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Priyanka Chopra makes her American television debut in the role of Alex Parrish on ABC’s Quantico.

Chopra is an actress, recording artist and former Miss World who is recognized internationally around the world. Her debut single, “In My City,” featured and was the voice of the NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football franchise for the 2012-13 seasons.

Chopra has appeared in numerous ad campaigns for companies including Beats by Dr. Dre and its Pill XL speakers. Chopra is also the first Indian Guess Girl appearing in ads for the iconic American brand in their recent holiday campaign.

Chopra is a humanitarian who serves as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, United Nations Girl Up Champion, and is involved in a number of efforts to protect children’s rights and promote the education of girls in India, including her namesake charity, The Priyanka Chopra Foundation.

Chopra is a passionate writer, and contributes monthly to her column on, “Pret-a-Priyanka.” She has also authored essays for The New York Times and The Hindustan Times.

Chopra splits her time between Los Angeles, New York and Mumbai – but is quick to point out that she mainly lives on airplanes.


The Facts

July 18, 1982 in Jamshedpur, Bihar, India
Nicknames: Mimi, Piggy Chops
Height: 5’6 1/2″

    1. – Winner of the Miss India and Miss World beauty pageants in 2000.

      – Father Capt. Dr. Ashok Chopra, mother Dr. Madhu Chopra.

      – Achievements: she is the only Indian in the USA to have been selected at the state level for the National Opus Honor Choir, extensive charity work back in India and the USA, and joined the CAF and CII in their literacy program and is their ambassador. Member of the support group for the Thalassemic children in U.P., India, participated in the adult education awareness program with the non-governmental organizations in the peripheral areas of Bareilly, joined the Indian Government-sponsored Polio Eradication Program as a volunteer. Raised funds for the destitute in Boston by participating in a church program.

      – While shooting the song “Do Me A Favor, Let’s Play Holi” in the movie Waqt: The Race Against Time, she stepped on a live wire and received a shock. She was hospitalized for a day.

      – Did her schooling from La Martinière in Lucknow. She completed tenth grade in Boston and wanted to become a software engineer or a criminal psychologist.

      – Has a younger brother.

      – Turned down the lead in Umrao Jaan to work in Bluffmaster!

      – Listed as number 2 of ‘Top Bollywood Actresses’ of 2006.

      – Turned down a part in London Dreams because she could not provide the shooting dates as she was busy with other films.

      – Listed #1 by UK magazine Eastern Eye one of “Asia’s Sexiest Women” (Sept/2006).

      – Appeared on the cover of the premiere issue of Maxim magazine, Indian version, released in 2006.

      – Cousins of Parineeti Chopra, Meera Chopra, Mannara

      – Was the original choice for Sameera Reddy’s role in Musafir.

      – Her favorite movies are Jerry Maguire, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Maine Pyar Kiya, Pretty Woman and A Walk in the Clouds.

      – The first film, she ever signed, was titled “Good Night Princess”, directed by actor/director Atlee Brar. This was in the year 2000, before she became Miss World. She shot the film for a month, before becoming Miss World. After she became Miss World, she continued to shoot for the film. It was based on the life of Priyanka Gandhi and it was a Hindi/English film. Her co stars were Pooja Batra and Rahul Dev. The film was finally shelved due to the producers not having any funds to complete the film.

      – Signed Aziz Mirza film, opposite son Haroun Mirza. This was in 2001. The film got shelved.

      – In 2006, a toy company in England created a fashion doll based on Priyanka Chopra’s name and image. It was part of the “Bollywood Legend” series which also included stars Hrithik Roshani, Shah Rukh Khan, and Kajol. The dolls are now considered rare collectors items.

      – In 2015, Priyanka made history as not only the first South Asian to get a leading role in a prime-time American TV-show, Quantico, but also the first Bollywood female actress to do so.

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