Birth: , Stockholm, Sweden
Elli Avram is a Swedish Greek actress and is now based in Mumbai, India. She appeared in the Hindi film Mickey Virus and participated in the Indian reality TV show Bigg Boss.
Elli Avram was born in Sweden. She grew up in Tyreso Kommun, Stockholm. Her Greek father, Jannis Avramidis, is a musician who is now settled in Swede and her Swedish mother, Maria Granlund, is an actress who appeared in Ingmar Bergman's Oscar-winning film Fanny and Alexander.
Avram attended Frans Schartau High School in Stockholm, from where she graduated in Society-Economics. She took interest in figure skating, singing and dancing from her initial years. She received training in acting from her mother and aunt who runs a theater in Skane County, Sweden.
Avram felt a connection to India since her childhood. In an interview with the local Stockholm newspaper Mitti, she said, "Even when I was five, I was fascinated by Indian dance and the colorful clothes". Since her father is a Greek musician, she found some Greek songs are related to Indian melodies.
Avram dreamt of being a Bollywood actress since her adolescence. There was a place in Stockholm that used to sell Hindi movies and she would buy Bollywood films from there. Also she used to watch Hindi films on YouTube.
At 17, Avram became a member of Sundbyberg, Stockholm based Pardesi Dance Group and gave dance performances, primarily on Bollywood songs.
Avram has done some acting projects in Sweden, including 2008 crime drama romance movie, Förbjuden Frukt, where she played the role of Selen - the lead character's teen girlfriend.
In 2010, Avram participated in Miss Greece beauty contest. She also appeared on the Swedish TV series Gomorron Sverige. She has acted in an Iranian music video, Hala chi shod, by Emad featuring SB Shaggy.
In September 2012, Avram moved to Mumbai on a tourist visa to pursue an acting career in Bollywood. She signed up with a modeling agency and got a work visa. The first considerable project she managed to get was a TV commercial for Eveready Industries India. Avram has also acted in a TV commercial for Ricchezza Silver Jewellery, produced by TryAngles studio.
She got her first major breakthrough by bagging a lead role in Saurabh Varma's comedy thriller film Mickey Virus although she didn't speak any Hindi. Before her Bollywood launch, Avram took formal training in dance form and Hindi pronunciation. In Mickey Virus she plays the role of Kamayani George.
The first Swedish actress to act in Bollywood, Avram has been noted for looks very similar to the actress Katrina Kaif.