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Born Helen Nelson[1]
29 April 1991 (1991-04-29) (age 25)
Thrissur, Kerala, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 2006–present

Oviya (born Helen Nelson; 29 April 1991) 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 Vimal.[9] She also appeared in Moodar Koodam, Madha Yaanai Koottam and Pulivaal.[1] In 2014, she signed her first Bollywood project Jaat, besides a Tamil film, Seeni.[10]


Year Film Role Language Notes
2007 Kangaroo Susanna 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
2015 Sandamarutham Minmini (Rekha) Tamil
Yeh Ishq Sarfira Riya Hindi
144 Kalyani Tamil
2016 Hello Naan Pei Pesuren Sri Divya Tamil
Bhogi Tamil Filming
Idhi Naa Love Story Khushi Telugu Filming
Mr. Mommaga Anu Kannada Filming
Seeni Tamil Filming


  1. ^ a b "Oviya - No more girl next door". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Oviya: The Kalavaani girl, accesskollywood.com, 19 July 2010
  3. ^ "Oviya's flying start". The Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Oviya profile". tikkview.com. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Manigandan, K.R. (14 March 2011). "Pick & choose is Oviya's mantra". The Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  6. ^ Manigandan, K.R.I (8 March 2011). "Oviya's secret of success". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Oviya becomes Swapnasundari". IndiaGlitz. 19 October 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  8. ^ "UTV joins hands with Sundar C & Khushboo Sundar". IndiaGlitz. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  9. ^ Lakshmi, V. (30 November 2011). "Oviya: Thrice as nice". The Times of India. TNN. Retrieved 29 July 2012. 
  10. ^ "New innings in Bollywood". The Hindu. 9 May 2014. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 

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