Today, actresses in Tamil Industry have started giving tough competition to the male actors. Earlier, they were only limited to looking beautiful and screaming in horror. But now this notion is changing. Tamil actresses are now coming out with more in-depth roles. They have started carving out their names all by themselves. To recognize the efforts by these actresses, BOTY has created the Tamil Actress List for you who are very popular nowadays.

Anushka Shetty

Tamil Actress List

Since the release of Baahubali and Baahubali 2, Anushka has risen to fame very rapidly. Before this, Anushka has given a major superhit, ‘Arundhati’, which is a Telugu/Tamil dark fantasy horror film. She is also one of the strongest actresses in Telugu industry as well. Due to her success, the directors and producers are running after her just for her one yes.

Samantha Ruth Prabhu

The ‘Makkhi’ fame, Samantha is a very famous name both in Tamil and Telugu film industry. She has won both the Filmfare award for Best Tamil Actress and Filmfare award for Best Telugu Actress in 2012, for ‘Neethaane En Ponvasantham’ and ‘Eega’. Her latest release ‘Mersal’ has also been a superhit at the box office. Another such blockbuster where Samantha is seen as the protagonist is Tamil-Telugu bilingual movie ‘Eega’. Titled ‘Naan Ee’ in Tamil and ‘Makkhi’ in Hindi, the movie became such a massive hit that it was dubbed in several foreign and Indian languages and grossed more than Rs. 1.25 billion in its lifetime.


Nayanthara made her mark in multiple film industries. The start of her career was with a Malayalam movie. Later she moved to Tamil and Telugu genre. With her rising success, she entered in Kannada movies. Nayanthara gained popularity by working with older heroes, almost twice her age. No wonder she would be having multiple projects in her kitty and is one of the most sought-after actresses in Tamil industry.

Tamannaah Bhatia

She is a popular name in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi cinema. Her first Tamil movie was ‘Kedi’. Whether her movies are hit or flop, she has always received positive responses from the audience and critics for her performance. Her performance in Telugu movie ‘Happy Days’ and Tamil movie ‘Kalloori’ piqued up her career and won her many accolades. She also got the nomination for the Best Tamil Actress category in the 56th Filmfare Awards South for her movie ‘Kalloori’. She had also done many Bollywood movies like ‘Humshakals’ and ‘Entertainment’. Her biggest success till date has been ‘Baahubali: The beginning’.


Asin is the 2nd actress after Padmini, who dubs her movies in her own voice for all languages. She was termed as the ‘Queen of Kollywood’ by many online portals in 2007. She made her Tamil debut with ‘M. Kumaran S/O Mahalakshmi’, which was a huge success at the box office. For her Tamil film ‘Ghajini’, she won the Filmfare Best Tamil Actress Award. Asin is an extremely popular name in Tamil cinema. Her back to back successes made her one of the leading actresses in Tamil industry.

Trisha Krishnan

Tamil Actress ListTrisha made her debut in the film industry with ‘Mounam Pesiyadhey’, opposite Surya. She was also crowned Miss Chennai in the year 2000, which gave way to her entry into the film world. In 2000, she starred in the Tamil romantic drama, ‘Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa’, which won her the Vijaya award for the favorite heroine. The movie was a huge success at the box office and her performance was well received by all the critics. She went on to become a big name in Tamil film industry. She had also made her debut in Bollywood cinema with the movie Khatta Meetha, opposite Akshay Kumar.

Shruti Haasan

Tamil Actress List

Like many other actresses, even Shruti Hasan is a known name in Tamil, Telugu, and Hindi film industry. She had topped the list of most desirable women, a poll conducted by Chennai Times. Alongside acting, she is also making her career in singing. Shruti is the daughter of famous Tamil actor, Kamal Haasan. Her biggest Tamil success was ‘3’, starring opposite Dhanush. The song ‘Why This Kolaveri Di?’ became a huge success along with the movie. Her fan base and the number of overall hits make her rank on the list of top 10 Tamil Actress List.

Taapsee Pannu

Tamil Actress ListTaapsee is an emerging star in South and Bollywood industry. Her Tamil film Aadukalam (2011) had won her 6 National Film awards at the 58th National Film Awards. She is now focusing more on Bollywood movies like Pink, Naam Shabana and Judwaa 2.

Kajal Aggarwal

Tamil Actress ListKajal appeared in many Tamil, Telugu and Hindi movies. She had been giving repetitive hits in all these languages. Her film career took an instant jump with the 2007 blockbuster, Magadheera. It has been one of the highest grossing Telugu movies of all time. Some of her hits in Tamil cinema are Naan Mahaan Alla, Maattrraan, and Thuppakki. She is much more popular in Telugu industry by giving super hit movies like Darling, Naayak, Temper, Khaidi no. 150 and many more. In addition, her best Bollywood movies have been Singham and Special 26. Hence, she has been one of the most popular Indian actresses of today.

Hansika Motwani

Tamil Actress ListHansika became popular with the Television series Shaka Laka Boom Boom, by playing a child artist. She also appeared in Koi Mil Gaya as one of the children. Hansika entered into the film industry as the main lead with the Telugu movie ‘Desamuduru’, opposite Allu Arjun. For this, she also won the Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South. She entered into Bollywood industry with Himesh Reshammiya starrer, ‘Aap Kaa Surroor’. She made her Tamil debut with ‘Mappillai’, opposite Dhanush. Hence on, she gave many hits and flops in the Tamil industry. She is now a famous name in the Tamil and Telugu cinema.

This Tamil Actress List is created solely based on our own opinion. If you think we missed any top actress, you can tweet us at BOTY_tweets.

First Published on: 09:55 am - 29, Dec 2017
Author: author image Bhavya
Bhavya is BOTY's Sr. Journalist who has done a lot of research over the years on Bollywood. She loves to write latest news and movie updates.
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