Dayanand Shetty is an Indian actor who is popularly known for his role of Senior Inspector Daya in the Indian TV serial, CID.
He was born in a Tulu speaking Bunt family to Chandra Prakash Shetty (Father) and Uma Shetty (Mother) on 11 December 1969 in Katapady, Karnataka, India. He has two sisters, Naina Shetty and Sandhya Shetty.
Dayanand got married to Smitha Shetty and the couple have a daughter named Viva.
He went to Rizvi College of Arts, Science and Commerce in Mumbai for his Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.).
Initially, Dayanand worked as a sportsman and played shot put and discus throw. He received many prizes in them. In 1994, he was the champion of discus throw from Maharashtra. But, after suffering from a leg injury, he quit sports and started working as a model. He has also been working as a theatre artist and has received several awards. He also received the Best Actor award for the Tulu language play, Secret.
Dayanand Shetty got his first role as gun man in 1996 in the Bollywood film, Diljale. He received huge fame with the popular TV serial, CID, in which he played the role of Senior Inspector Daya. He was also the part of a silent comedy series, Gutur Gu. Dayanand has also acted in several other films like Johnny Gaddar (2007) as Shiva, Runway (2009) as Inspector, and Singham Returns (2014) as Senior Inspector Daya.
He participated in some reality TV shows like Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa (2010) and Fear Factor: Khatron Ke Khiladi Season 5 (2014).
In 2002, Dayanand voted as the Best Looking Guy, conducted by Indian Television.
He is also a good singer and a song was recorded by him and his fellow actors, Shivaji Satam and Aditya Shrivastava for CID episode which was aired on 21 January 2012.