John Abraham (born 17 December 1972) is an  actor born in Mumbai to a Malyali father and a Parsi  mother. His father is an architect from Alwaye, Kerala; his mother  name is  Phiroza Irani. Abraham's Parsi  name is "Farhan" while his father being a Christian named him "John". He has a younger brother, Alan.
He studied at the Bombay  Scottish school,Mahim in Mumbai and did his MBA  from the Mumbai Educational Trust  (MET).
Abraham started his modelling career appearing in the music video of the song "Surma" by punjabi singer jazzy b. He then joined the media firm Time & Space Media Entertainment Promotions Ltd., which, however, closed because of financial problems. Later, he worked for Enterprise nexus as a media planner.
In 1999, he won the Gladrags manhunt contest  and went to the phillipines for manhunt international, where he won second place. Following this, he was signed by Carrie Models in Singapore and did some modelling there. To improve his acting skills, Abraham joined the Kishore namit kapoor acting laboratory and completed an acting course while juggling modelling assignments.