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Born Helen Nelson[1]
(1986-04-29) April 29, 1986 (age 28)
Thrissur, Kerala, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Oviya (born Helen Nelson on April 29, 1986) is an Indian model and film actress, who mainly works in the Tamil film industry. She rose to fame with the 2010 comedy film Kalavani.[2]


Oviya completed BA in Functional English at Vimala college in Thrissur, before director Sargunam approached her for Kalavani.[3] The film saw her feature opposite Vimal, and the film subsequently gained positive reviews and went on to become a sleeper hit at the box office.[4] She subsequently received several offers. She was seen in half-a-dozen films in the following 12 months, including a guest appearance in Kamal Haasan's Manmadan Ambu and the Kannada and Telugu remakes of Kalavani, in which she reprised her character from the original.[5][6] In 2012 she was seen in Pandiraj's Marina,[7] and Sundar C.'s Kalakalappu.[8] Her next release was Sillunu Oru Sandhippu, opposite her Kalavani co-star Vimal.[9] She also has acted in Moodar Koodam, Madha Yaanai Koottam and Pulivaal.[1]

In 2014, she signed her first Bollywood project Jaat, besides a Tamil film titled Seeni.[10]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2007 Kangaroo Susanna - Josekutty's sister Malayalam
2008 Apoorva Pooja Malayalam
2009 Puthiya Mukham Meera Malayalam
2010 Kalavani Maheswari Tamil Nominated, Vijay Award for Best Debut Actress
Manmadan Ambu Sunanda Tamil
Puthumukhangal Varsha Malayalam
2011 Muthukku Muthaaga Shwetha Tamil
Kirataka Nethra Kannada
Manushyamrugam Sophie Malayalam
Agarathi Tamil
2012 Marina Sopnasundari Tamil
Kalakalappu Maya Tamil Edison Award for Female Rising Star
2013 Sillunu Oru Sandhippu Geetha Tamil
Moodar Koodam Karpagavalli (Kapuli) Tamil
Madha Yaanai Koottam Ritu Tamil
2014 Pulivaal Monica Tamil
Yaamirukka Bayamey Sharanya Tamil
Jaat - The Story of Revenge Hindi Post-production
Ishq Sarfira Hindi Post-Productions
Seeni Tamil Filming
Sandamarutham Tamil Filming[11]


  1. ^ a b "Oviya - No more girl next door". Deccan Chronicle. 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  2. ^ Oviya: The Kalavaani girl. accesskollywood.com. 19 July 2010
  3. ^ "Oviya's flying start". The Times of India. TNN. 2010-07-01. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  4. ^ "Oviya - tikkview.com| Find what you like". tikkview.com. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 
  5. ^ Manigandan, K R (2011-03-14). "Pick & choose is Oviya's mantra". The Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  6. ^ Manigandan, K R I (2011-03-08). "Oviya's secret of success". The Times of India. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  7. ^ "Oviya becomes Swapnasundari". IndiaGlitz. 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  8. ^ "UTV joins hands with Sundar C & Khushboo Sundar". IndiaGlitz. 2011-10-17. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  9. ^ Lakshmi, V (2011-11-30). "Oviya: Thrice as nice". The Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 2012-07-29. 
  10. ^ http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/new-innings-in-bollywood/article5993091.ece?secpage=true&secname=entertainment
  11. ^ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/tamil/movies/news-interviews/Oviya-Meera-Nandan-to-pair-with-Sarathkumar/articleshow/38076126.cms

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