Angela Jonsson is a model and actress. She won the Kingfisher Calendar Girl Hunt Competition (2011). She made her debut in films with actor Salman Khan in 2013. She is a great dancer, and she believed that if she does not succeed as a model, she would become a dance instructor. She took dance training from Shakoor dance academy.
Angela Jonsson was born on Wednesday, 28 February 1990 (age 31 years; as of 2021) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She grew up in a big family with 9 siblings. In an interview, she shared about growing up in a big family, she said,
The thing about huge families is that you don’t have to go looking out for friends. There’s always someone to talk to, share your secrets with and to turn to.”
Her zodiac sign is Pisces. She stayed in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu during her childhood. There she completed her schooling at American International School, Chennai. After completing her schooling, she did not pursue her further education immediately but later did a long-distance college course from the US.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Weight (approx.): 55 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): 32-24-33
Angela`s big family includes her parents, six sisters and three brothers.
Parents & Siblings
Her father belonged to Iceland and her mother came from Chennai (their names are not known). Both of them were coffee exporters. The names of Angela`s brothers are Kevin, Eric and Andre and the names of her sisters are Alithia, Tabitha, Natasha, Tara, Karishma and Tanya. In an interview, Angela said that Angela and her sister Tara are very close to each other.
Angela Jonsson was rumoured to be dating actor Ranbir Kapoor in the year 2011. At this time, she never gave any statement about her relationship with Ranbir Kapoor but later, in an interview she said,
Yes, Ranbir and I have dated. We have gone out to dinner like two normal adults in the city. As any gentleman would and should, he asked me out for the record. Since winning the Kingfisher Calendar Hunt, my modelling career has done better than I ever expected. None of the successes can be attributed to anyone other than to my hard work and that of my agents.”
She further added that when she used to read the rumours about herself, she would get really stressed. There were also reports that she was dating the actor Shahid Kapoor. Currently, Angela is dating Geoff Nelson (since 2020).
Angela`s modelling career started when she won the Kingfisher Calendar Hunt Competition in 2011. After Angella completed her schooling and turned 18, she went to Iceland to spend time with her family. After some time, she returned to Bangalore and stayed with some of her friends. There, she took part in a fashion show and did a photo shoot for the brand Lenovo. She got Rs. 20,000 for the shoot. Till this time, she was not taking modelling seriously but when one of her friends suggested her to compete in Kingfisher Girl Hunt, she started working on herself, won the competition and then shot for the calendar. She then moved to Mumbai in 2011, and she found Mumbai really crowded and dusty. In an interview, Angela said that the competition she won made her more confident. In 2013, she went as a judge in the Kingfisher Calendar Hunt Girl Competition. She talked about her experience of judging the show in an interview, and said,
This year the platform was the same but the role was different. I went there as a judge for one of the episodes. The girls this time were a little nervous as the competition was tougher. It was interesting to share advice with these girls and get their feedback. The only tip I gave to all of them was to work hard and try to give their best in whatever they do.”
Angela had worked for big designers that include Manish Malhotra, Vikram Phadnis, Tarun Tahiliani, Malini Ramani and Shantanu-Nikhil. She also appeared in an advertisement with a South Indian actor Mahesh Babu.
On her shooting with Mahesh Babu, Salman Khan got really angry as he wanted to be the first one to launch Angela. She was also seen on the cover of Cosmopolitan magazine (2011), Femina (2011), Harper’s Bazaar (2011), Maxim (2011), Grazia (2011) and Vogue (2012).
Angela debuted in the film Sher Khan with Salman Khan in 2013. She even took Hindi classes for the film so that she could speak Hindi fluently. This news was confirmed by Sohail Khan when he said in an interview,
Yes, she has signed an exclusive contract with us. But we haven’t decided which film or films she will be doing. We think she has great potential. We will launch her.”
There were also reports that she had signed for a film named ‘Maalai Neram Mazhaithuli’ by AR Murugadoss but she denied this news. She said that South Indian movies were a good platform to explore her acting skills. She talked about South Indian films in an interview and said,
Well mostly in the South, voices (of actors who cannot speak the language) are dubbed. Also, we’re given cue cards that tell us what we are speaking means in English. I am told that South Indian movies are a good training experience for newcomers. Their cameramen are excellent I’ve heard and the people there are more professional than the ones in Bollywood. Besides, most of the top heroines like Aishwarya Rai, or Sridevi or even Deepika Padukone have either started off or have worked in South Indian films at some point in their career.”
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- In 2011, she was featured in the list of 50 most desirable women in India.
- Actor: Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan
- Drink(s): Champagne, Wine
- Makeup accessory: MAC Strawberry lip balm
- Music: Music of the movie ‘Band Baaja Baraat'(2010)
- Film(s): Bollywood- Band Bajaa Baarat (2010), Dum Maro Dum (2011), Shor in the city (2010)
Hollywood- Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)
- Novel: Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts
- Angela`s food habits include eating non-veg food.
- She likes to dance, read books and travel.
- Angela prefers a cappuccino with milk over an espresso.
- As her parents were coffee cultivators, in an interview, she explained the process of making coffee beans. She said that the beans are green in colour, then they are turned into red or cherry red by drying them in sun, after this process, they turn light brown in colour.
- All her siblings live in Iceland and always get excited when they see her in a newspaper or on TV.
- She has a phobia of chapped lips, so, she uses chapstick on her lips.
- Angela prefers to wear light coloured clothes and wears minimal jewellery.
- In an interview, when she was asked about her parent’s reaction to seeing her in a bikini, she said,
I won’t say my parents aren’t conservative, because they are. But they are also very happy (with the fact that) I want to be a model, that I can pull off a swimsuit and that it’s not at all cheap but very classy. I have done a lot of good work (since the calendar came out) — I’ve done four covers, walked the ram during the Lakme Fashion Week. Things are going well and they’re happy with it.”
- She also gave advice to young models in an interview and said,
Remember the more work you do, the more experience you get, the better model you become. Work with a range of photographers. Be professional; show up on time and do work properly. That is what will get you more work Find your niche — if you think you’re better at ramp modelling take up more assignments there or if you think you’re a better commercial model, focus on that. Always have a backup plan.”