Lekha Washington was born and brought up in Chennai, India. She is part Maharashtrian, part Italian, part Burmese. A qualified film-maker from NID, Ahmedabad, Lekha began her career as a theatre artist. In 2006 she became a VJ on SS Music, and hosted the popular show PCO and later Connect. She is also a sculptor, having held her first solo exhibition at the age of 18. She played a leading role in the film 'Framed' directed by independent director Chetan Shah. Lekha Washington was an anchor for the IPL cricket tournament telecast on Sony TV. Her performance in the IPL was well appreciated, though there was some criticism of her lack of knowledge of the game; most notably when she once interviewed the umpires and asked them who they thought was going to win.