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Top 10 Promising Tamil Young Actors Who Are The Next Superstars

‘Out with the old, in with the new’ is the age-old mantra. 

And just as new Tamil movies come out every month, Tamil young actors take the place of older ones to become the superstars of tomorrow.

 So, let’s check out the top 10 Tamil new heroes to follow this decade. 

10 Tamil New Actors Considered To Be The Next Superstars 

  • Dhanush
  • Mahat Raghavendra
  • Jayam Ravi
  • Harish Kalyan
  • Bharat Srinivasan
  • Prithviraj Sukumaran
  • Jiiva
  • Nivin Pauly
  • Dulquer Salmaan
  • Bobby Simha



Venkatesh Prabhu Raha or Dhanush is one of the newest Tamil young actors to hit the screen. He is also a producer, writer, director, lyricist, screenwriter, and playback singer who predominantly works in Tamil movies. He has starred in over 44 movies in his career and has multiple awards. 

Dhanush began his acting career in 2002 in the film Thulluvadho Ilamai and portrayed a mentally disturbed youth. But Dhanush became famous all over India when his song ‘Kolaveri Di’ hit the charts in 2011. 

Dhanush’s first directorial debut in 2011, Aadukalam, gained positive reviews and won more than 6 awards. He is one of the upcoming Tamil young heroes who is proving not only his mettle in acting but also directing and singing. 

Movies Acted In: Aadukalam, Seedan, Venghai, Mayakkam Enna, Naiyaandi, Raanjhaana, Ambikapathy, Shamitabh, Anegan, Maari, Thodari Power Paandi 

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2)Mahat Raghavendra

tamil young actor

Another addition to the new Tamil actors list is Mahat Raghavendra. This young actor pursued his career in films after getting his degree from Hindustan College of Arts and Science. He played his first lead role in Backbench Student in 2013. He then featured in the comedy movie Bunny n Cherry but gained negative reviews. 

Mahat became a well-known face due to his performance in Mankatha, and Jilla. He even received the Best Male Debut Actor Award for his performance in Mankatha that year. 

Mahat has continued his acting career with multiple movies, but he has also branched out into television by taking part in Big Boss and Dancing Superstars. Mahat fans expect great things from this young Tamil heros in the coming years. 

Movies Acted In: Panchadara Pachimirchi, She, Yenthapani Chesave Sirisha, Chennai 600028 II and Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan 

3)Jayam Ravi


Jayam Ravi or Ravi Mohan is the latest addition to the Tamil young actors list. He has become pretty popular and has won 3 SIIMA Awards and a Filmfare Award. The movie industry has always been in his blood. Ravi’s father is veteran film editor Mohammed Jinnah Abdul Khader or Mohan, and his elder brother is Mohan Raja, the director. 

Ravi made his debut in the film Jayam in 2003 and the film went onto win him several accolades. The film was so successful and his acting skills so appreciated that the movie title became a prefix to his name. Ravi has gone into acting in more than 20 films that have won him several accolades in the movie industry.

Movies Acted In: Jayam, Daas, Deepavali, Santosh Subramaniyam, Dhaam Dhoom, Nimirndhu Nil, Sakalakala Vallavan, Bogan, Adanga Maru

4)Harish Kalyan

new tamil actor Harish-Kalyan

The next name in the Tamil young actors index is Harish Kalyan. He is the son of Five Star Kalyan, a music label owner and film distributor. Harish started his acting career in the controversial movie, Sindhu Samaveli in 2010. Even his next film, Aridhu Aridhu did not have a strong box-office presence and received lukewarm reviews. 

In 2011, Harish starred in Sattapadi Kutram, a movie showcasing the changes in our legal system. He played the role of a spoiled rich boy who turns over a new leaf. But the film again received poor reviews. After doing a few more movies, he was finally recognized in Poriyaalan in 2014. Harish received high critical acclaim with his role in the movie. And from then his career took off. 

Harish has also jumped into the reality television bandwagon. He has been a contestant on Bigg Boss and even came up as the show’s second runner up for that season. 

Movies Acted In: Sindhu Samaveli, Aridhu Aridhu, Sattapadi Kutram, Poriyaalan, Ispade Rajavum Idhaya Raniyum, Dhanusu Raasi Neyargale, Dharala Prabhu 

5)Bharat Srinivasan

The next superstar in the list of Tamil movie actors is Bharath Srinivasan. The actor started his career in 2003 in the movie Boys, but his real breakthrough in the Tamil movie industry was with the movie Kaadhal. The actor then went on to star in Pattiyal, a gangster thriller movie, and received positive responses. 

After a few hits, especially Veyil, his career faced a setback as the new few films were commercially unsuccessful. 

Sadly, Bharat has seen his share of ups and downs in the movie industry. And most of his films have not seen financial success. But, the talented actor still has his fans waiting to see him in a role that suits him. 

Movies Acted In: Boys, Chellamae, Kaadhal, Azhagai Irukkirai Bayamai Irukkirathu, Veyil, Pazhani, Ainthu Ainthu Ainthu, Killadi, Simba, Kaalidas 

6)Prithviraj Sukumaran


Prithviraj Sukumaran is another upcoming talent in the Tamil young actors’ names. The versatile actor is also a director, producer, distributor, and playback singer. He has won several national awards and multiple film awards. Prithviraj is the son of veteran actors Mallika and Sukumaran and was first discovered by Fazil. His first movie Nandanam was a commercial success. And with his role in the remake of Classmates or Ninaithale Inikkum, cemented his stardom in the industry. 

This talented actor has also acted in Hindi films like Aiyyaa, Aurangzeb, and Naam Shabana. 

Movies Acted In: Kana Kandaen, Parijatham, Mozhi, Satham Podathey, Vellithirai, Ninaithale Inikkum, Raavanan, Kaaviya Thalaivan 


tamil young hero Jiiva

Jiiva or Amar B. Choudary is an actor and film producer and the next star in the Tamil new actors list. He started his acting career as a child artist in his father’s movies but made his lead debut in Aasai Aasaiyai in 2003. His second movie, Thithikudhe received mixed reviews but won the actor fame due to his looks and expressions. But his acting prowess in Raam won him the hearts of critics and audiences alike. 

One of Jiiva’s best films to date is Kattradhu Thamizh. He portrays a postgraduate Tamil Literature student, who is a sociopath. And frustrated by the inequalities of the society, he starts a spree of murders. 

Jiiva is famous for his impeccable acting skills and body language. His expressions and emotions flow so easily that audiences cannot help but get enamored by him. 

Movies Acted In: Aasai Aasaiyai, Thithikudhe, Raam, Dishyum, Kattradhu Thamizh, Siva Manasula Sakthi, Singam Puli, Mugamoodi, David, Jilla, Kadavi=ul Irukaan Kumaru, Tamizh Padam 2, Kee, Seeru

8)Nivin Pauly

tamil new hero Nivin-Pauly

Nivin Pauly is another film in the Tamil new actors list that needs no further introductions. He got his debut in the Malarvaadi Arts Club movie and has since then acted in films like The Metro, Sevenes, Traffic, and Spanish Masala. 

Nivin’s biggest break was in the film Thattathin Marayathu. He has the title’the current youth sensation’ and received multiple offers after that. Neram is his debut film. He has received the Best Male Debut Filmfare Award for his role in Neram and went on to win more with his superior acting skills. 

Nivin went onto creating his own production company called Pauly Jr. Pictures. And his debut as a producer was with Action Hero Biju. 

Movies Acted In: Malarvaadi Arts Club, The Metro, Sebenes, Thattathin Marayathu, Puthiya Theerangal, Neram, 5 Sundarikal, 1983 

9)Dulquer Salmaan 


Another actor to take his place in the Tamil new heroes list is Dalquer Salmaan. This multitalented actor is also a producer and playback singer. But has also created a name for himself in the Tamil film industry. He made his debut in acting with Second Show. But it was his role in Ustad Hotel that won him the Filmfare for Best Actor that year. 

Dulquer is famously known for his exceptional acting skills and boy-next-door looks. He has acted in multiple movies and has become a viewer’s favorite. Critics comment that he gives his heart and soul into the character he portrays. 

Movies Acted In: Second Show, Ustad Hotel, Vaayai Moodi Pesavum, O Kadhal Kanmani, Solo, Kannum Kannum Kollaiyadithaal 

10)Bobby Simha0

Bobby Simha

The last but not the least name on the top 10 Tamil young actors listing is Bobby Simha. Jayasimha or Bobby is a film actor who has made a name for himself playing the villain. He started his career in the short-film Pizza. After that, he received a role in Balaji Mohan’s Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi. Both films went on to receive critical acclaim. 

Simha got his big break playing Pagalavan in Soodhu Kavvum and played the villain in Neram. He won critical praise for both roles, and this solidified his status as the best ‘chillingly menacing’ villain of the new generation. 

Movies Acted In: Kadhalil Sodhappuvadhu Yeppadi, Pizza, Naan Rajavaga Pogiren, Soodhu Kavvum, Jigarthanda, Urumeen, Saamy 2 

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 With the new wave of Tamil young actors cropping up in the industry, people wonder if they are manufactured or artificially created. With exceptional acting skills, striking good looks, and their commitment to their art – it is no wonder that more and more Indians are tuning in to watch these Tamil new heroes weave their magic. 

So, let us know which actor is your favorite on our list.

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