|Born||Elisabeth Marie Haydon
(1986-06-17) 17 June 1986
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
|Occupation||Model, actress, designer|
|Spouse(s)||Dino Lalwani (m. 2016)|
Lisa Haydon (born Elisabeth Marie Haydon; 17 June 1986) is an Indian model, fashion designer, and actress, who mainly appears in Hindi films. Haydon made her acting debut with a supporting role in the 2010 romantic comedy Aisha and received critical praise for her performance in the comedy-drama Queen, which garnered wide recognition and a Best Supporting Actress nomination at Filmfare, among other accolades. Haydon later starred in the commercially successful romantic comedy Housefull 3 and had a brief role in the Karan Johar-directed romantic drama Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (both 2016).
Elisabeth Marie Haydon was born on 17 June 1986 in Chennai, India to Venkat, and an Australian mother, Bernadette Maria Haydon. Her sister is model turned DJ Malika Haydon, one half of the DJ duo Nina & Malika. Haydon lived in Australia and the United States before moving back to India in 2007 to pursue modelling.
Haydon wanted to be a yoga teacher at the age of 18. Studying psychology on the side, she took her friend’s suggestion to pursue modelling to pay for the classes and rent. She started modelling in Australia with her first assignment being for stretch mark cream. Encouraged by her sister’s modelling acts in India, she moved to India in 2007 to pursue a modelling career there. In India, she has walked the ramp for Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW) and HDIL-India Couture Week(HDIL-ICW). She is also the face of Lakmé. She has also featured in commercials for Hyundai i20, Indigo Nation, Myntra.com and Blender’s Pride. In 2010, she did a commercial opposite Hrithik Roshan. With the legendary photographer Peter Lindbergh, she modeled for Nirav Modi along with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Andreea Diaconu.
She has featured as cover girl for major fashion magazines like Verve (March 2008, January 2011), Elle (April 2009, May 2009, May 2010, April 2011), Femina (April 2009), Harper’s Bazaar (January–February 2010), FHM (August 2010) and Adorn (November–December 2010).
As a model Haydon has been recognized for her impeccable style and persona. She has been the first and the obvious choice of almost all the major fashion awards in the country. She was named the best model and the most stylish persona in Cosmopolitan Fun and Fearless Awards 2009, DNA most stylish 2009, Marie Claire best model 2010.
Haydon collaborated with lifestyle brand Sher Singh now acquired by Myntra to launch their first capsule collection inspired by her global style. On 14 February 2012, Sher Singh chauhan unveiled its spring collection online. Playful, in pastel, coral and tan, some of the dresses have lace embellishments and can be paired with boots and jackets. Explaining their choice of Lisa, Sunjay Guleria and Sonny Caberwal of Sher Singh reason that Lisa Haydon has a global fashion style with a distinct Indian identity. “Bohemian, jersey for comfort wear and structured cuts, I love it all,” Lisa says. “My personal style is the way I’d put an outfit I love together”.
The line will not have completely Indian pieces, but will borrow elements for Indian fashion through buttons, embroidery, colors, dyes and fabrics. This is the first time an Indian model and actor is designing her line internationally, along the lines of celebrities such as Kate Moss, Sarah Jessica-Parker and Jennifer Lopez.
She was spotted by Anil Kapoor in a coffee shop and soon her agent received a phone call for a role in the comedy-drama Aisha. The film was loosely based on the Jane Austen‘s novel Emma and its Hollywood adaptation Clueless, and she was offered to play role of Aarti Menon, a New-York returned, white-collared, corporate yuppie. After signing the movie, she went to New York City for three months to learn method acting and also received classes on diction in Mumbai. In 2014, Haydon appeared in the coming-of-age dramedy Queen alongside Kangana Ranaut. She played Vijayalakshmi, a single mother who has a child out of wedlock. Haydon’s performance was extensively praised by critics; Devesh Sharma wrote that she “gives a class act”, whilst Rajeev Masand said that she “is a complete revelation in the role of Rani’s bohemian Parisian pal, investing the character with both sultriness and genuine affection.” The film earned unanimous critical acclaim and was also a box office hit. Her latest release was The Shaukeens, a remake of the 1982 film Shaukeen opposite Akshay Kumar, Anupam Kher, Annu Kapoor and Piyush Mishra. It was released on Nov 7, 2014. It took a decent start at the box-office with positive reviews but was a commercial failure. Lisa Haydon was also a part of Karan Johar‘s film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil‘ alongside Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and Anushka Sharma in the lead roles. The movie was released on October 28, 2016. Lisa will play the second lead in Milan Luthria‘s next titled ‘Baadshaho‘ which stars Ajay Devgan as its protagonist. She was also featured in Rascals.
She is currently seen in the webseries ‘The Trip’ on bindaas channel.
|2012||Racha||Unknown||Telugu||Cameo appearance in song “Racha”|
|2014||Queen||Vijayalakshmi||Hindi||Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2016||Santa Banta Pvt Ltd||Queenie “QT” Taneja||Hindi|
|2016||Housefull 3||Jamuna “Jenny” Patel||Hindi|
|2016||Ae Dil Hai Mushkil||Lisa D’Souza||Hindi|
Awards and nominations
|2014||Vogue Beauty Award for Best Breakthrough||Queen||Won|
|Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|Star Guild Award for Best Breakthrough Female||Nominated|
|2015||Lions’ Gold Award for Favourite Actress in Supporting Role (Female)||Won|
|IIFA Award for Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|