Deepika Padukone is an Indian actress and producer. The highest-paid actress in India, she is one of the nation's most popular personalities, named one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2018 by Time. Padukone is an active celebrity endorser for several brands and products, including Tissot, Maybelline, Coca-Cola, and L'Oréal Paris, among others, and has become known for her personal style, mixing Western luxury fashion labels with homegrown Indian designers.
The daughter of the badminton player Prakash Padukone, she was born in Copenhagen and raised in Bangalore. As a teenager, she played badminton in national level championships but left her sporting career to model before pursuing acting. In her first Bollywood film “Om Shanti Om” in 2007, Padukone played a dual role opposite Shah Rukh Khan, and won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut. Her first project in Hollywood came in 2017 with the action film “XXX: Return of Xander Cage.” Padukone later won two more Filmfare Awards for Best Actress in 2013 and 2015.
She has written weekly lifestyle columns for the Hindustan Times, and has a womenswear clothing line sold through myntra.com. Vocal about issues such as feminism and depression, she also founded the Live Love Laugh Foundation in 2015, which raises awareness for mental health in India. Padukone also became brand ambassador for the Indian Psychiatric Society in 2016. Padukone is chairperson of the Mumbai Academy of the Moving Image and, in 2019, formed her own production company KA Entertainment.
Padukone is married to frequent co-star Ranveer Singh. In November 2018, the pair married in Lake Como, Italy, in traditional Konkani and Sindhi ceremonies, which garnered much press attention.