Tovino Thomas

Tovino Thomas (born 21 January 1989) is an Indian film actor who appears in Malayalam and Tamil films.[1] He made his debut in 2012 with the Malayalam film Prabhuvinte Makkal. Tovino is recognized for the wide range of characters he has portrayed which includes protagonists, strong crucial characters and negative roles.[2]

Tovino Thomas
Tovino Thomas At The ‘Maari 2’ Press Meet.jpg
Thomas in 2018 at the promotion of Maari 2
Born21 January 1989 (1989-01-21) (age 31)
Irinjalakuda, Kerala, India
  • Indian
OccupationActor, model
Years active2011–present
Spouse(s)Lydia Tovino

He won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Ennu Ninte Moideen (2015). He also won the Kerala Film Critics Association Award for his performance in Mayaanadhi (2017).

For his distinct looks and style, Tovino was ranked 6th among the list of most desirable men from Kerala published by Kochi Times, which is a subsidiary of The Times of India. In 2018, Tovino ranked first in the list of most desirable men published by Kochi Times.[3]

Early lifeEdit

Tovino was born on 21 January 1989 in Irinjalakuda, Thrissur as the younger son of Adv. Ellikkal Thomas and Sheela Thomas. He has two siblings, Tingston Thomas and Dhanya Thomas. He completed primary schooling from Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Irinjalakuda[4][5] and Secondary schooling from St Mary's Higher Secondary School Irinjalakuda and completed bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Tamilnadu College of Engineering, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.[6] He later worked in Cognizant Technologies as a software engineer.[5] He was active in sports, fitness and modeling.[7] Malayalam actor Nivin Pauly is his second cousin.[8]


Tovino made his acting debut in Prabhuvinte Makkal directed by Sajeev Anthikkad in 2012.[9] Subsequently, he worked as an Assistant Director in Roopesh Peethambaran's Theevram. In ABCD (2013) he portrayed an antagonist. Tovino appeared as the lead in the film Koothara which also featured Mohanlal.[10] He played a lead role in Roopesh Peethambaran's second directorial venture You Too Brutus.[11]

He has played major roles in the films including 7th Day (2014) and Charlie (2015). He portrayed the role of Perumparambil Appu in the film Ennu Ninte Moideen which was released in 2015. He won his first Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Ennu Ninte Moideen.[12]

He played the role of Thejus Varky in Guppy (2016) which was well received by audiences upon the DVD and digital release.[13] He won the New Sensational Hero Award at the NAFA 2017 for his performance in the film.[14]

He has appeared in Oru Mexican Aparatha, Ezra, Godha and Mayanadi in 2017. He won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor and Behindwoods Critics Award for Best Actor for Mayaanadhi.[15][16]

In 2018, Tovino Thomas was cast in a major role as the antagonist in Maari 2 with Dhanush which was his Tamil debut.[17] He did major roles in Lucifer, Uyare and Virus in 2019. Uyare was released in South Korea, the first Malayalam film to do so.[18] His other releases in the year were And the Oscar Goes To..., Luca, Kalki and Edakkad Battalion 06.

In 2020, he was seen in the film Forensic with Mamta Mohandas, which has got a good response from the audiences and a major box office success.[19]

Personal life and off-screen workEdit

Tovino married his longtime girlfriend, Lidiya at St. Thomas Cathedral, Irinjalakuda, on 25 October 2014. The duo had met during their school days and married after nine years.[20] They have a daughter born on 11 January 2016 and a son born on 6 June 2020.[21] Tovino Thomas had volunteered during 2018 Kerala floods to lead rescue and rehabilitation missions.[22]


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Prabhuvinte Makkal Che Guevara Sudheendran Debut film
2013 ABCD Akhilesh Varma
August Club Mahesh Cameo appearance
2014 7th Day Eby Ebineser
Koothara Tharun
2015 You Too Brutus Tovino
Onnam Loka Mahayudham Jacob
Ennu Ninte Moideen Perumpparambil Appu
Charlie Georgy Cameo appearance
2016 Monsoon Mangoes Sanjay
2 Penkuttikal Sanju
Style Edgar and Fletre Kelly Dual role
Guppy Engineer Thejus Varkey
2017 Ezra ACP Shafeer Ahammed
Oru Mexican Aparatha Paul
Godha Anjaneya Das aka Dasan
Tharangam G. Padmanabhan Pillai
Mayanadhi Mathews aka Mathan
2018 Aami Lord Krishna
Naam himself Cameo appearance
Abhiyude Katha Anuvinteyum Abhi Bilingual film in Malayalam and Tamil (as Abhiyum Anuvum)
Maradona Maradona
Theevandi Bineesh Damodaran
Oru Kuprasidha Payyan Ajayan
Ente Ummante Peru Hameed and his step brother Dual role
Maari 2 Gangadhar Beeja aka Thanatos Tamil film
2019 Lucifer Jathin Ramdas
Uyare Vishal Rajashekharan
Virus Dist Collector. Paul K Abraham
And the Oscar Goes To... Issak Ebrahem
Luca Luca
Kalki K
Edakkad Battalion 06 Captain Shafeeque Mohammad
2020 Forensic Dr. Samuel John Kattookkaran
Kilometers & Kilometers Josemon
2020 Minnal Murali Upcoming

Short filmsEdit

Year Film Role Notes
2011 Grisaille, (Short film by Arun Rushdie) Adi Short film
Jaalakam Young Patient Short film
2017 Ondraga Originals Tarun Music album
2019 Karikku :Gym boys Himself Web series

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Film Result
2016 Filmfare Awards South Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor – Malayalam Ennu Ninte Moideen Won
2017 Guppy Nominated
2018 Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor – South Mayaanadhi Won
Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Malayalam Nominated
2016 Asianet Film Award Asianet for Best Supporting Actor – Male Ennu Ninte Moideen
2017 Guppy
2018 Performer of the year Mayanadhi Won
2019 various films Won
Best actor Nominated
2016 IIFA Utsavam Performance in a Supporting Role Male – Malayalam Ennu Ninte Moideen Nominated
5th South Indian International Movie Awards SIIMA Awards – Best Supporting Actor (Malayalam)
2017 6th South Indian International Movie Awards Guppy
2015 CPC Cine Awards Best Character Actor Ennu Ninte Moideen Won
2015 Asiavision Awards Best Supporting Actor
2016 Outstanding performance of the year Guppy
2017 Man of the Year (Malayalam) Godha/Oru Mexican Aparatha
2019 Best Actor Theevandi, Ente Ummante Peru,Maradona, Oru Kuprasidha Payyan
2017 North American Film Awards NAFA 2017 – New Sensational Hero Guppy
2018 NAFA 2018 – Outstanding performance Mayanadhi
NAFA 2018 – Youth Icon Various films
2017 Yuva Awards 2017 Outstanding Performance of the year
Asianet Comedy Awards Youth Icon
2018 Vanitha Film Awards Most romantic hero Mayanadhi
Flowers Indian Film Awards Outstanding performance
Kerala Film Critics Association Awards Best second actor
21st Asianet Film Awards Performer of the year
Behindwoods Awards Best Actor critics Mayanadhi, Godha, Mexican Aparatah
2019 Kerala State Youth Commission Youth Icon excellence in art and Culture
Nana Film Awards Best actor Theevandi, Ente Ummante Peru
Mazhavil entertainment Awards Best Actor
Alberta Film Festival Best Actor And the Oscar Goes To...
South Indian International Movie Awards Best Actor – Malayalam Theevandi
2020 Ramu Karyat award Star of the year Uyare,Virus
Best star pair Luca


  1. ^ Sidhardhan, Sanjith. "I had to skip workouts to play a politician". The Times of India. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  2. ^ "From ABCD to Maradona, how Tovino Thomas became one of Malayalam cinema's most versatile young actors- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. 18 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Kochi Times Most Desirable Men 2018". Retrieved 27 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Alumni Profile – Tovino Thomas". Don Bosco Alumni, Irinjalakuda. Don Bosco Schools, Irinjalakuda. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  5. ^ a b Prakash, Asha (16 June 2017). "Tovino was school leader once, check out his old pic!". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  6. ^ was a student of Don Bosco High School
  7. ^ "Prithvi suggested my name for 'Moideen': Tovino". Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  8. ^ "നിവിന്‍ പോളിയുടേയും ടൊവിനോ തോമസിന്റെയും കുടുംബത്തില്‍ നിന്നും ഒരാള്‍ കൂടി സിനിമയിലേക്ക്!". (in Malayalam). 11 September 2020. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Tovino cherishes memory of first movie". Mathrubhumi. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  10. ^ "Tovino Thomas Excited About Koothara". OneIndia. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  11. ^ "Roopesh with a six climax film". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  12. ^ "Winners of the 63rd Britannia Filmfare Awards (South)". Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  13. ^ "Tovino Thomas & Guppy Director To Join Hands Once Again!". 16 January 2018.
  14. ^ James, Anu. "North American Film Awards (NAFA) 2017: Nivin Pauly, Manju Warrier, Tovino Thomas and others in winners list". Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  15. ^ "Winners of the 65th Jio Filmfare Awards (South) 2018". Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  16. ^ "Best Actor Critics' Choice (Malayalam) - Tovino Thomas | List of winners for BGM 2018". Behindwoods. 17 June 2018. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  17. ^ "Tovino Thomas joins 'Maari 2' sets". Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  18. ^ "Parvathy's Uyare becomes the first Malayalam film to release in South Korea". India Today. Ist.
  19. ^ "Forensic Box Office Collection Report and Review". The PrimeTime. 29 February 2020. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  20. ^ "Tovino Thomas grand wedding celebration in Kochi". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  21. ^ "Tovino and family's video will put a smile on your face". Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  22. ^ "Saving lives give you a high : Tovino Thomas – Times of India ►". The Times of India.

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