Swati Reddy also known as Colours Swathi, is an Indian film actress and television presenter. Her nickname and fame come from her role in the television show Colours, which was telecasted on the Telugu station Maa TV in Andhra Pradesh. After essaying supporting roles, she made her debut as a leading role actress in the Tamil film Subramaniyapuram (2008). Her role in the Telugu film Ashta Chamma received critical acclaim and garnered her the Filmfare Award and Nandi Award for Best Actress.
Swati Reddy was born in Vladivostok on April 9, 1987, Soviet Union. She was named as ‘Svetlana’ which means ‘beautiful girl’ by a Russian doctor but changed it to Swati by her mom. Her father, who was working for the Indian Navy, was transferred to the USSR as a submariner. She has one sibling, an elder brother named Siddharth. Her family shifted to Mumbai and later to the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam, where she spent most of her childhood. While studying in 11th class, she moved to Hyderabad. She enrolled at St. Mary’s College in Yousufguda, Hyderabad and graduated in biotechnology. After her EAMCET, she ventured into television at age 17. She started hosting a program called “Colors”, which gained high popularity. Due to its positive reception, the show was further extended and moved to primetime slot. She went on to present over 150 episodes. After completing the first year of her graduation, she made her debut in feature films.
Swathi Reddy has been occasionally working as a voice actor and playback singer as well. In 2008, she had spoken dubbing for actress Ileana D’Cruz in the film Jalsa. In 2010, she gave her voice to an HIV/AIDS education animated software tutorial created by the nonprofit organization TeachAIDS. In 2011, she turned playback singer, rendering her voice for two songs, “Unbelievable” and “A Square B Square”, for the soundtrack albums of her own film Katha Screenplay Darshakatvam Appalaraju and 100% Love, respectively.