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Bigg Boss Malayalam Season 4 Contestants Dhanya Mary Varghese Biography

Rising Star of Malayalam Cinema: Dhanya Mary Varghese's Journey to Fame

Dhanya Mary Varghese: An Inspiring Journey in Malayalam Cinema and Television

Dhanya Mary Varghese

Dhanya Mary Varghese, an acclaimed Indian actress, has carved a niche for herself in Malayalam cinema and television. Known for her versatile roles and captivating performances, Dhanya has become a household name, especially after her participation in Bigg Boss Malayalam Season 4. This biography delves into her early life, career, personal life, and achievements, providing a comprehensive look at her inspiring journey.

Early Life and Education

Dhanya Mary Varghese was born on September 17, 1985, to Varghese and Sheeba in Idayar, Koothattukulam near Muvattupuzha, Kerala, India. Her younger brother, Dixon Paul Varghese, works as a Station Master in Southern Railway. Dhanya’s schooling took place at Little Flower Girls High School, Vadakara, St. Joseph’s Higher Secondary School, Piravom, and M.K.M. Higher Secondary School, Piravom. A product of the renowned institution Kalabhavan, Dhanya pursued her bachelor’s and post-graduation degrees from St. Teresa’s College in Kochi.


Dhanya began her career as a junior artist, appearing as one of the group dancers in the song “Thottuvilichalo” from the movie “Swapnam Kondu Thulabharam.” Her acting debut came with the Tamil film “Thirudi” (2006), and she later entered the Malayalam film industry with “Nanma” directed by Sharath Chandran Vayanad.

She gained prominence through her role in “Thalappavu” and went on to act in several notable Malayalam films such as “Vairam: Fight For Justice,” “Kerala Cafe,” and “Nayakan.” Dhanya also made her mark on television, with significant roles in series like “Deivathinte Swantham Devootty” and “Seetha Kalyanam.” In 2022, she participated in Bigg Boss Malayalam Season 4, making it to the top six finalists and receiving the ‘Award for Punctuality’ at the show’s grand finale.

Personal Life

Dhanya got engaged to John Jacob, the winner of the Tharolsavam program on Kairali channel, on November 14, 2011. The couple married on January 9, 2012, at Mateer Memorial Church in Trivandrum. After her marriage, Dhanya took a break from the film industry. The couple welcomed a baby boy named Johan on July 13, 2013.



  • 2003: Swapnam Kondu Thulabharam
  • 2006: Thirudi
  • 2008: Thalappavu
  • 2009: Vairam: Fight For Justice
  • 2009: Kerala Cafe
  • 2010: Nayakan
  • 2011: Veettilekkulla Vazhi
  • 2011: Pranayam
  • 2020: Ammakkorumma
  • 2021: Kaanekkaane


  • 2012: Deivathinte Swantham Devootty
  • 2017: Kaligandaki 
  • 2018–2021: Seetha Kalyanam
  • 2020: Avarodoppam Aliyum Achayanum (Telefilm)
  • 2022: Kanakanmani
  • 2022: Manasinakkare (Mahasangamam episode)
  • 2023: Parvathy

Other Shows:

  • 2010: Dhannya Me Vishu – Guest (ACV)
  • 2010: Star Singer – Guest Judge (Asianet)
  • 2010: Super Jody – Judge (Surya TV)
  • 2010: Vodafone Comedy Stars – Dancer (Asianet)
  • 2011: Suryaprabhayil Priya Tharangal – Guest (Surya TV)
  • 2011: The Interview (Rosebowl)
  • 2011: Suryathejassode Amma – Performer (Surya TV)
  • 2011: Asianet Film Awards – Co-Host (Asianet)
  • 2011-2012: Munch Dance Dance – Judge (Grand Finale, Asianet)
  • 2013: Dhanyaydoppam – Guest (DD Malayalam)
  • 2014: Onnum Onnum Moonu – Guest (Mazhavil Manorama)
  • 2014: Dhannya Me Easter
  • 2015: Vanitha
  • 2016: Manam Pole Mangalyam
  • 2018: Sell Me the Answer – Participant (Asianet)
  • 2019: Annie’s Kitchen – Guest (Amrita TV)
  • 2019: Start Music Aaradhyam Paadum – Participant (Asianet)
  • 2019: Badai Bungalow – Herself (Asianet)
  • 2020: Onnum Onnum Moonu – Guest (Mazhavil Manorama)
  • 2020: Life with Jo – D (Dance Cover) – Dhanya (YouTube Channel)
  • 2020: Comedy Stars – Guest (Asianet)
  • 2020: Chunkanu Chackochan – Christmas Special Show
  • 2020: Christmas Thaaramelam – Herself
  • 2020: Start Music Season 2 – Participant (Game Show)
  • 2020: Food Steps – Presenter (Social Media Live Show)
  • 2021: Parayam Nedam – Participant (Amrita TV)
  • 2021: Salt and Pepper – Presenter (Kaumudy TV, Cookery Show)
  • 2021: Red Carpet – Mentor (Amrita TV)
  • 2021: Start Music Season 3 – Participant (Asianet, Game Show)
  • 2021: Day with a Star – Herself (Kaumudy TV)
  • 2021-2022: Bhayam – Contestant (Zee Keralam, Title Winner)
  • 2022: Happy Valentine’s Day – Dancer (Asianet)
  • 2022: Asianet Super Challenge – Contestant
  • 2022: Bigg Boss (Malayalam season 4) – 4th Runner-Up
  • 2022: Fastest Family First – Participant
  • 2022: Start Music Season 4 – Participant
  • 2023: Glam with Mom – Judge (Rosebowl/ACV)
  • 2023: Flowers Oru Kodi – Participant (Flowers)
  • 2024: Star Magic – Participant (Flowers)

Awards and Recognitions

Dhanya has received several awards and recognitions throughout her career. In 2019, she won the Best Star Pair award at the Asianet Television Awards for her role in “Seetha Kalyanam” alongside Anoop Krishnan.


Dhanya Mary Varghese’s journey in the Malayalam cinema and television industry is a testament to her talent, resilience, and dedication. From her early days as a junior artist to becoming a celebrated actress and television personality, Dhanya’s story is truly inspiring. Her participation in Bigg Boss Malayalam Season 4 further showcased her versatility and endurance, solidifying her place as a beloved figure in the entertainment industry.

Name: Dhanya Mary Varghese

Other Name: Vijayalakshmi Agathian

Evicted: Bigg Boss Malayalam Season 4 – 4th runner-up

Season Host: Mohanlal

Network: Asianet Disney+ Hotstar

Number of Days: 100

Number of Contestants: 20

Premier Date: 27 March – 3 July 2022

Prize Money:

Other Prizes (if any):

Date of Birth (DOB): September 17, 1985

Birth Place: Idayar, Koothattukulam, near Muvattupuzha, Kerala, India

Settled Place: Idayar, Koothattukulam, near Muvattupuzha, Kerala, India

Profession/Occupation: Actress, Model, Dancer

Education: Post Graduation at St. Teresa’s College in Kochi.

Parents: VP Varghese (Father), Sheeba Varghese (Mother)

Siblings: Dixon Paul Varghese (Brother)

Spouse: John Jacob

Children: Johan (Son) 





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