Better known by his stage name 'Suriya' Tamil actor, Saravanan Sivakumar has a career spanning over 15 years and many hits to his name and fame. A look at some of them.
Born in Chennai, the actor is the eldest of the three children in his family.
The actor's younger brother Karthi, is also a popular Tamil actor.
Suriya has acted in 28 films in various genres as a lead actor till date and after making his debut in the acclaimed production 'Nerukku Ner' in the year 1997, he went on to feature in many successful films.
His major break came in 'Nandha', which was directed by ace film maker Bala in 2001.
In 2003, he starred in Gautham Menon's 'Kaakha Kaakha', a film about the life of a police officer. He was nominated as the best Tamil actor by the Filmfare Awards.
Suriya's portrayal of a happy-go-lucky village crook with a comic touch in Bala's 'Pithamagan' won him the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor in 2003.
In 2005, he played an aggressive boxer in 'Perazhagan' for which the actor was immensely appreciated.
The noted actor also featured in psychological thriller 'Ghajini' in 2004 and was known for delivering an excellent performance.
After several years of being engaged, the actor married actress Jyothika on September 11, 2006.
In 2006, he acted with Jyothika and Bhumika Chawla in N Krishna's film 'Sillunu Oru Kaadhal'.
In 2007, his only release was 'Vel', which was a huge commercial hit.
The actor also collaborated with Gautham Menon for the award winning film 'Vaaranam Aayiram'.
Also in 2009, Suriya's first release was KV Anand's action-thriller 'Ayan', which went on to become the highest grossing Tamil film of the year.
Suriya's film 'Aadhavan' also achieved commercial success. His depiction of a hitman was praised by the critics.
'Singam' was Suriya's 25th release. He played a fearless police officer in it.
The actor will next be seen in 'Singam 2' in the role of Durai Singam.
The actor's Tamil flick 'Chennaiyil Oru Naal' is in its post production phase.
In January 2012, Suriya was named the official host of 'Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi', Tamil version of 'Who wants to be a millionaire?'.
Suriya is also the brand ambassador of many famous companies including TVS, Aircel and Sunfeast Biscuits.