Ramya Krishnan (born 15 September 1970  in Chennai) is an Indian film actress. She has acted in over 200 films in five languages: Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi. Predominantly, she acted in almost 100 Telugu and 60 Tamil movies.
Early life and background
Ramya was born in Chennai. She is the niece of veteran Tamil comedian Cho Ramaswamy. She received initial training in Bharathanatyam, Western and Kuchipudi dance forms and has given many stage performances. Her mother tongue is Tamil.
Krishnan started her acting career at the age of 13 with the Malayalam film Neram Pularumbol featuring Mammootty and Mohanlal in the lead. This film had a delayed release in 1986. Her first release was Vellai Manasu (1985), a Tamil film opposite Y. G. Mahendra.
Krishnan's first Telugu film was Bhalae Mithrulu. She achieved fame through Kasinadhuni Viswanath’s Sutradharulu, released in 1989. She emerged as leading actresses in the Telugu industry alongside Soundarya, Meena, Roja and Nagma in the 1990s. As her breakthrough came from K.Raghavendra Rao directorial movies where she emerged as a commercial romantical diva of the season, which include movies like Allari Mogudu and Alludugaru paired with Mohan Babu and Allari Priyudu paired with Rajasekhar. She also performed well as a devoted wife of Sri Annamacharya, role performed by Nagarjuna in Annamayya. She has been paired with leading actors such as N. T. Rama Rao, Akkineni Nageswara Rao, Krishna, Chiranjeevi, Balakrishna, Nagarjuna, Venkatesh, Jagapathi Babu, Rajendra Prasad, Srikanth, Rajasekhar, Junior NTR, and Mahesh Babu. She received a prestigious Nandi Award from the Government of Andhra Pradesh for her performance in Dasari Narayana Rao's film Kante Koothurne Kanu.
Her most recent film is Baahubali: The Beginning where she played Shivagami the Rajamata and the caretaker of King Bahubali and soggade chinni nayana where she played the role of satyabhama and she is also playing a very important role in Allari Naresh's upcoming movie Mama Manchu, Alludu Kanchu.
- Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil – Padayappa (1999)
- Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress – Telugu – Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam (2009)
- Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress - Telugu - Baahubali: The Beginning (2015)
- Tamil Nadu State Film Awards Best Actress (Special Prize) - Padayappa (1999)
- Nandi Award for Best Actress - Kante Koothurne Kanu (1998)
- Nandi Award for Best Supporting Actress - Raju Maharaju (2009)
- Dubai Amma Awards 2007
- Amrita Film Awards 2007
- Sun TV Family Awards
- Best Actress Special Award - Thangam (2009)
- Vikatan Awards 2015
- IIFA Utsavam Awards 2016
- Best Supporting Actress - Tamil - Baahubali: The Beginning (2015)
- Best Supporting Actress - Telugu - Baahubali: The Beginning (2015)
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- "Mohan Babu is all thrilled to work with Ramya Krishnan and Meena again, 23 years after the release of "Allari Mogudu".". ibtimes.co.in. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
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