Tamil Origin Actors Made Their Way into Hollywood: AR Rahman and Dhanush have definitely put Tamil on the global map but there are many more who are equally popular in Hollywood. The latest to join the brigade of Tamil origin actors is Geraldine Viswanathan, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Selva Rasalingam, M.Night shyamalan, Aziz Ansari, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan and many others. Check out the most popular Tamil-origin names in Hollywood who are making whole Tamil Nadu proud:
List of Tamil Origin Actors Made Their Way into Hollywood
#1 AR Rahman
AR Rahman has reached the heights which no established Tamil personality has done so far. He scored BGM for Englisgh movies like Bombil and Beatrice, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Slumdog Millionaire, Couples Retreat and many others. This musician not just ruled the international billboards after getting the Academy Award for Best Original Score, but also went on to grab new offers from International films.
Dhanush, the Tamil origin actor, is the only actor in the much talked-about in this category, ‘The Gray Man’ and ‘The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir’ are the most talked English films of Dhanush. The bundle of talent is already a star in his own right and has all that it takes to make a mark in the west.
#3 Geraldine Viswanathan
Geraldine Viswanathan, belongs to a Tamil descent family, Her father Suresh Viswanathan is a Tamilian and her mother hails from Switzerland. She is an Australian actress who starred opposite to Hugh Jackman in Hala. Her latest Hollywood films are 7 Days and Rumble (2022 film).
#4 Simone Ashley
Simone Ashley also known as Simone Ashwini Pillai born to Tamil Indian parents Latha and Gunasekharan. She is one of the popular American actress worked in many Television series and English movies.
#5 Maitreyi Ramakrishnan
Maitreyi Ramakrishnan is a Canadian actress of Tamil descent known for her leading role as Devi Vishwakumar in the Netflix teen comedy series Never Have I Ever (2020). She is of Tamil descent; her family immigrated to Canada as refugees from Sri Lanka due to the civil war.
#6 Selva Rasalingam
Selva Rasalingam is a British actor with Tamil descent. He was born to a Tamil father and British mom is a British actor who played the role as Jesus Christ in “The gospel of John”. Also he had played a role in Prince of Persia: Sands of time and Skyfall.
#7 Sunkrish Bala
Sunkrish Bala aka Sunkrish Balasubramanian was born in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, and he is of Tamil ancestry. He has been in acting career from 2005. He become popular after doing many short roles in numerous series including Shameless.
#8 Aziz ismail Ansari
Aziz Ansari belongs to Indian Tamil Muslim family from Tamil Nadu, South India. He is one of the most popular American actor, comedian, writer, director and producer. He is the winner of two Emmys and Golden Globe and the first Asian American to do so.
#9 M.Night shyamalan
M.Night shyamalan is a Filmmaker known for movies like The Sixth Sense. Shyamalan was born in Pondicherry, a town in the Union Territory of Puducherry in India. He is the son of Indian Tamil and Malayali parents. His latest film is Old (2021), which got released worldwide in July 2021.
#10 Sendhil Ramamurthy
Ramamurthy belongs to Indian Hindu family; his father is a Kannadiga and mother is a Tamil from the Pillai community. He is famous for acting in Television series and English movies. He has also acted in Bollywood movies like Shor in the City directed by Raj and DK.
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