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Manikuttan in 2019
Thomas James

(1986-03-02) 2 March 1986 (age 37)
Nationality Indian
Alma mater Mahatma Gandhi College, Thiruvananthapuram
Occupation Actor
Years active2005 – present
  • James
  • Eliyamma

Thomas James better known by his stage name Manikuttan or 'MK', is an Indian actor who prominently works in the Malayalam film industry. He is known for his role as Kayamkulam Kochunni in the famous TV serial of the same title broadcast by Surya TV in 2004. [1] He was the part of the Kerala Strikers team in Celebrity Cricket League for several years. [2] He is the title winner of Bigg Boss Malayalam Season 3 in 2021. [3]


Early life and background

He was born to James and Eliyamma in Nalumukk a locality near Kudappanakunnu and Peroorkada in Trivandrum, Kerala, India. [4] He attended St. Mary's Higher Secondary School, Pattom, Trivandrum and studied B.Com at Mahatma Gandhi College, Thiruvananthapuram.[ citation needed ]


Acting debut

His acting debut was in the television series Kayamkulam Kochunni , which was aired on Surya TV.[ citation needed ]

Debut in Malayalam cinema

His debut film was Varnachirakukal. He was the main lead in the campus film Oru Peelekanenta Oormakke taken by Mahatma College, Thiruvananthapuram in 2004. His first film appearance was in the Malayalam film Boy Friend (2005), directed by Vinayan. [5] He acted in major movies like Mamangam (2019), Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea (2021).

Big Boss Malayalam (Season 3 2021)

In February 2021, he entered the third iteration of reality game show Bigg Boss Malayalam hosted by Mohanlal on Asianet channel. He gained wide acceptance among viewers for his performance in the show. The show had been stopped due to the pandemic from its 96th episode, but a winner was selected through voting. On 24 July 2021, Manikkuttan was declared the winner of Bigg Boss Malayalam Season 3 at the Grand Finale conducted at EVP Film City, Chennai. [6] He won the award for being the "Entertainer of the Season".[ citation needed ]


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1999VarnachirakukalBaluLead Role
2005 Boy Friend RameshLead Role
2006 Bada Dosth Nandu
2007 Mayavi Satheesh
Black Cat Cameo appearance
Chotta Mumbai Sainu
Heart Beats Manu
Hareendran Oru Nishkalankan Alex
2008 Twenty:20 Special Appearance in the song
Minnaminnikoottam Harasser in bus
Kurukshetra Prakash
Positive Udayan
2009 Passenger Sudhi
Dr. Patient Rafique
MeghatheerthamYoung Balunarayanan
Swantham Lekhakan Reporter
2010 Valiyangadi Ananthu
Thathwamasi Lord Rama
Chaverpada Ameer Sulthan
Elsamma Enna Aankutty Jerry
Four Friends Vishnu
2011 Doctor Love Venkidi
Padmasree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar Cadet Rajesh
Ponnu Kondoru Aalroopam
2012 Kunjaliyan Vinayan
Grandmaster Eby Kuriakose
Thattathin Marayathu Najaf
Simhasanam Arjunan's Friend
Scene Onnu Nammude Veedu Rafique
2013 Hotel California Sharath
Crocodile Love Story Sreeraj
2014 God's Own Country Zakir
Snehamulloral KoodeyullappolSabarinath
2015 Loham Boy at the wedding
Howarah BridgeShayamMalayalam Short Film
2016 Pavada S.I. Suresh
Karinkunnam 6'S Vishnu
Oppam Devayani's brother
2017 1971: Beyond Borders Soldier
Swapnangalil Haisal MaryJoy
Masterpiece Cameo Role
2018 Nimir Shenbaghavalli's HusbandTamil Film
Kammara Sambhavam Thilakan Purushothamman / himself
2019 Mamangam Moyin
Thrissur Pooram Ali
An International Local Story Special appearance in the song
B Nilavarayum SharjahpalliyumAli
2021 Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea Mayinkutty
Navarasa Shanmugham MasterTamil web series
In the segment Summer of '92 [7]



2004Black and White Asianet
2004-2007Kayamkulam Kochunni Surya TV Kayamkulam Kochunni
2008Devi Mahathmyam Asianet

Other television shows

2009Idea Star Singer Season 4 Asianet Guest - supporting contestant Shikha
2015 Onnum Onnum Moonu Mazhavil Manorama Guest
Comedy Super Nite Flowers TV Guest
Idavelayil Mazhavil Manorama Guest
2016 Asianet Comedy Awards Curtain RaiserAsianetHost
2018Super Jodi Surya TV Host [8]
Annie's Kitchen Amrita TV Guest
Rani Maharani Surya TV Host [9]
2019Nakshatrathilakkam Mazhavil Manorama Guest
2020Parayam Nedam Amrita TV Guest
2021 Bigg Boss Malayalam Season 3 Asianet Contestant-Winner
Comedy Stars Season 3AsianetCelebrity Judge

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