Rajinikanth, Dhanush, Joseph Vijay Chandrasekhar, and Kamal Haasan are blockbuster Tamilian actors who have placed the acting métier at the top. But today, Tamilian actresses have not at all fallen short of their counterparts in the entertainment industry.
We don’t really need to mention the raging popularity of the south Indian film fraternity that today other lingual industries are looting their out-of-the-box content. Be it young Tamilian talent or an exponential thespian; all are contributing substantially to elevate the scenario of showbiz.
Since the increased fame and associated craze among people worldwide, movie buffs and loyal fans want to know everything about their idols, which not only limits to their bio and height but also extends to their body of extensive work.
So, let’s check out the list of 14 Tamil actresses with their complete names, popular films, and more.
This listicle will cover Tamil heroines’ names with their images, blockbuster movies, exciting facts about them, and more. Therefore, continue reading.
1. Samantha Ruth Prabhu
If we consider the best and most ranging Tamil actress, then it’s undoubtedly Samantha Ruth Prabhu who is ruling the hearts of the audience. Today, she has not only created a buzz in the Bollywood industry but also, the entire world is in awe of her craft.
Her notable body of work includes Neethaane En Ponvasantham (2012), Eega (2012), Dookudu (2011), A Aa (2016), Jaanu (2020), and many more. The brave actress recently took to her Instagram to openly talk about her tough fight with an autoimmune disease. Instead of sitting back at home, Samantha has resumed working.
2. Shriya Saran
When we talk about domination in Tamil cinema, we can not forget about Shriya Saran. The dusky actress has dominated the Tamil film scene for nearly 20 years and she’s still going strong.
Not only in Tamil, but she has also cemented her name in Bollywood. Moreover, she also starred in the Hollywood remake of Midnight Children. Some of her most notable work includes Shivaji The Boss (2007), Kutty (2010), and Drishyam (2015).
Recently, the Haridwar-born actress reprised her role in the sequel of Drishyam.
3. Anushka Shetty
Up next on our list is one of the highest-paid actresses ever in Tamil cinema, Anushka Shetty. Just by looking at her nickname, we can understand how huge she is in the industry. The Lady Superstar of South Indian Cinema has appeared in over 47 movies and the majority of them have been superhits.
We have no doubt that you may remember her from the mega-hit, Baahubali series but she was considered a superstar long before. Her most popular work is the Singam series, Linga and Bhaagamathie among others.
After 2020, the actress took a hiatus from acting but recently she signed on to play the role of a chef for a currently unnamed movie currently being filmed.
4. Trisha Krishnan
The Queen of South India or as many of you might know her as Trisha is next up on our list. The alluring actress was born in Chennai and first came to prominence when she won the Miss Chennai contest in 1999. Since 2003, she has been a prominent figure in Kollywood.
Most of the movies she has starred in have been major successes. Some of her most recognisable work came in Abhiyum Naanum (2008), Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010), and Kodi (2016).
As recently as September 2022, Trisha appeared in Ponniyi Selvan I and is scheduled to appear in the sequel as well.
5. Kajal Aggarwal
Whenever someone has a wax figure of themselves on display at Madame Tussauds, we can assume they are a big deal. That is also the case for the dazzling actress, Kajal Aggarwal.
The Mumbaikar actress has been consistently giving us hits since her beginnings in Pazhani (2008). She has also appeared in many Bollywood hits such as Singham, and Special 26 as well.
Some of her most worthy work is, Thuppakki, Jilla, and Hey Sinamika. Recently, the actress was roped in for a lead role in the upcoming Tamil movie Indian 2.
We all may have just been introduced to Tamannaah with her role in Baahubali but she has dominated Kollywood long before that. The milky actress has been ruling Tamil Cinema ever since her debut in Ayan (2009).
Not only in Kollywood, but she has also acted in several Bollywood movies as well. The Mumbai-born actress does a lot of stage performances and brand endorsements as well.
Let’s look at some of the major hits Tamannaah has worked on, Ayan (2009), Paiyaa (2010), Veeram (2014), Devi (2016) and Sketch (2018) among many more. Just as recently as November 2022, Tamannaah was cast in Bhola Shankar which is due to release in 2023.
7. Nithya Menen
In any field, being versatile is very valuable. The field of the entertainment industry is no different. Nithya Menen is one of the most versatile actresses in Kollywood. She is not just an actress but also a Producer, Singer and Director as well.
The voluptuous actress is highly revered in Tamil Cinema due to her ability to play comedic and serious roles. She also entered Bollywood in 2019 she played a supporting role in Mission Mangal (2019)
Some of Nithya’s most popular projects are 24, O Kadhal Kanmani, Veppam, and Kanchana 2 among others. Recently, Nithya got rave reviews for her role in Wonder Woman.
8. Shruti Haasan
Having a superstar father can sometimes be a challenge as it is not always easy to step out of his shadow. However, Shruti Haasan did not have that problem. Her talent was so rich that she did not have any issues establishing herself as one of the best in the business.
The dazzling actress has also appeared in many Bollywood movies as well. And she is one of the tallest actresses in Bollywood and the South film industry.
Shruti is not just a one-trick pony. She is also renowned for her singing and has also won awards for being the best background singer.
Some of her most notable work includes hits such as 3, 7aum Arivu, Poojai and Singam 3. Shruti had taken a hiatus from Indian movies in 2017 but as recently as October 2022, she was cast as a lead character in Veera Simha Reddy.
9. Raashii Khanna
When someone born in North India becomes a household name for people in the South, you can be assured that they are special. That is exactly the case with Delhi-born, Raashii Khanna.
Although she has not been in the Tamil Cinema for a long time, she has already made a name for herself. The ravishing actresses’ journey began in 2018. Before that, she had already done a lot of Bollywood and Telugu movies.
Some of her notable Tamil movies are, Imaikkaa Nodigal, Thiruchitrambalam and Sardar.
Currently, Raashii is scheduled to appear in the Bollywood action thriller, Yodha.
India has so many celebrities from different fields that getting into any Top 100 celebrity list is a big ask. But, that is exactly what Nayanthara accomplished in 2018. Being on that list along with so many superstars shows how talented the actress is.
The stunning actress has been ever present at the top of Tamil cinema for 20 years now.
It is not easy to name just a few, but we will try to list some notable movies in Nayanthara’s career, Billa, Raja Rani, Naanum Rowdy Dhaan and Aramm.
If we talk about what Nayanthara is up to now, Well she is due to appear on the big screen on 22nd December in a Tamil horror, Connect.
11. Regina Cassandra
Up next on our list is Regina Cassandra. The ravishing actress has been involved in Tamil Cinema ever since 2005. Other than Tamil, Regina has also done movies in Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada which further shows how talented she is. Keeping up with the recent trend, the actress has also acted in many OTTs.
Speaking of some of her most prominent work, Silukkuvarupatti Singam, Mr Chanramouli, Chakra, Kedi Billa Killadi Ranga and Rajathandhiram. It was recently confirmed that Regina will be seen on the big screen again in Soorpanagai.
12. Hansika Motwani
You may remember her as Jaadu’s adorable friend Priya from Koi…. Mil Gaya. But, Hansika Motwani has come a long way since then. The vivacious actress has ruled the heart of many Tamil movie buffs for quite a while now.
Some of Hansika’s most famous works in Tamil Cinema are Mappillai, Oru Kal Oru Kannadi, Singam II and Romeo Juliet among others.
Besides being a great actress, Hansika also does a lot of philanthropic work as well.
The Mumbai-born actress recently tied the knot with businessman Sohail Kathuriya.
13. Keerthy Suresh
Being named in the Forbes 30 under 30 list as a Tamil actress is a phrase seldom heard. But that is exactly what Keerthy Suresh accomplished in 2021. The elegant actress was acting in hits even while she was in college.
Moreover, she has been constantly among the top actresses in South India ever since her debut in 2013. A few of her notable projects include Sarkar, Penguin and Annaatthe.
Just recently the actress was roped in for a lead role in the upcoming political thriller, Maamannan.
14. Aishwarya Lekshmi
The final actress on our list hasn’t been in the Tamil Cinema for a long time but her accomplishments say otherwise. Aishwarya Lekshmi has already won 1 Filmfare (South) and 3 SIIMA awards.
Besides acting, She has also produced movies in Kollywood. Some of her most notable works are Action, JagameThandhiram, Godse and Ponniyin Selvan I.
Recently, the actress opened up about a traumatic incident that happened to her as a child which made her scared to wear yellow clothes.
India is a country of many heritages within itself. Every few kilometers apart we can see a change in Language, Culture, Food etc. Every culture has its own form of the film industry which relates to people within the region.
Up until a few years ago, it was very hard for actresses from the South to get nationwide recognition. But all that has changed in the last few years. Sure, part of it can be attributed to the increased exposure through social media and OTT platforms.
We still can’t ignore the role these actresses have played in creating the platform for future actresses and for the betterment of Tamil Cinema as well.