Vinaya Prasad (also credited as Vinaya Prakash) born as Vinaya Bhat is a popular film and television actress in South India who has primarily featured in Kannada and Malayalam films, TV series besides acting in a few Tamil and Telugu language films. She has won the State Best Actress Award for her performances in Aathanka (1993) and Bannada Hejje (2001). The senior actress in her career has shared screen space with Chiranjeevi, Vishnuvardhan, Rajinikanth, Mohanlal, Ambareesh, Venkatesh, Ananth Nag, Akkineni Nagarjuna, V. Ravichandran, Shivrajkumar, Mahesh Babu, Mukesh and others.
Vinaya is from the Udupi district in Karnataka and was brought up in Udupi. She is a Karhade Brahmin. She was first married in 1988 to V.R.K Prasad, an award-winning director and editor of Kannada films who expired in 1995 at a young age. The couple had a daughter, Prathama Prasad.
She married then Jyotiprakash, a former widower, in 2002. Vinaya currently resides in Bangalore with her husband, Jyotiprakash and daughter, Prathama Prasad. Jyotiprakash already has a son named Jai Atre from his previous marriage who is also in to film direction and screen-writing in Mumbai.