Born August 19, 1987 (1987-08-19) (age 22)
Years active: 2006-present
leana D'Cruz (born 19 August 1987 in Mumbai) is an Indian film actress.
She made her Telugu language debut through Y.V.S. Chowdhary's Devadasu opposite newcomer, Ram but has also done a Tamil film Kedi. Ileana is one of the most succsessful Actress in Telugu Cinema, and has Blockbusters like Pokiri, Devadasu, Jalsa, Kick. She has recently signed another Tamil film 24 with Vikram in the lead and also a Tamil Film Valiban with T. R. Silambarasan .
Ileana was born in Mumbai, India of Goan parentage Ronaldo Leo, a Roman Catholic and Sameera, a Muslim before the marriage, after which she embraced Christianity. Her parents named her name after Ileana Cosânzeana (Helen of Troy) from Greek mythology. she completed her high school studies at St.Mary's Convent High School, Mapusa , Goa.
CareerShe debuted in the Telugu language film Devadasu in 2006 directed by Y.V.S. Chowdhary who spotted her in a Fair and Lovely ad film directed by Rakesh Roshan . The film did not get good reviews from the critics, but it was a success at the box-office and Ileana attracted a lot of attention for her charm and beauty.
Her breakthrough came with her second Telugu film where she essayed the role of Shruti opposite Mahesh Babu in the highly successful Pokiri,in which she has done the role of an aerobic teacher. The film gained her good reviews.. She then made her Tamil language film debut alongside Ravi Krishna in Kedi. Although the film did not do so well at the box-office, Ileana was sought after by many directors and actors in Tamil for films which she eventually rejected due to her commitments in Telugu . Recently she acted with Pawan Kalyan in the movie Jalsa. She currently signed a Tamil film opposite Vijay. She also signed a film against Manchu Vishnu Vardhan being directed by YVS Choudary which is tentatively titled as "Saleem". Her 2009 film against Ravi Teja, titled Kick is a hit at the box office.Ileana has recently accepted to work for a Tamil film “24” in the direction of Vikram Kumar under Mohan Natarajan's Rajakaliamman Media project banner. She will be pairing against Vikram in the movie.