Jayaram Subramaniam (born 10 December 1965), commonly known as Jayaram, is an Indian film actor who predominantly works in Malayalam films, and at times in Tamil films. He is also a chenda percussionist and mimic artist. He has starred in over 200 films.
In 2011, he was awarded the Padma Shri by the Government of India for his contribution towards the arts.
Jayaram was born as youngest among three children to Subramaniyam Iyyer and Thankam at Perumbavoor, Kerala on 10 December 1965. His mother tongue is Tamil. His father is from a Kerala settled Tamil Iyyer family and his mother is from Thanjavur. He has an elder brother, late Venkit Ram and an elder sister, Manjula. He had his primary education from Government Boys High School, Perumbavoor. He graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Sree Sankara College, Kalady. He became a medical representative soon after college. Later he joined Kalabhavan and performed mimicry in many stages which paved him a way to the Malayalam film industry. Renowned Malayalam writer Malayattoor Ramakrishnan was Jayaram's maternal uncle.
Jayaram is married to actress Parvathy, on 7 September 1992, who is no longer active in films. Their son Kalidas Jayaram is an actor as well who won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist in 2003 for his second movie, Ente Veedu Appuvinteyum. Jayaram also has a daughter, Malavika. Currently he resides at Valasaravakkam (Chennai), Tamil Nadu with family.