19 Most Beautiful South Indian Actresses

When people hear the phrase South Indian actress, grace, talent, and beauty slip are some of the words that come to mind. Such is their elegance. Some of these southern beauties moved to Bollywood and went on to become famous not only in the country but the world. We would like to share the 10 most beautiful South Indian actresses in this article. Forgive us if your favourite does not feature here. 

1) Samantha Ruth Prabhu

Samantha is a successful South Indian actress who has mainly worked in Telugu and Tamil film industries. Not only did she hit the jackpot in the South Indian film industry, but she also seems to be treading the path of good deeds by running an NGO named Pratyusha support for women and children. Samantha has also worked in The Family Man, an Indian spy thriller TV series with two seasons. Check out her recent Pushpa song. It has gained popularity all over the globe. Surely, you may have heard it, too.

Samantha Ruth Prabhu South Actress
Samantha Ruth Prabhu: South’s Stunning Diva

2) Trisha Krishnan

Trisha Krishnan is a South heroine who has worked in Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam films. Her professional journey began after-show won the title of Miss Chennai Contest, held in 1999. If you must know, Trisha is known as the Queen of South India because she can comfortably perform in most Southern languages. She lives in Chennai with her mother and grandmother.

Trisha Krishnan - South Actress
Trisha Krishnan: Southern Beauty Icon

3) Nayanthara

Nayanthara is a South Indian actress, who appears in South cinema. You will be surprised to know that she has acted in more than 75 movies and is the highest-paid actress in South Indian cinema. Nayanthara grew up as a Christian and embraced the Hindu religion at Arya Samaj Temple in Chennai. Apart from her acting profession, she is also a film producer, model, and television host. 

Nayanthara - South Actress
Nayanthara: South’s Enchanting Star

4) Shriya Saran

Shriya Saran is one of the most beautiful South Indian actresses, who made her first film debut in 2001 and is known to be one of the highest-paid actresses in the South film industry. She was born in Haridwar in Northern India and raised by a father, who worked in Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited. Her mother was a chemistry teacher. Not many people know this but she was also part of an international project. She featured in an American movie titled The Other End of the Line. In the movie, her character is a telephone operator at an Indian call centre.

Shriya Saran- South Ki Heroine
Shriya Saran: South’s Sensational Heroine

5) Ileana D’Cruz

Ileana D’Cruz is an Indian-Portuguese actress who has worked in Telugu and Hindi language films. She grew up in Goa but that did not stop her from featuring in films of the South. Ileana made her screen debut in 2006 in the film Devadasu, followed by Pokiri, Rakhi, Munna, Jalsa, Kick, and Julayi. You may have also seen her in Electrolux, Emami Talc, and Fair & Lovely advertisements. One of the movies she worked in, Raid, even received critical acclaim. 

Ileana D’Cruz, South Heroine
Ileana D’Cruz: Southern Beauty Queen

6) Nazriya Nazim

Did you know that she was a child actor? Nazriya Nazim is a south heroine, who was in Palunku as a little girl and later bagged the role of the lead actress in Maad Dad (a Malayalam film). After that there has been no looking back. She starred in sting of successful films like Neram, Raja Rani, Ohm Shanthi Oshaana, and Bangalore Days. 

Nazriya Nazim- South Ki Heroine
Nazriya Nazim: South’s Charming Actress

7) Anushka Shetty

Anushka Shetty is a loved and revered South Indian actress in South cinema. She usually works in Telugu and Tamil films and has won CineMAA Awards, a Nandi Award, a TN State Film Award, and three Filmfare Awards. Her dramas such as Vaanam, DeivaThirumagal, and Size Zerowere well received by the critics. Her most famous project till date is Rajamouli’s movie Bahubali, where she played a prominent role (Devsena). 

Anushka Shetty and other actresses - photo gallery
Anushka Shetty & Co.: Captivating Gallery

8) Amy Jackson

Amy Jackson is a popular heroine, who has often featured in Indian films, especially Tamil, Hindi, and Telugu. Her name is among one of the most beautiful heroines name. She also earned the title “Miss Teen World” and was seen in several high-budget films. Jackson briefly featured in the DC series Supergirl in a recurring role, as well. You will be surprised to know that this South Indian actress is an animal rights activist and an ambassador for PETA, since 2016. She is currently living in London and dating George Panayiotou. 

Amy Jackson South Actress
Amy Jackson: South’s Glamorous Starlet

9) Kriti Kharbanda

Kriti Kharbanda has worked in Kannada, Hindi, and Telugu films. Boni, Chiru, Om 3D, Googly, Belli, Bruce Lee, Alone, Karwaan, etc, are some of her main movies. This South actress name is associated with numerous awards, such as the SIIMA Award, Filmfare Award South, etc. An interesting fact about Kriti Kharbanda is that she featured in several advertisements as a child. On the personal front, she has been dating Pulkit Smarat since 2019. 

Kriti Kharbanda and South Actress
Kriti Kharbanda: South’s Dazzling Talent

10) Miya

Gimi George or Miya is an Indian actress has worked in several popular movies like Memories, Vishudhan, Mr Fraud, Amara Kaaviyam, and Indru Netru Naalai, Anarkali, Paavada, Bobby, etc. She has also been a judge in the shows such as Flowers Top Singer, Surya Super Jodi No. 1, and many more. You can also check out her music album “Final Over” on YouTube.

Miya and South Actress
Miya: Southern Charm Personified

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11) Rashmika Mandanna

Rashmika Mandanna is a South Indian actress, who works in Telugu and Kannada films. She has received a Filmfare Award South and a SIIMA Award for her brilliant performances. The popular movies she worked in include Kirik Party, Anjani Putra, Chalo, Yajamana, Pogaru, Sulthan, Goodbye, Bheeshma, Mission Manju, and many more. 

Rashmika Mandanna and South Actress
Rashmika Mandanna: South’s Emerging Star

12) Sai Pallavi

Sai Pallavi debuted with the Malayalam film Premam and was an instant hit. Ever since, she has acted in Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam films. The South Indian actress also has two Filmfare Awards to her name. Here is an interesting fact about Sai Pallavi, she has completed her MBBS in 2016. Additionally, Forbes magazine mentioned her as India’s ‘30 Under 30’ in 2020 of the most prominent public figures. She is truly an accomplished artist. This south heroine height is 5’5’’.

Sai Pallavi - South Heroine
Sai Pallavi: South’s Natural Beauty

13) Catherine Tresa

Catherine Tresa is a South Indian actress, who features in Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada films. She has been nominated for Filmfare Awards South several times. Her famous movies include Shankar IPS, The Thriller, Paisa, Madras, Kanithan, Kadamban, Kalakalapappu, etc. The great actress is into modelling too.

Catherine Tresa, South Heroine
Catherine Tresa: Southern Elegance Defined

14) Keerthy Suresh

South Indian actress Keerthy has been the receiver of SIIMA awards, Filmfare award south, Zee cine awards, and many more. This South heroine age is 29 years, as of 2022.  Her first ever Malayalam movie was Geethanjali but was a child actress from 2000 to 2005. The actress has also won the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne (2018), National Film Awards (2019), 10th South Indian International Movie Awards (2021), Edison Awards Tamil (2019), and more. 

Keerthy Suresh - South Heroine
Keerthy Suresh: South’s Rising Superstar

15) Tamannaah

This South Indian actress was also part of the Bahubali films in a rather prominent role as a warrior. She began her career rather early. Her very first film was a Hindi one titled Chand Sa Roshan Chehra and she was only 15 years old. However, she has dabbled mostly in Telugu and Tamil films. Some of her successful projects in Tamil include Ayan, Siruthai, Devi, and in Telugu she has worked in films like Oopiri, 100% Love, Racha, etc. 

Tamannaah - South Heroine
Tamannaah: Southern Diva Extraordinaire

16) Tapasee Pannu

Tapasee Pannu is a well-known face in Bollywood but if you must know, she began her career as a South Indian actress. She made a name for herself there too. The Pink actress has won Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actress and Filmfare Awards for Best Actress in the past. Apart from being an actor, she is also the founder of The Wedding Factory (an event management company) as well as Pune 7 Aces. Some of her movies include Mishan Impossible, Annabelle Sethupathi, Jana Gana Mana, etc. 

Tapasee Pannu - South Heroine
Tapasee Pannu: South’s Powerhouse Performer

17) Kajal Aggarwal

Kajal Aggarwal works for Telugu and Tamil movies. She has received two South Indian International Movie Awards and featured in about 50 movies. She also regularly features in advertisements and was recently announced as the brand ambassador of Panasonic. Her name is also associated with PETA and an NGO called Giving Back. The actress is currently married to Karan Valecha (MD of Gold Gyms, Asia).

Kajal Aggarwal - South Heroine
Kajal Aggarwal: South’s Evergreen Icon

18) Kriti Sanon

Kriti Sanon made her debut in Telugu psychological thriller named Nenokkadone. She is one of those South ki heroines who worked hard to make a name for herself in the South cinema before she was noticed by Bollywood. Ever since, she has featured in films such as Bareilly Ki Barfi, Heropanti, and Dilwale, among many others mega-hit projects. She has also been on the cover of hi-profile magazines like Maxim, Harper’s Bazaar, and Vogue.

Kriti Sanon, South Heroine
Kriti Sanon: South’s Radiant Star

19) Shruti Haasan

Are you wondering if she is related to Kamal Haasan? Yes, she is. She is his daughter. Shruti Haasan has done several Bollywood films but she is predominantly a South Indian actress, who is also fond of playback singing. She has even received nominations from Filmfare award for the Best Female Playback Singer. Haasan has received the Best Music Director award for Unnaipol Oruvan at Edison Awards.

Shruti Haasan, South Heroine
Shruti Haasan: South’s Multitalented Gem


South India is brimmed with stunning actresses and they are going places. The above-mentioned ones are a few of them. Words may fall short to describe their beauty and talent. 

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