Jayaram (born Jayaram Subramaniam on 10 December 1965) is an Indian film actor who predominately acts in Malayalam films and at times in Tamil films. He is also a chenda percussionist and mimic artist.
Jayaram made his debut in Padmarajan’s Aparan (1988). He was cast again in Padmarajan’s Moonnam Pakkam (1988) and Innale (1989). He was able to create a mark for himself in the industry with films such as Peruvannapurathe Visheshangal (1989), Thoovalsparsham (1990), Nagarangalil Chennu Raparkam (1990), and Georgootty C/O Georgootty (1991). By the 1990s, he was most famous for his collaborations with Rajasenan, which turned out to be commercial hits, with films such as Ayalathe Adheham (1992), Meleparambil Aanveedu (1993), CID Unnikrishnan B.A., B.Ed. (1994), Aadyathe Kanmani (1995), and The Car (1997). Jayaram’s films were such a success with the family audiences that he was labeled as the actor with the least risk, in terms of box office results. His association with director Sathyan Anthikad was also notable
Jayram won his first Kerala State Film Award, a Special Jury Award, for his performance in the film Thooval Kottaram (1996). He went on to win another Kerala State Film Award, and has won four Filmfare Awards South. In 2001, he won the Tamil Nadu State Film Award, Special Prize award, for his performance in Thenali (2000). His performances in the films One Man Show (2001), Manassinakkare (2003), Veruthe Oru Bharya (2008), and Bhagyadevatha (2009) has established himself as one of the leading actors of Malayalam cinema.
In 2011, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for his contribution towards the arts.