Nayanthara (age 36 years) is an Indian film actress and model born as Diana Mariam Kurien on 18 November 1984 in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. The beautiful actress mainly works in Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam cinema.
She made her debut in Malayalam cinema with the film “Manassinakkare”( 2003) alongside Jayaram, in Tamil cinema with the film “Ayya” (2005) alongside R.Sarathkumar and in Telugu cinema with the film “Lakshmi” (2006) alongside Daggubati Venkatesh. The actress is often referred to as the lady superstar of South Indian Cinema. She has acted in more than 75 films.
In 2011, a Christian jacobian Diana converted to Hinduism at the Arya Samaj Mandir in Chennai, and her on-screen name is now official name. She was the only South-Indian female actor to appear in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 2018 list based on her income and popularity.
Lady Superstar, Nayan, Mani
Nayanthara means "beloved , membrane of the eye" in English.
18 November 1984
36 Years (As of 2020)
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
Hobbies /Personal Interests
Reading, Listening Music
Balikamadom Girls High School, Thiruvalla
Mar Thoma College, Tiruvalla
BA in English Literature
165cm/ 1.65m/ 5ft 5 inches
Family & Relationships
Kurian Kodiyattu (Profession: Retired Air Force Officer)
Omana Kurian (Profession: Homemaker)
Lenu Kurian (Brother)
Affairs & Boyfriends
Prabhu Deva (Indian Choreographer)
Vignesh Shivan (Director)
Movie: Manassinakkare (2003)
Film Actress (2003-present)
Manassinakkare (2003) as Gouri
Vismayathumbathu (2004) as Reetha Mathews
Natturajavu (2004) as Katrina
Ayya (2005) as Selvi
Chandramukhi (2005) as Durga
Thaskara Veeran (2005) as Thankamani
Rappakal (2005) as Gouri
Ghajini (2005) as Chitra
Kalvanin Kadhali (2006) as Haritha
Lakshmi (2006) as Nandhinee
Boss (2006) as Anuradha
E (2006) as Jyothi
Thalaimagan (2006) as Mekala
Vallavan (2006) as Swapna
Yogi (2007) as Nandini
Dubai Seenu (2007) as Madhumathi
Tulasi (2007) as Vasundhara Ram
Billa (2007) as Sasha
Yaaradi Nee Mohini (2008) as Keerthi
Satyam (2008) as Deivanayaki
Salute (2008) as Divya
Aegan (2008) as Mallika
Villu (2009) as Janvi
Anjaneyulu (2009) as Anjali
Aadhavan (2009) as Thara
Adhurs (2010) as Chandrakala
Bodyguard (2010) as Ammu
Simha (2010) as Gayatri
Boss Engira Bhaskaran (2010) as Chandrika
Elektra (2010) as Elektra Alexander
Super (2010) as Indira
Sri Rama Rajyam (2011) as Sita
Krishnam: Vande Jagadgurum (2012) as Devika
Greeku Veerudu (2013) as Sandhya
Raja Rani (2013) as Regina
Arrambam (2013) as Maya
Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal (2014) as Pavithra
Anaamika (2014) as Anaamika
Nee Enge En Anbe (2014) as Anaamika
Nannbenda (2015) as Ramya
Bhaskar the Rascal (2015) as Hima
Massu Engira Masilamani (2015) as Malini
Thani Oruvan (2015) as Mahima
Maya (2015) as Maya Mathews, Apsara
Life of Josutty (2015) as Swapna
Naanum Rowdy Dhaan (2015) as Kadambari
Puthiya Niyamam (2016) as Vasuki Iyer
Idhu Namma Aalu (2016) as Myla
Thirunaal (2016) as Vidya
Babu Bangaram (2016) as Sailaja
Iru Mugan (2016) as Meera George
Kaashmora (2016) as Ratna Mahadevi
Dora (2017) as Pavalakkodi
Aramm (2017) as Madhivadhani
Velaikkaran (2017) as Mrinalini
Jai Simha (2018) as Gauri
Kolamavu Kokila (2018) as Kokila
Imaikkaa Nodigal (2018) as Anjali Vikramadityan
Viswasam (2019) as Niranjana
Airaa (2019) as Bhavani Yamuna
Mr.Local (2019) as Keerthana
Kolaiyuthir Kaalam (2019) as Shruthi Lawson
Love Action Drama (2019) as Shobha
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy (2019) as Siddhamma
Bigil (2019) as Angel Aashirvaatham
Darbar (2020) as Lilly
Mookuthi Amman (2020) as Mookuthi Amman
Kottayam Kurbana [Malayalam]
Kaathu Vaakula Rendu Kadhal [Tamil]
Auto Jaani [Telugu]
Ad Shoots (Brands Endorsed)
Asianet Film Awards for Best New Face of the Year (2003) for film Manassinakkare
Sunfeast Tamil Music Awards for Best Actress (2007) for film Billa
Vijay Awards for Favourite Heroine (2007) for film Billa
Vijay Awards for Favourite Heroine (2008) for film Yaaradi Nee Mohini
South Scope Style Awards for Youth Icon- Female (2009)
Kalaimamani Awards (2010) for Contribution of Tamil Cinema
Asianet film Awards for Best Actress (2010) for film Bodyguard
Filmfare Awards South for Best Actress (2011) for film Sri Rama Rajyam
Nandi Awards for Best Actress (2011) for film Sri Rama Rajyam
CineMAA Awards for Best Actress (2011) for film Sri Rama Rajyam
Bharatamuni Film Awards for Best Actress (2011) for the film Sri Rama Rajyam
Ugadi Puraskar Awards for Best Actress (2011) for film Sri Rama Rajyam
TSR-TV9 Film Awards for Best Actress (2011) for film Sri Rama Rajyam
Santosham Film Awards for Best Actress (2011) for film Sri Rama Rajyam
South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Actress (2012) for film Sri Rama Rajyam
Tamil Nadu State Film Awards for Best Actress (2013) for film Raja Rani
Behindwoods Gold Medal Awards for Best Acting Performance (2013) for film Raja Rani
Vijay Awards for Favourite Heroine (2013) for film Raja Rani
Vijay Awards for Best Actress (2013) for film Raja Rani
South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Actress- Critics (2013) for film Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum
Edison Awards for Best Actress (2013) for film Raja Rani
Filmfare Awards South for Best Actress (2013) for film Raja Rani
South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Actress (2014) for film Raja Rani
Edison Awards for Best Actress (2015) for film Naanum Rowdy Dhaan
Edison Awards for The Gorgeous Belle (2015) for film Thani Oruvan
Vikatan Awards for Best Actress (2015) for film Naanum Rowdy Dhaan
Filmfare Awards South for Best Actress (2015) for film Naanum Rowdy Dhaan
IIFA Utsavam Awards for Best Actress (2015) for film Maya
Filmfare Awards South for Best Actress (2016) for film Puthiya Niyamam
South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Actress (2016) for film Naanum Rowdy Dhaan
South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Actress (2016) for film Bhaskar the Rascal
IIFA Utsavam Awards for Best Actress (2016) for film Naanum Rowdy Dhaan
South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Actress (2017) for film Iru Mugan
Vijay Awards for Favourite Heroine (2017) for film Aramm
Vijay Awards for Best Actress (2017) for film Aramm
South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Actress (2017) for film Puthiya Niyamam
Edison Awards for Best Actress (2017) for film Aramm
Vikatan Awards for Best Actress (2017) for film Aramm
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards for Best Actress (2017) for film Puthiya Niyamam
Filmfare Awards South for Best Actress (2017) for film Aramm
Behindwoods Gold Medal for The Golden Lady of South Indian Box Office (2018)
South Indian International Movie Awards for Best Actress (2018) for film Aramm
Vikatan Awards for Best Actress (2018) for film Kolamavu Kokila
Edison Awards for Best Actress (2018) for film Imaikkaa Nodigal
The Hindu World of Women Awards for Excellence in the field of Entertainment (2018)
Zee Cinema Awards Tamil for Favorite Actress (2020) for film Viswasam & Bigil
Zee Cinema Sridevi Awards for Inspiring Women of Indian Cinema (2020)
In 2008, Nayanthara started dating Prabhu Deva. They both were in a four-year relationship while the actor was still married to his now ex-wife Ramlatha. Prabhudeva was all set to marry Nayanthara, but Latha came in their way and dragged the matter to court. She filed a petition to take action against the live-in relationship between them, also Prabhu Deva to resettle his family life. After her hunger strike warnings and other social pressures, Nayanthara ended her relationship with Prabhu Deva.
Nayanthara and Simbu’s leaked Photographs (2014)
After dating for a few months, Nayanthara and Simbu had parted ways and after some time some intimate photographs of the couple had surfaced on the internet and caused some trouble for them.
A scene from “Thirunaal” (2016)
The movie “Thirunaal” has a scene in which a little school kid kisses Nayanthara on her lips. The mother of that child had posted that screenshot on Facebook and captioned it “My son’s lip-lock with Nayanthara”. The social media took this a little seriously and responded to it with a truckload of trolls.
The Drugs Case (2016)
In 2016, Nayanthara was detained at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport for an alleged drug offense. This was when she was coming back to India after wrapping up the shoot of Iru Mugan with actor Vikram.
Misogynistic remarks made by Radha Ravi (2019)
Radha Ravi made a comment on Nayanthara’s Sita role and said “In old days, filmmakers offered the role of the goddess to the veteran actress KR Vijaya. But today, anybody can play the role. We can cast those who are respected“. This comment made many people from the film industry very angry.
Nayanthara’s Lesser Known Facts
Nayanthara was born in an orthodox Syrian Christian family. But later in 2011, she converted herself to Hinduism at the Arya Samaj Temple in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
As her father was in the Indian Air Force, she grew up in different parts of India like Chennai, Gujarat, and Delhi.
She was the runner-up in the 2003 Best Model in Kerala.
Director Sathyan Anthikkad saw her during her college days in 2003 and cast her in a Malayalam movie.
Her movie, Chnadramukhi released in 2005 was the blockbuster of that year and the longest-running south Indian film till 800 days in Shanthi theatre.
She tattooed Prabhu Deva’s name on her wrist during a relationship with her.
She wanted to become a CA before a career in films.
Is Nayanthara married?
No, she is not married yet but she is dating director Vignesh Shivan.
What was the relation between Nayanthara and Prabhu Deva?
Nayanthara and Prabhu Deva were in a relationship for around four years before the breakup in 2011.
Which was Nayanthara’s first film?
She made her film debut with the film “Manassinakkare” alongside Jayaram.