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Dilhani Ekanayake
Born
Dilhani Ashokamala Ekanayake

4 March 1970 (1970-03-04) (age 51)
Occupation Film actress
Years active 1990 - Present
Spouse(s) Priyankara Perera
Children Dilmin Perera
Relatives Milton Perera (father-in-law)
Chalaka Chamupathi (brother-in-law)
Awards Sarasaviya Best Actress Award
Sarasaviya Most Popular Actress Award

Dilhani Ashokamala Ekanayake (Sinhala: දිල්හානි ඒකනායක; born 4 March 1970) is an actress in Sri Lankan cinema, theater and television. One of the most popular film actresses in Sinhala cinema, Ekanayake has won several awards as the most popular actress in multiple times.

Personal life

Ekanayake studied at St Clare's girls school, in Colombo. She is married to singer and actor Priyankara Perera son of singer Milton Perera. She has a son, Dilmin Perera.

In late 2020, her husband Priyankara was diagnosed with a kidney failure. He was hospitalized and need to undertake a kidney transplant with an A + or O + type kidney.

Career

Before entering cinema, she acted in few ballets such as Vishwa Geethaya and Saama. In 1987, along with Channa Wijewardena, she performed the ballet Ukussa. Ekanayake made her cinema debut in 1991 film Dedunnen Samanaliyak directed by Yasapalitha Nanayakkara. In that year, she won the Sarasaviya award for the Best Upcoming Actress. In 1992, she won the award for the Most Popular Actress at the same festival.

Her early roles were confined to commercial films. Her ability to dance and her trade mark smile captivated the audiences. She is known as the Sridevi of Sri Lanka. Her career hit a different trail with her role as an abandoned Tamil girl in the film Me Mage Sandai by Asoka Handagama. This serious role paved the way for other remarkable performances in Sudu Kalu Saha Alu (Shades of Grey), Mage Wam Atha (My Left Hand) and Sulanga (Wind). In 2005, she again won the award for the Best Actress for the role Sudu Kalu Saha Alu at Sarasaviya Festival. In 2007, she won Presidential award for the Best Actress for the role in Sulanga.

Also she made some notable roles in Mage Wam atha, Sulanga, Me Mage Sandai, Sudu Kalu Saha Alu, Pem Kekula, Nilambare, Gamani and many comedy films such as Cheriyo Darling, Chaya Maya etc.

Though cited as a cinema actress, she has also starred in several teledramas of which Maya Ranga, Swarna Kingkini, Meeduma, Sath Sanda Kirana and Amarapuraya stand out. She plays a major role in the Sri Lankan movie star show Ridee Reyak, which is a very popular annual event in Sri Lanka. She also performed as a judge of Ranawiru Real Star and Mega Star as well. Her latest performance came through in Dhawala Doowili, Bharyawo, and Deviya Sugala teledramas.

She has been a brand ambassador for Lux.

Awards

Sarasaviya Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
1991 Dedunnen Samanaliyak Best Upcoming Actress Won
1992 Most popular Actress Won
2002 Merit Award Won
2002 All performances of the year Special Jury Award Won
2005 Sudu Kalu Saha Alu Best Actress Won

Presidential Film Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2001 Me Mage Sandai Best Actress Won
2005 Sulanga Best Actress Won

Signis Salutation Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2001 Me Mage Sandai Silver Performance (Female) Won
2012 Gamani Gold Performance (Female) Won

Derana Film Awards

Year Nominated work Award Result
2012 Gamani Best Actress Won
2015 People's vote Most popular Actress Won
2018 Dharmayuddhaya Best Actress Won

Filmography

  • No. denotes the Number of Sri Lankan film in the Sri Lankan cinema.
Year No. Film Role Ref.
1990 701 Dedunnen Samanaliyak
1991 719 Wada Barinam Wadak Na Thilini
1991 725 Asai Bayai
1991 720 Love In Bangkok
1991 736 Dhanaya
1992 744 Jaya Sri We Kumariye
1992 752 Malsara Doni Mangala
1992 753 Chandi Rajina
1992 761 Kulageya Edna's younger daughter
1992 762 Suranimala
1993 774 Prathignawa Vindya
1993 776 Sarasa Sarisarana Thek Oba Mage
1993 777 Mawila Penevi Rupe Hade
1993 779 Chaya Maya Chaya / Maya
1993 783 Jeevan Malli
1993 786 Sandarekha
1993 792 Sura Weera Chandiyo Kumari
1994 796 Ekada Wahi
1994 797 Jayagrahanaya
1994 800 Nohadan Landune Kanthi
1994 810 Okkoma Hondatai Anusha
1994 814 Sudu Piruwata Suranya
1994 815 Love 94 Umani Baby
1995 822 Vijay Saha Ajay Hashini
1995 827 Pudumai Eth Aththai Thusha
1995 837 Edath Chandiya Adath Chandiya Pavithra
1995 840 Dalulana Gini
1996 855 Sabae Mithura
1996 863 Cheriyo Darling Miss Sweetie
1996 867 Madhuri Madhuri 'Madu'
1997 875 Ramba Saha Madhu
1997 883 Pemmal Mala Pawansala
1997 909 Re Ru Kumari
1999 913 Rathu Aluyama Sulochana
1999 919 Kolompoor Tanisha
1999 923 Koti Sana
1999 924 Seetha Samire Amitha
1999 928 Nagaran Chithra
2000 Premilla
2000 933 Kauda Bole Alice Nirmala
2000 939 Me Mage Sandai Tamil Woman
2000 944 Pem Kakula Sumudu
2001 948 Jack And Jill Arundathi
2001 949 Kolomba Koloppan Dilhani
2001 972 Sellan Kukka
2002 976 Seethala Gini Kandu Sunny's daughter
2002 977 Pissu Double Bhagya Ekanayake
2002 978 Kalu Sudu Mal Nirmala Mudunkotuwa 'Rohini'
2002 979 Cheriyo Holman
2002 983 Thahanam Gaha Nirmala
2002 988 Mage Wam Atha Kamal's wife
2002 994 Surapurata Kanyaviyak
2003 1000 Sundarai Adare Meena
2003 1011 Pissu Trible Cichchi Cichchi Baby
2003 1015 Sonduru Dadabima Samangi Ranasinghe
2003 1016 Yakada Pihatu Nadeesha Kulasobana
2003 1021 Sudu Salu Thamara
2003 1022 Hitha Honda Pisso Wimala
2004 1028 Bambara Sanakeli
2004 1031 Ra Daniel Dawal Migel 3 Kamala Baby
2004 1037 Ohoma Harida Namali
2004 1040 Samawenna Ma Raththarane
2004 1042 Rajjumala Punya
2005 1053 Sudu Kalu Saha Alu Komala
2005 1056 Sulanga Crisanthi
2006 1062 Naga Kanya Madhu
2006 1069 Nilambare Samadhi
2006 1074 Rana Hansi
2006 1079 Kurulu Pihatu Shalika
2006 1080 Sewwandi Shirani
2007 1091 Hai Master Surangani
2008 Puthuni Hambagiya Uthpala
2008 1102 Siri Raja Siri Sirimal's mother
2008 1109 Pitasakwala Kumarayai Pancho Hathai
2009 1123 Sinasuna Adaren Mrs. Karandeniya
2009 1128 Akasa Kusum Shalika
2010 1167 Thank You Berty Mala
2011 1150 Sinhawalokanaya Subharath Manike
2011 1157 Mahindagamanaya Queen Ramadatta
2011 1160 Gamani Sulochana Weerasekera
2013 1191 Ira Laga Wadi Sewwandi
2014 1203 Siri Daladagamanaya Queen of King Guhasiva
2014 1209 Parapura Sudharma
2014 1212 Que Sera Tara
2014 1217 Ko Mark No Mark Rupika Mihirani
2015 1223 Spandana Piyumi
2015 1236 Lantin Singho Samadara
2016 1258 Sujatha Puthra Mrs. Hettiarachchi
2017 1268 Aloko Udapadi Queen Consort Anula
2017 1272 Kota Uda Express Pabawathi
2017 1282 Dharmayuddhaya Rani
2017 1284 Heena Hoyana Samanallu Madhavi Wijebandara
2017 1291 Paha Samath Samath's mother
2018 1299 Seya Varuni Dissanayake
2019 1321 Ginnen Upan Seethala Doctor's Wife
2019 1329 Weli Pawuru Piyumi Ekanayake
2019 1331 Suba Theraniyo Sumana
2019 Reload Princy
2020 Rookada Panchi Rangi's mother
TBD Thanapathilage Gedara
TBD Underpants Thief Nayani
TBD Deweni Yuddhaya
TBD Uthuru Sulanga
TBD Angara
TBD Tharu Athara
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