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Samantha Akkineni is an Indian actress and model. She has established a career in the Telugu and Tamil film industries and is a recipient of several awards including four Filmfare Awards. She has emerged as a leading actress in the South Indian film industry. Her performance in A Aa won Samantha her fourth Filmfare Award, and she gained further praise for her performances in Mahanati, Super Deluxe, and Majili, and the Amazon Prime Video thriller series The Family Man. The last of these earned her a Filmfare OTT Award. In 2023, Samantha had two critical and commercial failures in Shaakuntalam and Kushi.

Birth Name

Samantha Ruth Prabhu

Nickname

Yasodha, Jessie, Sam

Profession

Actress

Personal Life

Birthday / Date of Birth

Samantha was born on the 28th of April 1987, in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

Age

She is currently 36 years old.

Sun Sign

Taurus

Nationality

Indian

Ethnicity

Indian (Malayali, Telugu)

Religion

Christianity

Education

Samantha attended Holy Angels Anglo Indian Higher Secondary School and graduated with a degree in commerce from Stella Maris College, Chennai.

Family Details

  • Father – Prabhu Prabhu
  • Mother – Ninette
  • Siblings – Jonathan Prabhu (Older Brother), David Prabhu (Older Brother)

Marital Status

Married

Boyfriend / Spouse

Samantha Akkineni has dated –

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  • Siddharth (2012–2015) – In 2010, Samantha began dating actor Siddharth. They met on the sets of the film Jabardasth and quickly entered into relationship, which lasted for a couple of years. She broke out with him in early 2015 and it is not clear what made her to end her relationship with him.

  • Naga Chaitanya (2015–2021) – After the split, there were speculations making rounds that Samantha and actor Naga Chaitanya were dating. The couple, however, made it public only in late 2016, where they were spotted at several places and her taking part in Naga’s family events. The couple git engaged in January 2017 at a private affair in Hyderabad and entered into wedlock on October 6, 2017. Their marriage happened in both Hindu traditional customs and Christians customs on October 6 and 7 respectively. On 31 July 2021, she removed her surname “Akkineni” from her social media handles which led to speculations of her separation with Naga Chaitanya. Later, on 2 October 2021, they announced their separation and eventual divorce.

Physical Statistics

Height

  • In feet – 5 feet 3 inches
  • In centimeters – 160 cm
  • In meters – 1.6 m

Weight

  • In Kilograms – 51 kg
  • In Pounds – 112 lbs

Body Measurements

  • Measurements – 34-26-36
  • Bust – 34 inches
  • Waist – 26 inches
  • Hip – 36 inches
  • Bra Size – 33B

Body Build

Slim

Eye Color

Hazel Brown

Hair Color

Black

Shoe Size

She wears a size 7.5 (US) shoe.

Dress Size

Her dress size is 5 (US).

Sexuality

Straight

Professional Statistics

Film Debut

Samantha’s first onscreen appearance came as a cameo role in Gautham Menon’s  Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa (2010). She then acted in the lead role in its Telugu version, Ye Maaya Chesave alongside Naga Chaitanya, which earned her a Filmfare Award for Best Female Debut.

Television Debut

Samantha has featured on several television specials but hasn’t appeared in any series.

Brand Endorsements

She has been the face of many reputable brands like Paragon Footwear, Saravana Stores and has appeared in television commercials including Gokul Sandiva Fairness Cream, Hitachi Air Conditioner, Jewel One, Khazana Jewellery, Maaza, and Hamam.

Controversies

  • In September 2013, Samantha created a stir by posting a controversial tweet on her social media account. The tweet was with respect to the first poster of Mahesh Babu’s film, Nenokkadine. It read, “Saw a poster of a yet to be released Telugu film. Not only is it deeply regressive, but it’s point is actually that it is deeply regressive.” The tweet did not go well with the fans of Mahesh Babu and they started criticizing and dis-respecting her.
  • In support of Samantha, her then boyfriend, Siddharth joined the conversation and started making derogatory comments against fans, by calling them haters and terrorists.
  • The fans were unhappy to such an extent that as per topsy.com, the hashtag #GetLostSamanthaAndSiddharth received 11,000+ tweets in just five hours.

Samantha Ruth Prabhu Favorites

  • Favorite Actors – Rajinikanth, Suriya, Vijay, Nagarjuna
  • Favorite Actress – Kajol, Audrey Hepburn
  • Favorite Filmmakers – Mani Ratnam, Woody Allen
  • Favorite Book – The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
  • Favorite Color – Black, White
  • Favorite Drink – Coconut Water
  • Favorite Holiday Destination – London
  • Favorite Sport – Cricket
  • Favorite Food – South Indian Food, Chocolate
  • Favorite Composer – AR Rahman
  • Favorite Place – Chennai
  • Favorite Hobbies – Reading, Listening to Music, Shopping, Gymming

Samantha Ruth Prabhu Net worth

Samantha Ruth Prabhu has a net worth of $12 million dollars as of 2024. She charges anywhere between Rs 2 and 3 crore for a film. Samantha is quite fascinated with exotic cars and unlike other actresses, she has a considerable car collection, including BMW 3 series, BMW X5 and Jaguar XFR. She currently lives along with her husband family, Naga Chaitanya in a exquisite house in Hyderabad.

Social Media Portfolio

Some Lesser Known Facts About Samantha Akkineni

  • Samantha is of mixed origin as her mother Ninette is from Kerala while her father Joseph hails from Andhra Pradesh.
  • She was a bright student and used to top the class all the time.
  • Samantha’s family wasn’t financially well-off and thus in order to generate some extra pocket money, she decided to take up modelling at a very young age.
  • Samantha Akkineni was discovered by filmmaker Rajiv Varman.
  • Her debut film, Vinnaithaandi Varuvaayaa created a lot of buzz before and after release and the success earned her several offers.
  • In 2012, due to an immune system disorder, she had to take a long break from movies; the use of antibiotics had further deteriorated her condition. Owing to this period, she lost a lot of film offers.
  • The same year, she undergone rhinoplasty to enhance her looks.
  • She can speak fluently in Tamil and Telugu.
  • Samantha is a high proficient actress in the business where three fourth of her films were commercially success at the box office.
  • Her charm and beautiful look garnered her roles from high profile films, making her one of the top paid actresses in the industry.
  • Samantha has graced the covers of leading south Indian magazines like JFW. She also did editorial shoots for many publications.
  • After marriage, she changed her name to Samantha Akkineni.
  • On 28 September 2020, she became the founder of the women’s clothing brand Saaki World.
  • In August 2023, Samantha served as Chief Guest at the world’s largest Indian Independence Day Parade in Manhattan, New York City.
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