Jacqueline was born on 11 August 1985 into a mixed ethnic family, in which her father is of Sri Lankan descent and her mother is of Canadian and Malaysian ancestry. After graduating in Mass communication, she worked as a journalist in Sri Lanka, whilst also modelling. Before she took up TV reporting, she hosted TV shows in Bahrain, when she was barely fourteen years old. Although, she was a TV reporter, she accepted offers to join the modeling industry. The winner of e Miss Sri Lanka Universe pageant of 2006, Jacqueline made her acting debut in 2009 with Aladin.