Born on 17 September in Chennai, Priya is the only child of Radha, a Tamilian mother and Bharadwaj Anand, a half Telugu, half Marathi father.Because of her mixed regional background, she was brought up in both her parents' hometowns, Chennai, Tamil Nadu and Hyderabad, Andra Pradesh, becoming fluent in Tamil as well as Telugu.Besides her mother tongues, Priya is proficient in English, which she usually speaks at home,Bengali, Hindi and Spanish languages as well.
Priya, who describes herself as "naturally extremely hyperactive", became fascinated by films, developing an interest in cinema, since childhood, and noted that she has been dreaming of getting into the film industry and working on technical aspects of film making, but confesses she never thought of becoming an actor.
Priya is also known for her frank attitude. When asked about her favourite actor, she replied it as 'Brahmanandam' (most of the heroines quote the heroes they work with or wanted to work with). She moved to the U. S., where she pursued her higher studies.Keeping her later career in mind, she studied Communications and Journalism at University of 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, appearing in various television commercials like Nutrine Maha Lacto, Prince Jewellery and Cadbury Dairy Milk.