Archana is an Indian film actress and accomplished Kuchipudi and Kathak dancer, known for her works in the South Indian film industry. She has won the National Film Award for Best Actress, twice for her work in Veedu in Tamil and Daasi in Telugu.
Archana was born in Delta region of Andhra Pradesh into a Telugu speaking family. She is a graduate in acting from the Tamil Nadu Institute of Film Technology. She made her acting debut with the Hindi film Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973).
She then acted in Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam language films, under directors such as B. Narsing Rao, Balu Mahendra, P. N. Menon, Shankar Nag and Vamsi.