Priya Vasudev Mani Iyer, better known by her stage namePriyamani(born 4 June 1984) is an Indian Film actressand modelwho has appeared in several Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada Films. She is best known for earning a National Film Award For Best Actressfor her role as Muththazhagu in the 2006 Tamil film Paruthi Veeran, and for her role as Malavika in the 2008 Malayalam Film Thirakkatha, for which she won the Filmware Award for Best Actress (Malayalam).
Priyamani was born in a Tamil -speaking Iyerfamily in Palakkad, Keralato Vasudeva Mani Iyer nad Latha Mani Iyer. She grew up in Bangalore. As a result of her dynamic exposure to different South Indian states, she speaks Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Hindi. After completing her schooling, Priyamani modeledfor print advertisements. As a result of her extended modeling, she began to earn opportunities to star in films. After being approached by several directors and being considered for roles, she finally starred in director Bharathiraja's Kangalal Kaidhu Sei, which was released in 2004.She is currently pursuing a degree in B.A.in psychology. She is the cousin of Bollywoodactress Vidya Balan.