Premkumar is an Indian film actor in Malayalam movies, most famous for his films during the 1990s. He has also done many recognized roles in Tele films and soap operas.He acted in more than 100 films and played lead characters in 18 films
Premkumar was born in 1967 to James Samuel and Jayakumari in Kazhakoottam, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He has two brothers,
. He did his schooling in Trivandrum and St.Xaviers College, Thumba. He has a Bachelor degree in Psychology from Kerala University and Bachelors in Theater and Arts degree from School of Drama, Calicut University. He was a rank holder and gold medalist from Calicut University.
was a very active person in arts and literature right from his college days. He bagged the best actor award more than once at state level drama competitions. He got selected into the artist panel in All India Radio and Doordarshan Trivandrum, during his college days. He acted in many classic dramas on Doordarshan like Othello, Macbeth, etc.
He played the role of Lambo in Telefilm Lambo in 1990, and Chanthappan in Serial Pandu Pandoru Chekavar along with actress Kanakalatha in 1991 in Doordarshan. He won the Kerala State Television Award for Best Actor and NANA mini Screen Award in 1990 for Lambo. These two roles opened ways for him to Malayalam film industry.
His first movie was Sakhavu’ directed by P A Backar in the late 1980s, depicting the role of a communist P. Krishnapillai. But the first movie registered in his name was Arangu, an investigation thriller in 1991, in which he played an important role of a dumb villager. He has done many comedy and side-kicked roles in cinemas since then. He also acted in second hero roles with Mukesh, Jayaram, and Jagadish in the 1990s. Some of his important movies are Aniyan Bava Chettan Bava, Puthukotayile Puthu Manavalan, Adyathe Kanmani, Sainyam, Malappuram Haji Mahanaya Joji.He played a noted role of a police inspector in director Joy Mathews’s first movie Shutter in 2013 and in Crocodile Love Story. His latest released movie was Malaylakkara Residency with Jagathi Sreekumar, in which he played a comedy role of Supran, in 2014.
Premkumar is married to Jisha since 2001, and they have a daughter Jameema. They live in Kazhakoottam, Thiruvananthapuram.