Suriya was born in 1975 to Tamil film actor Sivakumar and his wife Lakshmi as Saravanan. He attended Padma Seshadri Bala Bhavan and St. Bede's Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School in Chennai, and obtained his under graduate degree B.Com from Loyola College, Chennai.Suriya has two younger siblings, a brother Karthi and a sister Brindha.
Suriya is married to Jyothika, with whom he worked in as many as seven films. The couple, after being together for several years, got married on 11 September 2006. They have two children, a daughter Diya (born 10 August 2007) and a son Dev (born 7 June 2010).