Nayantara (born 18 November 1984 as Diana Mariam Kurian) is an Indian film actress from Kerala, who appears in South Indian films. She made her acting debut in the 2003 Malayalam film Manassinakkare and followed with Vismayathumbathu (2004) before foraying into Tamil and Telugu cinema.
She made her debut in Tamil cinema in 2005 with Ayya and a year later in Telugu with Lakshmi, after which she was the female lead in numerous commercially successful Tamil and Telugu films, making her one of the most sought after actresses in South Indian cinema. Her portrayal of Sita in Sri Rama Rajyam (2011) earned her the Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress and Nandi Award for Best Actress. She also won Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress for her performance in Raja Rani (2013).
|Born||Diana Mariam Kurian|
18 November 1984
Bangalore, Karnataka, India
Nayantara was born in Bangalore (Karnataka), India, to Malayali Syrian Christian parents Kurian Kodiyattu and Omana Kurian. Her brother, Leno, who is nine years elder to her, lives in Dubai. As her father was an Indian Air Force official, she studied in various parts of India, mainly in North India. She did her schooling in Chennai, Jamnagar, Gujarat and Delhi. Following his retirement, they settled in Rasipuram, where she continued her school studies, at the Lingesa school,Rasipuram schools in Namakkal. In Tiruvalla, she studied at Balikamadom Girls Higher Secondary School and then attended Marthoma College for her bachelor's degree in English Literature.
|Sivakasi||Herself||Tamil||Special appearance in the song "Kodambakkam Area"|
|Boss, I Love You||Anuradha||Telugu|
|Sivaji: The Boss||Tamil||Special appearance in song "Balleilakka"|
|2008||Yaaradi Nee Mohini||Keerthi (Komalavalli)||Tamil|
|Twenty:20||Diana||Malayalam||Special appearance in the song "He Dil Deewana"|
|Goa||Village girl||Tamil||Special appearance|
|Boss Engira Bhaskaran||Chandrika||Tamil|
|2011||Sri Rama Rajyam||Seetha||Telugu|
|2012||Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum||Devika||Telugu|
|2013||Ethir Neechal||White Girl||Tamil||Special appearance in the song "Soup Boys"|
|2014||Idhu Kathirvelan Kadhal||Pavithra||Tamil|
|Nee Enge En Anbe||Anaamika||Tamil|
|2015||Nanbenda||Diya||Tamil||Scheduled for April 2|
|Bhaskar the Rascal||Malayalam||Scheduled for April 12|
|Masss||Tamil||Scheduled for May 1|
|Idhu Namma Aalu||Mylaa||Tamil||Post-production|