Preeti Desai Wiki, Age, Boyfriend, Husband, Family, Biography & More

Preeti Desai

Preeti Desai is a British actress and supermodel. She is known for acting in films like Shor in the City (2011), One by Two (2014), and The Stunt Double (2020). She is the former Miss Great Britain (2006-2007) and is the first woman of Indian descent to win the same.

Wiki/Biography

Preeti Desai was born on Tuesday, 29 September 1981 (age 42 years; as of 2023) in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England. Her zodiac sign is Libra.

A young Preeti Desai with her younger sister Anjlee

A young Preeti Desai with her younger sister Anjlee

Preeti went to St Augustine’s RC Primary School in Coulby Newham for her early education, then attended Nunthorpe Academy in Nunthorpe before moving on to Middlesbrough College for further studies, where she did a course in Hair and Beauty. After Preeti finished her formal education, she went on to pursue a career managing a salon for three years. She also worked in her father’s fireworks store. At the age of 25, she left her home in Guisborough, North Yorkshire, to move to London to begin her modelling career. [1]Independent After becoming Miss Great Britain, Preeti moved to Mumbai to pursue her modelling and acting career.

Physical Appearance

[2]The Times of India Height: 5′ 7.5″

Weight (approx.): 55kg

Hair Colour: Black

Eye Colour: Brown

Figure Measurements (approx.): 34-26-35

Model turned Actor- Preeti Desai

Family

Preeti Desai belongs to a Hindu family of Gujarati descent.

Parents & Siblings

Her father Jitendra Desai, who hails from Kenya, runs a fireworks company in Teesside, Middlesbrough named G2 Fireworks Shop. Her mother’s name is Hemlata Desai and hails from Uganda. Hemlata works as a proprietor at G2 Fireworks Shop.

The G2 Fireworks shop run by Preeti Desai's parents

The G2 Fireworks shop run by Preeti Desai’s parents

Preeti has a younger sister named Anjlee Desai, who is a singer and a songwriter.

Preeti Desai with her parents and sister

Preeti Desai with her parents and sister

Relationships/Affairs

Preeti Desai and actor Abhay Deol used to be in a relationship and were much spoken about. They used to be live-in partners. The couple dated for four years. They started living together in 2011 and ended their relationship in 2014, and Abhay Deol, at that point, continued living in their house while Preeti moved out. [3]Hindustan Times They acted in the film One by Two (2014) together.

Preeti Desai with Abhay Deol

Preeti Desai with Abhay Deol

Religion

Preeti Desai follows Hinduism.

Career

Modelling

After Preeti Desai was crowned Miss Cleveland, she took part in the Miss Great Britain beauty pageant in Britain in 2006. Preeti went on to win the title and was Miss Great Britain from 2006-07. However, Preeti was not the first choice. Danielle Lloyd was the original winner of the title; however, she was stripped of her title once a conflict of interest was found between her and one of the judges. After the scandal that dethroned Danielle, a vote was held to choose the next winner, and Preeti Desai received enormous support, leading to her being crowned Miss Great Britain. She then moved to London to fulfil her duties as the ambassador of Miss Great Britain.

Miss Great Britain 2006-07 Preeti Desai

Miss Great Britain 2006-07 Preeti Desai

In 2008, after completing her ambassadorship, Preeti moved to Mumbai to become a fashion model. In Mumbai, Atul Kasbekar, a renowned photographer, captured a shot of Preeti alongside Shah Rukh Khan, which landed on the cover of the magazine L’officiel for her debut assignment. Her second assignment was with Kingfisher when she appeared on the Kingfisher Calendar for 2008. She was chosen to be on the cover of the special edition Kingfisher Calendar.

Preeti Desai posing for the Kingfisher Calendar

Preeti Desai posing for the Kingfisher Calendar

In the same year, Preeti appeared on the cover of the October issue of Cosmopolitan. These assignments led to her becoming a well-known and liked face, further leading to her appearing on various covers while also walking the ramp for several fashion designers. In 2009, Hrithik Roshan and Preeti Desai became the face of the brand Provogue.

Films

Preeti Desai made her acting debut in the Hindi film industry with a crime drama film titled Shor in the City (2011) in which she appeared as a character named Shalmili. Critics loved her acting in the film, and she was even nominated as Best Lead Actress for the South Asian Rising Star Film Awards in New York in October 2012, presented by SAIFF and HBO.
Preeti Desai on the poster of Shor in the City

Preeti Desai on the poster of Shor in the City

She acted opposite Abhay Deol in the film One by Two (2014), where she appeared as Samara Patel. Preeti played the character Jennifer Green in The Bachelor Next Door, a 2017 Hollywood TV movie. She played the character of Katie in the 2018 Hollywood film The Work Wife.
Preeti Desai in the 2018 film The Work Wife

Preeti Desai in the 2018 film The Work Wife

Television

Preeti has starred in a couple of series that streamed over various OTT platforms. Firstly she played the role of Golden Goddess in The Guardians of Justice (2022), a satirical superhero series aired on Netflix.  She also appeared in The Rookie (2023) in which she played the character of Charlie Bristow; the show was aired on the ABC Network.

Preeti Desai playing Charlie Bristow in The Rookie

Preeti Desai playing Charlie Bristow in The Rookie

Titles and Achievements

  • Preeti Desai was crowned Miss Cleveland in 2006.
  • Preeti Desai was inducted as Miss Great Britain from 2006-2007.
  • Preeti Desai was one of Time’s 50 Most Desirable Women and People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in 2011.

Facts/Trivia

  • While Preeti placed 5th in the Miss Great Britain, 2006 contest, the audience voted for her to be the next Miss Great Britain.
  • Preeti is in touch with her Gujarati roots and is fluent in the language. She also loves eating her mom’s theplas and dhoklas along with their chutneys. While she cooks these dishes too, she claims her cooking is not half as good as her mother’s. [4]DNA India
  • Preeti Desai has two pet dogs.

    Preeti Desai with her pet dogs

    Preeti Desai with her pet dogs

  • Preeti Desai’s favourite subjects in school were Drama, Art and PE.
  • Preeti Desai goes by the nickname Preets.
  • Preeti Desai drinks alcohol.

    Preeti Desai enjoying a glass of wine

    Preeti Desai enjoying a glass of wine

  • Preeti Desai claims to have watched the movie Maine Pyaar Kiya “100 times”. When asked about the actors she likes in an interview, she said she liked Amitabh Bachchan in Hum (1991), admires Aamir Khan’s film choices, loved Hrithik Roshan in Guzaarish (2010), and also stated that she would love to work with Shah Rukh Khan.
  • Preeti Desai eats non-vegetarian food.

    Preeti Desai eating a non-vegetarian meal

    Preeti Desai eating a non-vegetarian meal

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