Famous South Indian Actors

South Indian film Industry is full of supremely talented actors, who actually do a great job when it comes to their acting. Some of the actors even make films making them all-in-one in the industry. A few of the names of the actors who do really well in the industry are mentioned below.

Below is the list of most popular and famous South Indian actresses and actors:


1. Prithviraj Sukumaran

Being one of the best and perfectionists of a south Indian actor. He was seen in around two Bollywood films, where he shared the screen with Aishwarya Rai and Rani Mukherjee.

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2. Nivin Pauly

Nivin is obviously the superstar hero in the Malayalam film industry. Some of his famous films include Preman, Love Action Drama, Bangalore Days (which received a lot of love.)


Nivin Pauly

3. Dulquer Salmaan

Not only did he act very well in south Indian films, but also in Bollywood films. Some of his best works include, The Zoya Factor, Karwaan, Pattam Pole, Theevram.Dulquer is the son of Mammootty and Sulfath, he made his first debut in the year 2012.

Dulquer Salmaan

4. Fahadh Faasil

The south Indian film audience got full confidence in Fahadh that they’ll not be disappointed by his performance. That’s why he is offered a lot of films and is the talk of the town.

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5. Nithya Menen

An amazing actor and a dancer as well! Nithya is one of the finest actors in the industry. Some of her well very known and bug budgeted films include, Ok Kanmanu, Mersal – these films won praises for her performance. She also does filmography some of them are, Kerala Cafe, Praana.

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6. Vijay

Mostly known for his swaggy dance moves. One of the versatile actors in the south industry. His films do get into the hit list, which includes Thalaivaa, Kaththi, etc.


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7. Ramya Krishnan

Ramya Krishnan has been around the industry for a very long time now. There’s no role that she didn’t act out. Be it the doll of the town, or the motherly figure. She did play it all. Ramya has appeared in over 200 movies in Tamil, Malayalam, Telgu, Kannada.

Ramya Krishnan

8. Mahesh Babu

Mahesh Babu is not only is he loved in Tollywood but equally in Bollywood. Though he has been offered movies from Bollywood quite a few times, seems like he insisted on sticking onto his roots. He was with the industry for a long time, he used to play the child role and after that, he made his entry with the lead role in the film Raja Kumarudu.

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9. Allu Arjun

The name Allu Arjun is now very common in the south industry and even in Bollywood as well! He won hearts with his amazing performance, and never failed to entertain the people. Though he did get quite a few offers by the Bollywood producers, he did not accept those and decided on continuing with the south Indian industry only.


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10. Anushka Shetty

She rose to fame after the release of her film Baahubali, where she shared the screen with Prabhas. Which of course won hearts like crazy and got dubbed in quite a few languages.

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11. Vijay Deverakonda

Some of his famous films are Arjun Reddy, Pelli Choopulu, Geetha Govindam, and Dear Comrade. Though there is a rumor brewing that he’d be soon making a Bollywood debut with filmmaker Karan Johar.


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12. Rana Daggubati

Not only is he an actor but also a producer. Which makes him the perfect entrepreneur, bagging in some good money. He was in Baahubali and in Bollywood films like Baby, Dum Maro Dum, etc.

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13. Prabhas

Since the release of Baahubali, he gained popularity which also led him to get into the Bollywood industry through music videos and films. The next film of his will is him sharing the screen with actor Deepika Padukone.


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14. Kajal Aggarwal

Though a south Indian actor mostly, Kajal has been seen in Bollywood films as well. Some of them are Singham, Special 26. Which undoubtedly did very well.

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15. Naga Chaitanya

Back in the year 2014, Naga won the National Award for his best supporting acting skilks in the film Manam. After that he delivered back to back hit films like, Ye Maaya Chesave, Autonagar Surya, Saahasam Swaasaga Saagipo, Mahanati, Majiji and Venky Mama.

Naga Chaitanya

16. Ram Charan

He is one of the most highest paid actors in the south industry. Some of his films are Magadheera, Yevadu, Dhruva, Mahanati, which did bag a lot of money, clout, and praise.

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17. Shriya Saran

Shriya Saran was featured in the film like Drishyam, Bhatnagar etc. And indeed those films did really well in case of the box office and the charts. She mainly does a lot of Tamil films and some of the very well movies of her include, Kanthaswamy, Pokkiri Raja, Chandra, and Manam among others.


She also made an American debut in the film The Other End of the Line. For which she received a lot of praise from the critics.

Shriya Saran
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18. Tamannaah Bhatia

Entertainment, Baahubali, Himmatwala, are some of Tamannaah’s very prominent films. She’s indeed a very good actor and a dancer. she mostly works for Telugu films.

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19. Nayanthara

Nayanthara is a terrific dancer. She was offered a role to share the screen with SRK for the song One Two Three Four in the film Chennai Express. But she rejected it for her own reasons. Though she has served hits list by list immediately like, Thani Oruvan, Naanum Rowdy Dhaan, Babu Bangaram, Iru Mugan, and Billa among others.

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20. Sudeep

Sudeep mostly works for Kannada films and he has a lot of popularity in that field. Some of his films are, Swaathi Mutthu, Veera Madakari, Just Maath Maathalli, Kempe Gowda and Pailwaan.



21. Siddharth

Siddharth mainly gained clout after his performance in the Bollywood film, Rang De Basanti. After that, he jumped onto south Indian films which did give him some hits and top-the-charts names like, Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi, Theeya Velai Seiyyanum Kumaru, etc.