Deepika Padukone (born 5 January 1986) is an Indian actress and a former model. She appears mostly in Hindi films, as well as Tamil and Kannada language films. Born to badminton player Prakash Padukone, she chose to become an actress and not pursue a career in sports.
In 2006, Padukone made her acting debut through the Kannada film Aishwarya The following year, she made her Hindi film debut in Om Shanti Om, for which she earned the Film fare Best Female Debut Award. It also remains her biggest commercial success so far. She subsequently appeared in films such as Love Aaj Kal (2009) and Housefull (2010). While the former earned her a Filmfare nomination in the Best Actress category, the latter emerged as a commercial success. Soon after, Padukone featured in Homi Adajania's commercially successful dramedy, Cocktail (2012), and earned unanimous critical appreciation for her performance.
In addition to acting, Padukone is also the ambassador of prominent brands such as Tissot, Sony Cybershot, Yamaha Nescafe and Kingfisher Airlines.