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Tovino Thomas is an Indian film actor best known for his work in Malayalam films, he has also acted in a few Tamil films.[1] He made his debut acting 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] 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 (Best Second Actor) for his performance in Mayaanadhi (2017).

Tovino Thomas
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Tovino Thomas
Born21 January 1989 (1989-01-21) (age 30)
ResidenceIrinjalakuda, Kerala, India
  • Indian
OccupationActor, model
Years active2011–present
Spouse(s)Lidiya Tovino(m.2014)
ChildrenIzza Tovino

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]


Tovino made his acting debut in Prabhuvinte Makkal directed by Sajeev Anthikkad in 2012.[4] Subsequently he worked as an Assistant Director in Roopesh Peethambaran's "Theevram". ABCD (2013) where he portrayed an antagonist received critical and commercial success[5]. Tovino appeared as the lead in the film Koothara which also featured Mohanlal.[6] Tovino played a lead role in Roopesh Peethambaran's directorial venture You Too Brutus.[7]

He was played major roles in the films including 7th Day (2014), Ennu Ninte Moideen (2015), Charlie (2015), and Guppy (2016), Oru Mexican Aparatha (2017), Ezra, Godha (2017) and Mayaanadhi (2017). The films had achieved critical and commercial success making him one of the leading actors of Malayalam cinema. Guppy (2016) received critical acclaim and the film became a cult classic upon the DVD and digital release[8].

He portrayed the role of Perumparambil Appu in the film Ennu Ninte Moideen which was released in 2015. The performance received critical acclaim, nominations and multiple awards[9] He played the role of Thejus Varky in Guppy (2016). Tovino won the New Sensational Hero Award at the NAFA 2017 for his performance in the film.[10]

Oru Mexican Aparatha which featured Tovino in a double role was an instant box office hit. The film was directed by Tom Emmatty. The next film, Godha which was directed by Basil Joseph, repeated the success and crossed 100 days of shows. Tharangam (2017) got rave reviews from critics and it was one of its kind directed by Arun Dominic. Later, Mayaanadhi (2017) became a blockbuster with Tovino and Aiswarya Lekshmi receiving much appreciation for the portrayal of the characters.

2018 played to be a crucial year for Tovino Thomas with a series of successful ventures and the blockbusters. Theevandi received critical acclaim and received multiple awards and nominations. Meanwhile, Aami which was a biopic was noted by critiques for the performance and details. Maradona which featured Tovino Thomas in the lead role became a commercial and critical success with shows across 128 theaters in Kerala. Tovino Thomas was cast in a major role as the antagonist in Maari 2 with Dhanush. Maari 2 broke box office records in Tamil Nadu during 2018. He kept the momentum going with a solid track record of blockbusters including Ente Ummante Peru, Lucifer, and Uyare. Uyare became the first Malayalam film to be released in South Korea[11].

Tovino won his first Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Ennu Ninte Moideen. He won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor, Behindwoods Critics Award for Best Actor, NAFA award for Outstanding Performance and Youth Award for Mayaanadhi. His character as Vishal in the movie Uyare received reviews from several film critics.[12]


Year Nos. Title Role Notes
2012 1 Prabhuvinte Makkal Che Guevara Sudheendran Cameo
2013 2 ABCD Akhilesh Varma
3 August Club Mahesh Cameo Appearance
2014 4 7th Day Eby Ebineser
5 Koothara Tharun
2015 6 You Too Brutus Tovino
7 Onnam Loka Mahayudham Jacob
8 Ennu Ninte Moideen Perumpparambil Appu
9 Charlie Georgy Extended cameo
2016 10 Monsoon Mangoes Sanjay
11 2 Penkuttikal Sanju
12 Style (2016 film) Edgar/ Fletre Kelly
13 Guppy Engineer Thejus Varkey
2017 14 Ezra ACP Shafeer Ahammed
15 Oru Mexican Aparatha Paul
16 Godha Anjaneya Das aka Dasan
17 Tharangam G. Padmanabhan Pillai
18 Mayanadhi Mathews aka Mathan
2018 19 Aami Lord Krishna
20 Naam As Himself Cameo Appearance
21 Abhiyum Anuvum/Abhiyude Katha Anuvinteyum Abhi Tamil film/Malayalam
22 Maradona Maradona
23 Theevandi Bineesh Damodaran
24 Oru Kuprasidha Payyan Ajayan
25 Ente Ummante Peru Hameed and his step brother dual role
26 Maari 2 Gangadhar Beeja aka Thanatos Tamil film
In Malayalam version also, he dubbed for his character
2019 27 Lucifer Jathin Ramdas
28 Uyare Vishal Rajashekharan
29 Virus Dist Collector. Paul K Abraham
30 And the Oscar Goes To... Issak Ebrahem
31 Luca Luca
32 Kalki K
33 Edakkad Battalion 06 Captain Shafeeque Mohammad
34 Kilometers and Kilometers Post Production
35 Minnal Murali Murali Pre Production
36 Bhoomi Joe Pre Production
37 Aaravam Announced
38 Forensic Announced
2020 39 Pallichattambi Announced
40 563 St. Charles Street Announced
41 Thallumala Announced

Short filmsEdit

2011 Grisaille, (Short film by Arun Rushdie) Adi Short film
Jaalakam Young Patient Short film
2017 Ondraga Originals Himself 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 (film) 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 (film)
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 (film)
2015 CPC Cine Awards Best Character Actor Ennu Ninte Moideen Won
2015 Asiavision Awards Best Supporting Actor
2016 Outstanding performance of the year Guppy (film)
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 (film)
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

Personal lifeEdit

Tovino was born in Irinjalakuda, Thrissur as the younger son of Adv. Ellikkal Thomas and Sheela Thomas. His siblings are Tingston Thomas and Dhanya Thomas. He completed primary schooling from Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Irinjalakuda[13][14] and Secondary (Plus Two) schooling from St Mary's Higher Secondary School Irinjalakuda and graduated with Bachelor's degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering from Tamil Nadu College of Engineering, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu. He was a part of the handball Team of Don Bosco High School and also helmed as the school leader[15]. He later worked in Cognizant Technologies[14] as a software engineer. He was active in sports, fitness and modeling.[16]

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[17] They have a daughter named Izza Tovino born on 11 January 2016.[18] Tovino Thomas had volunteered during 2018 Kerala floods to lead rescue and rehabilitation missions[19].

Public LifeEdit

Tovino Thomas (fourth from the left) along Don Bosco Seniors Handball Team and Coach Giby V. Pereppadan

Tovino Thomas is the brand ambassador of Irinjalakuda Heritage Half Marathon.[20] Tovino also had been active in social causes including rendering support to activists indulged in social issues.[21] Tovino Thomas is the brand ambassador of the apparel brand North Republic[22]. He is also an advocate of fitness and has been active in the promotion of sports, arts, and fitness[23].

Tovino Thomas had been active in handball during his high school years representing Don Bosco High School, Irinjalakuda. He had represented in junior and sub-junior levels. Tovino was also the team captain at Don Bosco High School, Irinjalakuda[24]. Currently, Tovino is active alongside former members of the team to develop the sport at Don Bosco High School and actively support the juniors team. Tovino had also competed at district and state levels representing Thrissur during his years when he was active at handball[25].


  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. ^ Nair, Jisha. "All for the love of films". Manorama Online. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  5. ^ Chandran, Ramesh. "Review: ABCD takes you on a fun ride". Manorama Online. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  6. ^ "Tovino Thomas Excited About Koothara". OneIndia. Retrieved 28 October 2013.
  7. ^ "Roopesh with a six climax film". IndiaGlitz. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Tovino Thomas & Guppy Director To Join Hands Once Again!". 16 January 2018. External link in |website= (help)
  9. ^ "Film Review:Ennu Ninte Moideen". Bangalore Mirror. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  10. ^ James, Anu. "North American Film Awards (NAFA) 2017: Nivin Pauly, Manju Warrier, Tovino Thomas and others in winners list". Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  11. ^ ChennaiMay 18, India Today Web Desk; May 18, 2019UPDATED:; Ist, 2019 14:53. "Parvathy's Uyare becomes the first Malayalam film to release in South Korea". India Today.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  12. ^ "'Uyare' movie review: Parvathy joins the inspiring 'Sheroes'". OnManorama. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Alumni Profile - Tovino Thomas". Don Bosco Alumni, Irinjalakuda. Don Bosco Schools, Irinjalakuda. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  14. ^ 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.
  15. ^ was a student of Don Bosco High School
  16. ^ "Prithvi suggested my name for 'Moideen': Tovino". Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Tovino Thomas grand wedding celebration in Kochi". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  18. ^ "Tovino and family's video will put a smile on your face". Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  19. ^ "Saving lives give you a high : Tovino Thomas - Times of India ►". The Times of India.
  20. ^ "Irinjalakuda Heritage Half Marathon by Irinjalakuda Sporting Club - MyIJK". 7 August 2017. Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  21. ^ "Tovino, netizens take up Sreejith's cause". Retrieved 3 February 2018.
  22. ^ "Tovino Thomas Is The New Face of North Republic! - RITZ". 28 November 2017.
  23. ^ 100010509524078 (21 August 2018). "Fitness Mantra: Maari 2 actor Tovino reveals his secret to a great physique".
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