Amy Jackson

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Amy Jackson
Amy Jackson attends press conference for 'Thaandavam' at London 04.jpg
Jackson at a press conference for Thaandavam in London
Born Amy Louise Jackson
(1991-01-31) 31 January 1991 (age 23)
Isle of Man
Nationality British
Occupation Actress, model[1]
Years active 2010–present
Parents Alan Jackson (father)
Marguerita Jackson (mother)
Relatives Alicia Jackson (sister)

Amy Louise Jackson (born 31 January 1991) is a British model and actress,[2] she works mainly in the South Indian film industry but also in Hindi films or Bollywood. She won the Miss Teen World competition in 2009 and then went on to win Miss Liverpool in 2010. She made her acting debut with the 2010 Tamil period-drama Madrasapattinam, and followed it up with her first Bollywood release in 2012, the romantic drama Ekk Deewana Tha.[3] She starred in a 2013 Telugu film Yevadu alongside Ram Charan and Shruti Haasan.

Early life[edit]

Jackson was born in the Isle of Man to English parents, Alan Jackson and Marguerita Jackson. She has an elder sister, Alicia Jackson. The family returned to their parents' home of Woolton, Liverpool, two years after Jackson's birth so that her father, who is BBC Radio Merseyside's producer, could continue his media career. Jackson attended St. Edward's College, gaining ten GCSEs, and then went to sixth form to study English Language, English Literature and Philosophy and Ethics.[4][5]

2009-10: Modelling[edit]

After winning the Miss Teen Liverpool and Miss Teen Great Britain pageants, she won the title of Miss Teen World in 2009.[6] Jackson won eighteen prizes, which included a modeling contract in the US on a $50,000 scholarship.[citation needed] She won Miss Liverpool in 2010. She participated in the Miss England competition in 2010 but lost out to Jessica Linley in the final.[7] Jackson signed a second modelling contract with Boss Model Management[8][9] and modelled all over Europe.

Acting career[edit]

2010-11: Debut in Tamil cinema[edit]

In 2009 Indian film producers spotted Jackson on the Miss Teen World website;and invited her to audition for the Tamil period-drama film Madrasapattinam. Despite having no previous acting experience, she was cast as the female lead opposite Arya. The film, set against the backdrop of 1947 India, tells the story of a British Governor’s daughter who falls in love with a village boy. Jackson admitted that it was very difficult to learn the Tamil dialogues. The film released in July 2010 and was acclaimed by critics, and performed well at the box office, eventually becoming the seventh highest grossing Tamil film of the year.[10] After the film was eventually released on 9 July 2010, it was a critical and commercial success, with Jackson gaining praise for her performance. Sify 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".[11] Behindwoods wrote "The one who walks away with the top honors 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".[12] Rediff wrote "Amy Jackson is almost perfect as the wide-eyed young girl who is seeing India for the first time, fascinated by its culture".[13] She received a nomination for the Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress for her role in the film.

2011-12: Hindi cinema debut[edit]

In 2011, she was signed by Gautham Menon to play the female lead opposite Prateik Babbar in the Hindi remake of the 2010 hit romantic drama film Vinnaithaandi Varuvaaya. She essayed the role played by Trisha in the original, Jessie Thekekketu, a Malayali Nasrani Christian who falls in love with a Hindu boy, but is prevented from pursuing the romance by her father.[14][15] The film released in February 2012 to mixed to negative reviews, and it underperformed at the box office. However, Jackson received some praise for her performance, and chemistry with Babbar, with BehindWoods stating that "she has done wonders," and the Times of India saying that "she never disappoints." [16] Jackson later said she was disappointed with some of the comments, but was happy with her performance and that it was a South Indian style film and the North Indian audiences did not take to it. Jackson was ranked #7 in the Times of India list of most promising debutantes of 2012.

2012-present: Thaandavam, Telugu debut and upcoming projects[edit]

Jackson pictured alongside Lakshmi Rai and Vikram at the press conference of Thaandavam in London
Jackson taken at I shooting with Vikram and Shankar

In September 2012, Jackson made her return to Tamil cinema with a supporting role in her third film, Thaandavam, starring opposite Vikram and Anushka Shetty. She was signed for the film in 2011 and shooting took place in India and London, allowing Jackson to return and see her family and friends. It was her second collaboration with director A. L. Vijay, after Madrasapattinam. She played the role of Sarah Vinayagam, a British-born Indian girl who wins the Miss London title. She reportedly dubbed her own dialogues in Tamil.[17] The film received mixed reviews from critics, but opened well at the box office. Jackson's performance was appreciated, with OneIndia stating that she was "charming," and Bollywood Life remarking that she was "at her charming best." [18] She received her first nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Tamil at the 60th Filmfare Awards South ceremony.

She is set to make her debut in Telugu cinema with the Vamsi Paidipally film Yevadu alongside Ram Charan and Shruti Haasan, playing the role of Shruti.[19] The film's release date has been repeatedly reset, and has now been confirmed as January 12, 2014. She has also been signed to play the female lead opposite Vikram in the Shankar romantic thriller film I and she will play the role of Diya. The film is set to release in October 2014.[20] After I she is currently acting in Venkat Prabhu's movie Masss opposite to Suriya for the first time.[21] She has signed a movie opposite to Udhayanidhi Stalin.[22]

Personal life[edit]

According to the Daily Mail, Jackson "learnt about Bollywood by watching Shilpa Shetty in the reality show Big Brother".[23] She lived in Mumbai, Maharashtra, and has said that she considers India to be her home.[24] She has a pet cat named Alfie, with whom she posed in a PETA ad campaign promoting the adoption of animals from shelters.[25] She is now based in London travelling to Chennai and other places around the world for work.[26] It was reported that she was assaulted by her boy friend Serkirk in a liverpool hotel and after pleading guilty he was reprimanded with a community service for one year and a fine of GBP 300.[27]

Filmography[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Language Notes
2010 Madrasapattinam Amy Wilkinson / Duraiammal Tamil Nominated—Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress
2012 Ekk Deewana Tha Jessie Thekekuttu Hindi
2012 Thaandavam Sarah Vinayagam Tamil Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Tamil
2014 Yevadu Shruthi Telugu
2014 IFilms that have not yet been released Diya Tamil Post-Production
2015 MasssFilms that have not yet been released TBA Tamil Filiming
2015 GethuFilms that have not yet been released TBA Tamil Announced

Other honours[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brit model is Bollywood star". The Sun (London). 25 May 2011. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Amy Jackson on starring in Ekk Deewana Tha". BBC. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Amy Jackson is Britain’s Bollywood babe". The Sun (London). Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ she also kept show horses, competing quite successfully.q=cache:-8IJhqCzFuYJ:www.amylouisejackson.com/+amy+jackson+liverpool&cd=9&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk&client=firefox-a "About Amy". Amy Louise Jackson. Retrieved 21 August 2010. 
  5. ^ Sharma, Mukul Kumar (January 31, 2012). "Amy Jackson Biography, Height, Movies and Details". Bollygraph. Retrieved February 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Liverpool's Amy Jackson is Miss Teen World". Liverpool Echo. 29 August 2008. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  7. ^ "Miss Liverpool On Her Way To Win Miss England". 
  8. ^ "AMY JACKSON". Boss Model Management. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Amy Jackson". Boss Model Management. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  10. ^ Collinson, Dawn (25 January 2012). "Liverpool teen Amy Jackson on her new life in Mumbai and becoming an in-demand Bollywood leading lady". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Madrasapattinam". Sify. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "MADHARASAPATTINAM MOVIE REVIEW". Behindwoods. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Madharasapattinam is worth a watch". Rediff. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Amy Jackson in VTV's Hindi version". The Times Of India. 2011-04-19. Retrieved 2011-11-22. 
  15. ^ "Prateik-Amy Jackson starrer gets new title". IndiaGlitz. 22 September 2011. Retrieved 22 November 2011. 
  16. ^ "Ekk Deewana Tha: Movie Review". The Times Of India. 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2013-09-26. 
  17. ^ "Amy Jackson dubs for Thandavam". Andhra Watch. 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2013. 
  18. ^ "Thaandavam Movie Review". Bollywood Life. 29 September 2012. Retrieved 26 September 2013. 
  19. ^ "Tollywood beckons Amy Jackson". The Times of India. September 24, 2012. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  20. ^ "Amy Jackson to romance Vikram in I". The Times of India. Feb 24, 2012. Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Amy Jackson opposite to Surya in Masss". Sep 3, 2014. Retrieved September 3, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Amy Jackson opposite to Udhayanidhi Stalin in Gethu". Sep 10, 2014. Retrieved September 10, 2014. 
  23. ^ Srivastava, Priyanka; Varma, Lipika; Mankermi, Pranav (30 January 2012). "Meet the newest foreign girl on the block: Amy Jackson catches the eye of B-town". Daily Mail (London). Retrieved February 25, 2012. 
  24. ^ "In conversation with Amy Jackson". Bollyspice. Jul 12, 2012. Retrieved September 25, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Amy Jackson To Be PETA's New Ambassador," Times of India, 23 January 2014.
  26. ^ "Amy Jackson," Twitter, 06 March 2014.
  27. ^ "Amy Jackson assaulted by boyfriend". cinesiren. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  28. ^ "Times Most Desirable Women 2012 - Results". ITimes. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  29. ^ http://pinkvilla.com/entertainment/news/fhm-indias-100-sexiest-women-world-2013-full-list
  30. ^ "The most promising newcomer female for 2012 is - The Times of India". The Times Of India. 29 August 2013. 

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