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Famous Film Actors From Tamil Nadu

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List of famous movie actors & actresses who were born in Tamil Nadu, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Some of these celebrities weren't necessarily born in Tamil Nadu, as in some cases Tamil Nadu may only be their hometown and not necessarily their birthplace. If you're from Tamil Nadu 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 Tamil Nadu, but this list highlights only names of actors and actresses.

List items range from Padma Lakshmi to Hema Malini.

This list answers the questions, "Which actors are from Tamil Nadu?" and "Which famous actors were born in Tamil Nadu?"
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  • Rekha

    Age: 66

    Films Acted InOm Shanti Om, Koi... Mil Gaya, Namak Haraam, Krrish, Lajja

    BirthplaceChennai, India

    ParentsGemini Ganesan, Pushpavalli

    Bhanurekha Ganesan (born 10 October 1954), better known by her stage name Rekha, is an Indian film actress. Noted for her versatility and acknowledged as one of the finest actresses in Indian cinema,...  more
  • Films Acted InVeer-Zaara, Sholay, Hey Ram, Vijay, Kudrat

    BirthplaceIndia

    ParentsJaya Chakravarthy, V.S. Ramanujam Chakravarthy

    ChildrenSunny Deol, Bobby Deol, Esha Deol, Ahana Deol

    Hema Malini (born 16 October 1948) is an Indian actress, writer, director, producer, dancer and politician. In 1962, she made her acting debut in the Tamil film Ithu Sathiyam. Malini first acted in a...  more
  • Nassar

    Age: 62

    Films Acted InBombay, Vishwaroopam, Vettai, Hey Ram, Saguni

    BirthplaceIndia, Chengalpattu

    ParentsMehaboob Basha, Mumtaz Beghum

    Nassar (Arabic: نصار‎), is an Arabic surname. It means Helper, Protector, Supporter, Victory-maker.People with the surname include: Ali Nassar (born 1954), Arab-Israeli film director Azmi Nassar...  more
  • Films Acted InVishwaroopam, Hey Ram, Indian, Moondram Pirai, Nayakan

    BirthplaceParamakudi, India

    ParentsD. Srinivasan, Rajalakshmi Srinivasan

    ChildrenShruti Haasan, Akshara Haasan

    Kamal Haasan is an Indian film actor, dancer, film director, screenwriter, producer, playback singer, lyricist and politician who works primarily in Tamil cinema. Haasan has won awards including four...  more

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  • Rajkumar

    Dec. at 77 (1929-2006)

    Films Acted InBhookailas, Kaviratna Kalidasa, Mayura, Kasturi Nivasa, Parashuram

    BirthplaceGajanur, Tamil Nadu, India

    ParentsSinganalluru Puttaswamayya, Lakshmamma

    ChildrenPuneeth Rajkumar, Shiva Rajkumar, Raghavendra Rajkumar, Poornima, Lakshmi

    Rajkumar, Raj Kumar, Razkumar may refer to:...  more
  • Vivek

    Age: 59

    Films Acted InSivaji, Singam, Anniyan, Singam II, Vaali

    BirthplaceMadurai, India

    ChildrenAmritha Nandini Vivek, Tejaswini Vivek, Prasanna Kumar Vivek

    Vivekanandan, known by his stage name Vivek, is an Indian film actor, comedian, television personality, playback singer and activist working in the Tamil film industry. Introduced in films by...  more
  • Manivannan

    Dec. at 60 (1953-2013)

    Films Acted InSivaji, I Have Found It, Thulladha Manamum Thullum, Mudhalvan, Mugavaree

    BirthplaceIndia, Sulur

    ParentsR.S. Maniam, Maragatham

    ChildrenRaghuvannan, Jyothi

    S. Manivannan Rajagopal (31 July 1953 – 15 June 2013), better known by his stage name Manivannan, was an Indian film actor, director and Tamil activist. In a career spanning three decades, he went...  more
  • Sridevi

    Age: 57

    Films Acted InMoondram Pirai, Sigappu Rojakkal, 16 Vayathinile, Sadma, Lamhe

    BirthplaceSivakasi, India

    ParentsRajeswari Yanger, Ayyapan Yanger

    ChildrenJahnavi Kapoor, Khushi Kapoor

    Sridevi (born Shree Amma Yanger Ayyapan; 13 August 1963 – 24 February 2018) was an Indian actress and producer, who worked in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada films. Regarded as the "first...  more
  • Films Acted InWater, Rang De Basanti, Naseeb, Khamoshi, Trishul

    BirthplaceChengalpattu, India

    ChildrenKashvi Rekhi, Sohail Rekhi

    Waheeda Rehman (born 3 February 1938) is an Indian actress who has appeared in mainly Hindi films, as well as Telugu, Tamil, Bengali and Malayalam films. She is noted for her contributions to...  more
  • Manobala

    Age: 67

    Films Acted InThuppakki, Nanban, Saguni, Ghajini, Kalakalappu

    BirthplaceIndia, Sulur

    Manobala (born 8 December 1953) is a Tamil director, producer and comedian actor who predominantly plays supporting roles. He has appeared in nearly 900 films. Manobala has directed 40 films, 19...  more
  • Manorama

    Age: 77

    Films Acted InSingam, Indian, Michael Madana Kama Rajan, Gentleman, Saamy

    BirthplaceMannargudi, India

    ParentsRamamitham, Kasi Clockudaiyar

    ChildrenBhupathi

    Manorama is an actress....  more
  • Senthil

    Age: 69

    Films Acted InVazhakku Enn 18/9, I Have Found It, Indian, Gentleman, Veera

    BirthplaceIndia

    ParentsThirukammal, Ramamoorthi

    ChildrenDr. Manikanda Prabhu, Hemachandra Prabhu

    Senthil (born 23 March 1951), is an actor from Tamil Nadu, India. He is notable for his comedian roles along with fellow actor Goundamani....  more
  • Films Acted InPammal K. Sambandam, Kanden Kadhalai, Chikku Bukku, There's No Time for Love, Ramanaa

    BirthplaceVellore, India

    ParentsN. Veeraswamy, Arcot N. Veeraswami

    ChildrenR. Manoranjan, R. Vikram

    Veeraswamy Ravichandran, known simply as Ravichandran, is an Indian actor and filmmaker in Kannada cinema, known for his multi-faceted works in his associated films.Son of notable film producer N....  more
  • Prabhu

    Age: 64

    Films Acted InKaalapani, Billa, 3, Ayan, Chandramukhi

    BirthplaceEurasia, India, Chennai, Tamil Nadu

    ParentsKamala Ganesan, Sivaji Ganesan

    ChildrenVikram Prabhu, Aishwarya Prabhu

    Prabhu (born 25 December 1956) is an Indian film actor, businessman and film producer who has predominantly appeared in Tamil language films and also in a few Malayalam and Telugu films. He is the...  more
  • Vadivelu

    Age: 60

    Films Acted InAarya, Pokkiri, Chandramukhi, Mudhalvan, Thevar Magan

    BirthplaceMadurai, India

    Kumaravadivel Natarajan (born 10 October 1960), known professionally as Vadivelu, is an Indian film actor, comedian and playback singer. Since the 1990s, he has performed in supporting and lead roles...  more
  • Films Acted InKaaka Kaaka, Panchathantiram, Rhythm, Bade Miyan Chote Miyan, Baba

    BirthplaceChennai, India

    ChildrenRitwik Vamsi

    Ramya Krishnan (born 15 September 1970), is an Indian film actress. She has acted in over 200 films in five languages: Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. Ramya has won four Filmfare Awards,...  more
  • Nagarjuna

    Age: 61

    Films Acted InLOC Kargil, Ratchagan, Idhayathai Thirudathe, Khuda Gawah, Manmadhudu

    BirthplaceChennai, India

    ParentsAnnapurna Akkineni, Akkineni Nageswara Rao

    ChildrenNaga Chaitanya, Akhil Akkineni, Akkineni Akhil

    Akkineni Nagarjuna (born 29 August 1959) is an Indian film actor, producer, television presenter, and entrepreneur known for his works primarily in Telugu and Hindi language films. He has received...  more
  • Vijay

    Age: 46

    Films Acted InThuppakki, Nanban, Pokkiri, Thulladha Manamum Thullum, Ghilli

    BirthplaceChennai, India

    ParentsShobha Chandrasekhar, S. A. Chandrasekhar

    ChildrenJason Sanjay, Divya Saasha

    C. Joseph Vijay (born 22 June 1974), professionally known as Vijay, is an Indian film actor and playback singer who works in Tamil cinema. He is one of the highest paid actors in Tamil cinema. Vijay...  more
  • Films Acted InNanjundi Kalyana, Gajapathi Garvabhanga, Aasegobba Meesegobba, Swasthik

    BirthplaceChennai, India

    ParentsRajkumar, Parvathamma Rajkumar

    Raghavendra Rajkumar is an Indian film producer and former actor in Kannada cinema. He was also a singer and sang in some movies in which he acted. He is the second son of actor Rajkumar and film...  more
  • Nagesh

    Dec. at 76 (1933-2009)

    Films Acted InThalapathi, Kaadhal Kondein, Minnale, Michael Madana Kama Rajan, Dasavathaaram

    BirthplaceDharapuram, India

    ParentsRukmaniamma Rao, Krishna Rao

    ChildrenAnand Babu, Rajesh Babu, Ramesh Babu

    Nagesh (born Cheyur Krishna Nageshwaran; (27 September 1933 – 31 January 2009) was an Indian film actor, mostly remembered for his roles as a comedian during the 1960s. He is regarded as one of the...  more
  • Santhanam

    Age: 40

    Films Acted InOru Kal Oru Kannadi, Neethaane En Ponvasantham, Thaandavam, Billa, Saguni

    BirthplaceIndia, Polichalur

    N. Santhanam is an Indian film actor and producer whose main works are in Tamil cinema. Beginning his career as a comedian on television, he rose to fame through his performances in STAR Vijay's...  more
  • Meena

    Age: 45

    Films Acted InThenali, Veera, Rhythm, Avvai Shanmughi, Kuselan

    BirthplaceChennai, India

    ParentsDurairaj, Raj Mallika

    ChildrenNainika Durairaj

    Meena is an Indian film actress who works in the South Indian film industry. Meena debuted as a child artist in the Tamil film Nenjangal in 1982 and has later appeared in films produced by various...  more
  • Vikram

    Age: 54

    Films Acted InThaandavam, Anniyan, Sivaputrudu, Sethu..., Raavan

    BirthplaceChennai, India

    ParentsRajeshwari Raj, Vinod Raj

    ChildrenDhruv, Akshita

    Kennedy John Victor (born 17 April 1966), better known by his stage name Vikram or Chiyaan Vikram, is an Indian actor and singer who predominantly appears in Tamil language films. He has won seven...  more
  • Sivaji Ganesan

    Dec. at 73 (1928-2001)

    Films Acted InThevar Magan, Muthal Mariyathai, Once More, Padayappa, Veerapandiya Kattabomman

    BirthplaceViluppuram, India

    ParentsRajamani Ammal, Chinnaiya Manrayar

    ChildrenPrabhu, Ramkumar Ganesan, Shanthi Ganesan, Thenmozhi Ganesan

    V. Chinniah Mandrayar Ganeshamurthy, better known by his stage name Sivaji Ganesan, (1 October 1928 – 21 July 2001) was an Indian actor, and producer. He was active in Tamil cinema during the latter...  more
  • Sukumari

    Dec. at 73 (1940-2013)

    Films Acted InThoovanathumbikal, Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha, Appunni, Yaaradi Nee Mohini, Waves

    BirthplaceNagercoil, India

    ParentsMadhavan Nair, Sathyabhama Amma

    ChildrenDr. Suresh Bhimsingh

    Sukumari (6 October 1940 – 26 March 2013) was an Indian film actress best known for her work in Malayalam and Tamil films.She began acting at the age of 10. In 2003, she was awarded the Padma Shri by...  more