Padmapriya Janakiraman, better known mononymously as Padmapriya, is an Indian film actress and model. She is a trained bharatanatyam dancer, Padmapriya made her acting debut in the Telugu language film Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi in 2003, following which she appeared in a number of Malayalam and Tamil language films. In a span of five years, she has appeared in nearly 30 films in Malayalam, 9 films in Tamil, 2 in Bengali, 3 in Telugu, 2 in Kannada and 2 in Hindi and has received several awards. She is best known for her critically acclaimed performances in the Malayalam films Kaazhcha, Karutha Pakshikal, Pazhassi Raja and Tamil films Thavamai Thavamirundhu and Mirugam.
Padmapriya made her acting debut in the 2003 Telugu film Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi, a remake of the Tamil film Kasi, which itself was a remake of the Malayalam film Vasanthiyum Lakshmiyum Pinne Njaanum. She played the role of a sexually exploited poor sister of a blind man in the film. Padmapriya says, she accepted this offer "for the sake of friendship".This made possible her entry into the Malayalam film industry in the same year, starring in the film Kaazhcha alongside superstar Mammootty. For her portrayal of a mother of a young girl, who struggles to accommodate another child, a victim of the Gujarat earthquake, she received rave reviews and the Asianet Award for Best Female New Face of the Year.