Lakshmi Prasanna Manchu is an Indian celebrity known for her acting and hosting skills, along with being a producer. She was born on 8 October 1977 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Her father (
) and brothers (
and Manoj Manchu) are accomplished actors. Her birth mother, Vidya Devi, is no more, but she has a step-mother, Manchu Nirmala Devi. She is quite a learned woman in the industry. She graduated in theater from Oklahoma City University. Later, she attended the film school at the University of Southern California. Lakshmi’s career kick-started with the role of Sarasvati, on the American comedy-drama television series titled ‘
.’ She recurred in eleven episodes of the show from 2004 to 2007. In 2006, she not only acted in the short film titled ‘Private Lives’, but also directed and produced it. In 2008, she played the role of Najma in the English biopic, ‘The Ode.’
In the same year, she hosted her talk-show in Telugu and also produced her first Telugu film titled ‘Nenu Meeku Telusa...?.’ In 2011, Lakshmi portrayed the negative role of Irendri in the Telugu film- ‘Anaganaga O Dheerudu.’ This film fetched her three awards- the Nandi Award, the Hyderabad Times Film Award, and the CineMAA Award. She was awarded her first Filmfare Award for ‘
’ in 2013. The Tamil-Telugu film revolves around a couple’s struggle when hit by a flood and has Lakshmi in a supporting role. Within a year, she won her second Filmfare Award in 2014 for another Telugu film, ‘Chandamama Kathalu.’ In her 2015 Telugu film, ‘
’, she has even debuted as a singer. Lakshmi has worked in thirteen films and four television series, in both English and Telugu; has hosted four talk-shows and judged one. Moreover, she has featured in commercials for top companies like Toyota and Chevrolet and produced four Telugu films and. She is currently undergoing training at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. She has a one-year-old daughter named Vidya from her second marriage with
, an NRI businessman.