Nazriya Nazim was born to Nazimudeen and Begum Beena. She has a brother, Naveen Nazim. She studied in Our Own English High School, Al Ain, UAE and Christ Nagar Senior Secondary School, Trivandrum. In 2013, she joined Mar Ivanios College in Thiruvananthapuram, but reportedly left the college, owing to her tight shooting schedules. In January 2014, Malayalam film actor Fahadh Faasil announced to the media that he was set to marry Nazriya. Both were engaged in February 2014, before having a wedding ceremony on 21 August 2014 in Thiruvananthapuram.
She started her career in television as an anchor in a Muslim oriented television quiz show named Punyamaasathiloode. She then debut her acting career in 2006 as a child artist, by acting in the Malayalam film Palunku (2006) directed by Blessy. She was cast in an album titled Yuvvh by Sony Music Entertainment, which became very popular among the youth. Nazriya finally landed her first female lead role in the Malayalam film Maad Dad in 2013. In 2014 she was first seen in Salalah Mobiles, which flopped amidst having a strong star cast, including Dulquer Salmaan. She has completed filming for Thirumanam Enum Nikkah in Tamil and Om Shanthi Oshaana in Malayalam. Ohm Shanthi Oshaana, the film became a big hit, and became one of the biggest blockbusters of the entire industry, running 50 days in almost all theatres. She also performed as a leading role in films are Bangalore Days and Samsaaram Aarogyathinu Haanikaram in Malayalam, and Thirumanam Ennum Nikkah and Vaayai Moodi Pesavum. She made her singing debut in Salalah Mobiles, Malayalam in 2014. She also sung one more song in the same year in Bangalore Days. Her upcoming movie is Nee Nalla Varuva Da.