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21 August 1984
Ollur, Thrissur, Kerala
|Years active||2003–2009, 2013|
|Spouse(s)||Ajilesh Chacko (2008–present)|
Gopika (born 26 August 1984 as Girly Anto) is an Indian film actress, who has predominantly starred in Malayalam films. Starting her career as a model, she ventured into acting with the film Pranayamanithooval (2003). She went on to appear in over 35 films, working in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada film industries as well.
Gopika was born as Girly Anto in a Syrian Christian family to Anto Francis and Tessy Anto in Ollur in Thrissur, Kerala. She has one sister, Glini. After completing her 12th standard in St. Raphael's Convent Girls High School, Ollur, she studied sociology from the Calicut University. She learnt classical dance from her teacher Kamalher. She was crowned as Miss College during her farewell. The beauty contest Miss Thrissur was turning point in her life. Though she did not win the title, she stood as the first runner up in the contest which gained her few modeling assignments. She claims that she never wanted to be an actress, and her ambition was to be airhostess.
Her first film was Pranayamanithooval, in which she starred with Jayasurya and Vineeth. Pranayamanithooval, directed by Director Thulasi Das did not do well but got her recognition in the industry. She got a second film 4 the People which was a blockbuster and had its prints dubbed in many Indian languages. It was directed by Jayaraj and she acted opposite Bharath. The song "Lejjavathiye Ninde Kalla Kadaikkannil" from the film was a big hit in Kerala. Renowned Tamil movie director Cheran signed her up for his film Autograph which was another big hit in 2004. She also acted in Kana Kandaen.
Among her other work she has acted in Kannada film Kanasina Loka and the Telugu remake of Azhagi. Her Telugu film Leta Manasulu directed by Raju Upati crashed at the box office. She starred in the Malayalam movie Kirtichakra opposite Jiiva. Directed by Major Ravi the movie tells the story about a soldier against the backdrop of Kargil war. Apart from Kirtichakra, she did another movie with Dileep: Pachakuthira. Her previous film with Dileep Chanthupottu was a big hit. Veruthe Oru Bharya was a phenomenal hit, and it fetched her the Asianet Best actress award of 2008.
On 17 July 2008, Gopika married Ajilesh Chacko, a doctor working in Northern Ireland. She returned to the cinema industry after marriage, acting in Swantham Lekhakan and says that she will act in more films if she gets good opportunities and likes the script. She says that her husband doesn't mind her acting and that she is getting a lot of support from him and her family.They have a daughter Amy and a son Aiden. Gopika made a comeback to the Malayalam cinema in Bharya Athra Pora with Jayaram, directed by Akku Akbar.
- 2004 – Asianet Best Supporting Actress Award – Vesham
- 2006 – Asianet Best Star Pair Award – Keerthi Chakra
- 2009 – Asianet Best Actress Award – Veruthe Oru Bharya
- 2008 – Vanitha Film Award for Best Actress – Veruthe Oru Bharya
|2004||4 the People||Divya||Malayalam|
|Vesham||Revathi||Malayalam||Asianet Best Supporting Actress Award|
|2005||Finger Print||Preethi Varma||Malayalam|
|The Tiger||Suhara Ahammed||Malayalam|
|Keerthi Chakra||Havildar Jaikumar's wife||Malayalam||Asianet Best Star Pair Award (shared with Jeeva)|
|Aran||Havildar Jaikumar's wife||Tamil|
|Veerappu||Bharathi||Tamil||Remake of Malayalam film Spadikam|
|Veruthe Oru Bharya||Bindu Sugunan||Malayalam||Asianet Best Actress Award
Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam
|Veedu Mamoolodu Kadu||Swathi||Telugu|
|2009||Swantham Lekhakan||Vimala||Malayalam||Nominated - Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam|
|2013||Bharya Athra Pora||Priya Sathyanathan||Malayalam|
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- "Actress Gopika Profile & Biography". Spiderkerala.net. Retrieved on 9 February 2013.
- "Hot Tamil Actresses – Gopika", Rediff.com, 30 June 2005
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