Ayilya Gopalakrishnan Nair
29 March 1987
|Years active||2008 – present|
Ananya made her acting debut in Malayalam with Positive (2008) and debuted the following year in Tamil with Naadodigal, which emerged a critical and commercial success. She received the Kerala State Television Award for Best Actress in 2012 for the telefilm Doore and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil for Engaeyum Eppothum in 2011.
Ananya was born as Ayilya to Malayali parents Gopalakrishnan Nair, a noted film producer, and Praseetha in Kothamangalam, Kerala. She has one younger brother Arjun. Her name was taken from her birth star Aslesha, called Ayilyam in Malayalam and Tamil. She appeared as a child artist in one of her father's productions (executive producer), Pai Brothers (1995). Ananya pursued a B.A. degree in Communicative English at St. Xavier's College, Aluva. During her childhood, she was an archer and won the State Championship. While representing her college in a television reality show "Star Wars", she was spotted by various directors and received acting offers. After declining five projects, she decided to give it a try, accepting to act in Positive.
Her screenname changed to Ananya, when she was working in her debut Tamil film Naadodigal. The film was a high commercial success, and Ananya rose to fame, with her performance in the film being appreciated. She went on to reprise the same role in its Malayalam remake Ithu Nammude Katha. The film Shikkar alongside Mohanlal, gave her a big break in Malayalam. She did some thrilling scenes in the climax of the movie Shikkar that impressed Mohanlal, which made him call her the "Vijayashanti" of Malayalam. She also played a supporting role in Kandahar, which saw her sharing screen space with Mohanlal and Amitabh Bachchan. In 2011, Ananya played one of the female lead roles in Engeyum Eppodhum, which received rave reviews and became a sleeper hit.
In 2014, she appeared in Pulivaal, her first Tamil release after three years. As of 2018 she has Sigappu Rojakkal 2'in Tamil, Intintaa Annamayya in Telugu, Ameya in Malayalam delayed for release.She is currently gearing up for the release of her malayalam movie Bhramam.
- Kerala State Television Awards
- 2012 – Kerala State Television Award for Best Actress : Doore
|1995||Pai Brothers||Malayalam||Debut as Child artist|
|Vrudhanmare Sookshikkuka||Malayalam||Child artist|
|2008||Positive||Jyothi||Malayalam||Debut film, Credited as Ayilya|
|2009||Naadodigal||Nallammaal||Tamil||Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress|
|Oru Small Family||Ammu Vishwanathan||Malayalam|
|Kandahar||Student (A passenger on the plane)||Malayalam||Special appearance|
|2011||Ithu Nammude Katha||Kalyani||Malayalam|
|Seniors||Jeni||Malayalam||Asianet Film Award For Best Supporting Actress|
|Amayakudu||Divya||Telugu||Debut in Telugu|
|Doctor Love||Gowri||Malayalam||Asianet Film Award For Best Supporting Actress|
|Engaeyum Eppothum||Amudha||Tamil||Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Tamil|
Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Supporting Actress
|2013||D Company||Indumathi||Malayalam||Segment – "Oru Bolivian Diary 1995"|
|100 Degree Celsius||Ganga||Malayalam|
|The Reporter||Tara Viswanath||Malayalam|
|Iravum Pagalum Varum||Sona||Tamil|
|2016||A.. Aa - Anasuya Ramalingam Vs Anand Vihari||Bhanumathi||Telugu|
|2018||Oru Kuttanadan Blog||Gopan's wife||Malayalam|
|Pacha Manja||100 Degree Celsius||Gopi Sundar|
|Omalkurunnukal||Seethakalyanam||Asianet TV series|
|2021||Star Magic||Mentor||Flowers TV|
|2018||Thamasha Bazaar||Host||Zee Keralam||Replaced by Jewel Mary|
|2018||Oru Vattam Koodi||Host||Kerala Vision||Replaced by Kavitha Nair|
|2018||Seetha Kalyanam (TV series)||N/A||Asianet||Title song playback singer|
|2015||Star Challenge||Contestant||Flowers TV||reality show|
|2015||Smart Show||Participant||Flowers TV||game show|
|2010||Munch Star Singer||Herself||Asianet|
|2007||Star Wars||Contestant||Reality show|
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