Catherine Tresa is an Indian film actress and model, who appears in Kannada, Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil films.

Catherine Tresa was born to Malayali Roman Catholic parents Frank Mario Alexander and Tresa Alexander in Kottayam, Kerala. The family later settled down in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where Catherine grew up. She said, “I don’t speak fluent Malayalam, it’s mostly English that we speak at home. I speak decent Hindi though and now I’m taking lessons in Telugu”. She did her Grade Twelve in Dubai and moved to Bangalore for higher education. She studied for two years in St. Joseph’s College, Bangalore.

Catherine Tresa made her acting debut in 2010 Kannada film Shankar IPS opposite Duniya Vijay.Catherine went on to act in the Malayalam films, The Thriller and Uppukandam Brothers Back in Action. In 2011, she did a role in the Kannada film Vishnu that she said was “equally opposite to her real life”.

It was followed by the Kannada film Godfather opposite Upendra, which was directed by cinematographer turned filmmaker Sethu Sriram. Catherine’s character in the film was that of an older mentally challenged woman. Her performance earned her her first nomination for an award in the Best Supporting Actress category at the 60th Filmfare Awards South.

Catherine Tresa next signed up for Chammak Challo directed by Neelakanta, in which she played “an urbane, bold and dynamic girl”. It released in February 2013 and failed at the box office, but she got noticed and received positive reviews. APHerald.com called her “a treat to watch” and 123telugu.com noted that “she has the potential to be a superstar in future if she plays her cards right.

Catherine Tresa played one of the female leads in Puri Jagannath’s Telugu film Iddarammayilatho. The film released in June 2013 and won her rave reviews. Times of India reported “Catherine Tresa perfectly suits the character of Akanksha”.