Vinay Gowda is an Indian actor who is known for his work in Sandalwood. He has gained fame for his portrayal of Lord Shiva in many Kannada mythological TV shows. He was one of the contestants in the Bigg Boss Kannada Season 10 in 2023.
Vinay Gowda was born on Wednesday, 7 March 1979 (age 44 years; as of 2023) in Bangalore, Karnataka, India. His zodiac sign is Pisces. He passed 10th standard at St. Ann’s High School, Rajajinagar, Bangalore in 1997.
He studied at KLE Society’s S Nijalingappa College. He left his home in Bangalore and went to Mumbai at the age of 21 in 2000 after having a fight with his father. He started working as a manager in a hotel in Mumbai and later pursued a career in acting.
Height (approx.): 6′ 1″
Weight (approx.): 95 kg
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Black
Body Measurements (approx.): Chest 46″, Waist 32″, Biceps 18″
He belongs to a middle-class family.
Parents & Siblings
His father worked in cinema and passed away in 2016. He has a brother and a sister who also worked in cinema.
Wife & Children
Vinay Gowda got married to Akshatha Gowda, a casting director, on 15 June 2008. They have a son named Rushabh Gowda who was born on 15 November 2008; Rushabh is a very good skater and has competed in various school-level skating championships.
His wife’s sister is Nishitha Gowda who is an actress and influenced Vinay to audition for roles in Kannada TV serials.
Vinay and Akshatha have known each other since their childhood and later got into a relationship. Although Akshatha’s parents were not happy with their relationship; however, they got married without their parents’ consent after around 10 years of relationship.
He follows Hinduism and is a devotee of Lord Shiva. In an interview, he revealed that his house’s deity is Lord Shiva.
He made his debut in the Kannada film industry with Rocket in 2015. He later acted in many films including ATM (Attempt To Murder) in 2018, Shivaji Surathkal in 2020 as Roshan Ravi, Pogaru in 2021, and Khaimara in 2023.
He made his debut with the TV show Chitte Hejje in 2013. Although he was not interested in acting at that time and started working as an actor to make more money, he was later offered many roles in different TV serials. He later acted in CID Karnataka in 2013, Ambari in 2014, Amma in 2016, Bayasade Bali Bande in 2019, Nandini in 2019, and Marali Manasagide in 2021.
He gained fame with his portrayal of Lord Shiva in Hara Hara Mahadeva in 2016 and was liked by fans for his acting. He later acted in many mythological TV shows such as Jai Hanumana in 2018 as Ravana and Yediyuru Shri Siddhalingeshwara in 2020 as Lord Shiva, which he quit after he tested positive for COVID-19.
He has also acted as a villain in many TV shows including as Badrinath Chinni in Namma Lacchi in 2023 and in Shambhavi in 2023.
His debut Kannada reality TV show was the dance show Super Jodi in 2016 in which he participated with his wife, Akshatha Gowda, and they emerged as winners of the show. He participated in another dance reality TV show Ismart Jodi in 2022 with his wife.
He was named one of the contestants in the Bigg Boss Kannada Season 10, hosted by Kiccha Sudeep and broadcast on Colors Kannada and streamed on Jio Cinema.
He made his debut in the Telugu television industry with Ravoyi Chandamama in 2021.
Awards & Honours
- Special award for Hara Hara Mahadeva TV show
- Best Actor Award at Star Parivaar Awards in 2018
- Honoured by the The Media Association of Karnataka
He owns a KTB 200 Duke, Royal Enfield Himalayan, and Royal Enfield Continental GT 650.
Vinay Gowda owns a Mercedes car.
Vinay Gowda has got multiple tattoos inked on his body including a Lord Shiva on his right arm and shoulder, a lion on the back of his neck, a tattoo on his right hand, and the name of his wife, Akshatha, on his left chest.
- His fans have given him the nicknames Vini and Vinu.
- In an interview, Vinay revealed that he used to smoke cigarettes during his college time; however, his mother caught him smoking at home once and slapped him. He later stopped smoking. He likes drinking alcoholic beverages during parties.
- He likes eating non-vegetarian food; however, when he played the role of Lord Shiva, he did not eat non-vegetarian food.
- Vinay suffers from Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) problem and is particularly obsessed with cleanliness in the home.
- He has also worked in the art team in the Kannada live sketch comedy show titled Go Straight Take Left.
- He has also produced a few episodes of the 2019 Kannada TV show Bayasade Bali Bande.
- He is a gym freak and spends around 1.5 to 2 hours daily in the gym. He also does cycling and running on a regular basis.
- In an interview, he said that he did not have a very good relationship with his father and was not in touch with him for many years, hence he tries to spend maximum time with his son.
- He said in an interview that he was a mischievous student and often broke the student’s dress code during his school days. He kept long hair and wore a leather belt and zipper boots during his school days.
- He likes to go on long drives during his free time.
- He is an animal lover and owns three dogs named Coco, Brownie, and Rio.