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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?"
  • Mohanlal

    Age: 60

    Films Acted InKireedam, Thoovanathumbikal, The Ornate Lock, Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal, Kaalapani

    BirthplaceElanthoor, Pathanamthitta, India


    ParentsVishwanathan Nair, Santhakumari

    ChildrenVismaya, 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 Thiranottam...  more
  • Films Acted InKireedam, Thoovanathumbikal, Thanmathra, Oru CBI Diary Kurippu, Kilukkam



    ParentsPrasanna Achary, Jagathy N. K. Achary

    ChildrenSreeLakshmi 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
  • Films Acted InGhilli, Kanthaswamy, Thiruthani, Aaru, Bheemaa

    BirthplaceHyderabad, India


    ParentsReba Vidyarthi, Govind Vidyarthi

    ChildrenArth 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
  • Films Acted InThe Ornate Lock, Vadakkunokkiyantram, Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala, Kaalapani, Thanmathra

    BirthplaceNedumudi, India


    ParentsP. Kunjikkuttiyamma, P. K. Kesavan Pillai

    ChildrenKannan 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, he has...  more
  • Films Acted InRaavan, Raavanan, Twenty:20, Classmates, Munnariyippu

    BirthplaceThiruvananthapuram, India


    ParentsMallika 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 Tamil,...  more
  • Rajyalakshmi

    Dec. at 35 (1930-1965)

    Films Acted InMoondru Mugam, Do Bigha Zamin, Bandish, Poovizhi Vasalile, Hamrahi

    BirthplaceCherpulassery, India

    Rajyalakshmi is an actress....  more
  • Cochin Haneefa

    Dec. at 59 (1951-2010)

    Films Acted InKireedam, Kaalapani, Sivaji, Anniyan, Mudhalvan

    BirthplaceKochi, Eurasia, India, Ernakulam district, Kerala


    ParentsHajira, Kochi Velthedathu Tharavattil A.B. Muhammed

    ChildrenMarwa 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 mainly...  more
  • Radhika Sarathkumar

    Age: 53

    Films Acted InSaguni, Jeans, Amarkalam, Taj Mahal, Pavithra

    BirthplaceColombo, Sri Lanka


  • Films Acted InMaryan, Rappakal, Abu, Son of Adam, Kalyanaraman

    BirthplaceIndia, Chittatukara


    ParentsKumar R Krisha, Ravati S Kumar

    ChildrenChandu 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 (which...  more
  • Innocent

    Age: 72

    Films Acted InThe Ornate Lock, Thaniyavarthanam, Vadakkunokkiyantram, Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala, Thanmathra

    BirthplaceIrinjalakuda, India


    ParentsVareed Thekkethala, Margaret Thekkethala


    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 India...  more
  • Thilakan

    Dec. at 77 (1935-2012)

    Films Acted InKireedam, The Ornate Lock, Thaniyavarthanam, Namukku Parkkan Munthiri Thoppukal, Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala

    BirthplacePathanamthitta, Ayroor, India


    ParentsPalapurath T.S. Keshavan, Deevayani

    ChildrenShammi Thilakan, Shibu Thilakan, Shobi Thilakan, Sophia Thilakan, Sonia Thilakan

    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 National...  more
  • Films Acted InThe Ornate Lock, Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha, Dheena, Twenty:20, Oru CBI Diary Kurippu

    BirthplaceKollam, India


    ParentsV Gyanalaxmi, K Gopinatha Pillai

    ChildrenLekshmi Nair, Bhagya Nair, Gokul Nair, Madhav Nair, Bhavna 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, Telugu,...  more
  • Asin

    Age: 35

    Films Acted InGhajini, Pokkiri, Varalaru, Sivakasi, Dasavathaaram

    BirthplaceKochi, India


    ParentsSeline 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
  • Films Acted InAnniyan, James Bond, Endhiran, Aaru, Vel

    BirthplaceChalakudy, India


    ParentsChenathunad Kunnisseri Veettil Raman, Ammini Raman

    ChildrenSree Lakshmy Mani

    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 with...  more
  • Jayaram

    Age: 55

    Films Acted InThuppakki, Thenali, Panchathantiram, Twenty:20, Aegan

    BirthplacePerumbavoor, India


    ChildrenKalidasan 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
  • Films Acted InOm Shanti Om, Salaam-e-Ishq: A Tribute to Love, Guru, Parineeta, Bhool Bhulaiyaa

    BirthplaceOttapalam, India


    ParentsSaraswathy 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, she is...  more

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  • Siddique

    Age: 59

    Films Acted InChinthavishtayaya Shyamala, New Delhi, Pranchiyettan & the Saint, Ustad Hotel, Godfather

    BirthplaceErnakulam, 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). He got...  more
  • Films Acted InVadakkunokkiyantram, Chinthavishtayaya Shyamala, Kaalapani, Sadayam, Chidambaram

    BirthplaceThalassery, India


    ChildrenDhyan 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 comedy...  more
  • Raghuvaran

    Dec. at 50 (1958-2008)

    Films Acted InSivaji, I Have Found It, Mudhalvan, Mugavaree, Yaaradi Nee Mohini

    BirthplaceKollengode, India


    ParentsKasturi, Velayudhan

    ChildrenSai 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

    Age: 52

    Films Acted InTwenty:20, Mappillai, Kalyanaraman, Dharma Durai, Ee Parakkum Thalika

    BirthplaceAluva, India


    ParentsPadmanabhan Pillai, Sarojam Pillai


    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
  • Nayanthara

    Age: 36

    Films Acted InBilla, Sivaji, Ghajini, Chandramukhi, Yaaradi Nee Mohini

    BirthplaceBangalore, India


    ParentsKurian 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
  • Mukesh

    Age: 59

    Films Acted InThaniyavarthanam, Twenty:20, Oru CBI Diary Kurippu, Godfather, Abu



    ParentsO. 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 in a...  more
  • Films Acted InChup Chup Ke, De Dana Dan, Action Replayy, Singh Is Kinng, Shootout at Lokhandwala

    BirthplaceKochi, India


    ParentsPradip 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

    Age: 62

    Films Acted InKireedam, Vadakkunokkiyantram, Chithram, Kilukkam, Chanakyan

    BirthplaceEurasia, India, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala


    ParentsK. Parameshwaran Nair, P. Bhasurangi Amma

    ChildrenRamya, 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

    Dec. at 89 (1919-2008)

    Films Acted InGentleman, Ejamaan, Poove Unakkaga, Baba, Naan Mahaan Alla

    BirthplaceIndia, Kannur


    ParentsKelu Nambiar, Lakshmi

    ChildrenSukumar Nambiar, Mohan Nambiar, Sneha 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 swami or...  more