Anu Emmanuel (pronounced [anu ɪˈmænjəwəl] ; born 28 March 1997) is an American actress of Indian descent who primarily works in Telugu films along with Tamil and Malayalam films. Emmanuel is a recipient of a Producers Guild Film Award.

Anu Emmanuel
Emmanuel in 2018

(1997-03-28) 28 March 1997 (age 27)
United States
Years active2016–present

After working as a child artist in Swapna Sanchari (2011), Emmanuel made her film debut with Malayalam film Action Hero Biju (2016).[1] Emmanuel made her Telugu film debut with Majnu (2016), for which she received SIIMA Award for Best Female Debut – Telugu nomination. She made her Tamil film debut with Thupparivaalan (2017), and starred in the commercially successful Namma Veetu Pillai (2019).

Early life


Anu Emmanuel was born in the United States on 28 March 1997; and raised in Garland, Texas near Dallas.[2][3][4][5] She is the daughter of Thankachan Emmanuel, a noted Malayalam film producer from Kottayam. She graduated from Lakeview Centennial High School in Garland in 2015.[6][7] She pursued a degree in psychology but left after an year, moving to India to pursue an acting career.[8]


Emmanuel in 2017

Emmanuel made her acting debut as lead in Nivin Pauly starrer Action Hero Biju, directed by Abrid Shine and produced by her father.[9][10] She made her Telugu debut with Majnu opposite to Nani. The film went on become a hit at box-office. During that time she was announced as the female lead in Oxygen, alongside actor Gopichand in the lead.[11] In 2017, She made her Tamil debut with Thupparivaalan alongside Vishal. In 2018, she was paired opposite to Pawan Kalyan and Allu Arjun in Agnyaathavaasi and Naa Peru Surya respectively. She played the lead role in Shailaja Reddy Alludu along with Naga Chaitanya and Ramya Krishna. She made a cameo appearance in Geetha Govindam. She appeared in her second Tamil film Namma Veetu Pillai opposite to Sivakarthikeyan which became successful at the box-office.[12]

In 2021, she starred in Alludu Adhurs along with Bellamkonda Sreenivas and Maha Samudram with Sharwanand.[13][14] In 2022, Anu played the lead role in Urvasivo Rakshasivo opposite Allu Sirish.[15] She appeared in Ravanasura opposite Ravi Teja.[16] She returned to Tamil cinema in 2023 playing the female lead in Japan opposite Karthi.[17]




Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Role Language Notes Ref.
2011 Swapna Sanchari Ashwathy "Achu" Malayalam Child artist
2016 Action Hero Biju Benitta Dominic / Kunjumol
Majnu Kiranmayi "Kiran" Telugu
2017 Kittu Unnadu Jagratha Janaki
Thupparivaalan Mallika Tamil
Oxygen Geetha Telugu
2018 Agnyaathavaasi Suryakantham
Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India Varsha
Geetha Govindam Girl at Bus Stop Cameo appearance
Shailaja Reddy Alludu Anu Reddy
2019 Namma Veettu Pillai Maangani Tamil
2021 Alludu Adhurs Vasundhara "Vasu" Reddy Telugu
Maha Samudram Smitha [14]
2022 Urvasivo Rakshasivo Sindhuja "Sindhu" [15]
2023 Ravanasura Keerthana [16]
Japan Sanju Kutty Tamil [17]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2016 Producers Guild Film Awards Best Actress - Telugu Majnu Won [18]
2017 6th South Indian International Movie Awards Best Female Debut – Telugu Nominated [19]


  1. ^ "Anu Emmanuel joins Action Hero Biju". 20 September 2015. Archived from the original on 8 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Working with Mysskin has been a complete delight: Anu Emmanuel". The Times of India. 28 July 2017. ISSN 0971-8257. Retrieved 20 January 2024. Not only did I grow up in the US, but I was born there as well.
  3. ^ "Actress Anu Emmanuel attends TPAD Bathukamma". Telugu Times. Retrieved 20 January 2024. Anu Emmanuel, a Dallas raised, Tollywood heroine, who was paired along with Allu Arjun, Pavan Kalyan, Naga Chaitanya, Vijay Devarakonda has joined the celebrations and played Bathukamma.
  4. ^ "TPAD Bathukamma in Dallas: Anu to be Guest of Honor". Great Andhra. 23 September 2018. Retrieved 20 January 2024. Anu Emmanuel has a unique connection to the event. She is a second generation Indian, a citizen of USA, brought up in Dallas, with her family residing in Dallas.
  5. ^ "Anu J. Emmanuel".
  6. ^ "Anu Emmanuel from Lakeview Centennial High School - Classmates".
  7. ^ "Anu Emmanuel: Celebrating Onam with my family in Kerala helped me discover my roots". The Times of India. 21 August 2021. Retrieved 27 August 2021.
  8. ^ It depends on how they flirt with me: Anu Emmanuel. India Glitz. 23 September 2016. 7:13 minutes in. I did psychology, first year in psychology. And I've stopped it actually due to films but I definitely want to go back eventually.
  9. ^ Shilpa Nair Anand (28 January 2016). "Nivin is back in action". The Hindu.
  10. ^ "Action Hero Biju Official Trailer: Nivin Pauly & Anu Emmanuel starrer looks fresh and promising!". 30 January 2016.
  11. ^ "After Action Hero Biju Anu Emmanuel in Telugu Movie Oxygen". 18 December 2015.
  12. ^ "Sivakarthikeyan is thrilled about Namma Veettu Pillai crossing 25 days at the box office". The Times of India. 23 October 2019. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Alludu Adhurs movie review: Santosh Srinivas' silly, outdated comedy is an assault to the senses". Firstpost. 15 January 2021. Archived from the original on 15 January 2021. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  14. ^ a b "Anu Emmanuel joins Siddharth and Sharwanand's Maha Samudram". Cinema Express. Retrieved 10 November 2020.
  15. ^ a b "Allu Sirish and Anu Emmanuel's romantic drama titled 'Prema Kadanta'". The News Minute. 31 May 2021. Retrieved 31 August 2021.
  16. ^ a b "Ravi Teja and Sushanth's film Ravanasura begins filming now". Telangana Today. 19 January 2022. Retrieved 19 January 2022.
  17. ^ a b "Karthi's 25th film 'Japan' with Anu Emmanuel goes on the floors with puja". Outlook India. Retrieved 19 November 2022.
  18. ^ "Absolute charming Anu Emmanuel". Times of India. Retrieved 11 January 2019. She also won the Producers Guild Film Award for Best Actress in Telugu
  19. ^ "SIIMA awards 2017 nominations announced". Sify. Archived from the original on 3 July 2017.