Sudeep was born to Sanjeev Manjappa and Saroja in Shimoga district of the erstwhile Mysore State (now Karnataka). He obtained his bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Dayananda Sagar College of Engineering, Bengaluru. He was a University-level cricket player during the day and had also represented at the State-level in its Under-17 and Under-19 teams. Before taking up acting as a profession, Sudeep attended the Roshan Taneja School of Acting in Mumbai, where he overcame 'shyness'. He was born on 2 September 1973 in Shimoga district, Mysore State (now Karnataka), India.
He is an Indian film actor, director, producer, screenwriter, playback singer who works primarily in Kannada cinema. He is known for his performances in the Kannada films Sparsha (1999), Huchcha (2001), Nandhi (2002), Kiccha (2003), Swathi Muthu (2003), My Autograph (2006), Mussanjemaatu (2008), Veera Madakari (2009), Just Maath Maathalli (2010), Kempe Gowda (2011), Vishnuvardhana (2011), Bachchan (2013) and Maanikya (2014), and the Telugu-Tamil Eega (2012). He won the Filmfare Award for Best Actor – Kannada for three consecutive years for his films Huchcha (2001), Nandhi (2002) and Swathi Muthu (2003). Since 2013, he is hosting the television reality show Bigg Boss in Kannada which only regional language holds other than Hindi. Sudeep made his debut in Telugu cinema in 2012, with the S. S. Rajamouli directorial Eega, a fantasy film, that saw him play an industrialist, who on falling for an NGO worker (played by Samantha Ruth Prabhu), kills her alleged lover, who begins to haunt him taking the form of a housefly. The film emerged as a commercial success.
He also produced My Autograph which was a huge success in Kannada industry. He also worked as dubbing artist for his movie Veera Madakari. Sudeep is the captain of Karnataka Bulldozers cricket team that competes in the Celebrity Cricket League. Sudeep met Priya Radhakrishnan, belonging to the Nair community of Kerala, in Bangalore, in 2000 and they married in 2001. Priya worked in an airline company and then in a bank, prior to their marriage. Their only child, Saanvi, was born in 2004. He has been described by the critics as one of the most talented actors in Kannada cinema. He was listed first in the Times 25 Most Desirable Men in Bangalore in 2012. In 2012, he was given a title, 'Abhinaya Chakravarthy', by a Kannada organization, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike.
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