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Top 10 South Indian Actors in 2024

Joseph Vijay, Rajnikanth, etc are the top 10 South Indian Actors in the World in 2024. They are best for their personal and professional life. Today, we bring you a list of South Indian Actor are the best and most popular, as per the IMDB website-

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1. Joseph Vijay:

Joseph Vijay

Joseph Vijay is a famous prominent actor in Tamil cinema. He is also known as Thalapathy Vijay. he started his career with Naalaiya Theerpu in 1992. But gained popularity for his captivating performances in films like “Ghilli” (2004) and “Mersal” (2017). In addition, he is a philanthropist and involved in various charitable initiatives.

  • Spouse: Sangeetha Sornalingam
  • Children: Jason Sanjay, Divya Saasha
  • Born: June 22, 1974
  • Favourite hobbies: Passionate Dancer, reader and cricket
  • Favourite food: traditional Tamil dishes like dosa, idli, and sambar.
  • Highest Grossing Movie: Worldwide – Leo – ₹623 crore, Tamil Nadu – Varisu – ₹214 crore

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2. Rajnikanth:


Rajnikanth is a very popular South Indian Actor in the world. He is a superstar of Tamil cinema. He started his acting career in Tamil cinema with “Apoorva Raagangal” in 1975. He has a unique personality and magnetic presence which make him a global superstar. Rajnikanth has a huge fan following and is also respected for his humility and philanthropy.

  • Spouse: Latha Rajinikanth
  • Children: Aishwarya Rajinikanth, Soundarya Rajinikanth
  • Born: December 12, 1950
  • Favourite hobbies: Spiritual and meditation, practises yoga.
  • Favourite food: Simple, homemade South Indian meals like rasam, sambar, and curd rice.
  • Highest Grossing Movie: Worldwide – 2.0 – ₹630 crore est., Tamil Nadu – Jailer – ₹190 crore est

3. Kamal Haasan:

Kamal Haasan

Kamal Haasan is a multifaceted talent and famous in the South Industry. he started his career in 1959 as a child actor. He is known for his acting, directing, producing, and screenwriting. He gained popularity with “Nayagan” (1987) and “Indian” (1996). Besides acting and the film industry, he is also active in politics, advocating for social change.

  • Spouse: Vani Ganapathy (1978–1988), Sarika Thakur (1988–2004), Gautami Tadimalla (2005–2016)
  • Children: Shruti Haasan, Akshara Haasan
  • Born: November 7, 1954
  • Favourite hobbies: Classical like the mridangam and the flute.
  • Favourite food: Both Indian and international food
  • Highest Grossing Movie: Worldwide – Vikram – ₹450 crore, Tamil Nadu – Vikram – ₹186 crore

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4. Ajith Kumar:

Ajith Kumar

Ajith Kumar is a South actor, also known as Thala. He started his acting career with  “Prema Pusthakam”  in 1992, but gained popularity with “Mankatha” (2011) and “Viswasam” (2019). he played very intense roles in these movies. Apart from acting, he is passionate about motorsports and has participated in various racing events.

  • Spouse: Shalini Ajith
  • Children: Anoushka Ajith, Aadvik Ajith
  • Born: May 1, 1971
  • Favourite hobbies: Motorsports, racing cars and bikes 
  • Favourite food: South Indian dishes like biryani, dosa, and fish curry.
  • Highest Grossing Movie: Worldwide – Viswasam – ₹205 crore, Tamil Nadu – Viswasam – ₹140 crore

5. Suriya:

Suriya is an actor in the Tanmil cinema. He started his career in Tamil cinema with Nerukku Ner in 1997. He established himself as a versatile actor and played very different roles in different movies. His performances in “Kaakha Kaakha” (2003) and “Vaaranam Aayiram” (2008) are most praised by the audience. He is also involved in social activity and runs an Agaram Foundation.

  • Spouse: Jyothika Saravanan
  • Children: Diya Suriya, Dev Suriya
  • Born: July 23, 1975
  • Favourite hobbies: Philanthropy and spending time in his Agaram Foundation
  • Favourite food: Traditional Tamil dishes like sambar sadam (sambar rice) and prefers healthy, nutritious meals
  • Highest Grossing Movie: Worldwide – Singam 2 – ₹130 crore, Tamil Nadu – Singam 2 – ₹60 crore

6. Sivakarthikeyan:

Sivakarthikeyan is an actor in Tamil cinema. He was a television host at an early age and became a successful actor. He debuted with the Marina in 2012. He is a comic actor and his performance in the “Varuthapadatha Valibar Sangam” (2013) and “Remo” (2016) is famous among fans. It is also involved in philanthropy and gives healthcare and education to the people.

  • Spouse: Aarthi Doss
  • Children: Aaradhana Sivakarthikeyan
  • Born: February 17, 1985
  • Favourite hobbies: Love comedy so indulge in humorous activities, and play cricket.
  • Favourite food: Ice creams and traditional Tamil sweets like Mysore pak and adhirasam.
  • Highest Grossing Movie: Worldwide – Don – ₹125 crore, Tamil Nadu – Don – ₹87 crore

7. Vikram:

Vikram, is a superstar in the South film industry. He started his acting career in the  “En Kadhal Kanmani ” in 1990. He played several roles in his acting career. His performance in the “Anniyan” (2005) and “I” (2015) is world famous. Due to his acting skills, he won many national awards.

  • Spouse: Shailaja Balakrishnan
  • Children: Dhruv Vikram, Akshita Vikram
  • Born: April 17, 1966
  • Favourite hobbies: Fitness, spending time outdoors, particularly trekking and hiking.
  • Favourite food: South Indian delicacies like biryani and dosa.
  • Highest Grossing Movie: Worldwide – Ponniyin Selvan 1 – ₹500 crore, Tamil Nadu – Ponniyin Selvan 1 – ₹210 crore

8. Dhanush:

Dhanush is an actor and film producer. He started his acting career as a supporting actor in “Thulluvadho Ilamai” in 2002. With time, he became an actor and acted in the lead role in the Kaadhal Kondein” (2003). Apart from acting, he is a talented singer and sings many songs. He is also a good producer and produced many films.

  • Spouse: Aishwarya R. Dhanush
  • Children: Yatra Raja, Linga Raja
  • Born: July 28, 1983
  • Favourite hobbies: Singing 
  • Favourite food: Spicy South Indian dishes like chicken curry and mutton pepper fry.
  • Highest Grossing Movie: Worldwide – Raanjhanaa – ₹140 crore, Tamil Nadu – Thiruchitrambalam – ₹75 crore

9. Karthik Sivakumar:

Karthik Sivakumar is also known as Karthi. He is an Indian actor in the South film industry. He debuted with “Paruthiveeran” in 2007. He won many Filmfare Awards for his performance in the movies. He can connect with the audience across genres. His movies from intense drama “Paiyaa” (2010) to action thrillers  “Theeran Adhigaaram Ondru” (2017) are the most famous. 

  • Spouse: Ranjani Chinnaswamy
  • Children: Umayaal Karthi, Dev Karthi
  • Born: May 25, 1977
  • Favourite hobbies: Agriculture and farming, connected with nature.
  • Favourite food: Traditional Tamil cuisines like kuzhi paniyaram, chicken Chettinad, and mango rice.
  • Highest Grossing Movie: Worldwide – Ponniyin Selvan 1 – ₹500 crore, Tamil Nadu – Ponniyin Selvan 1 – ₹210 crore

10. Vijay Sethupathi:

Vijay Sethupathi is a ctor in Tamil films. His full name is Vijay Gurunatha Sethupathi Kalimuthu. he started his career as a supporting actor and gained popularity with Pizza in 2012. He is a versatile actor and has performed many roles in films like “Super Deluxe” (2019) and “96” (2018). he has a unique acting style. His natural acting style creates a huge fan base for him.

  • Spouse: Jessie Sethupathi
  • Children: Surya Sethupathi
  • Born: January 16, 1978
  • Favourite hobbies: Reading literature and poetry
  • Favourite food: Home-cooked traditional Tamil dishes like sambar, rasam, and kootu.
  • Highest Grossing Movie: Worldwide – Vikram – ₹450 crore est, Tamil Nadu – Vikram – ₹186 crore est


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