Saravanan Sivakumar, better known by his stage name Suriya is a Tamil film actor, film producer and television presenter, who is currently working in the Tamil film industry. He has acted in 29 films in various genres as a lead actor till date. After making his debut in the acclaimed production Nerukku Ner, he went on to feature in many successful films, which include Nandha, Kaakha Kaakha, Pithamagan, Perazhagan, Ghajini, Vaaranam Aayiram, Ayan, Singam, 7aum Arivu and Singam II. As of 2010, he has won three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards and three Filmfare Awards South, establishing himself as one of the leading contemporary actors in Tamil cinema. He was listed #33 in Forbes India's "Celebrity 100 List" for the year 2013.
He is the eldest son of Tamil film actor Sivakumar, and married actress Jyothika in 2006, after being engaged for several years. In 2008, he began Agaram Foundation, which funds for various philanthropic activities. The year 2012 marked his debut as a television presenter with the popular STAR Vijay gaming show Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi, Tamil version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.