Samantha Akkineni did some modelling assignments while studying for a degree in commerce. That lead to her becoming a big-name star in Tamil and Telugu films over the last decade. Judging from her Instagram, she still has a hankering for putting on pretty frocks and striking a pose.
She soon received offers for film roles, and made her acting debut in Gautham Menon’s critically acclaimed Telugu romance film, Ye Maaya Chesave (2010), which fetched her the Filmfare Award for Best Debut Actress and a Nandi Award.
Samantha then became the second actress ever to win both the Filmfare Award for Best Tamil Actress and the Filmfare Award for Best Telugu Actress in the same year, for her performances in the films Neethaane En Ponvasantham (2012) and Eega (2012).
Since then, she has primarily opted to appear in the leading female role in hero-centric Telugu and Tamil films, earning box office success with films including Dookudu (2011), the family dramas Seethamma Vakitlo Sirimalle Chettu (2012) and Attarintiki Daredi (2013) and AR Murugadoss’s Tamil action film, Kaththi (2014).
Did you know? While Samantha is judged to be a European name, in Sanskrit samanta (समन्त) means “adjacent” and shamanta (शमथ) means “quiet, tranquil”.
Her work in the film A Aa (2016) also won positive reviews and won Samantha a fourth Filmfare Award, while her next projects Theri (2016), 24 (2016), Mersal (2017), Rangasthalam (2018), and Mahanati (2018) were also hits.
She won further critical acclaim for her roles in 2019 releases, Super Deluxe, Majili, Oh! Baby and for her only 2020 film, Jaanu.
Samantha suffered from an extended period of illness in 2012, which saw her having to opt out of big film projects and take a two-month break. It turned out to be an immunity disorder to which her body did not respond well to antibiotic treatment.
She began dating actor Naga Chaitanya in 2010 and the pair were engaged in a ceremony in Hyderabad during January 2017: she got married in Goa as per traditional Hindu customs on 6 October 2017 and then by Christian customs on 7 October 2017.