Bollywood has come a long way since its inception. Today, it is easily the fastest growing film industries in the world. Over the past decade, the industry has been under the spotlight worldwide, giving opportunities for both, Indians and oversees talents to delve into roles. Recently, Bollywood actors and actresses have been given opportunities in Hollywood, taking the pride of the nation’s talent far and wide. Actor Anil Kapoor has starred in the hit series ‘24’, superstar Amitabh Bachchan made an appearance in ‘The Great Gatsby’ starred by Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio, Priyanka Chopra has starred in the series ‘Quantico’ while Deepika Padukone is shooting for the latest installment of ‘XXX’ starred by none other than the hunk Vin Diesel.
While Bollywood stars are getting recognition abroad and have very well utilized their local flicks as a platform to rocket their fame abroad, foreign actresses too have found their breakthrough in this mega-industry. Actresses like Sunny Leone, Nargis Fakhri, Barbara Mori, Jacqueline Fernandez and so on have been launched in Bollywood, melting the hearts of fans through the silver screens with their performances. One such entry that has made her mark in the industry right from her debut is the beautiful British model Amy Jackson. Right from her debut in the Tamil film ‘Madrasapattinam’, Amy has managed to garner attention of the audiences not only by her drop dead gorgeous looks but by her ability to dub over the local dialect almost like butter on hot toast. Now, let’s take a look at the life of this gorgeous actress and model.
The youngest daughter of Alan Jackson and Marguerita Jackson, Amy Jackson was born on 31 January 1992, in the Isle of Man. When Amy was two year old, her parents, her elder sister Alicia Jackson, and she moved to the house of her grandparents in Woolton, Liverpool, to enable their father to continue his media profession. He was the producer for BBC Radio Merseyside. She attended St. Edwards College, where she excelled with ten GCSEs. Following this, she pursued studies in English literature, Philosophy and Ethics.
In 2009, her life turned on its heels when she won Miss Teen Liverpool and Miss Teen Great Britain pageants. The win qualified her for Miss Teen World which she eventually went on to win. In 2009, she won a total of eight beauty awards and bagged a modeling contract in the United States which included a remuneration of $50,000.
The very next year she won the title of Miss Liverpool and ended as a runner up in Miss Great Britain.
Her success in beauty pageants got her several modeling contracts in Europe including a lucrative deal and contract with Boss Model Management. From then on, and at just the age of 17, she was already a full-fledged and sought-after model for some of the biggest fashion brands in Europe.
Her Entry Into The Indian Cinema!!
Stumbling on her Miss Teen World profile, Amy was approached by South-Indian cinema producers to star in the Tamil Drama-film ‘Madrasapattinam’. Against all odds, considering she has never acted before, she landed the lead-female role opposite Tamil star Arya.
Amy approached the role professionally and even dubbed in Tamil, a language that she probably never heard before in her life. She played the role of a British governor’s daughter who eventually falls in love with an Indian village boy.
The film was met with critical appraise and Amy was in the spotlight with her ability to debut and yet fit the role and speak the language almost fluently. Some critiques wrote, “It is an out and out Amy Jackson show. She is simply amazing to deliver lines in Tamil, and is one good reason to see the film”.
Another tabloid quoted her performance by saying, “The one who walks away with the top honours is Amy Jackson for a beautiful portrayal of a lady torn between her love and the mighty empire. She looks absolutely beautiful, emotes well through her expressive eyes and is able to earn the sympathy of the audiences during tough times”.
To her relief, the movie was a big box-office hit making many producers gaze at the prospects of hiring her as the female lead. She also added to her tally of awards by winning the Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress.
Bollywood Knocks On Her Door…
Having already made a radical impression in Tollywood with her debut film, it was no surprise that she was cast in a Bollywood flick. In 2012, she starred opposite Prateik Babbar in the movie ‘Ekk Deewana Tha’, which a remake of the 2010 hit Tamil musical romantic drama film ‘Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya’.
Though she was praised for her performance with critiques appreciating her performance saying “she has done wonders and never disappoints” the film tanked at the box-office, making her head back to London on a year’s sabbatical from acting.
Meanwhile she continued modeling for some of the biggest brands and just when she thought her career in acting was a closing chapter, she received an opportunity to star in the Telugu film ‘Yevadu’.
Yet again, Amy as daring she is, took a chance with her debut in the Telugu film-industry. Directed by Vamsi Paidipally, Amy starred alongside Ram Charan and Kamal Hassan’s beautiful daughter Shruti Haasan.
Her next project in-fact was the break-through she was looking for in her career. Amy finally got the chance to star in an S. Shankar film and completely melted hearts with her performance as super model Diya in the film ‘I’. The film was one of the costliest till date, and received mixed reviews. Amy was critiqued as “a surprise package” and “simply gorgeous” in the film.
Having already worked with the one and only Shankar, Amy started getting flurry of offers from producers around the country. She stamped her name as an actress to reckon with, with her roles in ‘Masss’, ‘Thanga Magan’ and Atlee’s Theri alongside superstar Vijay.
In the movie ‘Singh Is Bling’, directed by Prabhu Deva with Akshay Kumar in the lead role, Amy scintillated everyone with her with dance moves, sex appeal and acting prowess.
While most of us thought that Amy has achieved the most of what she could from this industry, she surprised all by being cast in Shankar’s next magnum opus ‘2.0’ besides the one and only Rajnikant.
Life Behind The Camera!!
The first time ever she heard of the name Bollywood was when actress Shilpa Shetty featured in the reality show ‘Big Brother’. Currently, Amy resides in Mumbai and considers India her second home.
In 2012, post her role in the drama film ‘Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya’, Amy was in a live-in relationship with her co-star Prateik Babbar. The couple split a year later and Amy went on to date professional boxer Joe Selkirk. Their relationship turned sour when Salkirk apparently assaulted her. Though Amy did not press charges against the boxer, the Crown Prosecution Service slapped a fine of £300 on him and was ordered a 12-month community supervision of conduct. She then dated Coronation Street actor Ryan Thomas but once again it wasn’t to be and they broke up in 2014. Since then, she has remained single and is now only focused on her up-coming projects.
Amy is a PETA activist and even has a pet cat named Alfie. She is a strong supporter of the LGBT community and is not against one night stands. When asked about it, she says “If it feels right, then why not?”
Amongst the numerous awards she has in her kitty, Amy in a short span has been named The Times of India’s Most Desirable Woman of 2012, FHM World’s Sexiest 100 Women, The Times of India’s Most Promising Female Newcomer 2012 and lastly the SIIMA Award – Stylish Youth Icon of South Indian Cinema.
We wish this stunningly beautiful actress the very best in her future projects and in her pursuit of finding true love.