Sheela is an Indian film actress who works predominantly in Malayalam cinema. She was born in a Syrian Christian family as the second among ten children. Her father Antony was a railway officer while her mother Grace was a housewife. She had her primary education at various places including Thrissur, Tiruchirappalli, Salem, Edappally and St. Francis Anglo-Indian Girls School, Coimbatore. was introduced to theatre at the age of 13 by Tamil actor S. S. Rajendran. While being a theater artist, she acted in many dramas. She was introduced into the film industry at the age of 17 by director T. R. Ramanna in the Tamil film Paasam. The same year she made her Malayalam debut through Bhagyajathakam. The next two decades saw her act in more than 475 films totally in various languages such as Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hindi, and Urdu. Her popular films are Chemmeen, Kallichellamma, Velutha Kathreena, and Vazhve Mayam. In the 70s and 80s, she directed two films, Yakshaganom and Shikarangal. She wrote the story and screenplay for Shikharangaland Yakshagaanam, which was also remade in Tamil. Besides films, she has directed a tele-film titled Ninaivukale Neengividu, co-starring Jayabharathi. Her other films include Vishnu Vijayam and Eeta. She retired from film industry in early 1980s and settled at Ootacamund, Tamil Nadu. After a long sabbatical, she returned to acting playing a prominent role in Sathyan Anthikkad's Manassinakkare (2003). The same year, she acted in the Tamil film Chandramukhi. Sheela along with Prem Nazir, hold the Guinness World Record for acting in the largest number of films (107) together. Sheela was first married to Tamil actor Ravichandran, she has a son George who has worked in a few Tamil and Telugu films, apart from television. He is married and has two daughters.Through her second married to Xavier,whom she divorced later. Sheela has authored a Malayalam novel named Pathamathe Cheque and has also written a book titled Kuilinte Koodu apart from many short stories. In addition, she is also a painter and an interior designer.