Gopinathan Velayudhan Nair, popularly known as Bharath Gopi was an Indian film actor, producer, and director. He was one of the first actors to be associated with the New Wave cinema movement in Kerala.
He has won many awards, including the National Film Award for Best Actor for his role as Sankarankutty in Kodiyettam, and hence he got the name Bharath. His well known roles include Aiyappan in Yavanika, Vasu Menon in Palangal, Prof. "Shakespeare" Krishna Pillai in Kattathe Kilikoodu, Dushasana Kurup in Panchavadi Palam, Nandagopal in Ormakkayi, Mammachan in Adaminte Vaariyellu, Mohandas in Chidambaram, and Krishnan Raju in Aghaat.
As a filmmaker he is known for Ulsavapittennu and Yamanam. He produced the movie Padheyam directed by Bharathan. In 1991 the Government of India honored him with the Padma Shri for his contributions towards the arts. On 24 January 2008, Gopi was hospitalized with chest pains. He died five days later following a cardiac arrest.