Maya Roy was born in Chennai (then Madras) in the year 1901. Her father’s name was Jagadishchandra Sengupta. Her basic education was in Chennai. Then she was shifted to Kolkata. She passed her higher Secondary Examination from Victoria Institution in the year 1917. She was admitted to Bethune College. But as she was married to famous art director Charu Roy in the year 1918, she could not continue her studies any further.
She made her debut in film “Sriraj O Anarkali”. It was a silent movie. Being a very educated woman in those days she came forward to act in cinema in spite of many social hindrances. She knew language very well. Her husband was the editor of cinema magazine “Bioscope”. Maya assisted him in editing of that. Apart from this she use to write in cinema, in other magazines and news paper too. She died on January 16th 1961.