Urmila Unni entered into the movie industry in 1980s. She was lucky to be part of good projects like 'Sargam' in her early career. She became a pivotal part of the Malayalam movie industry. Urmila is married to Palakkad Ankarath Ramanunni and they have a daughter Uthara Unni. Her daughter is also a budding actress. Famous actress Samyuktha Varma is her niece.