Priya Anand was born to a half-Telugu, half-Marathi father Bharadwaj Anand and Tamil mother Radha. She is fluent in Tamil, Telugu, English, Bengali, Hindi, Marathi and Spanish languages as well. She moved to the US, where she pursued her higher studies. Keeping her later career in mind, she studied Communications and Journalism at SUNY Albany. After completing her education, she returned to India in 2008 and since, stays with her grandparents in Chennai. However, she then ventured into modeling.
Priya was initially supposed to make her acting début in the Tamil film Pugaippadam, which she signed up first, but unfortunately its release was delayed until 2010, her first appearance in the action-thriller Vaamanan, directed by newcomer Ahmed. However the film got a lukewarm reception and fared only averagely at the Chennai box office. In 2010, three of her films released within a short span of time. The first on New Year 2010, which was the college-life based drama Pugaippadam. She next starred in her first Telugu film, AVM Productions' Sekhar Kammula directed political drama Leader, alongside newcomers Rana Daggubati and Richa Gangopadhyay. Rama Rama Krishna Krishna, a Telugu film was her last 2010 release, in which she plays the love interest of the film's male protagonist. In the second half of 2011, she filmed for her début Hindi film English Vinglish.She also enacted in Arima Nambi, Irumbu Kuthirai, Vai Raja Vai. Her forthcoming projects Muthuramalingam. On 20 June 2011, Anand was chosen as the ambassador for the "Save the Children" campaign for both Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.