Priyanka Chopra is an Indian actor, singer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who earned global recognition because of her character Alex Parrish on the American Television series Quantico. She is one of India’s highest-paid actors who also is also a winner of the Miss World 2000 pageant.
Quick Facts about Priyanka Chopra
Full Name: Priyanka Chopra Jonas
Birthday: July 18, 1982 (38 years)
Place of Birth: Jamshedpur, Bihar, India
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Height: [5′ 5″ (165 cm)]
Popular as: Actor
Who is Priyanka Chopra?
Priyanka Chopra Jonas is one of the World’s highest paid TV actress. She wears many hats: she’s an actor, producer, writer, singer and a philanthropist. She is one of the most powerful and influential woman of India who is a firm believer in feminism.
The “Quantico” actress has always voiced her opinions about various sensitive issues like women’s rights, gender equality, gender pay gap, female infanticide, and foeticide.
She even donates 10% of her total earnings to multiple charitable institutions including The Priyanka Chopra Foundation for Health and Education. The foundation’s main aim is to empower young women and underprivileged and specially abled children. In 2013, she became a member of UNICEF.
Early Life & Childhood
Priyanka Chopra was born and raised in various parts of India as both her parents, father Ashok Chopra and mother Madhu Chopra served as physicians in the Indian Army.
The ‘Bajirao Mastani’ actress was very close to her father and was deeply affected when he passed away in 2013. “My father always told me, ‘You should not want to fit into someone else’s glass slipper. You should shatter the glass ceiling. He instilled confidence in me, and that doesn’t happen for so many kids.”
She has a seven years younger brother Siddharth Chopra. Priyanka Chopra also has two other sisters who work in the Indian film industry. One is her first cousin, Parineeti Chopra who has worked in various movies such as Ishaqzaade, Ladies vs Ricky Bahl, and Shuddh Desi Romance. Priyanka and Parineeti even voiced for characters Anna and Elsa for Frozen 2.
While the third Chopra sister to join the Indian film industry is Meera Chopra. She has appeared in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi-language movies.
Chopra initially went to La Martiniere Girls’ school in Lucknow, India. Then she moved to Maria Goretti College in Bareilly to prepare for further studies in the US. At the age of 13, she moved to Boston, Massachusetts, United States, and completed her tenth grade from there. After being bullied there, she returned back to her home country and decided to study aeronautical engineering or criminal psychology. She completed her high school education at Army Public School in Bareilly.
After completing her education, she entered the Miss World pageant and won it. That was when she decided to switch her career path to acting.
Priyanka Chopra initially aspired to become an aeronautical engineer for NASA. At the age of 17, she participated in a beauty pageant because of which she started receiving movie offers. She decided to try her hands in the film industry when she signed her first movie ‘The Hero: Love Story of a Spy in 2003. In 2004, she did a movie called ‘Aitraaz’ which turned out to be a massive hit. Her career took off after that.
In 2006, she got an opportunity to work with two superheroes of Bollywood Shahrukh Khan and Hrithik Roshan. After working for more than a decade, she became one of the leading actresses in the country. In 2011, she signed to Universal Music Group and became the first Bollywood celebrity to join Creative Artists Agency, LLC.
Priyanka Chopra made her debut in Hollywood in 2012, when she did a music video for her song “In My City ft. will. i.am.” A year later, she released another music video for her song “Exotic” which featured Pitbull. In 2015, she got a lead role in the American Television series, Quantico. Her international career went uphill from there. She bagged another movie called “Baywatch” which also featured Zac Efron, David Hasselhoff, and Dwayne Johnson. She also made an appearance on popular American talk shows hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, JimmyFallon, and Ellen DeGeneres.
Priyanka Chopra Movies & Shows
Priyanka Chopra has been a part of more than 50 Indian movies till now. Some of the roles that made her a household name in India include Kaminey, Barfi, 7 Khoon Maaf, Mary Kom, Dil Dhadkane Do, The Sky Is Pink, Bajirao Mastani, and Fashion. Some movies and shows that made her popular worldwide include Quantico, Baywatch, A Kid Like Jake, Isn’t It Romantic.
Awards & Achievements
In 2016, Priyanka Chopra Jonas received the Padma Shri, which is the fourth highest civilian award of India. She also won the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Dramatic In A New TV Series” in the same year.
In 2017, she again won the People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Dramatic TV Actress.” In the same year, The Barfi actress added another feather to her cap by winning the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award for being an “international icon.”
Priyanka has been awarded a National Award for Best Actress. She has also won five Filmfare Awards- Best Performance in a Negative Role, Best Actress, Critics Award for Best Actress, Best Female Debut, and Best Supporting Actress.
The “Baywatch” actress has completed her memoir, “Unfinished” which is dated to release next month.
Personal Life & Family
Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas
Priyanka Chopra and singer Nick Jonas first met in 2017. They made an appearance together at the Met Gala in 2017. The duo went on a couple of dates after that and knew that they are “meant for each other.” On August 18, 2018, Priyanka Chopra confirmed her engagement with Nick Jonas.
Shortly after, the couple tied the knot. They arranged two weddings in order to respect and embrace each other’s culture and traditions. On December 1, 2018, the duo got married in a Western wedding setup.
On December 2, 2018, they arranged a Hindu wedding at Umaid Bhawan, Jodhpur in India.
It was Nick Jonas’ idea to perform two ceremonies in his wife’s home country. Priyanka Chopra’s reaction to this was: “It melted my heart. Being able to have two big weddings in India, with our closest family and friends was unbelievably special.”
Priyanka Chopra Net worth
Priyanka Chopra’s net worth is a massive $50 million. According to Forbes, she made $3 million per episode for her show Quantico. In 2016, she was ranked 8th highest-paid TV actress in the world. In the same year, she was signed by 24 new brands in India and earned a total of $9 million from the brand deals. She also charges about $1.5 million for every Bollywood movie and around $300k for every promotional post on her Instagram.
Priyanka Chopra also owns a production house called Purple Pebble Productions. She aims to produce more regional content and in multiple languages.
She loves to invest her wealth in real estate. According to the Indian Income Tax department, Priyanka Chopra has a total of nine properties to her name including various flats in Mumbai, a 15 bedroom massive bungalow in Mumbai, and a penthouse in New York City.
Priyanka Chopra Facts
- Priyanka Chopra has never given a formal audition in India since people already knew her as Miss World 2000. In fact, she gave her first official audition in the United States for her role Alex Parrish in Quantico.
- Her friends and family have given her some cute nicknames like “PeeCee”, “Piggy Chops” and “Mimi.”
- Priyanka Chopra was invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding. Since she shares a very deep bond of friendship with the Duchess of Sussex.
- The 38-year-old actress became the most followed woman in India on Instagram after her engagement with singer Nick Jonas. Currently, she has 58.9 million followers on Instagram.
- Priyanka Chopra is the first-ever Indian movie actress whose foot impression got displayed at Salvatore Ferragamo Museum in Florence, Italy.
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