Devayani is an Indian actress who predominantly acts in Tamil and has also starred in Telugu and Malayalam films, along with a few Kannada, Hindi and Bengali films.
She received the Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress for her performances in the films Surya Vamsam and Bharathi and a Special Award for Kadhal Kottai. She was the leading actress from 1993 to 2003. She has also appeared in other commercially successful films, including Aanandham and Friends as well as in the Sun TV series Kolangal and Muthaaram.
Devayani was born as Devayani Kalyani Jayadev, in Mumbai, Maharashtra. Her father Jayadev is from Mangalore, Karnataka and mother Lakshmi Ammal is from Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu. She has two younger brothers Nakul and Mayur. The former is working as an actor and singer in the Tamil film industry, while the latter would also make his acting debut in an upcoming film.
She dated director Rajakumaran, with whom she had worked on a few films for several years. Both their parents did not approve of their relationship, which led the couple to elope, and marry privately at a temple on 9 April 2001. They have two daughters, Iniya and Priyanka. Currently, she is teaching at Church Park School at Anna Salai, Chennai for class four students.