Birth Name : Ileana D'Cruz
Date of Birth : August 19th, 1987
Nick Name : Ili, Ilu,Yana, Liyana
Height : 5' 5"
Birth Place : Mumbai, India
Current Residence : Goa
Ethnicity : Christian
Languages : Hindi, English, Telugu
Occupation : Model, Actress
Education : Schooling – in Goa, India
leana D'Cruz (born in August 19, 1987 in Mumbai ) is a South Indian film actress.
She made her Telugu language debut through Y.V.S. Chowdhary's Devadasu opposite newcomer, Ram but has also done a Tamil language film and has recently signed a Hindi language film.
Ileana D'Cruz is originally a Mangalorean born in Mumbai and now living in Goa. She was born on 19th August 1987. Her father Ronaldo Leo is a Roman Catholic and a lawyer by profession. Her mother is a Muslim. Ileana comes from a large family with five siblings. Before films, Ileana was modelling for quite some time and doing ads. She has three sisters and two brothers. Her father named her Ileana, a Greek name.With quite a number of big projects in her kitty, Ileana is already being touted as one of the `next big faces'.
Ileana is versatile in English, Hindi and Telugu. She reads English novels a lot considering Sydney Shelden as her favourite author. Ileana loves Chinese cuisine and mango drink. She is honest and optimistic but at times impatient and hot tempered too.The 'slimmy-trimmy' likes blue and black costumes. Her curves are truly malicious. Though the secrets of her beauty are many, the one revealed by her is that of her enjoyment of every bit of life.
She debuted in the Telugu language film Devadasu in 2006 directed by Y.V.S. Chowdhary who spotted her in a Fair and Lovely ad film directed by Rakesh Roshan . The film went on to being a huge success at the box-office and Ileana attracted a lot of attention for her sensitive portrayal in the film.
Her breakthrough came with her second Telugu film where she essayed the role of Shruti, an innocent girl haunted by a corrupt police officer opposite Mahesh Babu in the immensely successful Pokiri. The film not only gained her good reviews about her good display of innocence and glamour in the film but also gave her terrific reach and penetration among audiences in B and C stations. Her chemistry with Mahesh was the cynosure of all eyes. The film went on to being the biggest hit in Tollywood history .
She then made her Tamil language film debut alongside Ravi Krishna in Kedi. Although the film did not do so well at the box-office, Ileana was sought after by many directors an actors in Tamil for films which she eventually rejected due to her commitments in Telugu.