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Famous Film Actors From Kerala

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List of famous movie actors & actresses who were born in Kerala, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Some of these celebrities weren't necessarily born in Kerala, as in some cases Kerala may only be their hometown and not necessarily their birthplace. If you're from Kerala then your city's claim to fame might be that the actors and actresses listed below are from there as well. There may be a lot of famous athletes, musicians and other famous people that were born in Kerala, but this list highlights only names of actors and actresses.

This list below has a variety of items in it, from Prithviraj Sukumaran to Vidya Balan.

This list answers the questions, "Which actors are from Kerala?" and "Which famous actors were born in Kerala?"
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Mohanlal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Age 58, Credits: Kireedam, Thoovanathumbikal & The Ornate Lock

Birthplace: Pathanamthitta, India, Elanthoor

Nationality: India

Parents: Vishwanathan Nair, Santhakumari

Children: Vismaya, Pranav Mohanlal

Mohanlal Viswanathan (born 21 May 1960), better known as Mohanlal, is an Indian actor, producer and singer best known for his work in Malayalam cinema. Mohanlal made his acting debut in ...more

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#650 of 1,139 The Best Actors in Film History #10 of 71 The Top South Indian Actors of Today #1 of 57 The Best Malayalam Actors of All Time

Jagathi Sreekumar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Age 68, Credits: Kireedam, Thoovanathumbikal & Thanmathra

Birthplace: Jagathy

Nationality: India

Parents: Prasanna Achary, Jagathy N. K. Achary

Children: SreeLakshmi Sreekumar, Rajkumar Sreekumar, Parvathi Sreekumar

Sreekumar PK, better known by his stage name Jagathy Sreekumar, or simply Jagathy, is an Indian film actor who has starred in over 1200 Malayalam films in a career spanning almost four decades. ...more
Ashish Vidyarthi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Age 56, Credits: Ghilli, Kanthaswamy & Thiruthani

Birthplace: India, Hyderabad

Nationality: India

Parents: Reba Vidyarthi, Govind Vidyarthi

Children: Arth Vidyarthi

Ashish Vidyarthi (born 19 June 1962) is an Indian film actor and motivational speaker, known for his work in 11 different languages, predominantly in Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu, ...more
Nedumudi Venu is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Age 70, Credits: The Ornate Lock, Vadakkunokkiyantram & Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala

Birthplace: Nedumudi, Eurasia, Alappuzha district, India, Kerala

Nationality: India

Parents: P. Kunjikkuttiyamma, P. K. Kesavan Pillai

Children: Kannan Gopal, Unni Gopal

Kesavan Venugopal Nair (born 22 May 1948), known popularly by his stage name Nedumudi Venu, is an Indian film actor from Kerala. Widely regarded as one of the greatest actors in Indian cinema, ...more
Prithviraj Sukumaran is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Age 36, Credits: Raavan, Raavanan & Twenty:20

Birthplace: Thiruvananthapuram, India

Nationality: India

Parents: Mallika Sukumaran, Sukumaran

Prithviraj Sukumaran (born 16 October 1982) is an Indian film actor, director, producer, and playback singer, known for his works primarily in the Malayalam cinema. He has also worked in the ...more

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#1,817 of 2,004 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History #60 of 71 The Top South Indian Actors of Today #39 of 57 The Best Malayalam Actors of All Time

Rajyalakshmi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Dec. at 35 (1930-1965), Credits: Moondru Mugam, Do Bigha Zamin & Bandish

Birthplace: India, Cherpulassery

Rajyalakshmi is an actress.
Cochin Haneefa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Dec. at 59 (1951-2010), Credits: Kireedam, Kaalapani & Sivaji

Birthplace: Kochi, Eurasia, India, Ernakulam district, Kerala

Nationality: India

Parents: Hajira, Kochi Velthedathu Tharavattil A.B. Muhammed

Children: Marwa Haneefa, Safa Haneefa

Salim Ahmed Ghoush (22 April 1951 – 2 February 2010), better known by his stage name Cochin Haneefa, was an Indian film actor, director, and screenwriter. He started his career in the 1970s ...more
Radhika Sarathkumar is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Radhika Sarathkumar Age 56, Credits: Saguni, Jeans & Amarkalam

Birthplace: Sri Lanka, Colombo

Nationality: India

Salim Kumar is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Age 49, Credits: Maryan, Rappakal & Abu

Birthplace: India, Chittatukara

Nationality: India

Parents: Kumar R Krisha, Ravati S Kumar

Children: Chandu Kumar, Aromal Kumar

Salim Kumar (born 10 October 1969) is an Indian film actor, director and writer in Malayalam cinema. He won the National Film Award for Best Actor in 2010 for his role in Adaminte Makan Abu ...more
Innocent is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Age 74, Credits: The Ornate Lock, Thaniyavarthanam & Vadakkunokkiyantram

Birthplace: Irinjalakuda, India

Nationality: India

Parents: Vareed Thekkethala, Margaret Thekkethala

Children: Sonnet

Innocent Vareed Thekkethala (born 4 March 1948), better known mononymously as Innocent, is an Indian film actor and politician. He served as the Member of Parliament in the 16th Lok Sabha of ...more
Thilakan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Dec. at 77 (1935-2012), Credits: Kireedam, The Ornate Lock & Thaniyavarthanam

Birthplace: Pathanamthitta, India, Ayroor

Nationality: India

Parents: Palapurath T.S. Keshavan, Deevayani

Children: Shammi Thilakan, Shibu Thilakan, Shobi Thilakan, Sophia Thilakan, Sonia Thilakan, + more

Surendranatha Thilakan (15 July 1935 – 24 September 2012) was an Indian film and stage actor who appeared in over 200 Malayalam films. Acclaimed as one of the finest actors, he has won 3 ...more

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#1,124 of 1,139 The Best Actors in Film History #6 of 57 The Best Malayalam Actors of All Time

Suresh Gopi is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Age 59, Credits: The Ornate Lock, Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha & Dheena

Birthplace: Kollam, India

Nationality: India

Parents: V Gyanalaxmi, K Gopinatha Pillai

Children: Bhagya Nair, Lekshmi Nair, Madhav Nair, Bhavna Nair, Gokul Nair

Suresh Gopi (born 26 June 1958) is an Indian film actor, politician, playback singer and television presenter. He works predominantly in Malayalam cinema and has also appeared in few Tamil, ...more

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#1,807 of 2,004 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History #24 of 57 The Best Malayalam Actors of All Time

Asin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Age 33, Credits: Ghajini, Pokkiri & Varalaru

Birthplace: India, Kochi

Nationality: India

Parents: Seline Thottumkal, Joseph Thottumkal

Asin Thottumkal (born 26 October 1985), known mononymously as Asin, is a former Indian actress who mostly appeared in Tamil films. She also appeared in lead roles in Hindi, Telugu and Malayalam ...more
Kalabhavan Mani is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Age 48, Credits: Anniyan, James Bond & Endhiran

Birthplace: India, Chalakudy

Nationality: India

Parents: Chenathunad Kunnisseri Veettil Raman, Ammini Raman

Children: Sree Lakshmy

Kunnisseri Veettil Raman Mani (1 January 1971 – 6 March 2016), better known by his stage name Kalabhavan Mani, was an Indian film actor and singer. Mani started his career as a mimicry artist ...more

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#28 of 57 The Best Malayalam Actors of All Time #47 of 205 Celebrities Born On New Year's Day

Jayaram is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Age 53, Credits: Thuppakki, Thenali & Panchathantiram

Birthplace: Perumbavoor, India

Nationality: India

Children: Kalidasan Jayaram, Malavika Jayaram

Jayaram Subramaniam (born 10 December 1964), known mononymously as Jayaram, is an Indian actor who predominantly appears in Malayalam films and several Tamil. He is also a chenda percussionist, ...more

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#1,816 of 2,004 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History #19 of 57 The Best Malayalam Actors of All Time

Vidya Balan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Age 41, Credits: Om Shanti Om, Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love & Guru

Birthplace: Ottapalam, Palakkad district, Eurasia, India, Kerala

Nationality: India

Parents: Saraswathy Balan, P. R. Balan

Vidya Balan (pronounced [ʋɪd̪jaː baːlən]; born 1 January 1979) is an Indian actress. Known for pioneering a change in the portrayal of women in Hindi cinema with her roles in female-led films, ...more

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Siddique is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Age 56, Credits: Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala, New Delhi & Pranchiyettan & the Saint

Birthplace: Ernakulam, India

Nationality: India

Siddique is an Indian film actor and producer, who works in Malayalam cinema. He has appeared in more than 300 films. Siddique made his acting debut with the film Aa Neram Alppa Dooram (1985). ...more
Sreenivasan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Age 62, Credits: Vadakkunokkiyantram, Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala & Kaalapani

Birthplace: Eurasia, Kannur district, India, Kuthuparamba, Kerala

Nationality: India

Children: Dhyan Sreenivasan, Vineeth Sreenivasan

Sreenivasan (born 6 April 1956) is an Indian film actor, screenwriter, director and producer who works in Malayalam films.Sreenivasan has starred in over 200 films. He is most popular for his ...more
Raghuvaran is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Dec. at 50 (1958-2008), Credits: Sivaji, I Have Found It & Mudhalvan

Birthplace: India, Kollengode

Nationality: India

Parents: Kasturi, Velayudhan

Children: Sai Rishivaran

Radhakrishnan Velayudham Raghuvaran (11 December 1958 – 19 March 2008) was an Indian actor who predominantly acted in movies made in South India. He has acted in more than 200 Malayalam, Tamil, ...more
Dileep is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Age 50, Credits: Twenty:20, Mappillai & Kalyanaraman

Birthplace: Aluva, India

Nationality: India

Parents: Padmanabhan Pillai, Sarojam Pillai

Children: Meenakshi

Gopalakrishnan Padmanabhan Pillai (born 27 October 1967), better known by his stage name Dileep, is an Indian actor, film producer and businessman, who predominantly works in the Malayalam film ...more

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#1,843 of 2,004 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History #10 of 57 The Best Malayalam Actors of All Time

Nayanthara is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Age 34, Credits: Billa, Sivaji & Ghajini

Birthplace: Bangalore, India

Nationality: India

Parents: Kurian Kodiyattu, Omana Kurian

Diana Mariam Kuriyan (born 18 November 1984), known professionally as Nayanthara, is an Indian actress who primarily works in Tamil and Telugu-language films. She is one of the most successful ...more

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#9 of 55 The Top Telugu Actresses of All Time #6 of 56 The Top South Indian Actresses of Today #23 of 241 The Most Stunning Indian Models

Mukesh is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Age 57, Credits: Thaniyavarthanam, Twenty:20 & Oru CBI Diary Kurippu

Birthplace: India

Nationality: India

Parents: O. Madhavan, Vijayakumari

Mukesh (born Mukesh Madhavan on 5 March 1956) is an Indian film actor, producer, television presenter, and politician known for his work predominantly in Malayalam cinema, while having appeared ...more

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#39 of 134 The Greatest Singers of Indian Cinema #13 of 57 The Best Malayalam Actors of All Time #25 of 93 The Best Ghazal Bands/Artists

Neha Dhupia is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Age 38, Credits: Chup Chup Ke, De Dana Dan & Action Replayy

Birthplace: India, Kochi

Nationality: India

Parents: Pradip Singh Dhupia, Manpinder

Neha Dhupia (born 27 August 1980) is an Indian actress and beauty pageant winner who works in Hindi, Punjabi, Telugu and Malayalam language films. She won the 2002 Femina Miss India pageant. Her ...more
Jagadish is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Age 60, Credits: Kireedam, Vadakkunokkiyantram & Chithram

Birthplace: Eurasia, India, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

Nationality: India

Parents: K. Parameshwaran Nair, P. Bhasurangi Amma

Children: Ramya, Soumya

P. V. Jagadish Kumar (born 12 June 1955), popularly known as Jagadish, is an Indian film actor and screenwriter. He has starred in over 400 Malayalam films. He is best known for his comic ...more
M. N. Nambiar is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Film Actors From Kerala
Dec. at 89 (1919-2008), Credits: Gentleman, Ejamaan & Poove Unakkaga

Birthplace: India, Kannur

Nationality: India

Parents: Kelu Nambiar, Lakshmi

Children: Sneha Nambiar, Sukumaran Nambiar, Mohanan Nambiar

Manjeri Narayanan Nambiar (7 March 1919 – 19 November 2008), was an Indian actor in Tamil cinema who dominated the industry in the role of villain for around 50 years. Also known as Nambiar ...more