Ileana D'Cruz is an Indian film actress, who predominantly appears in Telugu cinema. Starting her career as a model, she made her feature film debut in Y. V. S. Chowdhary's 2006 Telugu film Devadasu.
She went on to appear in commercially successful ventures Pokiri (2006), Jalsa (2008) and Kick (2009), establishing herself as one of Telugu cinema's leading actresses.D'Cruz made her Kollywood debut earlier in 2006 with Kedi and made a comeback in Shankar's Nanban (2012).
In 2012, she is set to make her debut in Bollywood with Barfi!.Ileana was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra as the second child to her parents Ronaldo and Samira.
She has three siblings—older sister Farrah, younger brother Rhys and youngest sister Eileen. Her first name comes from Greek mythology.
While growing up, she lived in Goa for about seven years.She got her acting education from Supreet sandhu.
In 2012 she starred in her second Tamil venture, S. Shankar's Nanban opposite Vijay.
A remake of the hugely successful and acclaimed 2009 Hindi film 3 Idiots, Ileana essayed the character originally played by Kareena Kapoor. The film likewise opened to critical acclaim and became a financial success.
She would make her Hindi debut with the Anurag Basu directorial Barfi!, as the role of a narrator starring alongside Ranbir Kapoor and Priyanka Chopra.
She has also completed filming for Puri Jagannadh's Devudu Chesina Manushulu that will see her playing a taxi driver.
D'Cruz later signed her second Hindi film, Phata Poster Nikla Hero opposite actor Shahid Kapoor, which is expected to start filming in November 2012 and release sometime in 2013.