Payal Ghosh is an Indian film actress who has mostly acted in Telugu films.She studied at St. Paul’s Mission School, Kolkata and graduated in Political Science from the Scottish Church College.

When she was 17 years old, she had accompanied a friend to an audition for Sharpe’s Peril and landed a role in the BBC telefilm. In the period drama based on English soldier Richard Sharpe, Payal had played the role of a village girl, the daughter of a revolutionary freedom fighter from Bengal. Payal also starred in a Canadian film in which she played a school girl in love with her neighbour’s servant. Since her parents disapproved of her decision to join films, during her college holidays, she ran away from her home in Calcutta and came to Mumbai. She joined Namit Kishore’s acting academy where she met Chandra Sekhar Yeleti who offered her the lead role in his Prayanam opposite Manchu Manoj. Later she was seen in the Telugu films Mr. Rascal and Oosaravelli and the Kannada film Varshadhare.She has completed her first Tamil film Therodum Veediyile, directed by Saro Sriram, in which she plays a traditional girl, who lives in Erode. She was selected as the female lead by Vivek Agnihotri for his Bollywood film Freedom and filmed for it in 2012. While the film has not released yet as of 2014, she has signed another Hindi comedy film, Patel Ki Punjabi Shaadi opposite Vir Das, directed by Sanjay Chhel.