An article about the best actors in Malayalam film industry

Malayalam film industry has produced some of the best actors in the country. Most of them are known for their acting abilities rather than making big grossing films. Some of their acting skills are developed because the strong scripts they were working from their initial days. Even in commercial films the actors delivers meticulous performances. We list some of the best Malayalam actors below.


Considered as one of the finest actors of India, Mohanlal famous for his ease of acting and versatility. He was blessed to work with almost all leading directors and writers during the golden period of Malayalam cinema. Because of his natural acting abilities, he is considered as Robert de Niro of Indian Cinema.


Mammootty is considered as one of the great actors in india. Also considered as a product of Golden period of Malayalam cinema, he is an ambitious and hardworking acto. He has won many accolades for the wonderful roles he had portrayed in many films. He had won three national awards for best performance in leading roles.


Known as the ‘Perumthachan’ (Master craftman) of acting in Malayalam industry, he is regarded as one of the finest actors in India. Often he outperforms the leading actors in many movies and performed well in various kind of roles on screen.

Bharath Gopi

Only Malayalam actor who have had the honor of a retrospective of his films being shown in Paris by French government, Bharath Gopi is one of the first actors to be associated with Parallel Cinema in Kerala. Known as king of method acting in Malayalam, this meticulous actor was often compared to Hollywood giants for his skills.


Manuel Sathyaneshan, aka Satyan, is an exceptional actor, who employed realistic and natural style of acting for excelling the on screen performances when his contemporaries adopted copying the styles from Hindi and Tamil. He is a toughest actor in Malayalam industry both professionally and personally.

Jagathy Sreekumar

Though he is doing comedy roles in majority of his films, no one can ignore this great actor’s method of acting and versatility. Jagathy is a perfectionist who enriched the Malayalam industry with his spontaneous acting abilities for quite some time.


An actor known for his powerful portrayal of character roles, Murali attained stardom after playing lead role in the film ‘Aadharam’. His experience of being a stage actor benefited in many ways to render different roles with ease. He is a National award winner for best actor for his extraordinary performance as a veteran communist in ‘Neythukaaran’

Nedumudi Venu

With numerous outstanding and memorable performances, thespian Nedumudi Venu has etched a special place in the hearts of Malayalam movie fans. Even from his young age this multifaceted actor was willing to play matured characters and has proved himself as a comedian par excellence in many films.

Balan K Nair

Balan K Nair is famously known for his ruthless villain characters in Malayalam movies. He has also delivered strong performances in other films such as Oppol, Athithi, Thacholi Ambu. He got National award for his outstanding performance as a reformed Military officer in Oppol.

P.J Antony

First actor to recieve National award for best actor from malayalam film industry, P.J. Antony is considered as a great actor from yesteryears. His performance in Nirmalyam as a ‘velichappadu’ is outstanding. He was also a prominent personality in the professional play field.