Priyamani was born in Palakkad, brought up in Bangalore, entered films through Bharathi Raja's Kangalal Kaithi Sei, which did little to improve her career in Tamil films.
Then she went on to make a mark in Malayalam movies with Satyam opposite Prithviraj and moved to Telugu where the Jagapathy Babu starrer Pellaina Kothalo shot her to the top of the Tollywood heap. Then came Paruthiveeran in Tamil, which fetched her a National Award and established her as a true-blue top actress. Except Kannada, Priyamani has made a mark in all the three major South Indian languages.
Recently, in an interview, when asked which language she preferred to act in, she replied Malayalam. Priyamani was also quoted as saying, "Malayalam industry looks at the artistes performance while in Tamil and Telugu, glamour is the criteria. Hence I love acting in Malayalam films. I am also looking for a good opportunity to make my debut in Kannada films. If I get a chance in Kannada films, I will be one of the few heroines who have acted in all the south Indian languages as a full-fledged heroine."
This National Award winner sure looks good sans make-up and also as a glamour-puss!