Uma Padmanabhan Wiki, Height, Age, Husband, Kids, Family, Biography & More

Uma Padmanabhan is a South Indian celebrity who wears many hats. She is a Tamil television and film actress and a socialite. Uma has also been working as a news reader and television news presenter since 1993.


Uma Padmanabhan was born as Uma Iyer on Monday, 27 September 1965 (age 56 years; as in 2021) in Chennai under the Libra zodiac sign. The anchor-turned-actor graduated from B.Sc. Degree in Commerce from SIET in Nandanam, Chennai.

Physical Appearance

Height (Approx): 5′ 6″

Hair Color: Dark Brown

Eye colour: black

Uma Padmanabhan


parents and siblings

The only child of her parents, Uma comes from a family of artists. His father, KG Subramanian, who died in 2016, was a renowned painter, poet and teacher who was honored with the prestigious Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awards.

Uma Padmanabhan with her father KG Subramanian

Uma Padmanabhan with her father KG Subramanian

Uma’s mother, Sushila Jasra, who died in 2005, was also an artist who also worked as a Gandhian social activist.

husband and children

Uma was married to Padmanabhan, but now both of them are divorced. Uma has a daughter named Sharanya and two grandchildren.

Uma Padmanabhan with her daughter and grandson

Uma Padmanabhan with her daughter and grandson


In a career spanning over 25 years, Uma has been a part of around 35 films and 10 TV shows.

Newsreader and TV presenter

Soon after completing her graduation around 1993, Uma applied for an anchor position at SUN TV, a Tamil entertainment channel. When he initially started working at SUN TV as a newsreader, the channel was only six months old. Eventually, Padmanabhan started hosting the Tamil morning show ‘Vanakkam Tamizhagam’, which became one of the most watched morning programs in Tamil Nadu and completed 1000 episodes while Uma was there. In an interview, when Uma was asked about her experience in the channel, she said,

News reading and computing are unique across all genres. This happened in the initial days after the Doordarshan era when the private channel Sun TV came to the fore. I joined the channel only six months after its launch. Now you cannot read the news by seeing the sample prompt. You have to read and write and look at the camera. There are a lot of challenges in computing too.”

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Poster of Uma Padmanabhan's Vanakkam Thamizha

Poster of Uma Padmanabhan’s Vanakkam Thamizha

During her tenure at SUN TV, Uma hosted almost every show on the channel. Apart from this, the TV presenter has also worked with Vijay TV, Jaya TV and other Tamil channels.


tamil industry

Active in the Tamil industry since the early 1990s, Uma Padmanabhan first appeared on the Kollywood silver screen in 1998 with the film ‘Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen’; However, after her big break in the industry, Uma struggled to find work for almost four years.

Uma Padmanabhan's Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen

Uma Padmanabhan’s Unnidathil Ennai Koduthen

Simultaneously, Uma started trying out for the Tamil television industry, getting her break as an actress in 2000 in the show ‘Micro Thodar-Oru Kudumbam Oru Ragasiyam’ which aired on Raj TV.

Uma Padmanabhan in Oru Kudumbam Oru Ragasiyam

Uma Padmanabhan in Oru Kudumbam Oru Ragasiyam

In 2002, Uma finally got a breakthrough role in the Tamil film ‘Yai! Ni rhomba azhaga iruke.’ The actress was appreciated and recognized for her talent, which eventually led to her getting many more such projects. In 2021, Uma’s Tamil language drama film ‘Kasada Thapara’ was released on Sony Liv app.

malayalam industry

Padmanabhan did not limit herself to Kollywood only, and she made her first screen appearance in the Malayalam film industry in 2010 with “The Thriller”, where she was seen as Meera’s mother.

Uma Padmanabhan's first Malayalam film The Thriller

Uma Padmanabhan’s first Malayalam film The Thriller

telugu industry

Versatile actress Uma also got a break in the Telugu film industry in 2016 and made her debut in the film “Oopiri Thoza”, in which she played the role of Swati’s mother-in-law.

Uma Padmanabhan's first Telugu film Oopiri Thozha

Uma Padmanabhan’s first Telugu film Oopiri Thozha

Come back

The Kollywood actress stayed away from the Tamil TV industry for almost a decade before making a comeback in 2016. She was seen in the serial Vinnai Thandi Varuvaaya in which Padmanabhan played the lead actor’s mother. Uma revealed in an interview that she took such a long break because she was not ready for long-running TV serials. Uma further said,

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I have been thinking of doing a television project for a long time. This was the time when I got a call for this serial. Also, the channel and the production house are big names – so it’s a win-win for me.

beyond acting

Uma has not limited herself to acting only in films and serials, but she has also worked in a few TV commercials, and she dubs her lines in Hindi and other languages. The successful actress also surprised her fans by showcasing her singing talent in some Tamil songs. In January 2021, Uma became part of a video for the Tamil devotional poem, Margazhi Thingal, where she was shown singing along with other actresses.

YouTube video

The Tamilian socialite also started a television academy midway through her career. When asked about this, Uma said in an interview,

It all started with James Spring. One-page TV channels needed new newsreaders and TV presenters. On the other hand, I saw a lot of people who were interested in using that requirement in places where they were going to speak at colleges. To fill this gap, we started that academy. It worked well for a while.”

In 2013, Padmanabhan became the face of an organization in Chennai that helps create awareness about breast cancer. She became the “Pink Ambassador” for “India Turns Pink”.

YouTube video


  • Actor: Mohanlal, Kamal Haasan
  • Color: Red

Facts/General Knowledge

  • Her father was forced to move to the United States after receiving a Rockefeller Foundation grant, following which Uma spent a year of schooling in New York. When asked about her experience, Uma recalled that it was here that she realized that her father was an artist. He added,

    Appa was drawing on egg cartons. She also did acrylic painting, tapestry work and fiber weaving. I was seeing this for the first time.”

  • When Uma’s mother passed away in 2005, she took on the role of caregiver to her father, who was ill and lived in Baroda (now Vadodara). According to a report, the actress will spend two weeks with her husband Padmanabhan and the rest will stay in Baroda to take care of her father.
  • Padmanabhan is a versatile actress who has experience in acting across various genres including romance, comedy, drama and action. In an interview, the Tamil actress admitted that she likes to work in comedy-based acting films. Uma further said,

    I left the Hello Tamil Nadu show saying that I was bored. Since then I have done many shows. Some shows on Vijay TV, gossip on Jaya TV, comedy in Ghar Ghar Lootpaat… I always think I have comedy science. I was able to try it out in the Ghar Ghar Loot serial.

  • Some of the big names of the South-Indian film industry like Rajinikanth, Udhayanidhi Stalin, Dhanush, Jiiva, Prithviraj, Silambarasan, Vijay, Srikanth and Vikrant have also shared the screen with Uma Padmanabhan.
    Uma Padmanabhan in a scene from Rajinikanth's film Shivaji

    Uma Padmanabhan in a scene from Rajinikanth’s film Shivaji

  • Kailasam Balachander (KB) was responsible for shifting Uma Padmanabhan’s career from a TV newscaster to an actress.
  • In February 2021, Uma’s Tamil TV show “Poove Poochudava” completed 1000 episodes; But the show went off-air on 5 September 2021 after Uma acted in it for almost four and a half years.
    Poster of Uma Padmanabhan's show Poove Poochudaava

    Poster of Uma Padmanabhan’s show Poove Poochudaava

  • The Tamil actress also shows interest in the TV reality show Bigg Boss Tamil hosted by her friend and actor Kamal Haasan, and her social media handles are updated with her opinions on the recent happenings of the show.
    Uma Padmanabhan with Kamal Haasan

    Uma Padmanabhan with Kamal Haasan

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