Ananya was born in Perumbavoor, Kerala. Her father Gopalakrishnan Nair was a film producer. She has one brother Arjun, who is an engineering student. She appeared as a child artist in one of his father's productions, Pai Brothers. Ananya pursued a B.A. degree in Communicative English at the St. Xavier's College, Aluva. She was an archer and won the State Championship in her childhood.
Her debut movie was a commercially successful Tamil film 'Naadodigal'. She went on to reprise the same role in its Malayalam remake 'Ithu Nammude Katha'. The film Shikkar alongside Mohanlal, gave her a big break in Malayalam. She did some thrilling scenes in the climax of the movie Shikkar that impressed Mohanlal, which made him call her the "Vijayashanti" of Malayalam. She also played a supporting role in Kandahar, which saw her sharing screen space with Mohanlal, Sunil Shetty and Amitabh Bachchan. In 2011, Ananya played one of the female lead roles in 'Engeyum Eppodhum', which received rave reviews and became a sleeper hit.
100 Degree Celsius(2014
Ithu Nammude Katha(2011
Oru Small Family(2010
Award Year: 2009
Celebrity Name: Ananya
Award Category: Best Debut Actress
Award Result: won