Television actor and model Erica Fernandes is thrilled to receive the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for Best Actress in Indian Television in 2021.

She expressed her gratitude via an emotional Instagram post on Wednesday, February 16. The DPIFF Awards 2022 will be aired on February 20 on ZEE5 at 7 PM.

Erica has received the best actress 2021 award for her role as Sonakshi in the popular serial Kuch Rang Pyaar Ke Aise Bhi, which airs on Sony TV.

Erica wrote 'It is an honor to receive the #dadasahebphalkeaward for a character so close to me. It feels worthwhile for all the efforts, heart, and soul I have put into shaping Sonakshi'

Erica further wrote 'As a kid, somebody once told me that one day someone would give you a platform to project your talent; what you do of it is in your hands.'

Erica further wrote 'Personally, for me, it started as excitement, and then the enthusiasm grew so much that it turned into anxiety while I was receiving the award.'

Erica Fernandes became well-known with her role in Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi. After that, she continued to be seen on television shows like Kasautii Zindagii Kay and Prerna.

Fernandes was born on 7 May 1993 in Mumbai to Ralph Fernandes and Lavina Fernandes, in a Konkani Mangalorean Catholic family. She has an elder brother, Jermaine Fernandes.

She did her schooling from Holy Cross High School, Kurla and completed her Pre-Degree Course from Sies College Of Arts, Science & Commerce, Sion.

She won the crown of "Bombay Times Fresh Face", "Pantaloons Femina Miss Fresh Face 2011" and "Pantaloons Femina Miss Maharashtra" in 2010 and 2011 respectively.