Samantha Ruth Prabhu (born 28 April 1987) is an Indian film actress and model, who mainly works in Tamil and Telugu film industries. Samantha was brought up in Chennai and pursued a career in modeling during her late teens. Despite signing up to Ravi Varman’s Moscowin Kavery in 2007, her first release was the critically acclaimed 2010 Telugu romance film, Ye Maaya Chesave directed by Gautham Menon. She has then appeared in critically acclaimed and commercially successful Telugu films like Brindavanam, Dookudu, Eega, Yeto Vellipoyindhi Manasuand Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu establishing herself as a leading contemporary actress in Telugu cinema.
In 2013, Samantha became the second actress to win both the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress and the Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress in the same year, for the filmsNeethaane En Ponvasantham and Eega, respectively.