Bollywood star Katrina Kaif celebrates her 30th birthday on Tuesday. The glamorous Hong Kong-born actress is a British national who works in India on an employment visa and began modelling at 14, in Hawaii.

Few celebrity entertainers have so global and exotic a background and Kaif made the most of that, debuting in the Indian films in 2003 with Kaizad Gustad's Boom, a film on the seedy underbelly of the country's fashion industry.

The film unfortunately flopped and Kaif's performances were not particularly well received by critics. The actress persevered though and finally broke through with Maine Pyaar Kyun Kiya (Why I Fell in Love) in 2005, opposite established actors Salman Khan and Sushmita Sen.

One of the highest paid actresses in the industry - as of January, Forbes estimates her net earnings to be Rs 62.25cr (roughly £7m) - Katrina Kaif is also the only Indian actress to have inspired a Barbie doll range.

On a personal front, the actress is believed to be dating fellow actor Ranbir Kapoor (her co-star from Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani (2009; The Unique Story of a Strange Love) and Rajneeti (2010; a political thriller).

The actress and her 30-year-old boyfriend have tried to keep their relationship under wraps but photographs of the two of them at a party on the island of Ibiza may have given them away.

She was earlier romantically linked to another co-star, Salman Khan. And although that relationship ended rather dramatically, the actress remains close to the 47-year-old veteran.

"I believe behind every successful person there's destiny, then there's God," she said, "Then there's your hard work, your talent... your team. And people who have been an important part of my journey. He [Salman Khan] has had a huge role in my career. There's no doubt about that. I value his opinion. But as a person, Salman has had the biggest impact on my life."

Check out photographs of the Katrina Kaif over the years, as the actress celebrates her birthday

Katrina Kaif wears an outfit from Rohit Verma's Spring/Summer Collection entitled "Ammu's" in Bombay June 26, 2003.Reuters
Kaif arrives at the Zee Cine Awards 2005 at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London March 26, 2005.Reuters
Former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen (L) and Katrina Kaif pose during a promotional event for their new film "Maine Pyar Kyun Kiya" (Why Did I Fall In Love) in Bombay June 23, 2005.Reuters
Kaif presents a new creation by Indian designer Suneet Verma during a fashion show to launch Lakme mosaic winter collection 2005 in Mumbai October 8, 2005.Reuters
Kaif performs during the gala awards night of the 2006 Global Indian Film Awards in Kuala Lumpur early December 10, 2006.Reuters
Kaif displays an outfit by Indian designer Narendra Kumar during the grand finale of India fashion week in Mumbai March 31, 2007.Reuters
Kaif walks the runway during a fashion show for the "Being Human" foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) run by Indian actor Salman Khan, on the second day of India Couture Week in Mumbai October 13, 2009.Reuters
Kaif smiles upon her arrival to attend a party to celebrate the success of her movie "Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani" at a hotel in Mumbai November 16, 2009.Reuters
Kaif (R) speaks with disabled children who came for a special screening of her movie "De Dana Dan" at a multiplex in Mumbai December 4, 2009.Reuters
Bollywood star Salman Khan (centre R) drives with Katrina Kaif in a convertible car on Havana's seafront boulevard El Malecon February 15, 2012.Reuters
Kaif holds a yearbook during its release at the inauguration session of the 11th FICCI-FRAMES convention in Mumbai March 16, 2010.Reuters
Kaif is seen on the set of her film "Mere Brother ki Dulhan" in Agra April 12, 2011.Reuters