Suriya is a very famous South Indian film actor who was born and brought up in Chennai. He is the son of the famous actor Siva kumar. He is one of the top class actors in the Southern film industry. Suriya’s real name is Saravanan Sivakumar and he is popularly known as Suriya, which is his stage name and which was given to him by Director Mani Ratnam. He is a very humble and a dignified man. He married Jyothika, who is also a famous Film actress and who has been his co-star in a lot of films in the year 2006.
The couple has two children from their marriage. Suriya is also involved in a lot of charity and he started a foundation in the year 2008 called as Agaram Foundation, which helps in philanthropic activities and helps the poor and the needy. Suriya loves to watch Iranian Films and his favorite actors are Rajnikanth and Kamal Hassan. Suriya loves to go on long drives and camping when he gets some free time.
Before becoming an actor, Suriya started his career working in a garment factory as a merchandise manager. He worked there for three years before joining the film industry. In 1995, Vasanth offered him a lead role, but Suriya declined the offer and showed the lack of interest in acting. In 1997, Mani Ratnam offered him a role in Nerruku Ner and he accepted the role, which was directed by Vasanth. It was not successful and hence followed the ride of unsuccessful movies. Later he acted in the film Nandha, which was released in the year 2001 where he played the lead role and for that he received the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for the best actor. Suriya since then got many roles and the people liked his movies and his acting was also appreciated. He won many awards for his acting skills. His movies Ghajini and Singham were made in Bollywood and were a hit in Bollywood as well. Suriya made his Bollywood debut in Ram Gopal Verma’s Rakth Charitra in the year 2010. He has acted in several films and won several awards. His latest film 24, which was directed by Vikram Kumar, was released on 6 May 2016 and it was critically acclaimed.
Suriya has appeared in a lot of commercials and he was also the brand ambassador of Pepsi. His first television appearance was on the show ‘Neengalum Vellalam OruKodi’ which is the Tamil version of who wants to be a millionaire? The show was aired on Star Vijay in the year 2012.
- Name: Saravanan Sivakumar
- Nickname: Suriya
- Date of Birth: 23 July 1975
- Age: 41 years
- Place of Birth: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
- Schools: Padma Seshadri BalaBhavan, Chennai; St. Bede’s Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Chennai
- College: Loyola College, Chennai
- Father: Sivakumar
- Mother: Lakshmi Sivakumar
- Brother: Karthik Sivakumar (actor)
- Sister: Brinda Sivakumar
- Marital Status: Married
- Wife: Jyothika
- Affair: Jyothika
- Religion: Hindu
- Zodiac Sign: Leo
- Height: 5’7”
- Weight: 72 Kgs
- Eye Colour: Brown
- Profession: Actor, Producer
- Languages Known: Tamil, and English