Shanthi Williams is an Indian actress who is popular in the Tamil and Malayalam film and television industry. She was born to Malayali parents in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, in India. She initiated her career as a child artist when she was just 12 years old. She did supporting and second heroine roles in movies and serials. She was known for her character as a customary mother in the popular Tamil drama serial
. Shanthi was awarded the Best Actress in a Negative Role for her performance in S. Kumaran’s Tamil Serial, Thendral. Veteran Director K. Balachander gave the award for her role as the mother of Tamizh (played by
). She also got her fame after doing the role of Angayarkanni on Sun TV’s Vani Rani. She played Vani and Rani’s mother-in-law. Shanthi was married to Malayalam cameraman J. Williams in 1979. But the latter passed away in 2005. The couple has four children.
Shanthi has acted in dozens of serials and more than 20 films. She has played supporting roles as a mother or mother-in-law in many movies and portrayed lead negative roles in many TV serials fetching her praises from across the industry. Shanthi started acting in 1970 with the film Vietnam Veedu. Then, she played Pallavi in the 1980 psychological thriller film Moodu Pani. She appeared as a friend of Rekha, who was forced into prostitution. After many years, Shanthi appeared in many films like Gentleman in 1993, Gentle Man Security in 1994, Karuppu Nila in 1995, Kizhakku Mugam and
in 1996, Aahaa Enna Porutham in 1997, Sollamale and Kaadhale Nimmadhi in 1998, followed by the Tamil comedy film, Suyamvaram in 1999.
She was also in the Tamil films Vaanavil and Unakkaga Mattum. Shanthi portrayed mostly mother and grandmother roles in films like
, Anniyan, Moondru Per Moondru Kaadhal, and Climax. Recently, she did the film Amma Ammamma, a story about Sampath and Saranya, who never have a baby of their own after being married for 15 years. Until they met the couple, Anand and Devadarshini, and the latter died after giving birth to their second child. Shanthi also started doing television serials in 1999. She played the role of Padmavathi in Radaan Productions’ Chithi, followed by the popular Metti Oli and Annamalai.
She was also a part of the popular teleserial Arasi as Chandramathi, the mother of Arasi (played by Raadhika Sarathkumar). She also appeared in serials like Thangam, ,
, Kalasam, Bandham, and much more. Shanthi was also seen in Amrita’s
. Recently, Shanthi also made a guest appearance on ‘Celebrity Kitchen’ along with actress Shri Durga.
After “Raakilipaatu,” the Malayalam version of Sengidhiye, featuring
, directed by "
," Shanthi was not seen in Malayalam films. In 2013, she played in Climax, the biopic on
. In 2015, Shanthi Williams shared the screen space with
in the film “
,” directed by
. It is the remake of “
” featuring “
.” Shanthi played Kamal’s mother-in-law in the film. In 2019, she was seen in Naan Avalai Sandhitha Pothu with
. Serials had always been the favorite of many stars, and Shanthi had played in lots of serials. In 2015 – 2016, she played in the Vijay TV serial
. In 2016, she played in the Malayalam serial Vishwaroopam on Flowers TV. She played the role of Bhagyam on Sun TV’s
. In 2017, she was seen as Thayaramma in the Zee Tamil serial, Rekka Katti Parakkudhu Manasu. In 2018, she played Mullai’s mother in the super hit serial
” and VJ Chitra. In the same year, she was seen in the Surya TV serial
as Mullasserry Bhageerathi. In 2019, she shared the screen space with “
in “” and in “
.” She joined the “
” team in 2019 in character Meenakshi. She played the role of Gandhimathi on the Kalaignar TV serial,
. “Rajamagal,” a Zee Tamil serial, had Shanthi in an important role. It was telecasted in 2019 - 2020. In 2020, she played in Star Vijay’s Sethoora Poove with “
” and Sreenithi Menon. She appeared in a guest role in the Sun TV serial “
” with “,”
, “” and . Shanthi and Williams have four children. In 2020, Shanthi’s son Abraham Santhosh died due to a heart attack.