- Birthday: 13. December 1952
- Birthplace: Madras, Madras Presidency,
- Awards: 1977 – National Film Award for Best Actress for Sila Nerangalil Sila Manithargal, 1976 – Filmfare Award for Best Actress for Julie, 1974 – Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress for Dikkatra Parvathi, 1974 – Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress for Chattakari, 1975 – Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress for Chalanum', 1976 – Filmfare Award for Best Malayalam Actress for Mohiniyaattam (film), 1983 – Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress for Unmaigal, 1986 – Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress for Sravana Meghalu, 1993 – Filmfare Award for Best Kannada Actress for Hoovu Hannu, 1998 – Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award (South), Nandi Award for Best Actress - Panthulamma (1977), Nandi Award for Best Actress - Sravana Meghalu (1986), Nandi Award for Best Character Actress - Murari (2001), 1978 – Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress for Oru Nadigai Naatakam Paarkiraal, 1974 – Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress for Chattakari, 1975 - Most outstanding work of the year for Julie
Lakshmi Narayan (born Lakshmi Yaragudipati on 13 December 1952) is an Indian film actress known for her works in Indian film industry. Starting to act at the age of 15, she made her silver screen debut as an actress with the Tamil film Jeevanamsam in 1968, in the same year she was starred in the Kannada film Goadalli CID 999 starring Rajkumar.In 1974, she starred in her First Malayalam movie Chattakari which went on to become blockbuster throughout India.
She then went on to appear in a number of commercially successful films in Telugu, Malayalam, and various other languages. She has won one National Film Award for Best Actress, nine Filmfare Awards, three Nandi Awards,Kerala State Film Award for Best Actress,the Bengal Film Journalists Association Awards and various other state awards. Lakshmi made her Bollywood debut in the year 1975, with the women-centric Julie, the remake of Malayalam film Chattakari. After appearing as a lead actress for more than a decade she switched over to character roles.
Lakshmi was born and brought up in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, to veteran Telugu film maker Yaragudipati Varada Rao of Nellore, Andhra Pradesh, whose films dealt with important social issues.Her mother Kumari Rukhmini was a Tamil actress, whose mother Nungambakkam Janaki was also an actress.