List of Tamil film actresses

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This list outlines the names of popular lead film actresses, who previously worked or are currently working in the Tamil film industry Kollywood, based in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. The list is ordered by the year of their debut as a leading actor or the year of their landmark film. Actresses who have starred in at least five films as lead are included in the list.

1940s[edit]

Year Name Debut film Other notable films
1941 T. R. Rajakumari Kacha Devayani Haridas (1944), Chandralekha (1948)
1949 Bhanumathi Ramakrishna Ratnakumar Malaikkallan (1954), Madurai Veeran (1956), Nadodi Mannan (1958), Annai (1962)

1950s[edit]

Year Name Debut film Other notable films
1950 Padmini Ezhai Padum Padu Veerapandiya Kattabomman (1959), Thillana Mohanambal (1968)
1952 Savitri Kalyanam Panni Paar Missiamma (1955), Mayabazar (1957), Pasamalar (1961), Thiruvilaiyadal (1965)
1952 Sowcar Janaki Valayapathi Bama Vijayam (1967), Iru Kodugal (1969)
1953 Raja Sulochana Gunasagari Rangoon Radha (1956), Gulebhagavali (1956), Allavudeenum Arputha Vilakkum (1957)
1957 Devika Manamagan Thevai Kalathur Kannamma (1960), Paava Mannippu (1957), Bale Pandiya (1962)

1960s[edit]

Year Name Debut film Other notable films
1963 K. R. Vijaya Karpagam Iru Malargal (1967), Dheerga Sumangali (1974)
1965 Jayalalithaa Vennira Aadai Adimaippenn (1969), Pattikada Pattanama (1972), Suryagandhi (1973)

1970s[edit]

Year Name Debut film Other notable films
1973 Jayasudha Arangetram Apoorva Raagangal (1975), Mannavan Vanthaanadi (1975), Alaipayuthey (2000)
1976 Jayaprada Manmatha Leelai Ninaithale Inikkum (1979), Ezhai Jaathi (1993), Dasavathaaram (2008)
1976 Sridevi Moondru Mudichu Moondram Pirai (1982), 16 Vayathinile (1977), Sigappu Rojakkal (1978)
1978 Geetha Bairavi Kadamai Kanniyam Kattupaadu (1987), Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal (1989), Azhagan (1991)
1978 Saritha Thappu Thalangal Netrikkann (1981), Achamillai Achamillai (1984), Julie Ganapathi (2003)
1978 Raadhika Kizhakke Pogum Rail Moondru Mugam (1982), Poonthotta Kaavalkaaran (1988), Kizhakku Cheemayile (1993)
1979 Ambika Sakkalathi Sagalakala Vallavan (1982), Mr. Bharath (1986), Vikram (1986)
1979 Sumalatha Thisai Maariya Paravaigal Murattu Kaalai (1980), Kazhugu (1986), Oru Odai Nadhiyagirathu (1983)

1980s[edit]

Year Name Debut film Other notable films
1980 Vijayashanti Kallukkul Eeram Nenjile Thunivirunthal (1981), Mannan (1992), Sri Bannari Amman (2003)
1980 Silk Smitha Vandichakkaram Alaigal Oivathillai (1981), Silk Silk Silk (1983), Adhisaya Manithan (1990)
1980 Madhavi Pudhiya Thoranangal Thillu Mullu (1981), Raja Paarvai (1981), Thambikku Entha Ooru (1984)
1980 Menaka Ramayi Vayasukku Vanthutta Savithiri (1980), Netrikkan (1981), Urangatha Ninaivugal (1983)
1980 Archana Thai Ponggal Rettai Vaal Kuruvi (1987), Veedu (1988), Seethakaathi (2018)
1980 Suhasini Nenjathai Killathe Palaivana Solai (1981), Sindhu Bhairavi (1985), Manathil Uruthi Vendum (1987)
1980 Shobana Mangala Nayagi Enakkul Oruvan (1984), Siva (1989), Thalapathi (1991)
1981 Radha Alaigal Oivathillai Tik Tik Tik (1981), Thoongadhey Thambi Thoongadhey (1983), Muthal Mariyathai (1985)
1983 Rohini Ilamai Kaalangal Thanthu Vitten Ennai (1991), Marupadiyum (1993), Magalir Mattum (1994)
1983 Revathi Mann Vasanai Mouna Ragam (1986), Thevar Magan (1992), Power Paandi (2017)
1983 Ramya Krishnan Vellai Manasu Padayappa (1999), Panchathanthiram (2002), Baahubali (2015)
1983 Bhanupriya Mella Pesungal Chatriyan (1990), Azhagan (1991), Amaran (1992)
1983 Urvashi Mundhanai Mudichu Michael Madana Kama Rajan (1990), Magalir Mattum (1994), Siva Manasula Sakthi (2009)
1984 Monisha Unni Paavayya (short film) Moonravadhu Kaan (1993) , Unna Nenachen Pattu Padichen (1992),

Pookkal Vidhum Thottu (1987)

1985 Ranjini Mudhal Mariyathai Kadalora Kavithaigal (1986), Velicham (1987), Urimai Geetham (1988)
1985 Kalpana Chinna Veedu Sindhu Nathi Poo (1994), Sathi Leelavathi (1995), Dumm Dumm Dumm (2001)
1985 Nadhiya Poove Poochudava Uyire Unakkaga (1986), Rajathi Raja (1989), M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi (2004)
1986 Amala Mythili Ennai Kaathali Agni Natchathiram (1988), Sathya (1988), Vetri Vizha (1989)
1986 Rekha Kadalora Kavithaigal Punnagai Mannan (1986), En Bommukutty Ammavukku (1989), Roja Kootam (2002)
1987 Saranya Nayakan Vanakkam Vathiyare (1991), Em Magan (2006), Thenmerku Paruvakaatru (2010)
1987 Rupini Cooliekkaran Manithan (1987), Raja Chinna Roja (1989), Michael Madana Kama Rajan (1990)
1988 Nirosha Agni Natchathiram Soora Samhaaram (1988), Inaindha Kaigal (1990), Vetri Padigal (1991)
1988 Gautami Guru Sishyan Apoorva Sagodharargal (1989), Raja Chinna Roja (1989), Dharma Durai (1991)
1988 Kushboo Dharmathin Thalaivan Chinna Thambi (1991), Nattamai (1994), Kolangal (1995)
1989 Kanaka Karakattakaran Athisaya Piravi (1990), Periya Kudumbam (1995), Katta Panchayathu (1996)
1989 Sithara Pudhu Pudhu Arthangal Pudhu Vasantham (1990), Archana IAS (1991), Padayappa (1999)

1990s[edit]

Year Name Debut film Other notable films
1990 Meena Oru Pudhiya Kadhai Avvai Shanmugi (1996), Bharathi Kannamma (1997), Rhythm (2000)
1990 Aamani Pudhiya Kaatru Idhuthanda Sattam (1992), Honest Raj (1994), Pudhayal (1997)
1990 Easwari Rao Kavithai Paadum Alaigal Raman Abdullah (1997), Virumbugiren (2002), Kaala (2018)
1990 Aishwarya Nyayangal Jeyikkattum Meera (1992), Ejamaan (1993), Aaru (2005)
1990 Sivaranjani Mr. Bharath Thalaivasal (1992), Kalaignan (1993), Vandicholai Chinraasu (1994)
1990 Divya Bharati Nila Pennae Vaaliban (1990)

Pokkiri Mappilai (2006)

Ilam Nenje Vaa (1993)

1991 Mohini Eeramana Rojave Naan Pesa Ninaipathellam (1993), Vanaja Girija (1994), Thayagam (1996)
1991 Sukanya Pudhu Nellu Pudhu Naathu Walter Vetrivel (1993), Vandicholai Chinraasu (1994), Indian (1996)
1991 Kasthuri Aatha Un Koyilile Amaidhi Padai (1994), Indian (1996), Kaadhal Kavidhai (1998)
1991 Madhoo Azhagan Roja (1991), Gentleman (1993), Mr. Romeo (1996)
1991 Heera Rajgopal Idhayam Nee Pathi Naan Pathi (1991), Thiruda Thiruda (1993), Kadhal Kottai (1996)
1992 Roja Chembaruthi Indhu (1994), Veera (1994), Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen (1998)
1992 Ranjitha Nadodi Thendral Walter Vetrivel (1993), Jai Hind (1994), Karnaa (1995)
1993 Soundarya Ponnumani Arunachalam (1997), Kaathala Kaathala (1998), Padayappa (1999)
1993 Sanghavi Amaravathi Coimbatore Mappillai (1996), Porkkaalam (1997), Nilaave Vaa (1998)
1993 Rambha Uzhavan Ullathai Allitha (1996), Arunachalam (1997), Kaathala Kaathala (1998)
1994 Nagma Kaadhalan Baashha (1995), Love Birds (1996), Pistha (1997)
1994 Sangita Sarigamapadani Pullakuttikaran (1995), Poove Unakkaga (1996), Pongalo Pongal (1997)
1994 Rajashree Karuththamma Neela Kuyil (1995), Amman Kovil Vaasalile (1996), Sethu (1999)
1995 Manisha Koirala Bombay Indian (1996), Mudhalvan (1999), Baba (2002)
1995 Suvaluxmi Aasai Gokulathil Seethai (1996), Love Today (1997), En Aasai Rasave (1998)
1995 Devayani Thotta Chinungi Kaadhal Kottai (1996), Bharathi (2000), Azhagi (2002)
1996 Manthra Priyam Love Today (1997), Periya Idathu Mappillai (1997), Rettai Jadai Vayasu (1997)
1996 Tabu Kadhal Desam Iruvar (2007), Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000), Snegithiye (2000)
1996 Kausalya Kaalamellam Kadhal Vaazhga Nerukku Ner (1997), Pooveli (1998), Vaanathaippola (2000)
1996 Rachna Banerjee Poovarasan Tata Birla (1996)

Vaimaye Vellum (1997)

1997 Aishwarya Rai Iruvar Jeans (1998), Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000), Raavanan (2010)
1997 Simran V. I. P. Vaali (1999), Kannathil Muthamittal (2002), Vaaranam Aayiram (2008)
1998 Sangeetha Bhagavath Singh Pithamagan (2003), Dhanam (2008), Manmadan Ambu (2010)
1998 Vijayalakshmi Poonthottam Friends (2001), Yes Madam (2003), Boss Engira Bhaskaran (2010)
1998 Isha Koppikar Kaadhal Kavithai En Swasa Kaatre (1999), Nenjinile (1999), Narasimha (2001)
1998 Shalini Kadhalukku Mariyadhai Amarkalam (1999), Kannukkul Nilavu (2000), Alaipayuthey (2000)
1999 Laila Kallazhagar Nandha (2001), Pithamagan (2003), Kanda Naal Mudhal (2005)
1999 Jyothika Vaali Kushi (2000), Chandramukhi (2005), Mozhi (2007)
1999 Malavika Unnai Thedi Rojavanam (1999), Vetri Kodi Kattu (2000), Chandramukhi (2005)
1999 Mumtaz Monisha En Monalisa Kushi (2000), Chocolate (2001), London (2005)

2000s[edit]

Year Name Debut film Other notable films
2000 Pooja Kumar Kadhal Rojavae
2000 Abhirami Vaanavil
2000 Sneha Ennavale
2001 Monica Love Channel
2001 Reemma Sen Minnale
2001 Monal Naval Badri
2002 Kiran Rathod Gemini
2002 Meera Jasmine Run
2002 Trisha Mounam Pesiyadhe Abhiyum Naanum (2008), Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010), Endrendrum Punnagai (2013)
2003 Sherin Thulluvadho Ilamai
2003 Sadha Jayam
2003 Sonia Agarwal Kaadhal Kondein
2003 Genelia D'Souza Boys
2003 Pooja Jay Jay
2003 Chaya Singh Thiruda Thirudi
2003 Shriya Saran Enakku 20 Unakku 18
2004 Namitha Engal Anna
2004 Divya Spandana Kuththu
2004 Priyamani Kangalal Kaidhu Sei
2004 Madhumitha Kudaikul Mazhai
2004 Gopika Autograph
2004 Sandhya Kaadhal
2004 Asin M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi
2005 Nayanthara Ayya Aadhavan (2009), Raja Rani (2013), Thani Oruvan (2015)
2005 Remya Nambeesan Oru Naal Oru Kanavu
2005 Raai Laxmi Karka Kasadara
2006 Bhavana Chithiram Pesuthadi
2006 Vedhika Madrasi
2006 Tamannaah Kedi
2006 Vasundhara Kashyap Vattaram
2006 Anushka Shetty Rendu
2006 Regina Cassandra Azhagiya Asura
2007 Andrea Jeremiah Pachaikili Muthucharam
2007 Vijayalakshmi Chennai 600028
2007 Anjali Kattradhu Thamizh
2008 Kajal Aggarwal Pazhani
2008 Poorna Muniyandi Vilangial Moonramandu
2008 Swathi Reddy Subramaniapuram
2008 Piaa Bajpai Poi Solla Porom
2008 Sunaina Kadhalil Vizhunthen
2008 Sameera Reddy Vaaranam Aayiram
2008 Parvathy Poo
2009 Priya Anand Vaamanan
2009 Sai Dhanshika Peranmai

2010s[edit]

Year Name Debut film Other notable
2010 Amala Paul Veerasekaran Mynaa (2010), Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi (2012), Aadai (2019)
2010 Aishwarya Rajesh Neethana Avan Kaaka Muttai (2015), Dharma Durai (2016), Kanaa (2018)
2010 Sanchita Shetty Azhukkan Azhagakiran Soodhu Kavvum (2013), Pizza II: Villa (2013), Rum (2017)
2010 Samantha Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa Neethaane En Ponvasantham (2013), Kaththi (2014), U Turn (2018)
2010 Oviya Kalavani Kalakalappu (2012), Yaamirukka Bayamey (2014), 90ml (2019)
2010 Amy Jackson Madrasapattinam I (2015), Theri (2016), 2.0 (2018)
2010 Chandini Tamilarasan Siddhu +2
2010 Srushti Dange Kadhalagi
2011 Taapsee Pannu Aadukalam
2011 Hansika Motwani Mappillai
2011 Janani Iyer Avan Ivan
2011 Pranitha Udhayan
2011 Nithya Menen Nootrenbadhu Kanchana 2 (2015), O Kadhal Kanmani (2015), Mersal (2017)
2011 Shruti Haasan 7aum Arivu 3 (2012), Puli (2015), Vedalam (2015)
2011 Rakul Preet Singh Yuvan Yennamo Yedho (2014), Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru (2017), NGK (2019)
2012 Radhika Apte Dhoni All in All Azhagu Raja (2013), Vetri Selvan (2014), Kabali (2016)
2012 Nandita Swetha Attakathi
2012 Gayathrie 18 Vayasu
2012 Lakshmi Menon Sundarapandian
2012 Varalaxmi Sarathkumar Podaa Podi
2012 Mahima Nambiar Saattai
2013 Nazriya Nazim Neram
2013 Sri Divya Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam
2014 Catherine Tresa Madras
2015 Nikki Galrani Darling
2015 Keerthy Suresh Idhu Enna Maayam