Famous Indian Actresses

Find out more about the greatest Indian Actresses, including Kareena Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone.

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 1 Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Deepika Padukone is one of the highest-paid Indian actresses. She is also known for her off-screen work, which involves supporting charitable organizations. She founded The Live Love Laugh Foundation, which aims at creating awareness on mental health. In 2018, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world.

 2 Sridevi

Sridevi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sivakasi, Madras State, India
Died: February 24, 2018

Sridevi was an Indian film actress who appeared in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam language films. Considered one of the most popular actresses of all time, Sridevi was dubbed the First Female Superstar in India. With several prestigious awards under her belt, she was also regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation.

 3 Anushka Sharma

Anushka Sharma
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India

Indian actress and producer, Anushka Sharma is one of the most popular and highest-paid actresses in the country. She was featured by Forbes Asia in their 30 Under 30 list of 2018 and is the recipient of numerous awards. Beginning her career as a model, she soon ventured into acting and made a name for herself within a short while.

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 4 Madhuri Dixit

Madhuri Dixit
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra
Padma Shri-winning actor Madhuri Dixit ruled Bollywood in the 1990s, with her performances in films such as Dil, Beta, and Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! The multiple-Filmfare-winning actor is a talented Kathak dancer. She owns a production company and an online dance school, and has also worked with UNICEF.

 5 Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mangalore

Indian actress Aishwarya Rai is one of the most popular and influential celebrities in the country. She began her career as a model and was crowned the Miss World 1994. She started acting soon after and became one of India’s top actresses. Besides acting, she is a Goodwill Ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS).

 6 Rekha

Rekha
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Famous As: Actor, Politician
Birthdate: October 10, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

 7 Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 18, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India

The Winner of Miss World 2000; a successful actress in Hindi films; the owner of production house that promotes regional Indian cinema and the first Indian actor to play the lead character in an American television show – Priyanka Chopra’s list of achievements is long. The popular star is also a singer, a tech investor and the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

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 8 Kajol

Kajol
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai
Padma Shri-winning Indian actor Kajol, daughter of yesteryear actor Tanuja, holds the record for the most Filmfare Award wins as the “Best Actress,” along with Nutan, her aunt. She is known for teaming up with Shah Rukh Khan in hit Hindi films such as Baazigar and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

 9 Sunny Leone

Sunny Leone
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: May 13, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sarnia, Canada

In 2010, Sunny Leone was named among 12 top porn stars by Maxim magazine. After a flourishing career in the porn industry, Sunny Leone settled in India where she is currently popular as a film actress. Her journey from a porn actress to a successful Bollywood personality is viewed as an inspirational story by many young women across the world. 

 10 Kareena Kapoor

Kareena Kapoor
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

One of the most popular and also amongst the highest paid Bollywood actresses, Kareena Kapoor is best known for her roles in movies like Chameli, Omkara, 3 Idiots and Jab We Met. Born into a film family, the beautiful, accomplished and award winning actress always aspired to enter the film industry and eventually made her debut at the age of 19 with the movie Refugee.

 11 Tabu

Tabu
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Famous As: actor, model
Birthdate: November 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hyderabad

Tabu is an Indian actress best known for her work in the Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu film industries. One of the most celebrated actresses of her generation, Tabu is renowned for playing unconventional roles. In 2011, she was honored with the Padma Shri by the Indian Government. She has also received other prestigious awards, such as National Film Awards.

 12 Karisma Kapoor

Karisma Kapoor
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mumbai

Karisma Kapoor is an Indian film actress best known for her association with the Hindi film industry. Born into the famous Kapoor family, Karisma achieved popularity during the 1990s when she played important roles in successful films like Jigar. She then established herself as the leading actress of Bollywood by winning prestigious awards like National Film Award and Filmfare Awards.

 13 Raveena Tandon

Raveena Tandon
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Famous As: Model, Actor, Film producer
Birthdate: October 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai

Raveena Tandon is an Indian film actress, producer, and model. Although she is best known for her work in the Hindi film industry, Tandon has also played important roles in many popular South Indian films like Kamal Haasan's Aalavandhan and Upendra's eponymous film. Over the course of her career, Tandon has received several prestigious awards, including a National Film Award.

 14 Rani Mukerji

Rani Mukerji
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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: March 21, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mumbai

Rani Mukerji is an Indian actress best known for her work in the Hindi film industry. One of the most successful actresses of her generation, Mukerji has featured in the highest-paid and most popular actresses of the 2000s lists. She has also received several awards like Filmfare Awards and Screen Awards. Rani Mukerji is also known for her humanitarian work.

 15 Urmila Matondkar

Urmila Matondkar
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 4, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Urmila Matondkar started her career at 3 and then delivered a memorable performance in Masoom as a child actor. Fans have loved her appearances in Satya, Rangeela, Pyaar Tune Kya Kiya, and Pinjar. She won a Filmfare for her role in Bhoot and has now joined the Indian National Congress.

 16 Madhubala

Madhubala
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 14, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Delhi
Died: February 23, 1969
Madhubala, also known as the Marilyn Monroe of Bollywood, ruled the 1950s with films such as Chalti Ka Naam Gaadi and Mr. and Mrs. '55. She was nominated for a Filmfare Award for Mughal-e-Azam and was photographed for Life magazine. She died due to a congenital heart ailment, at 36.

 17 Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: September 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chennai

Padma Lakshmi is a model, television host and author. She has hosted cooking competition program Top Chef and has published cookbooks. She has acted in films and television too and is also an activist working for immigration and women’s rights and is a critic of skin-lightening creams. She was married to novelist Salman Rushdie for a little over three years.

 18 Juhi Chawla

Juhi Chawla
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Famous As: Actor, Model, Film producer, Beauty pageant contestant
Birthdate: November 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ambala

 19 Dimple Kapadia

Dimple Kapadia
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mumbai

 20 Sushmita Sen

Sushmita Sen
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Famous As: Actor, Model, Beauty pageant contestant
Birthdate: November 19, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hyderabad

 21 Manushi Chhillar

Manushi Chhillar
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 14, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rohtak, Haryana, India

Manushi Chhillar is an Indian actress and model. Chhillar achieved popularity in 2017 when she won the Miss World pageant, becoming only the sixth Indian to win the pageant. After winning the pageant, Chhillar went on to sign a three-film contract with the popular production company Yash Raj Films. She has also modeled for popular brands like Fashion Big Bazaar.

 22 Bipasha Basu

Bipasha Basu
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Famous As: actor, model, film actor
Birthdate: January 7, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Delhi

 23 Zeenat Aman

Zeenat Aman
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 19, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bombay, State of Bombay, India

 24 Anushka Shetty

Anushka Shetty
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Puttur, Mangaluru, Karnataka, India

Anushka Shetty is an Indian film actress and model renowned for her work in the Tamil and Telugu film industries. Known as the Lady Superstar of the Cinema of South India, Shetty is often counted among the highest-paid actresses. Apart from featuring in many successful films, Anushka Shetty has also received several awards, including Nandi Awards and Filmfare Awards South.

 25 Kriti Sanon

Kriti Sanon
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Famous As: Actor, Model
Birthdate: July 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Delhi

Kriti Sanon is an Indian actress best known for her work in Bollywood. Apart from being an actress, Sanon also endorses several brands and has launched her own clothing line as well. Over the years, Kriti Sanon has won many awards, such as the International Indian Film Academy Awards and Filmfare Award.

 26 Nayanthara

Nayanthara
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bangalore, Karnataka, India

 27 Samantha Akkineni

Samantha Akkineni
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai
Samantha Akkineni is one of South India's go-to actresses when it comes to playing the female lead in romantic-comedy films. One of the most bankable actresses, she works hard to raise funds for the Pratyusha Support charitable trust, which she founded in 2014. She also donates her earnings from inauguration events, endorsements, and product launches to support the foundation.

 28 Manisha Koirala

Manisha Koirala
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal

Manisha Koirala is a Nepalese actress known for her work in Indian films. One of the most critically acclaimed actresses of the 1990s, Koirala has won several prestigious awards. She is also known for her social activism and is credited with promoting women's rights. Her achievements in films and off-screen work have made her one of the most recognized Nepalis.

 29 Disha Patani

Disha Patani
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 13, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, India

Disha Patani is an Indian actress best known for her work in the Hindi film industry. Patani is renowned for her performance in the 2017 biographical sports drama film M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story, which narrates the story of former Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Patani's portrayal of Priyanka in the film earned her many awards including Stardust Awards.

 30 Kiara Advani

Kiara Advani
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 31, 1992
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 31 Pooja Hegde

Pooja Hegde
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: October 13, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharastra, India

 32 Shraddha Kapoor

Shraddha Kapoor
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 33 Shabana Azmi

Shabana Azmi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Shabana Azmi is an Indian actress best known for playing eccentric and unconventional characters. One of the most acclaimed and celebrated actresses, Azmi has won several prestigious awards, including a record five National Film Awards under the Best Actress category. In 2012, Shabana Azmi was honored with India's third-highest civilian honor, the Padma Bhushan.

 34 Rakul Preet Singh

Rakul Preet Singh
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: October 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

Indian actress Rakul Preet Singh started her career as a model and then graduated to films. She made her debut in a Telugu film in 2011 and then did a Tamil film in 2012. In 2014 she starred in a Hindi film Yaariyan. Venkatadri Express, Current Theega, Dhruva, Spyder and De De Pyaar De are some of her notable films.

 35 Tamannaah Bhatia

Tamannaah Bhatia
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Tamannaah Bhatia is an Indian film actress best known for her work in the Tamil and Telugu film industries. Apart from being a popular actress, Tamannaah is also an important celebrity endorser for famous products and brands. Over the years, Tamannaah has won many awards like the South Scope Awards. In 2010, she was honored with the prestigious Kalaimamani Award.

 36 Meena Kumari

Meena Kumari
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bombay, Bombay Presidency, India
Died: March 31, 1972

Known as Hindi cinema’s “Tragedy Queen,” Meena Kumari is remembered for her stellar performances in films such as Pakeezah and Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam. The four-time Filmfare-winning actor sank into alcoholism after her separation from her abusive husband, director Kamal Amrohi, and died of liver cirrhosis.

 37 Smita Patil

Smita Patil
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pune
Died: December 13, 1986

 38 Kangana Ranaut

Kangana Ranaut
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 23, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bhambla, Himachal Pradesh, India

 39 Yami Gautam

Yami Gautam
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 28, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bilaspur, Himachal Pradesh, India

Yami Gautam is an Indian actress who came into prominence after being chosen as the face of the popular skin-lightening cosmetic product Fair & Lovely. Also known for her good looks, Yami Gautam frequently appears on lists, such as Times of India's Most Desirable Woman.

 40 Hema Malini

Hema Malini
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Famous As: Actor, Politician, Film director, Film producer, Dancer, Film actor
Birthdate: October 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tamil Nadu

Hema Malini is an Indian actress, writer, director, dancer, producer, and politician. She was one of the leadings actresses of Hilndi films during 1970s and 1980s. Hema Malini is also known for her association with social causes; she is a supporter of organizations like PETA India. Her life and career have inspired three biographical books so far.

 41 Shreya Ghoshal

Shreya Ghoshal
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Famous As: Singer, Writer, Actor, Composer
Birthdate: March 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Durgapur

National Award-winning singer Shreya Ghoshal grew up in Rajasthan and later moved to Mumbai, where her electrical engineer father was posted. After gaining attention with the talent show Sa Re Ga Ma, the classically trained artist was catapulted to fame with her playback singing in Devdas, and never looked back.

 42 Ileana D'Cruz

Ileana D'Cruz
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai

 43 Parveen Babi

Parveen Babi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 4, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Junagadh, Saurashtra, India
Died: January 20, 2005

 44 Radhika Apte

Radhika Apte
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 7, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pune

 45 Vidya Balan

Vidya Balan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 1, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Palakkad, Kerala, India

Vidya Balan is an Indian film actress best known for her work in the Hindi film industry. Vidya Balan is credited with leading a change in the depiction of women in Indian films by playing the lead in many women-centered films. She has also supported organizations that work to empower women. Balan has won many awards like the National Film Award.

 46 Shruti Haasan

Shruti Haasan
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Famous As: Film Actress
Birthdate: January 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

 47 Shilpa Shetty

Shilpa Shetty
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Famous As: Actor, Model, Karateka
Birthdate: June 8, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mangalore

 48 Sai Pallavi

Sai Pallavi
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 9, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tamil Nadu, India

 49 Lara Dutta

Lara Dutta
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Famous As: Actor, Model, Beauty pageant contestant
Birthdate: April 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ghaziabad

 50 Tanushree Dutta

Tanushree Dutta
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 19, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jamshedpur, Bihar, India