Basra was born to Punjabi Indian parents in Portsmouth on the south coast of England, but now resides in Mumbai. She has one younger brother, Rahul.
She studied acting at the Kishore Namit Kapoor Acting Institute.
She was first seen in the Emraan Hashmi-starrer Dil Diya Hai in 2006. Her second release, The Train (2007), was also opposite Hashmi. She played Roma, a working woman who gets caught up in an extramarital affair.
Basra was also seen in the music video for the Sukshinder Shinda and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan song “Ghum Sum Ghum Sum”, playing the love interest of the male protagonist.
Basra married Team India cricketer Harbhajan Singh on 29 October 2015 in Jalandhar, Punjab.