Suriya debuted in 1997 in the film Nerukku Ner.
Suriya is the eldest son of Tamil film actor Sivakumar and his younger brother Karthi is also an actor. Suriya married co-star Jyothika in 2006 after being together for several years.
In 2008, he launched the Agaram Foundation, which funds various philanthropic activities.
The year 2012 marks his debut as a TV presenter with the game show Star Vijay Neengalum Vellalam Oru Kodi, the Tamil version of Who wants to be a millionaire ?. In 2013, He founded the 2D Entertainment production company.
Then had her first major commercial success with the thriller Kaakha Kaakha (2003). Following award-winning performances by a crook at Pithamagan (2003) and a hunchback at Perazhagan (2004), Suriya played the role of a patient with anterograde amnesia in the 2005 blockbuster Ghajini. He won three Tamil Nadu Film Award and four Filmfare Awards South.
He has since starred in many films such as Nandha, Kaakha Kaakha, Peazhagan, Ghajini, Vaaranam Aayiram, Ayan, Singam, Singam II, and Massu Engira Masilamani. Suriya has won three Filmfare Awards South and three Tamil Nadu State Film Awards.
In 2013 he was ranked #33 on Forbes India’s Celebrity 100 List. His brother Karthi is an actor and his father is actor Sivakumar. Suriya married fellow actress Jyothika in 2006.
He started the charitable Agaram Foundation in 2008 and in 2012 Suriya started to host the Tamil version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. He is also a producer who has his own studio 2D Entertainment