Padmapriya’s debut film was Seenu Vasanthi Lakshmi (2003) in Telegu Language. She has appeared in nearly 30 movies and has received various awards for her work. Along with the films, she has pursued several other interests including Bharatnatyam dance, modeling, and singing. Being a model she has won Miss Andhra Pradesh Beauty Pageant Award (2001). She has worked in the financial industry as a risk consultant for GE Capital.
She has received various awards including the Special Jury Award at National Film Awards (2009), Filmfare Award for Best Debut Actress (2005), Filmfare Best Malayalam Actress Award (2006), Filmfare Best Malayalam Supporting Actress Award (2009), two times Kerala State Film Award for Second Best Actress (2006 & 2009), Asianet Award for Best Female New Face of the Year (2004), Asianet Award for Best Actress (2006) and Tamil Nadu State Film Special Award for Best Actress (2007).
Padmapriya has a keen interest in academics and was always a shining student. She has an MBA degree, a PG Diploma in Environmental Law from NLSIU and Masters in Public Administration from NYU.