Manchu Lakshmi Prasanna, credited as Lakshmi Manchu, is an Indian film actress, producer and television presenter known for her works in Telugu cinema and American television. The daughter of veteran actor Mohan Babu, Lakshmi holds a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Oklahoma City University.She made her acting debut with the American television series Las Vegas, where she played the minor role of Sarasvati Kumar, the love interest of James Lesure. She then appeared in one episode of each of the following series: Desperate Housewives, Late Nights with my Lover and Mystery ER. She has also appeared in commercials for Toyota, AARP and Chevrolet. In 2006, she directed, produced and acted in Perfect Lives, a short film that was showcased at the Wilshire Fine Arts Theater as part of the La Femme Film Festival in Los Angeles.
Lakshmi has garnered the South Indian International Movie Award, two Filmfare Awards South, the state Nandi Award. She made her Theatre debut as Miss Trunchbull in the adaptation of the Roald Dahls Matilda directed by Taher Ali Baig in 2016.