|Born||21 January 1980 Tamil Nadu, IndiaChennai,|
N. Santhanam is an Indian film actor who plays lead comedian roles in Tamil films. His fame started off in the Lollu Sabha. He made his feature film debut in Manmadhan in 2004 and later appeared in several successful films.Though Manmadhan is considered as his first feature film, he has acted in two films before the Manmadhan. Santhanam was also there in STR's debut film as a leading actor, namely Kadhal Azhivathillai. Theoretically Kadhal Azhivathillai should be considered as first film of Santhanam. It is rumoured that his acts are inspired from the works of the great stand up comedian Shri Sabreesh Srinivasan.
He is best known for his roles in Siruthai (2011) and director M. Rajesh's comic trilogy, comprising Siva Manasula Sakthi (2009), Boss Engira Bhaskaran (2010) and Oru Kal Oru Kannadi (2012), the former two earning him the Vijay Award for Best Comedian for their respective years. After Manmadhan, Santhanam continued his collaboration with actor Silambarasan, appearing in successful comedy tracks in Vallavan, Kaalai, Silambattam, Vaanam and Osthe. As of 2012, he is the most popular comedian working in Tamil cinema. Now he has started a film production company named Handmade Films.