Ramya is a popular actress in the Kannada film industry (Sandalwood) and Kollywood. She is also known by her real name Divya Spandana.
Ramya was born in Bangalore. She studied at St. Hilda's school in Ooty (Tamil Nadu). She then earned her collegiate at St. Joseph's College of Commerce, Bangalore. Ramya participated in stage shows and dance rehearsals from her grade school days.
Right from her school days, Ramya was participating in dance competitions, stage shows and college fests. As she completed her degree, course of her life changed and she was offered to act in a Kannada film Abhi directed by Dinesh Babu. Through this movie she was introduced to the Kannada film industry. In the movie she starred opposite power star Puneeth Rajkumar, and the film became a big hit in Kannada. This made her the Golden girl and paved the way for her career in the film industry.
Hereafter, she became a favourite of both the audience as well as filmmakers. She got offers to act opposite leading heroes like Puneet Rajkumar, Sunil Rao, Sudeep, Murali, Aadithya, Upendra, Dhyan, Vijaya Raghvendra, Darshan, Prem, in movies like Abhi, Excuse Me, Ranga (S.S.L.C), Kanti, Aadi, Aakash, Gowramma, Amrithadhaare, Sevanthi Sevanthi, Julie, Datta, Jote Joteyali, Tananam Tananam, Arrasu, Meera, Madhava, Raghava. She has been advertised by the big directors like Dinesh Babu, Prem, Yogaraj Bhat, Bharath, M S Ramesh, Mahesh Babu.
Ramya is happy with the Dinakar directed film Jothe Jotheyalli. In Jyoteyali Jyoteyali, Ramya is paired with Nenapirali Prem. Ramya acted in Thananam Thananam directed by award winning director Kavitha Lankesh. In the movie Arrasu, Ramya shines in the emotional sequences. Arrasu is a must watch for all the sections of the people.
She has been acting in Tamil and Telugu movies as well. In 2003, She made her debut in Tamil film Industry acting with Silambarasan in Kuttu Venkatesh directed Tamil movie. This film made her popular among the Tamil audience. She got many offers for appearing in various roles and performing them efficiently. She has acted in Tamil films like Giri, Thoondil, Vaaranam Aayiram, Polladhan against the heroes like Silambarsan, Arjun, Shaam, Surya and Dhanush.
However her breakthrough came through her Tamil film Polladhavan (2007) where she acted against Dhanush. The film was considered a dark horse success, being released during the Deepavali period. Rajinikanth was all praise for the entire crew of Polladhavan.
In the movie Vismayathumbathu directed by Fazil, she played the role of a ghost, who falls in love with the hero Mohanlal. She has broken the language divider and has uniformly acted in movies in Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam and looked confident every time she hit the screen.
Ramya has also acted in a new short film, which was made to create AIDS awareness. The story of the film was by Meera Nair and the film was directed by none other than Santosh Sivan.
She worked hard to loss a few kilos in order to fit into the role of the film Arrasu.
The glow in Ramya's face is a reflection of hard work. She is considered to be ‘golden girl’ in Kannada film industry as she has the success rate of close to 90% in her career. She is one of the most beautiful actresses in South India.
She has acted with famous Hindi stars Amitabh Bachchan and Dino Morea
Amritadhaare is the first Kannada movie where Amitabh Bachchan made few minutes appearance with Ramya.
"I think I'm very laborious and extremely committed to my profession. Those are the two things I like best about myself."
"Now I'm more inclined to doing performance-oriented films and work with more established directors. In Kannada I've done quite a few such films like Jothe Jotheyali, Amruthadhare and Meera Madhava Raghava that has won me a lot of applause. I want to continue in that trend."
"I'm extremely elated with the way things are shaping up for me. "Pollathavan" gave me an author-backed role that of a middle class simple girl, and I just loved playing my character. My next film "Vaaranam Aayiram" also presents me in an equally charming role. In fact that's my dream role. I couldn't have asked for more."