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Bigg Boss Tamil Season 1 Contestant Oviya Biography

The Journey of Oviya: From Bigg Boss Stardom to Versatile Actress

Journey of Oviya: A Tale of Resilience and Stardom


Helen Nelson, better known by her stage name Oviya, is a talented Indian actress who has left an indelible mark on Tamil and Malayalam cinema. From her humble beginnings to becoming a household name, Oviya’s journey is a testament to her passion, resilience, and dedication to her craft. Let’s delve into the life and career of this versatile actress.

Early Life and Education

Oviya was born on April 29, 1991, into a Syrian Christian family in Thrissur, Kerala. She pursued her education at Vimala College in Thrissur, where she completed a BA in Functional English. Her upbringing in Kerala laid the foundation for her diverse talents and cultural background.

The Rise in Malayalam Cinema (2007–2009)

Oviya embarked on her acting career with supporting roles in Malayalam films, showcasing her versatility and talent. Notable films during this period include “Kangaroo” (2007), “Puthiya Mukham” (2009), and the college drama “Apoorva” (2008). These early roles allowed her to hone her craft and pave the way for her entry into Tamil cinema.

Debut in Tamil Cinema (2010–2016)

Oviya’s breakthrough came with the Tamil film “Kalavani” (2010), where she charmed audiences with her portrayal of a village-based schoolgirl. The film’s success catapulted her into the spotlight, earning her praise for her marvellous expressions and emotive performances. Following this success, Oviya appeared in a string of films, including “Muthukku Muthaaga” (2011), “Marina” (2012), and “Yaamirukka Bayamey” (2014).

In “Marina,” she starred opposite debutant Sivakarthikeyan, delivering an enjoyable and hilarious performance. The black comedy “Moodar Koodam” (2014) and the thriller “Madha Yaanai Koottam” (2014) further showcased Oviya’s versatility and acting prowess. She also ventured into glamorous roles with films like “Kalakalappu” (2012), which was a commercial success and earned her accolades.

Bigg Boss Tamil (2017–2018)

In 2017, Oviya entered the reality television show “Bigg Boss Tamil” season 1, hosted by Kamal Haasan. Her stint on the show captured the hearts of audiences, earning her a devoted fan following known as the “Oviya Army.” Despite facing challenges and bullying from fellow housemates, Oviya’s positive attitude and clever responses endeared her to viewers. Her popularity reached new heights, with phrases like “Neenga Shut Up Pannunga” becoming iconic.

However, Oviya’s journey on “Bigg Boss Tamil” was not without its ups and downs. In August 2017, she voluntarily exited the show due to health reasons and a tumultuous relationship with fellow contestant Arav. Her departure sparked widespread support and calls for her return, but Oviya chose to focus on her well-being and future opportunities.

Post-Bigg Boss Fame and Recent Projects

Following her stint on “Bigg Boss Tamil,” Oviya’s popularity soared, leading to new opportunities in her acting career. She appeared in films like “Muni 4: Kanchana 3” (2019), “Kalavani 2” (2019), and the controversial “90ML” (2019). Despite mixed reviews for these projects, Oviya continued to captivate audiences with her screen presence.

In addition to films, Oviya ventured into web series with “Merlin” (2021), showcasing her versatility across different mediums. Her dedication to her craft and willingness to explore diverse roles demonstrate her commitment to growth as an artist.

Awards and Recognition

  • 5th Vijay Awards (2010): Nominated for Best Debut Actress for “Kalavani.”
  • Edison Awards (2012): Won Best Rising Star Female for “Kalakalappu.”


  • 2015: Yeh Ishq Sarfira (Riya)
  • 2014: Yaamirukka Bayamey (Sharanya)
  • 2018: Silukkuvarupatti Singam (Kanaka) – Cameo appearance
  • 2013: Sillunu Oru Sandhippu (Geetha)
  • 2015: Sandamarutham (Minmini/Rekha)
  • 2010: Puthumukhangal (Varsha)
  • 2009: Naalai Namadhe (Aishwarya) – Tamil Debut
  • 2011: Muthukku Muthaaga (Shwetha)
  • 2019: Oviyavai Vitta Yaru (Oviya)
  • 2009: Manushyamrugam (Sophie) – Malayalam
  • 2010: Manmadan Ambu (Sunanda)
  • 2013: Madha Yaanai Koottam (Ritu)
  • 2011: Kirataka (Nethra) – Kannada Debut (Remake of Kalavani)
  • 2007: Kangaroo (Susanna) – Malayalam Debut
  • 2019: Kalavani 2 (Maheswari)
  • 2010: Kalavani (Maheswari)
  • 2012: Kalakalappu (Maya)
  • 2018: Idi Naa Love Story (Abhinaya) – Telugu Debut
  • 2016: Hello Naan Pei Pesuren (Sridevi)
  • 2019: Ganesha Meendum Santhipom (Keerthi)
  • 2021: Black Coffee (Malu) – Malayalam
  • 2008: Apoorva (Pooja) – Malayalam
  • 2015: 144 (Kalyani)
  • 2019: 90ML (Rita) – Also co-sang “Marana Matta”

Television Appearances

  • 2011: Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi – Contestant (Game reality show)
  • 2017: Bigg Boss Tamil (season 1) – Contestant (Reality TV Series)
  • 2018: Bigg Boss Tamil (season 2) – Guest (Reality TV Series)
  • 2021: Merlin – Merlin (Web Series)

Song Appearances

  • 2017: Marana Matta – 90 ML


Oviya’s journey from a budding actress to a household name is a testament to her talent, resilience, and popularity. Whether on the silver screen or in the Bigg Boss house, Oviya has captured the hearts of audiences with her charm and versatility. As she continues to explore new opportunities in her acting career, fans eagerly await her upcoming projects and performances.

Name: Helen Nelson

Other Name: Oviya

Evicted: Bigg Boss Tamil Season 1 – Evicted on Day 41

Season Host: Kamal Haasan

Network: Star Vijay

Number of Days: 100

Number of Contestants: 19

Premier Date: 25 June 2017

Prize Money:

Other Prizes (if any):

Date of Birth (DOB): April 29, 1991

Birth Place: Thrissur, Kerala, India

Settled Place: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Profession/Occupation: Actress, Model

Education: Graduate at Vimala College, Thrissur



Spouse: Unmarried






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