Suriya – Biography, Facts & Life Story

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Height, Weight & Physical Stats

Body Measurements 40-32-13 Inches
Bodytype Build
Height 5 feet 6 inches (1.70 m)
Weight 72 kg (159 lbs)
Hair Color Black
Eye Color Brown
Nickname Surya
Gender Male
Age 48 years old (in 2024)
Date of Birth 23 July 1975
Full Name Saravanan Sivakumar
Profession Actor
Nationality Indian
Birthplace Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
Religion Hinduism
Zodiac Sign Cancer

Suriya is a renowned Indian film actor, filmmaker, playback singer, television presenter, distributor and voice artist who mainly recognized for his incredible work in Hindi and Tamil cinemas. Suriya was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu; India on 23rd July, 1975.

Suriya’s real name is Saravanan Sivakumar. He successfully completed his schooling from St. Bede’s School and PSBB School, Chennai. He earned his bachelors of commerce degree from Loyola College, Chennai. Before entering into film industry, he was working at a local garment exports firm for about 8 months.

In the year 1997, Suriya made his acting debut with the movie titled Nerrukku Ner, produced by Mani Ratnam. It was Mani Ratnam who provided him on-screen name Suriya with the intention of avoiding confusion with an already existing actor in the film industry named Saravanan. Right after his debut movie, a few of his next movies were flopped. In the year 2001, he lastly delivered a megahit in Siddique’s movie Friends. In the same year, he delivered one of his remarkable performances in the movie titled Nandha. Suriya received Tamil Nadu State Filmfare Award under the nomination of Best Actor. He afterwards delivered back to back megahit movies like Mounam Pesiyadhe and Unnai Ninaithu.

In 2004, Suriya won his first Filmfare Award under the category of Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his breathtaking acting in the movie titled Pithamagan. He trailed it with Filmfare Award for the Best Actor for his movie Perazhagan wherein he portrayed a double role. Suriya afterwards appeared in one of the most archetypal movies of Tamil cinema, Ghajini. The movie was very well acclaimed by the audience and was also produced in Hindi version with the same title. Since now, Suriya has delivered a number of megahits. His movie Singham was also reproduced in Hindi. He presently starred in the 3rd part of franchise movie Singham and it grossed around 100 crores at Indian box office making him one of the most recognizable superstars in film industry.

Suriya was born to actor Sivakumar and Lakshmi. He has two siblings, a younger brother named Karthi who is also a renowned actor as well as a younger sister named Brindha Sivakumar. In 2006, Suriya married to famous actress Jyothika and the couple has a daughter named Divya and a son named Dev.


Suriya Education

Qualification: Bachelor of Commerce

School: The PSBB Millennium School, Coimbatore
St. Bede’s Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School, Chennai

College: Loyola College, Chennai

Suriya Career

Profession: Actor


Film: Nerrukku Ner (1997)

Net Worth: $25 million

Family & Relatives

Father: Sivakumar

Mother: Lakshmi Sivakumar

Brother: Karthik Sivakumar a.k.a Karthi

Sister: Brindha Sivakumar

Marital Status: Married

Wife: Jyothika (Actress, m.2006-present)

No. of Children: 2

Son: Dev

Daughter: Diya

Facts You Never Knew About Suriya

  • Surya was born in a family with a filmy background, his brother; wife and father are all renowned actors.
  • Famous director Mani Ratnam passed him the name Suriya, in order to avoid any mix-up of name with actor, Saravanan.
  • Suriya initiated his career as a marketing manager in a garment store and worked there for almost three years.
  • Suriya’s first salary was 1000 Rupees, from which he gifted a Saree to his mom.
  • His character of Nandha in the movie Nandha was considered as a breakthrough role of his career which afterwards earned him a Filmfare Award.
  • Suriya together with his wife Jyothika is the originator of Agaram Foundation which supports school dropout kids to assimilate.

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Who is Suriya ?

Suriya is an Indian actor, born on 23 July, 1975 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

How old is Suriya ?

Suriya is 48 years old as of April 2024.

How tall is Suriya ?

Suriya is 5 feet 6 inches (1.70 m).

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