Keerthy Suresh is an actress in the South Indian film industry. Keerthy was a child actress in the early 2000s and, after graduating in fashion design, she returned into lead roles. She played her first lead role in the 2013 Malayalam film Geethaanjali and has signed up films in Tamil and Telugu languages as well.
Keerthy Suresh was born to Malayali film producer Suresh Kumar and Malayalam actress Menaka. She has an elder sister, Revathy Suresh, who works as a VFX specialist and had previously worked for Shahrukh Khan's production house Red Chillies. Until class four, Keerthy did her schooling in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She then studied in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram before coming back to Chennai to join the Pearl Academy where she completed her degree in fashion design. She also spent time on an exchange program in Scotland for four months, before completing a two-month internship in London. Despite making a career in acting, she has stated that she was also "seriously considering a career in designing".
In the early 2000s, Keerthy worked as a child actress in a few of her father's productions such as Pilots (2000),Achaneyanenikkishtam (2001) and Kuberan (2002).11 years after Kuberan she made her debut as a lead actress in Priyadarshan's horror comedy Geethaanjali,in which she had a dual role. She was still studying during that time and shot for Geethaanjali during her semester break.In 2014, Keerthy had her next release, Ring Master directed by Rafi of Rafi Mecartin duo in which she shared screen space with Dileep. She played the role of a blind girl, which she said was much more challenging than her double role in Geethanjali. The film was a commercial success, being termed a "super hit" by Sify. In 2014, she accepted her first projects outside of Malayalam and signed on to appear in several Tamil film projects simultaneously. Her first film release was A. L. Vijay's romantic comedy Idhu Enna Maayam (2015)opposite Vikram Prabhu.Her busy schedule throughout 2015 meant that she had to opt out of films which she had already started working on, including Krishna's Maane Thaene Paeye and Deekay's Kavalai Vendam,in order to accommodate bigger projects. She consequently worked on two films with Sivakarthikeyan in quick succession, Rajini Murugan and Remo , while also playing the lead role in Prabhu Solomon's Mirattu alongside Dhanush.That year, she also signed up her first Telugu film, Aina Ishtam Nuvvu directed by Ramprasad Ragutu. She has completed shooting for the art film Darboni in which she would be seen as a Kashmiri girl. Besides she is part of Paambhu Sattai in Tamil, in which she plays a poor Chennai girl from a lower middle class strata, and Nenu Sailaja in Telugu.
In early 2018, she appeared in Agnyaathavaasi and Thaana Serndha Kootam. She also acted in Nag Ashwin-directed epic Mahanati where she portrayed the late southern actress Savitri and for which her performance has received critical acclaim. In late 2018, she appeared in three consecutive commercial films, Saamy 2 opposite Vikram, Sandakozhi 2 opposite Vishal, and Sarkar starring Vijay, directed by AR Murugadoss.In mid-2019, she made a cameo appearance in the Nagarjuna starrer Manmadhudu 2, which was directed by Rahul Ravindran.In 2020, she appeared in the thriller film Penguin, which released on Amazon Prime due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and in the drama film Miss India which released on Netflix.
As of 2020, she has signed on to appear in multiple projects such as a Malayalam film Marakkar: Arabikadalinte Simham alongside Mohanlal and directed by Priyadarshan,and two Telugu films: Good Luck Sakhi, and Rang De opposite Nithiin. She has also announced that she is one of the female leads in Rajinikanth’s Annaatthe directed by Siva. In August 2020 she signed on to appear alongside director Selvaraghavan in Saani Kaayidham, which marks his acting debut. In October 2020, it was announced that she was going to appear opposite Mahesh Babu in Sarkaru Vaari Paata directed by Parasuram.
- 2014: Asianet Film Award for Best New Face of the Year (Female) – Geethaanjali
- 2014: South Indian International Movie Award for Best Female Debutant – Geethaanjali
- 2014: Vayalar Film Award for Best Second Actress – Geethaanjali and Ring Master
- 2014: Nana Film Awards for Best Female Debutant – Geethaanjali
- 2015: Edison Awards for Best Female Rising Star of the Year – Idhu Enna Maayam
- 2016: South Indian International Movie Award for Best Female Debut(Tamil)-Idhu Enna Maayam
- 2019: Special Jury Award at Norway Tamil Film Festival Awards – Nadigaiyar Thilagam
- 2019: National Film Award for Best Actress – Mahanati
- 2019: Zee Cine Award Telugu for Best Actress – Mahanati
- 2019: South Indian International Movie Award for Best Actress(Telugu) – Mahanati
- 2019: TSR – TV9 National Film Award for Best Actress – Mahanati
- 2019: 66th Filmfare Awards South for Best Actress – Mahanati