New York & Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
2006: Stardust Breakthrough Performance Award (Female), Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya
2006: Idea Zee F Awards, Fashion Diva of the Year
2008: Zee Cine Awards, British Indian Actor Award
2008: IIFA Awards, Style Diva of the Year
2008: Sabsey Favourite Kaun Awards, Sabsey Favourite Heroine, Singh Is Kinng
2008: Apsara Film Producers Guild of India Awards, Style Diva of the Year
2009: Rajiv Gandhi Award
2009: Golden Kela Awards, Dara Singh Award for the Worst Accent
2009: Indian Television Awards (Best Entertainers Award), jointly with Ranbir Kapoor
2009: Sabsey Favourite Kaun Awards, Sabsey Favourite Heroine
2009: Lux Comedy Honors, Best actress with comic excellence
2009: Cosmopilitan Awards, Fun Fearless Award
2009: Masala Life Style Awards, Best Bollywood Personality Female
2009: Aaj Tak Movie Masala Awards, Best Actress for Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
2009: GQ Awards, Women Of The Year
2009: ASSOCHAM Award, Performing Excellence
2010: Star Screen Awards, Entertainer of the year
2010: Stardust Awards, Best Actress - Popular Award for New York & Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani
Honours and Achievements
2005: Face of the Year at Lakme India Fashion Week
2005: Voted Most Luscious Lips in the Film Industry
2008: Most searched Indian celebrity on Google
2008: Voted Sexiest Woman Alive by FHM India
2008: Sexiest Asian Women by British Magazine Eastern Eye
2009: Ranked 48 on Most Desired Woman List by Askmen.com
2009: India’s First Barbie Doll by Mattel
2009: Most Googled celebrity in India leaving Michael Jackson behind
2009: Voted Asia's Sexiest Women by FHM India
2009: Voted by No.1 Hot & Sexy Herione by Filmfare
2009: Most Searched Celebrity on Bollywood Hungama
2009: Voted Most Desirable Woman on ZOOM's 50 Most Desirable poll