2 March 1986
Trivandrum, Kerala, India
|Alma mater||Mahatma Gandhi College, Thiruvananthapuram|
|Years active||2005 – present|
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.  He was the part of the Kerala Strikers team in Celebrity Cricket League for several years.  He is the title winner of Bigg Boss Malayalam Season 3 in 2021. 
He was born to James and Eliyamma in Nalumukk a locality near Kudappanakunnu and Peroorkada in Trivandrum, Kerala, India.  He attended St. Mary's Higher Secondary School, Pattom, Trivandrum and studied B.Com at Mahatma Gandhi College, Thiruvananthapuram.[ citation needed ]
His acting debut was in the television series Kayamkulam Kochunni , which was aired on Surya TV.[ citation needed ]
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.  He acted in major movies like Mamangam (2019), Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea (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.  He won the award for being the "Entertainer of the Season".[ citation needed ]
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|2005||Boy Friend||Ramesh||Lead Role|
|Black Cat||Cameo appearance|
|Hareendran Oru Nishkalankan||Alex|
|2008||Twenty:20||Special Appearance in the song|
|Minnaminnikoottam||Harasser in bus|
|Elsamma Enna Aankutty||Jerry|
|Padmasree Bharat Dr. Saroj Kumar||Cadet Rajesh|
|Ponnu Kondoru Aalroopam|
|Scene Onnu Nammude Veedu||Rafique|
|Crocodile Love Story||Sreeraj|
|2014||God's Own Country||Zakir|
|2015||Loham||Boy at the wedding|
|Howarah Bridge||Shayam||Malayalam Short Film|
|2017||1971: Beyond Borders||Soldier|
|Swapnangalil Haisal Mary||Joy|
|2018||Nimir||Shenbaghavalli's Husband||Tamil Film|
|Kammara Sambhavam||Thilakan Purushothamman / himself|
|An International Local Story||Special appearance in the song|
|B Nilavarayum Sharjahpalliyum||Ali|
|2021||Marakkar: Lion of the Arabian Sea||Mayinkutty|
|Navarasa||Shanmugham Master||Tamil web series|
In the segment Summer of '92 
|2004||Black and White||Asianet|
|2004-2007||Kayamkulam Kochunni||Surya TV||Kayamkulam Kochunni|
|2009||Idea Star Singer Season 4||Asianet||Guest - supporting contestant Shikha|
|2015||Onnum Onnum Moonu||Mazhavil Manorama||Guest|
|Comedy Super Nite||Flowers TV||Guest|
|2016||Asianet Comedy Awards Curtain Raiser||Asianet||Host|
|2018||Super Jodi||Surya TV||Host |
|Annie's Kitchen||Amrita TV||Guest|
|Rani Maharani||Surya TV||Host |
|2020||Parayam Nedam||Amrita TV||Guest|
|2021||Bigg Boss Malayalam Season 3||Asianet||Contestant-Winner|
|Comedy Stars Season 3||Asianet||Celebrity Judge|
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