Divyaa Unni is born to Ponnothumadam Unnikrishnan and Uma at Chilavannoor, Kochi. Malayalam actress Vidhya Unni is her younger sister. She had her primary education form Cherupushpam Secondary school and Barathiya Vidya Bhavan. She pursued degree in Functional English from St. Teresa's College, Ernakulam. Later she got married to Sudhir Shekharan in the year 2002 and had migrated to United States of America and settled there. As a child, Divya got her first break in the film Nee Ethra Dhanya when she was a class II student. It was followed by Pookalam Varavayi directed by Kamal and Oh Faby by Srikuttan. She also did a TV serial Iniyonnu Vishramikkatte directed by Vinayan. Her first feature film was Kalyana Sowgandhigam when she was only fifteen. She had the opportunity to work with prominent actors like Mohanlal and Mammootty. She has also worked with prominent directors like Bharathan; I V Sasi; Sibi Malayil and Lohithadas. Divyaa Unni was crowned, in 1990 and 1991, Kalathilakom in statewide competitions. On India's premier Television Channel Doordarshan, she presented a variety of Indian dance art-forms to national audiences, such as Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam, and folk dances. As a trained classical dancer with many performances, she was given the Kalathilakam and Bhavans Jyothi titles and numerous other artistic awards. She has acted in over more than 60 films in Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu and Kannada and has appeared in films like Pranayavarnangal and Bharathan's last movie Churam. She is also classical dancer and film artist recognized throughout South India.