Dhanya Raju Nair
October 1985 (age 36)
Santhosh S. Menon
Dhanya Raju Nair, known by her stage name Navya Nair, is an Indian film actress who has appeared in Malayalam, Kannada and few Tamil films. She is a recipient of 2 Kerala State Film Awards and one South FIlmfare Award.
Navya Nair was born to Raju and Veena. She is from Cheppad, a village near Harippad in Alleppey District. Film director K. Madhu is her uncle.
She studied at Bethany Balikamadom High School, Nangiarkulangara till 10th grade and then at MSM Higher Secondary School, where her mother was a teacher. She is an MBA graduate.
She married a Piravam-based businessman, Santhosh, on 21 January 2010, and the couple have a son, Sai Krishna.
She was a high school student when she was offered her first film role, starring opposite Dileep in Ishtam in 2001. The film was a hit, with critics and public praising her performance. That was followed up with roles in partnership with Dileep, in films such as Mazhathullikkilukkam, Kunjikoonan, Kalyanaraman, Pandippada, Gramaphone and Pattanathil Sundaran.
The most popular character of Navya is "Balamani" in Nandanam. She won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress and the prestigious Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam in 2002 for the same. She has been paired with Mohanlal, Mammooty, Suresh Gopi, Jayaram, Dileep, Prithviraj and Jayasurya.
She acted in Saira and Kanne Madanguka and commercial films. Saira was the opening film in the section "Tous Les Cinemas Du Monde" at the Cannes International Film Festival in 2007, which was the 4th Malayalam film screened at the Cannes International Film Festival. 'Saira' participated in 21 other international film festivals such as those in USA, Brazil, Israel, Russia, Italy, Greece, Zimbabwe, Belgium, Bangladesh etc. She again won the state award for her performances in Kanne Madanguka and Saira.
Her debut in Tamil cinema came with Azhagiya Theeye, but the most notable one was the 2009 Tamil movie Aadum Koothu, which won the National Award for the best Tamil film. The T. V. Chandran film revolved around a character called Manimekala, played by Navya Nair. She was considered for the National film award for Best Actress for the third time, the first two times being in 2002 for Nandanam and in 2005 for Saira. Her Kannada debut movie is Gaja, in which she shared the screen with actor Darshan and she had successive hits like Nam Yajamanaru and Boss. She has around 50 movies to her credit. She was initially cast in the film Ayya, before being replaced by Nayanthara. After marriage, she stopped her full-time acting career. She came back to films with Scene Onnu Nammude Veedu in 2012. After a pause of almost 2 years, she did Drishya, a Kannada remake of Malayalam thriller Drishyam.
After marriage she was a judge in Munch Dance Dance on Asianet and she hosted another reality show in Asianet Bharthakkanmarude Sradhaku.  She has acted in some advertisements also. She also judged Sunfeast Delishus Star Singer Season 7 on Asianet. She also attended Badai Bungalow in the same channel. In 2016, she became the host of Laughing Villa, a comedy reality show on Surya TV.
|2012||Munch Dance Dance||Judge||Asianet||Malayalam||Reality show|
|2014||Star Singer Season 7||Judge||Asianet||Malayalam||Reality show|
|2016-2017||Laughing Villa||Host||Surya TV||Malayalam||Reality show|
|2016||Maveli Naadin Chentharakam||Host||Kairali People||Malayalam||Talk show|
|2018||Sthree Sakthi||KR Gouri Amma||Asianet News||Malayalam|
|2018-2021||Comedy Star's season 2||Judge (Recurring)||Asianet||Malayalam||Reality Show|
|2020||Nandhanam||Herself||Flowers TV||Malayalam||TV Serial|
Cameo in promo
|2020||Red Carpet||Mentor||Amrita TV||Malayalam||Reality show|
|2021–Present||Star Magic||Mentor||Flowers TV||Malayalam||Game show|
|2021||Mr.& Mrs||Grand Finale Judge||Zee Keralam||Malayalam||Reality show|
|2021||Super Power||Mentor||Flowers TV||Malayalam||Game show|
|Kerala State Film Awards||2002||Best Actress||Nandanam||Won|
|2005||Best Actress||Kanne Madanguka
|Filmfare Awards South||2002||Best Actress (Malayalam)||Nandanam||Won|
|Kalaimamani Award||2006||Film Feild||Various Roles||Won|
|Kerala Film Critics Association Awards||2002||Best Actress||Nandanam||Won|
|J. C. Daniel Film Awards||2020||Best Actress||Oruthee||Won|
|2001||Ishtam||Anjana||Malayalam||Debut Malayalam film|
|Nandanam||Balamani||Malayalam||Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Malayalam|
Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress
Asianet Award for Best Actress
|Deepangal Sakshi||Krishnaveni Kesavan||Malayalam|
|Pattanathil Sundaran||Radhamani Sundaresan||Malayalam|
|2004||Sethurama Iyer CBI||Rachana||Malayalam|
|Chathikkatha Chanthu||Vasumathi & Ambika||Malayalam|
|Azhagiya Theeye||Nandhini||Tamil||Debut Tamil film|
|Parayam||Guest role||Malayalam||Guest appearance|
|Kanne Madanguka||Kaarunya Bhagyanathan||Malayalam||Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress also for Saira|
|Chidambarathil Oru Appasamy||Thenmozhi Elangovan||Tamil|
|Kichamani MBA||Shivani Menon||Malayalam|
|2008||Gaja||Shwetha||Kannada||Debut Kannada film|
|Sila Nerangalil||Thamarai Chidambaram,
|Raman Thediya Seethai||Senthamarai||Tamil||Guest appearance|
|Ivar Vivahitharayal||Navya Nair||Malayalam||Special appearance|
|Kerala Cafe||Sheela Johnykutty||Malayalam|
|2010||Drona 2010||Mithra Antarjanam||Malayalam|
|Yugapurushan||Savitri Antarjanam & Saradha||Malayalam|
|2012||Scene Onnu Nammude Veedu||Manju||Malayalam|