Manju Warrier (born 10 September 1978) is an Indian film actress and dancer who appears in Malayalam-language films. She is one of the most successful leading actresses in Malayalam cinema. Warrier is often dubbed by the media as the "lady superstar" of Malayalam cinema.
She made her acting debut in Sakshyam (1995) at the age of 17. Her most well-known films are: Thooval Kottaram (1996), Sallapam (1996), Ee Puzhayum Kadannu (1996), Krishnagudiyil Oru Pranayakalathu (1997), Pranayavarnangal (1998), Kanmadam (1998), Summer in Bethlehem (1998), Pathram (1999), Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu (1999), How Old Are You? (2014), C/O Saira Banu (2017), Udaharanam Sujatha (2017), Aami (2018) and Lucifer (2019). Warrier won the National Film Award – Special Mention for her performance as Bhadra in Kannezhuthi Pottum Thottu. She also won the Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress for her performance as Anjali in Ee Puzhayum Kadannu, along with five Filmfare Awards for Best Actress, a record in that category.
Warrier married actor Dileep in 1998 and stopped acting. In 2015, they divorced. She has since returned to cinema with the critically and commercially successful film How Old Are You?, which won her many accolades, notably her record setting fifth Filmfare Award for Best Actress - Malayalam. She has won several other awards, including a National Film Award, a Kerala State Film Award and six Filmfare Awards South.
Manju Warrier was born on 10 September 1978 in Nagercoil, Kanyakumari district of Tamil Nadu, India. Her father, Madhavan Warrier, worked as an accountant with Sundaram Finance's Nagercoil regional office. She did her primary schooling at CSI Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Nagercoil. After her father was promoted, they returned to Kerala and settled in Kannur. She studied at Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Kannur and later at Chovva Higher Secondary School. She secured 527/600 marks in SSLC, with a 98% score in Mathematics. She later graduated with a degree from Sree Narayana College, Kannur through distance learning. She has an elder brother, Madhu Warrier, who is also an actor and producer.