Samantha was born as Samantha Ruth Prabhu on 28th April 1987, to Prabhu and Ninette in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. She did her schooling from Holy Angels Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School. She completed her graduation in economics from Stella Maris College, Chennai. She initially worked as a model.
Samantha debuted on the silver screen with the 2010 romantic drama Ye Maaya Chesave, which fetched her critical acclaim. She continued featuring as the leading heroine in blockbuster hits like Eega (2012), Dookudu (2011), the family dramas Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu (2012) and Attarintiki Daredi (2013). She soon rose to prominence with commercially successful films like A Aa (2016), Theri (2016), 24 (2016), Mersal (2017) and Rangasthalam (2018). She is the recipient of several accolades including Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu (2017) for A Aa, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Telugu (2013) for Eega, Filmfare Award for Best Actress – Tamil (2013) for Neethaane En Ponvasantham, Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut – South (2011) for Ye Maaya Chesave, Nandi Special Jury Award 2013 for Ye Maaya Chesave, Vijay Award for Best Actress (2013) for Neethaane En Ponvasantham and IIFA Utsavam Award for Best Performance in a Leading Role – Female – Telugu (2017) for A Aa.
Some of her notable films include:
- Ye Maaya Chesaave
- Yeto Vellipoyindi Manasu
In 2012, Samantha suffered from immunity disorder, which led her to take a break from films. In 2010, Samantha was reportedly dating actor Siddharth, however, their relationship couldn’t last for unknown reasons. In 2015, she dated actor Naga Chaitanya and got married to him in 2017. Besides Telugu film industry, Samantha has worked in Tamil films as well, thus establishing herself as the most bankable south actress. She supports philanthropic activities and has established her own charitable trust named Pratyusha Support in 2012.