Lisa Haydon

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Lisa Haydon
Lisa Haydon snapped wearing Mishru’s Supernova collection (02) (cropped).jpg
Haydon in 2018
Elisabeth Marie Haydon

(1986-06-17) 17 June 1986 (age 33)
Other namesLisa
OccupationModel, actress, tv presenter
Years active2010–present
Dino Lalvani (m. 2016)
ChildrenZack Lalvani

Elisabeth Marie "Lisa" Haydon (born 17 June 1986) is an Australian actress, TV presenter and model, who mainly appears in Hindi films. Haydon made her acting debut with a supporting role in the 2010 romantic comedy Aisha and received critical praise for her performance in the comedy-drama Queen, which garnered wide recognition and a Best Supporting Actress nomination at Filmfare, among other accolades. Haydon later starred in the commercially successful romantic comedy Housefull 3 and had a brief role in the Karan Johar-directed romantic drama Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (both 2016).

She is a model in India and internationally. She appears on several popular Magazine covers such as harpers bazaar Grazia (India), Cosmopolitan (magazine), Elle (India), Verve, Vogue India, Femina (India), FHM (magazine), Hello! (magazine), and L'Officiel.

Early life[edit]

Elisabeth Marie Haydon was born in Chennai, India[1] to a Tamil father and Australian mother.[2] Her sister is model turned DJ Malika Haydon, one half of the DJ duo Nina & Malika, but before DJ, she filmed in two item numbers Steal The Night (I'll Do the Talking Tonight) and Pyaar ki Pungi in film Agent Vinod (2012 film)[3] Haydon lived in Australia and the United States, before moving back to India in 2007 to pursue modelling.[4]



Haydon at Swarovski event in 2012.

Haydon wanted to be a yoga teacher at the age of 18. Studying psychology on the side, she took her friend's suggestion to pursue modelling to pay for the classes and rent. She started modelling in Australia with her first assignment being for stretch mark cream.[5] Encouraged by her sister's modelling acts in India, she moved to India in 2007 to pursue a modelling career there.[4] In India, she has walked the ramp for Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) and HDIL-India Couture Week(HDIL-ICW). She is also the face of Lakmé. She has also featured in commercials for Hyundai i20, Indigo Nation, and Blender's Pride. In 2010, she did a commercial opposite Hrithik Roshan.[5] With the legendary photographer Peter Lindbergh, she modeled for Nirav Modi along with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Andreea Diaconu.[6]

She has featured as cover girl for major fashion magazines like Verve (March 2008, January 2011),[7] Elle (April 2009, May 2009, May 2010, April 2011),[8][9] Femina (April 2009),[10] Harper's Bazaar (January–February 2010), FHM (August 2010) and Adorn (November–December 2010).[11]

She was named the best model and the most stylish persona in Cosmopolitan Fun and Fearless Awards 2009, DNA most stylish 2009, Marie Claire best model 2010.[12] In 2011, she appeared in the Kingfisher Calendar.

Fashion designer[edit]

Haydon at the 9th Annual Gemfields & Nazraana Retail Jeweller India Awards 2013

Haydon collaborated with lifestyle brand Sher Singh now acquired by Myntra to launch their first capsule collection inspired by her global style. On 14 February 2012, Sher Singh chauhan unveiled its spring collection online. Playful, in pastel, coral and tan, some of the dresses have lace embellishments and can be paired with boots and jackets. Explaining their choice of Lisa, Sunjay Guleria and Sonny Caberwal of Sher Singh reason that Lisa Haydon has a global fashion style with a distinct Indian identity. "Bohemian, jersey for comfort wear and structured cuts, I love it all," Lisa says. "My personal style is the way I'd put an outfit I love together".

The line will not have completely Indian pieces, but will borrow elements for Indian fashion through buttons, embroidery, colors, dyes and fabrics. This is the first time an Indian model and actor is designing her line internationally, along the lines of celebrities such as Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica-Parker and Jennifer Lopez.


She was spotted by Anil Kapoor in a coffee shop and soon her agent received a phone call for a role in the comedy-drama Aisha. The film was loosely based on the Jane Austen's novel Emma and its Hollywood adaptation Clueless, and she was offered to play role of Aarti Menon, a New-York returned, white-collared, corporate yuppie. After signing the movie, she went to New York City for three months to learn method acting and also received classes on diction in Mumbai.[4][5] In 2014, Haydon appeared in the coming-of-age dramedy Queen alongside Kangana Ranaut. She played Vijayalakshmi, a single mother who has a child out of wedlock. Haydon's performance was extensively praised by critics; Devesh Sharma wrote that she "gives a class act", whilst Rajeev Masand said that she "is a complete revelation in the role of Rani's bohemian Parisian pal, investing the character with both sultriness and genuine affection."[13][14] The film earned unanimous critical acclaim and was also a box office hit.[15][16] Her latest release was The Shaukeens, a remake of the 1982 film Shaukeen opposite Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Piyush Mishra. It was released on 7 November 2014. It took a decent start at the box-office with positive reviews but was a commercial failure.[17] Lisa Haydon was also a part of Karan Johar's film 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' alongside Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles.


She appeared as the host and headjudge of the first cycle of India's Next Top Model on MTV India.

She is a trained Bharatnatyam dancer and has trained with Shiamak Davar for five years.

She is currently seen in the webseries 'The Trip' on Bindass channel.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Haydon married Dino Lalvani in October 2016.[19] She announced her pregnancy on Instagram.[20] On 17 May 2017, Lisa gave birth to her first son named Zack.[21]

Lisa does Pilates under trainer Namrata Purohit's guidance, saying "It really works out my core".[22]


Year Title Role Language Notes
2010 Aisha Aarti Menon Hindi
2011 Rascals Dolly Hindi
2012 Racha Unknown Telugu Cameo appearance in song "Racha"
2014 Queen Vijayalakshmi Hindi Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
2014 The Shaukeens Ahana Hindi
2016 Santa Banta Pvt Ltd Queenie "QT" Taneja Hindi
2016 Housefull 3 Jamuna "Jenny" Patel Hindi
2016 Ae Dil Hai Mushkil Lisa D'Souza Hindi

Television appearance[edit]

Year Serial Role Network Notes Refs
2015-2016 India's Next Top Model Host/Judge MTV India Season 1 and 2 [23]
2016-2017 The Trip Shonali Bindass Web television series [24]
2018 Top Model India Host/Judge Colors Infinity [25]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Title Result
2014 Vogue Beauty Award for Best Breakthrough Queen Won
Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Star Guild Award for Best Breakthrough Female Nominated
2015 Lions' Gold Award for Favourite Actress in Supporting Role (Female) Won
IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress Nominated
2017 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor Female The Trip Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Gupta, Priya (9 March 2014). "I am madly in love with Ashwin Gabriel Dsouza too but we are not together right now". Times of India. Retrieved 8 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Never dated Ness Wadia, not friends with Randeep Hooda: Lisa Haydon". DNA. 3 September 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  3. ^ Pivhal, Navin (26 October 2016). "Riding the DJ wave with elan". The Hans India.
  4. ^ a b c "Supermodel Lisa Haydon spills the beans on her life before and after modelling Actress At Myntra .com". DNA. 5 August 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  5. ^ a b c "The other Haydon girl". The Indian Express. 15 December 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  6. ^ Vaidya, Rujuta (1 August 2016). "This legendary fashion photographer shot the latest Nirav Modi as campaign". Vogue. Retrieved 7 October 2016.
  7. ^ "Lisa Haydon - Verve Magazine (January 2011)". 5 January 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  8. ^ "Lisa Haydon - Elle India (April 2011)". 25 April 2011. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  9. ^ "Lisa Haydon – Elle India (May 2010)". May 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  10. ^ "Lisa Haydon – Femina India (April 2009)". 22 April 2009. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  11. ^ "Lisa Haydon – Adorn India (November–December 2010)". December 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2011.
  12. ^ "Lisa Haydon's Biography" Retrieved 20 July 2015
  13. ^ Sharma, Devesh (7 March 2014). "Movie Review: Queen". Filmfare. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  14. ^ Masand, Rajeev (11 March 2014). "'Queen' review: Rare, disarming film that has you smiling throughout". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  15. ^ Mehta, Ankita (6 March 2014). "'Queen' Review Roundup: Watch it for Kangana's Superb Performance". International Business Times. Retrieved 10 March 2014.
  16. ^ "Box Office: Bewakoofiyaan does below average business". Retrieved 27 March 2014.
  17. ^ Lalwani, Vickey (18 April 2014). "Akshay Kumar pours champagne over a shocked Lisa Haydon". The Times of India. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  18. ^ "Rascals: B'wood hottie Lisa Haydon in spicy item number". CNN-IBN. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
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  21. ^ Lalvani., Zack. "First Look: Lisa Haydon and Dino Lalvani share picture with their newborn boy Zack Lalvani". Retrieved 19 May 2017.
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  23. ^ "Lisa Haydon, judge of India's Next Top Model opens up about comedy, modelling and television". 16 July 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2018.
  24. ^ "Watch: Lisa Haydon plays a hot, feisty musician in a web series". Hindustan Times. 5 April 2018.
  25. ^ "Colors Infinity to premiere 'Top Model India' on 4 Feb". Retrieved 3 February 2018.

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