Shweta Basu Prasad is an Indian Film actress. She started her career as a child actress in Hindi films and television series and went on to play lead roles in Bengali,Telugu and Tamil cinema. For her performance in the 2002 film Makdee, she won the National Film Award for Best Child Artist.
Prasad was born in Jamshedpur, Bihar (now in Jharkhand) and moved to Mumbai when she was a child. Her mother Sarmishta is from West Bengal while her father Anuj is from Bihar. She studied commerce in the R. N. Podar High School, Santa-Cruz, Mumbai. She added her mother's maiden name Basu to her screen name.