, born 7 June 1981) is an Indian film actress and model.
She has appeared in Hindi films of Bollywood and a few films in Telugu.
Her role as an army officer's daughter Sanjana (Sanju) Bakshi earned Rao Best Supporting Actress, her second filmfare nomination.
Rao had a minor role in Milan Luthria's Deewar; she played Radhika, Gaurang Kaul's love interest. Critical response towards the film was negative, although Rao garnered acclaim for her performance of a school teacher.
Rao co-starred alongside Shahid Kapoor and Sanjay Dutt in the 2005 drama Vaah! Glamsham said the only thing that made the film watchable was the acting of Amrita Rao.
Rao's roles in Welcome to Sajjanpur (2008) and Main Hoon Na (2004) earned her a Stardust Best Actress Award and a Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award nomination respectively.
She has made special appearances in Heyy Babyy (2007), Shaurya (2008), Life Partner (2009) and Jaane Kahan Se Aayi Hai (2010).
She has been called "Bollywood's quintessential girl next-door" by various media outlets.
Before starting her career as an actor, Rao appeared in several commercials during her college days.
Her first public appearance was in 2002 when she was seventeen; she was featured in the music video for Alisha Chinoy's song Woh Pyar Mera.
In May 2003, Rao starred with Shahid Kapoor in the coming-of-age romance film Ishq Vishk as a college student.
Rao's portrayal earned her several awards, including Filmfare Best Female Debut Award (2003) and IIFA Award for Star Debut of the Year, (2004).
Rao next had a supporting role in the Farah Khan action comedy Main Hoon Na, where she co-starred alongside Shah Rukh Khan, Sunil Shetty, Sushmita Sen and Zayed Khan.