Gayathrie Shankar is a Tamil film actress, who appears in leading roles. She debuted in 2012 with 18 Vayasu, and is best known for her role in Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom. She has since featured in various movies like Ponmaalai Pozhudhu, Rummy, Oru Nalla Naal Paathu Solren, Puriyatha Puthir, etc. Vella Raja saw her dabble in web series. She will be seen in Super Deluxe and Maamanithan in 2019.
Gayathrie's family is of Tamil origin and she grew up in Bangalore, Karnataka. Her grandfather from Trichy worked as an army officer. Her father too was in the Indian Air Force. He later joined a bank. In fact both of her parents work as bankers. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and is a trained Hypnotherapist.
The story of her journey to the big screen is straight out of a fairy-tale. She was in 12th class when she got her first film offer, Yean Ippadi Mayakkinai, directed by N. Krishna. It was purely by luck that she bagged the role. She was spotted while she was at a bowling alley with her friends, screen tested a few days later and signed on for the lead role. Although the audio of the movie was launched, it could not be released due to legal issues.She went back to complete her studies but continued to get subsequent offers. She signed 18 Vayasu, Ponmaalai Pozhuthu and Naduvula Konjam Pakkatha Kaanom while still in college. She completed her degree and decided to pursue her acting career.