Poornima Jayaram is an Indian film actress of Tamil and Malayalam films. She also did a few Hindi and Telugu films. She was top leading actress from 1980 to 1985. She made her acting debut with Manjil Virinja Pookkal in 1980. She entered into the Tamil film industry with Nenjil Oru Mull in 1981. Her on-screen pairing with Mohan in Tamil and Shankar in Malayalam was a mega hit. She also acted in Hindi and Telugu films. She married Tamil director, actor, producer and script-writer K. Bhagyaraj on February 7, 1984 and has a daughter, Saranya, and a son, Shantanu. She voluntarily quit acting in films in 1984 prior to her marriage with actor K. Bhagyaraj. However, she made a comeback movie as an mother's role in Aadhalal Kadhal Seiveer in 2013.