1 May 1988
Anushka Sharma (born 1 May 1988) is an Indian film actress and producer. She has established a career in Hindi cinema, and is the recipient of a Filmfare Award from four nominations.
Born in Ayodhya and raised in Bangalore, Sharma got her first break as a model for fashion designer Wendell Rodricks in 2007 and later moved to Mumbai to pursue a career in modelling. Following a audition at Yash Raj Films, she signed a three-film deal with the production house and made her screen debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008). The film earned her a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress. Her next two roles were also under the same banner – Badmaash Company (2010), a crime caper that garnered mixed reviews, and Band Baaja Baaraat (2010), a romantic comedy that earned her a second nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.
Sharma’s performance as a documentary filmmaker in Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012), won her the Best Supporting Actress award at Filmfare. Although she has received mixed reviews for some of her roles, including in Ladies vs Ricky Bahl (2011), Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola (2013) and Bombay Velvet (2015), many of her films have achieved commercial success, with PK (2014) being the highest-grossing Indian film to date. In 2014, Sharma, along with her brother, co-founded the production company Clean Slate Films, which produced the crime thriller NH10 (2015), where she played the lead.
In addition to acting in films, Sharma is ambassador for multiple brands and has an active social media presence. She also supports multiple charities and causes including women’s empowerment and animal rights.