Amy’s Bollywood blockbuster

Bollywood actress Amy Jackson, who was born in the Isle of Man

Bollywood actress Amy Jackson, who was born in the Isle of Man

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A young woman who was born in Colby stars in the latest blockbuster movie by famed Indian director Shankar.

The movie, ‘I’ or ‘Ai’, (which in the Tamil language means ‘wonder’ or ‘beauty’) was premiered last Wednesday at cinemas throughout the world, including in over 15,000 theatres in China, where much of it was shot.

This is the fifth lead role for Amy Jackson, 23, who is the daughter of former Manx Radio presenter Alan, and spent her early life growing up in Colby.
At the age of two the family relocated to Liverpool, where Alan worked for BBC radio Merseyside.

Amy won Miss Teen World in 2009 and Miss Liverpool in 2010 when she also came second in Miss England.

Her introduction to the world of acting came after Indian film producers spotted her on the Miss Teen World website and invited her to audition for the film Madrasapattinam, which became her first role. Set in India in 1947, Amy plays a British governor’s daughter who falls in love with a village boy. Despite having no prior acting experience and the role requiring her to speak Tamil, she got great reviews.

More films followed and ‘I’ is the biggest budget film she has appeared in to date and her co-star is Vikram.

Filming has taken two years and eight months to complete.

As her father Alan, who travelled to India in time for the premiere, said her career is, ‘not bad for a young woman from the Isle of Man!’

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