List of Top Tamil Actresses  2024

The Tamil film industry, popularly known as Kollywood, is one of the most prominent and influential film industries in India. Based in the state of Tamil Nadu, the industry produces a vast array of films that cater to a wide range of genres and audiences. Tamil cinema has a rich history and a strong legacy of celebrated filmmakers, actors, and technicians who have contributed to its success. Known for its innovative storytelling, impactful performances, and socially relevant themes, Tamil films have gained recognition not only within India but also on the international stage. 

In every era, there is significant curiosity about top movie actresses and actors. In the Tamil film industry, there are several top actresses who primarily work in Tamil films and have achieved great success in recent years. Nayanthara, Keerthy Suresh, Trisha Krishnan, and Samantha Akkineni are among the notable names. These talented actresses have made a significant impact with their performances and have a massive fan following. 

So in this post, we will look at the leading Tamil actress in 2024



Nayanthara, often referred to as the “Lady Superstar,” is one of the most popular and versatile actresses in Tamil cinema. Known for her strong screen presence and exceptional acting skills, she has portrayed a wide range of characters in both commercial and critically acclaimed films.

Nayanthara debuted in Tamil cinema with Ayya (2005) and in Telugu cinema with Lakshmi (2006).  She is a recipient of five Filmfare Awards South and eight South Indian International Movie Awards. She won the Filmfare Award for  Raja Rani (2013), the action comedy Naanum Rowdy Dhaan (2015) and the political drama Aramm (2017 and Puthiya Niyamam (2016)

Top Movies:  Ghajini (2005), Billa (2007), Yaaradi Nee Mohini (2008), Bodyguard (2010), Krishnam Vande Jagadgurum (2012), Thani Oruvan (2015), Kaashmora (2016), Anamika (2014), Maya (2015), Kolamavu Kokila (2018), Viswasam (2019), Bigil (2019), Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy all (2019), Darbar (2020), Annaatthe (2021) and Godfather (2022). 

Keerthy Suresh

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Keerthy Suresh is a rising star in Tamil cinema who has gained recognition for her exceptional acting skills. She appears predominantly in Tamil and Telugu films, in addition to a few Malayalam films. With her natural talent and relatable performances, she has garnered critical acclaim and commercial success. Keerthy’s ability to portray a wide range of characters has earned her a strong following among audiences.

She won the National Film Award for Best Actress for portraying actress Savitri in the Telugu film Mahanati (2018). She has received three SIIMA Awards and a Filmfare Award South. Keerthy was placed in Forbes India’s 30 Under 30 list of 2021.

Top Movies:  Ring Master (2014), Nenu Sailaja (2016), Rajinimurugan (2016), Remo (2016), Bairavaa (2017), Nenu Local (2017), Mahanati (2018), Sarkar (2018), Thaanaa Serndha Koottam (2018), Penguin (2020), Miss India (2021), Good Luck Sakhi (2022) and Sarkaru Vaari Paata (2022)

Trisha Krishnan


Trisha Krishnan is a leading actress who works predominantly in Tamil and Telugu films. She is the recipient of several accolades including five Filmfare Awards South, one Nandi Award, one Tamil Nadu State Film Award, and seven South Indian International Movie Awards. Trisha is often referred as the “Queen Of South India” for her contributions to the film industries of all of the South Indian languages.

She Made her debut with the Tamil romantic drama Jodi (1999), and her first lead role is in the 2002 film Mounam Pesiyadhe. 

Top Movies: Saamy (2003), Ghilli (2004), Aaru (2005), Abhiyum Naanum (2008), Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010), Kodi (2016), ’96 (2018), Ponniyin Selvan: I (2022) and Ponniyin Selvan: II (2023)  in Tamil cinema.  Varsham (2004), Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana (2005), Athadu (2005), Nayaki (2016) and Aadavari Matalaku Ardhalu Verule (2007) in Telugu cinema


Rashmika Mandanna

Rashmika Mandanna is a well-known Tamil actress. Her innocence beauty and acting skills mesmerize her followers. She has over 38 million fans on Instagram. Nowadays Rashmika is a pan-India actress who has appeared in films in Kannada, Telugu, Tamil, and Hindi. From “Pushpa” to” SitaRamam” to “Varisu,” all of her films have been well-received by audiences.

Top movies: Kirik Party (2016), Anjani Putra (2017), Yajamana (2019), Sarileru Neekevvaru (2020), Bheeshma (2020), Pogaru (2021), Pushpa: The Rise (2021), Sita Ramam (2022) and Varisu (2023). 

Samantha Ruth Prabhu

SamanthaSamantha is a talented actress who has made a mark in both Tamil and Telugu cinema. With her charming personality and natural acting abilities, she has garnered a huge fan base. Samantha has delivered memorable performances in a variety of roles, showcasing her versatility as an actress. Samantha made her acting debut in the Telugu romance film Ye Maaya Chesave (2010), winning the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South.  She became the second actress to win both the Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil and Best Actress – Telugu in the same year, for her performances in the 2012 films Neethaane En Ponvasantham and Eega, respectively.

Top movies: Neethaane En Ponvasantham(2012) Dookudu (2011), Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu (2012), Attarintiki Daredi (2013), Kaththi (2014), Theri (2016), 24 (2016), Mersal (2017), Rangasthalam (2018),  A Aa (2016) , Mahanati (2018), Super Deluxe (2019), and Majili (2019)

Priyanka Arul

Priyanka ArulPriyanka Arul Mohan is one of the most promising young actresses in the South Indian film industry and primarily appears in Tamil and Telugu films. She made her acting debut with the Kannada film Ondh Kathe Hella (2019), her Telugu debut with Gang Leader (2019), and in Tamil with Doctor (2021). She won SIIMA Award for Best Debutant Actress.

Top movies: Ondh Kathe Hella (2019), Gang Leader, Doctor,  Etharkkum Thunindhavan (2022), Don (2022) and Captain Miller.

Priya Bhavani Shankar

Priya Bhavani ShankarPriya Bhavani Shankar is another promising young Tamil actress who appears in both Tamil and Telugu films. She made her acting debut with the commercially successful Tamil film Meyaadha Maan (2017).

Top Movies: Meyaadha Maan (2017), Kadaikutty Singam (2018), Monster (2019), Mafia: Chapter 1 (2020), Yaanai, Thiruchitrambalam (2022) and Pathu Thala (2023).

Anushka Shetty

Anushka Shetty is an Indian actress who appears in Telugu and Tamil films.  She made her acting debut in the Sundar C.-directed Rendu. She made her acting debut in Puri Jagannadh’s 2005 Telugu film Super.

Top Movies: Vikramarkudu, Lakshyam, Don (2008), Arundhati (2009), Vettaikaaran (2009), Vedam (2010) Singam (2010), Vaanam,Deiva Thirumagal (2011). Thaandavam (2012), Alex Pandian (2013), Irandaam Ulagam, Arindhaal, Baahubali: The Beginning, Oopiri (2016), Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, Bhaagamathie (2018) and Nishabdham (2020)

Tamanna Bhatia


Tamanna Bhatia works in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi cinema.  Bhatia began her acting career with the Hindi film Chand Sa Roshan Chehra (2005). She then debuted in Telugu cinema with Sri and Tamil cinema with Kedi (2006). In 2007, she starred in two college life-based drama films, Happy Days in Telugu and Kalloori in Tamil.

Top movies: Her Tamil films include Ayan (2009), Paiyaa (2010), Siruthai (2011), Veeram (2014), Dharma Durai (2016), Devi (2016), and Sketch (2018).  Telugu cinema includes Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam (2009), 100% Love (2011), Oosaravelli (2011), Racha (2012), Tadakha (2013), Baahubali: The Beginning (2015), Bengal Tiger (2015), Oopiri (2016), Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017), F2: Fun and Frustration (2019), Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy (2019), and F3: Fun and Frustration (2022). 

Nithya Menen

Nithya Nithya Menon is an Indian actress and singer who has acted in Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, and Telugu movies.  She started her acting career at the age of 17 by appearing in a supporting role in the Kannada film 7 O’ Clock, which was released in 2006. She has played leading roles in Malayalam in Aakasha Gopuram (2008), in Telugu in Ala Modalaindi (2011), in Tamil with Nootrenbadhu (2011), and in Hindi in Mission Mangal (2019).

Shruti Haasan

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Shruti Haasan primarily works in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi films. She is a recipient of several accolades including two Filmfare Award South and three South Indian International Movie Awards. She has appeared in Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 list of 2015 and 2016.

 She made her Telugu debut with Anaganaga O Dheerudu and Tamil debut with 7aum Arivu both (2011), for both these films she won Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South. In addition to acting career, Haasan is also an established playback singer and has her own music band. 

Top movies: Gabbar Singh (2012), Balupu (2013), Yevadu, Race Gurram both (2014), Srimanthudu (2015), Premam (2016), and Krack (2021), Oh My Friend (2011) and Veera Simha Reddy (2023), Vedalam (2015) and Si3 (2017). 

Sai Pallavi

Sai Pllavi

Sai Pallavi is an Indian actress and dancer who works primarily in Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam films. Pallavi made her acting debut with the 2015 Malayalam film Premam, which was the second highest-grossing Malayalam film till then, for which she received critical praise. She is the recipient of numerous accolades including four Filmfare Awards South and two South Indian International Movie Awards. Her performance was ranked by Film Companion amongst the 100 Greatest Performances of the Decade and was featured by Forbes magazine as one of India’s 30 under 30 in 2020.

Top Movies: Kali (2016), Fidaa (2017), Middle-Class Abbayi (2017), Maari 2 (2018), Athiran (2019), Paava Kadhaigal (2020), Love Story (2021), Shyam Singha Roy (2021) and Gargi (2022).

In recent Tamil movies, there are several promising newcomers and actresses who have garnered attention with their talent and potential. These rising stars are making a mark in the industry and showing great promise for the future. Names like Aishwarya Rajesh, known for her natural and compelling performances, have gained recognition for their impressive acting skills. Another newcomer, Malavika Mohanan, has been applauded for her impactful portrayals and captivating screen presence. Additionally, names like Raiza Wilson and Megha Akash have been making waves with their noteworthy performances, showcasing their versatility and dedication to their craft. 

Other leading actresses in Tamil movies

  • Gayathrie
  • Shraddha Srinath
  • Kalyani Priyadarshan
  • Athulya Ravi
  • Rasshi Khanna
  • Amritha Aiyer
  • Reba Monica John
  • Lijomol Jose
  • Mirnalini Ravi
  • Aishwarya Lekshmi

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