Anushka Sharma (pronounced [əˈnʊʂkaː ˈʃərmaː]; born 1 May 1988) is an Indian film actress, producer and model. She has established a career in Hindi films, and is one of the most popular and highest-paid actresses in India. She is the recipient of numerous accolades, including one Filmfare Award from six nominations.
Born in Ayodhya and raised in Bangalore, Sharma had her first modelling assignment for the fashion designer Wendell Rodricks in 2007 and later moved to Mumbai to pursue a full-time career as a model. Following a successful audition at Yash Raj Films, she made her screen debut in the blockbuster romance Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi(2008), which earned her the nominations at the Filmfare Awards for Best Actress and Best Female Debut. Sharma rose to prominence with starring roles in Yash Raj Films's romances Band Baaja Baaraat (2010) and Jab Tak Hai Jaan (2012), the latter of which won her a Best Supporting Actress award at Filmfare. She had her biggest commercial successes with the roles of a television reporter in the religious satire PK (2014) and a wrestler in the sports drama Sultan (2016), both of which rank among the highest-grossing Indian films of all time. Sharma also received wide critical praise for her performances in the 2015 family drama Dil Dhadakne Do and the crime thriller NH10, the later of which also marked her production debut, and the 2016 romantic drama Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
In addition to acting in films, Sharma is the ambassador for multiple brands and products, and has an active social media presence. She also supports various charities and causes, including gender equality and animal rights. She and her brother, Karnesh Sharma are the founders of the production company Clean Slate Films.