Sheela is an Indian film actress best known for her work in Malayalam cinema. She, along with Prem Nazir, holds the world record for acting in the largest number of films together as heroine and hero.
Sheela was born in a Syrian Christian family in Thrissur, Kerala. She made her debut in Paasam. Her first film in Malayalam was Bhagyajathakom. The next two decades saw her essay roles in more than 475 films totally in various languages such as Tamil, Telugu and Kannada and Malayalam. Films included Chemmeen, Kallichellamma, Velutha Kathreena and Vazhve Mayam. She has won awards such as Kerala State Film Awards, the Lux award and the Filmfare Lifetime Achievement award. In Kannapanunni she plays the role of a powerful yet humane princess forced to marry a poor woodcutter. In another movie, Kadathanattu Makkam, she plays the role of a princess who is cheated by her sisters in law and false allegations of being in love with a boatman are leveled against her. She and the boatman are both charged with the death sentence. She and Prem Nazir hold the Guinness Book of World Records for acting together consecutively in 107 films. In the 70s and 80s, she directed two films, Yakshaganom and Shikarangal. She wrote the story, script, and screenplay for Shikharangaland Yakshagaanam, which was also remade in Tamil. Besides films, she has directed a tele-film Ninaivukale neengividu in which Jayabharathi acted. She in films including Vishnu Vijayam and Eeta as heroine. She acted as Akhilandeswary in the 2005 Chandramukhi. She has also authored a book, titled Kuilinte Kooduand many short stories. She is a painter.
Sheela returned to acting, playing main role in Sathyan Anthikkad's Manassinakkare. Sheela received the Kerala State Film Award for best supporting actress in the film Akale.