Joy K Mathew was born in Cherthala, Alleppey district of Kerala State in India. After his schooling in the home town, he moved to Bangalore for higher studies. In 1988, he obtained Diploma in Electronics, Diploma in Computer and Diploma in Journalism.
He started his career as a journalist in various newspapers. As a creative journalist, he had to encounter many challenges. His comprehensive and investigative reports grabbed the attention all around. At the same time critics started whispering because of his stern and stubborn attitude towards truth and reality. During his career as a journalist, he got many awards from various organizations. He worked with rehabilitation project for Tsunami victims in Kerala, India.
Being a good theatre artist, Joy K. Mathew had already started his life as an Actor in 1993. He was one among the 25 persons who were selected to the K.P.A.C Drama Theatre from Kerala State. After the successful completion of the course, he got an award from E. M. S.Nambhoothiripadu, the first Chief Minister of Kerala for the best performance.
In 1993 Joy produced a short film,'Nombaraveena', for India's national Television channel namely Dooradarshan. He acted as a hero in this film and narrates the touching story of a son who was in search of his missing mother.
In 1997, he had been to Kuwait to pursue a career. During this period, he instituted a charitable society namely "World Mother Vision". He is doing charitable works for needy people through this trust. He was involved in many artistic and literary programs.
After seven years of sojourn in Kuwait he returned to his country in 2003. He started two magazines;"Ayalkoottam" and "Mother”. Ayalkoottam was aimed at to redeem the downtrodden people and strengthen women's liberation. His efforts always achieved the goals. Another magazine 'Mother' upheld the family values and the importance and role of mothers all over the world. This magazine achieved acclaim Nationally and Internationally.
During this period, he started his charity activities for the needy. Joy put a lot of efforts to educate the society about the importance of organ transplant and blood donation. He spread these messages through his writings, films, and charity works. These messages created a good mindset in the youth in helping others.
In 2003 he scripted and directed his first motivational film 'Abhayam'. It depicts the plight of a joint family
In 2005 his second motivational film 'Sahanam' was released. It narrates the story of an alcoholic person who destroyed his family through his bad behavior.
In 2007Joy made a documentary called "Savior of Trees" which focuses the importance of planting a tree for a sustainable environment. He is an ardent lover of nature.
In 2008, he released another motivational film titled Daanam. It narrates the life of two friends who tried their luck in cinema.
In 2009, he wrote and directed the powerful story of St. Sebastian titled "Viswasam". This is the first film in the history depicting the life of St. Sebastian. This film got the Italian award. The film was aired on the famous TV channel in Kerala namely Kairali TV. It got a huge appreciation from viewers. Joy successfully handled the lead role of St. Sebastian in this film.
In 2011, he scripted and directed another film titled 'Kanakkazhchakal'. It tells the story of a youth who is blind and kind. Joy was in the title role.
In 2012 he wrote and directed "Varuthikkalathe Vasantham", the story of coastal residents in Kerala. In the same year he relocated to Australia and settled there. In Australia, he organized many socio-cultural programmmes for the benefit of Indian expatriates. He is in the mainstream of different training sessions in film making workshops, arts and culture, media etc. throughout India and overseas. Joy is recognized internationally for his directorial skills, writings, acting and journalism.
In 2013 his famous short film "Marananantharam" was released. The film got many International awards. Joy got the 'Best Director Award' too. This film is all about the importance of Organ donation.
In 2014, he produced another short film titled' Aathmakkalude Nombaram'. This short film tells the story of two souls and Joy was the main actor.
In 2015 he made a documentary, called 'Punarjani Thedunna Parvathy Puthanar'.This documentary narrates the environmental problems which is a major concern today. It conveyed the importance of protecting rivers.