Sriya Reddy is an Indian actress, producer, and VJ who primarily works in Tamil films. She is well-known for her appearance in the films like Black (2004), Thimiru (2006), and Kanchivaram (2008).
Sriya Reddy aka Shriya Reddy Idlebrain was born on Monday, 28 November 1983 (age 38 years; as of 2021) in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India. Her zodiac sign is Sagittarius. Sriya completed her schooling at Good Shepherd School, Chennai. Sriya pursued her graduation at Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Weight (approx.): 65 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Figure Measurements (approx.): 34-28-36
Parents & Siblings
Sriya Reddy’s father’s name is Bharath Reddy, a former Indian test cricketer. Her mother’s name is Gitanjali Reddy.
Husband & Children
Sriya Reddy is married to Tamil actor-producer Vikram Krishna.
The couple got married on 9 March 2008 at Hotel Park Sheraton in Chennai. The couple met on the sets of the film ‘Thimiru,’ which was produced by Vikram Krishna. Sriya and Vikram have a daughter, Amalia Reddy.
Sriya Reddy’s grandmother’s name is Leela Rao Patro.
In 2002, Sriya Reddy made her debut with the Tamil film ‘Samurai’ in which she played the role of Nisha.
In 2003, she made her Telugu debut with the film ‘Appudu Appaudu’ in which she played the role of Radhika. In 2004, Sriya made her Malayalam debut with the film ‘Black’ in which she played the role of Anandam.In an interview, Sriya expressed her views on working in a Malayalam film and said,
When the offer came, all I could say was wow! Acting in a film with Mammootty was the highest point of my career. Renjith, the film’s director, told me I was to play a de-glamorised village girl with no make up. I asked, why me. I was the girl who screams on television in English and wears weird clothes! Renjith replied, `Because you have a very Dravidian face’. I gave everything to the film. I cried when I had to. Without glycerine.” Rediff.com
In the same year, she played the role of Shirin Kolhatkar in the English film ’19 Revolutions,’ which was directed by Chicago-based director, Shridhar Reddy. In 2005, Sriya appeared in her second Malayalam film, Bharat Chandran IPS, in which she played the role of Hema.
In 2006, she appeared in four films, Amma Cheppindi as Razia (Telugu), Oraal as Isha (Malayalam), Thimiru as Easwari (Tamil), and Veyil as Paandiyammal (Tamil). Later, she appeared in a few Tamil films like Pallikoodam as Jhansi (2007), Kanchivaram as Annam Vengadam, Sila Samayangalil as Deepa (2018), and Andava Kaanom as Shanthi (2020).
In June 2022, Sriya Reddy made her debut with the web series ‘Suzhal: The Vortex’ in which she played the role of a police inspector, Regina Thomas, alongside Kathir, Aishwarya Rajesh, and Radhakrishnan Parthiban
The series premiered on Amazon Prime Video.
Before pursuing an acting career, Sriya Reddy worked as a VJ for the shows such as ‘Phonetastic’ (2002) and ‘Connect’ (2004) at SS Music Channel (Southern Spice Music Channel).
In an interview, talking about her career as a VJ, Sriya said,
I forayed into VJiing at the age of 18, with SS Music, which was considered to be the MTV of Chennai. I was among the first set of VJs recruited by the channel. I never had the conventional look or the voice. But I got selected. It was a very interesting stint and unlike today’s prime and proper shows, I considered the studio my home and I used to be myself while interacting with the listeners. That made me quite popular among the audience, especially the youth, in no time. The Times of India
In 2015, Sriya Reddy won a Ritz Vogue Style Award at Audi Ritz Icon Awards 2015.
- Actor(s): Rajinikanth, Nagarjuna, Shah Rukh Khan, and Brad Pitt
- Actress: Rekha
- Director: Gunnam Gangaraju
- Sport: Cricket
- Initially, Sriya Reddy’s parents were not happy with their daughter’s decision of acting in films. In an interview, she recalled the memory of signing her first film and said,
I signed the contract when my father was asleep. He was very angry to know about it. But he is very proud of me now. Appudu Appaudu, my first Telugu film, didn’t do well. Because of my father’s aversion to my acting in films, I didn’t work for a year.” Rediff.com
- Sriya Reddy, being a former test cricketer’s daughter, has always been an active sportsperson since her school days. In an interview, she said,
As a child, I was very interested in sports and was an athlete till 16. I used to represent school at the state level. Had I been a boy, I would have played cricket. I love the game so much I would leave a movie to watch it. Rediff.com
- In 2011, Sriya Reddy appeared in an advertisement for the popular brand Coca-Cola alongside Chiyaan Vikram.
- In an interview, Sriya Reddy revealed one of her childhood memories when she was complimented by former Indian cricketers Ravi Shastri and Sandip Patil for her voice. She said,
I will continue working, produce my own TV shows and utilize my voice for the radio perhaps. A great deal has been spoken about my voice and I am humbled. I remember when I was a child, Ravi Shastri and Sandip Patil came home and I heard them telling my dad that I had a great voice. It’s not that I do the talking always. I am a great listener too and are times I just want to stay quite but my family becomes restless, they expect some noise round always. My voice is very infectious I guess. Idlebrain
- Sriya Reddy took a break from the film industry for around 8 years after her marriage. Later, a friend of hers, Suhasini Mani Ratnam, insisted that she should make a comeback in the industry. Sriya took her friends’ advice and resumed her acting career. In an interview, she said,
After Kanchivaram which got me a lot of accolades, I got married and stopped acting. Though it was not a conscious decision to quit acting, I never got any exciting offers. And after doing films which had author backed roles, I can’t settle for lesser ones. After marriage, people were so scared to approach Vikram and Vishal and often ended up getting a negative reply ‘madam is not reachable’ from some insignificant people who hang around in our office.” Deccan Chronicle
- Sriya Reddy is a fitness enthusiast, and she often shares her workout regime on social media.
In an interview, talking about her fitness journey, Sriya said,
I am a fitness maniac and my life is dedicated to fitness. Would you believe that I walked 20 minutes the day I delivered my daughter Amalia? I got back to shape in just 3 months. I can even give a fitness regime to my six-pack brother-in-law Vishal. My daughter is two and a half years old now and six days a week, her routine is set with school and other classes. I’m extremely house proud and love to keep a beautiful home. I’m an art connoisseur too,” Deccan Chronicle
- Sriya Reddy has a pet dog, Spice.
- In May 2016, Sriya Reddy was featured on the cover of Provoke Lifestyle magazine.
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