Posted Wed, July 16, 2014 1:58pm IST

The Bang Bang actor a year older today. On her birthday, here’s a special treat to her fans

Katrina Kaif was born in Hong Kong as Katrina Turquotte on July 16, 1983, to Kashmiri businessman Mohammed Kaif and an English lawyer Suzanne Turquotte. The pretty actor has 7 siblings, 3 elder sisters (Stephanie, Christine and Natasha), three younger sisters (Melissa, Sonia and Isabel) and one older brother, Michael. Let’s take a look at the birthday girl’s journey to Bollywood.

Childhood days: After her birth in Hong Kong, Katrina and her family moved to China, then to Japan and then to France. After that, her family spent few months in Switzerland, Poland, Belgium, and other European countries. Then they moved to Hawaii and finally to her mother’s home country, England. Katrina lived in London only for three years before she migrated to India.

Modelling days: Ms Kaif was interested in modeling since her teenage days after she won a beauty contest in Hawaii, post which she received her first assignment as a model for a jewellery campaign. The Dhoom:3 babe began modelling professionally in London and was a regular at the London Fashion Week. At one such fashion show, Kat was spotted by Kaizad Gustad, a London-based filmmaker who gave her the first Bollywood break.

Bollywood journey: Katrina made her Bollywood debut with the 2003 film Boom. The film was a flop and filmmakers weren’t keen to cast her as she didn’t know Hindi. But she bagged Telugu film Malliswari, which was successful, after which she went on to act in films like Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya, Namastey London, Partner and many others. She has acted in several hit films since then…

Katrina has come a long way since her Bollywood debut Boom in 2003. The Dhoom:3 actor has several hits to her name and she’s also known as the Barbie doll of Bollywood. And that certainly has a reason. You sure have to check Katrina’s childhood pics to know that this actor indeed looks like a delicate doll since birth. We have collated some rare and unseen pictures of the Bang Bang actor as a visual treat to her fans. Take a look and don’t forget to send in your wishes for Katrina Kaif on her 31st birthday!