Dia Mirza Handrich ,nicknamed Dee, (born December 9, 1981 is an Indian model and Actress and Miss Asia Pacific for the year 2000. She was also second runner up in the Miss India 2000 beauty contest.
Her father Frank Handrich was a German interior designer from Munich and her mother is Deepa Mirza, a Bengali. They separated when she was six years old. Her father died when she was nine and her mother remarried: Ahmed Mirza whose surname she took, died in 2004.
She stated that she suffered from "low self-esteem" as a child. She retained a Muslim name (Mirza). When living in Khairatabad, Hyderabad, she attended Vidyaranya High School For Boys And Girls, a school based on the teachings of Jiddu Krishnamurti, and later Nasr School, in Kushnuma.
Currently, she lives in Bandra, Mumbai. To brush up on acting before Shootout at Lokhandwala, she took a one week course of Film at New York University.
Dia wanted to complete her graduation in Arts by correspondence, but decided to postpone it as it was becoming difficult to juggle between the Miss Asia Pacific Competition, modeling assignments, traveling and training. She was assisted by Sabira Merchant on diction and etiquette; diet with Anjali Mukherjee; gymnasium and physical fitness with Talwalkars; clothes from Ritu Kumar and Hemant Trivedi; skin care with Dr. Jamuna Pai; and make-up and hair-care from Bharat and Doris Godambe. She likes babies and chocolates, her favorite dish include Italian Pasta. She is proficient in Urdu, Bengali, Hindi, English. She currently resides on Veronica Road, Bandra (West), Mumbai. Her shoe size is 7, she has light brown eyes, brown hair, stands 5 ft 6 intall, weighs 52 kilos, and measures 33-25-36.
She was previously dating Endorsement Manager Bunty Sachdev (also known as Amit Sajdeh), after that she was linked with Actor Kunal Kapoor and then with Director Apporva Lakhia which also broke up two years back.