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Erica Fernandes

Erica FernandesErica Fernandes, born on the 7th of May 1993 in Mangalore, Karnataka, India, is an Indian actress and model known for her portrayal of Dr. Sonakshi Bose in Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi and Prerna Sharma in Kasautii Zindagii Kay.

She is the daughter of Ralph Fernandes and Lavina Fernandes and was raised in Kurla, Mumbai, she did her schooling from Holy Cross High School, Kurla and completed her pre-degree course from SIES College, Sion.

Her father Ralph Fernandes is a former model & Interior Designer and her mother, Lavina Fernandes used to work with Air India and the Bank of America. She has an elder brother, Jermaine Fernandes who works at a multinational company, Ernst & Young in Mumbai.

"My father was very supportive of my decision to become a model and then an actress. My mother, Lavina was a bit apprehensive as she was worried about the stories she’d heard about what happens in the modelling industry. She’s come around though, and accompanies me to the set these days."

She had enrolled for a BA degree from St Andrew's College, Bandra; however, she discontinued her studies to pursue modelling.

"I’ve always wanted to model and act. My first break came to me when I was at a parlour to get a haircut. The salon owner asked me if I would model for them."

Erica Fernandes"I then participated in beauty pageants - for Bombay Times and Miss India. I won the Fresh Face title in almost all the pageants I took part in. Film offers started pouring in too."

"This year’s turning out to be great as it marks my debut in various languages in the south. I already have a bilingual role in Tamil and Telugu ( Virattu and Dega respectively), Vizhithiru in Tamil, and a Bollywood film called Love is Not Mathematics, in the pipeline."

Since 2010, Fernandes has taken part in pageants like Pantaloons Femina Miss Maharashtra 2011 amongst other titles.

She was selected to play the lead role in the bilingual Virattu/Dega, featuring newcomer Sujiv, son of the director Kumar. She started her career as a model in 2010 and has won several titles like Clean and Clear Bombay Times Fresh Face 2010 (winner), Pantaloons Femina Miss Maharashtra 2011(finalist), Pantaloons Femina Miss Fresh Face 2011 (sub contest) and Pantaloons Femina Miss India 2012 (finalist).

Erica Fernandes made her acting debut in 2013 by playing the role of Manjari in the Tamil film, Ainthu Ainthu Ainthu. After that, she has worked in various other language films like Ninnindale (Kannada, 2014), Babloo Happy Hai (Hindi, 2014), Virattu (Tamil, 2014), Galipatam (Telugu, 2014), Dega (Telugu, 2014), Buguri (Kannada, 2015), and Vizhithiru (Tamil, 2017).

Erica FernandesFernandes is popularly known for her role of Dr. Sonakshi Bose in TV serial, Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi (2016-2017) and Prerna Sharma in TV serial, Kasautii Zindagii Kay (2018-2019).

Her performance in the latter has left everyone hooked to their television sets. The new version stars Erica Fernandes and Parth Samthaan in the lead as Prerna and Anurag. Their epic love story has left the nation completely intrigued.

Director Sasi had seen pictures of her at Meera Kathiravan's office, with whom she was shooting another film, when he was casting for Ainthu Ainthu Ainthu. Sasi offered her a role of a software engineer in the film alongside Bharath, who plays her love interest.

Due to the delay of her other films, Ainthu Ainthu Ainthu became her first release. In 2014, she made her debut in Kannada with the film Ninnindale featuring alongside Puneeth Rajkumar, which was followed by her debut Hindi film Babloo Happy Hai, directed by Nila Madhab Panda.

"Honestly, I was quite unaware of the industry and the people here until I got this offer. When I heard about how big a star Puneeth Rajkumar is, I was anxious about working with him.

It was only after we began shooting that I realized how chilled-out, and down-to-earth he actually is. We worked hard on the set, but also had fun doing so."

Erica FernandesIn February 2014, Virattu eventually released. Its Telugu version however was pushed to late 2014 and Galipatam became her first Telugu release. The film received decent reviews from critics.

Her delayed film with Kathiravan, Vizhithiru was released on the 6th of October 2017 performing amongst an ensemble cast including Krishna, Venkat Prabhu and Sara Arjun.

In 2016, Fernandes made her television debut with Sony TV's Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi where she portrayed the character of Dr. Sonakshi Bose opposite Shaheer Sheikh.

Her pairing with Sheikh was very well received and for her performance in the show, she won the Asian Viewers Television Award for Female Actor Of The Year and the Lions Gold Award for Best Onscreen Jodi.

From 2018 to present, she has been portraying Prerna Sharma in Star Plus's Kasautii Zindagii Kay opposite Parth Samthaan. Before the serial hits screen, Erica confessed to having mixed emotions about it. “I am excited and nervous. There’s also a feeling of responsibility.”

“I was a kid when the original Kasautii used to air on TV. I must have been busy with my books and cartoons. But yes, our parents used to watch it, and I remember seeing it on television.

Erica FernandesAfter I signed this project, I watched a couple of episodes to get a gist and feel of it. But we are trying to make this our own show. Also, I must add that everything would be different in the storyline.”

Admitting that she relates to the character of Prerna quite a bit, Erica said, “I completely relate to her. She is a strong and independent girl.

She is also a multi-tasker like me. Prerna also believes in standing up for what’s right and pointing out the wrong. That’s an amazing quality in her.”

“I am still very new in the industry and have just done one show. I want to experiment with my roles and characters. That’s the only way I will know what works for me. As for Kasautii, it’s a great opportunity for any actor. I am proud to be a part of this classic love tale.”

An added bonus is the love of her fans which makes her feel really special, she said, “To be loved by so many people is just amazing. They feel proud of me just like my family.

Their affection is so strong that it makes you want to do more for them. It motivates me to perform better and give them the best possible show.”

For her performance, Fernandes won the Kalakar Award for Most Popular Actress, the Indian Telly Award for Best Onscreen Jodi Popular and the Gold Award for Best Actor Female Critics.

Erica FernandesIn 2017, Fernandes was ranked 4th in Times of India's 20 Most Desirable Women on Indian Television List. In 2018, she was placed 15th in Biz Asia's TV Personality List.

She was listed 3rd in Times of India's Top 20 Most Desirable Women on Indian Television 2018 List.

In 2019 Erica won Best Actor Female (Critics) and also shared Most Stylish Diva award with Sanjivani actor Surbhi Chandna when she attended the Gold Awards 2019.

At the Indian Telly Awards 2019 Parth Samthaan and Erica Fernandes won the Best Jodi (Fans Choice) award for their performances in Kasautii Zindagii Kay.

She enjoys a massive fan following on social media and her Instagram feed shows the other side of her personality. Erica is known to be a good dancer who always wanted from early childhood to be an actress.

"Even when I was a kid I would keep posing before the mirror!"

She loves travelling and loves to eat pizza and is a pure vegetarian - her hobbies are painting, singing, playing the keyboard. She is a trained dancer whom has received her training in dance from Shiamak Dance Academy. She is an avid dog lover.

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Filmography

Films

Year Film Role Language
2013 Ainthu Ainthu Ainthu Manjari Tamil
2014 Ninnindale Pramila Kannada
Babloo Happy Hai Natasha Hindi
Virattu Shreegg Tamil
Galipatam Swathi Telugu
Dega Sri Telugu
2015 Buguri Ishanya Kannada
2017 Vizhithiru Christina Tamil

Television

Year Show Role Channel Reference
2016–2017 Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi Dr. Sonakshi Bose Sony TV
2018–present Kasautii Zindagii Kay Prerna Sharma Star Plus

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result Reference
2015 SIIMA Awards Best Debut Actress (Kannada) Ninnindale Nominated
2016 Gold Awards Best Onscreen Jodi

(With Shaheer Sheikh)

Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi Nominated
Best Debut Female Nominated
Asian Viewers Television Awards Female Actor Of The Year Won
2017 Lions Gold Awards Best Onscreen Jodi

(With Shaheer Sheikh)

Won
2018 Asian Viewers Television Awards Female Actor Of The Year Nominated
2019 Kalakar Awards Most Popular Actress Kasautii Zindagii Kay Won
Indian Telly Awards Best Actress In Lead Role (Popular) Nominated
Best Jodi Popular

(With Parth Samthaan)

Won
Gold Awards Best Actor Female (Popular) Nominated
Best Actor Female (Critics) Won
Best Onscreen Jodi Popular

(With Parth Samthaan)

Nominated
Most Fit Actor (Female) N/A Nominated
Style Diva N/A Won
Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actress (Popular) Kasautii Zindagii Kay Nominated
Asian Viewers Television Awards Female Actor Of The Year Won

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