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Dilhani Ekanayake
Born
Dilhani Ashokamala Ekanayake

(1970-03-04) 4 March 1970 (age 53)
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 Nominee / 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 Nominee / work Award Result
2001 Me Mage Sandai Best Actress Won
2005 Sulanga Best Actress Won
2023 Ginnen Upan Seethala Best Supporting Actress Won

Signis Salutation Awards

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

Derana Film Awards

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

Filmography

Year Film Role Ref.
1990 Dedunnen Samanaliyak
1991 Wada Barinam Wadak Na Thilini
1991 Asai Bayai
1991 Love In Bangkok
1991 Dhanaya
1992 Jaya Sri We Kumariye
1992 Malsara Doni Mangala
1992 Chandi Rajina
1992 Kulageya Edna's younger daughter
1992 Suranimala
1993 Prathignawa Vindya
1993 Sarasa Sarisarana Thek Oba Mage
1993 Mawila Penevi Rupe Hade
1993 Chaya Maya Chaya / Maya
1993 Jeevan Malli
1993 Sandarekha
1993 Sura Weera Chandiyo Kumari
1994 Ekada Wahi
1994 Jayagrahanaya
1994 Nohadan Landune Kanthi
1994 Okkoma Hondatai Anusha
1994 Sudu Piruwata Suranya
1994 Love 94 Umani Baby
1995 Vijay Saha Ajay Hashini
1995 Pudumai Eth Aththai Thusha
1995 Edath Chandiya Adath Chandiya Pavithra
1995 Dalulana Gini
1996 Sabae Mithura
1996 Cheriyo Darling Miss Sweetie
1996 Madhuri Madhuri 'Madu'
1997 Ramba Saha Madhu
1997 Pemmal Mala Pawansala
1997 Re Ru Kumari
1999 Rathu Aluyama Sulochana
1999 Kolompoor Tanisha
1999 Koti Sana
1999 Seetha Samire Amitha
1999 Nagaran Chithra
2000 Premilla
2000 Kauda Bole Alice Nirmala
2000 Me Mage Sandai Tamil Woman
2000 Pem Kakula Sumudu
2001 Jack And Jill Arundathi
2001 Kolomba Koloppan Dilhani
2001 Sellan Kukka
2002 Seethala Gini Kandu Sunny's daughter
2002 Pissu Double Bhagya Ekanayake
2002 Kalu Sudu Mal Nirmala Mudunkotuwa 'Rohini'
2002 Cheriyo Holman
2002 Thahanam Gaha Nirmala
2002 Mage Wam Atha Kamal's wife
2002 Surapurata Kanyaviyak
2003 Sundarai Adare Meena
2003 Pissu Trible Cichchi Cichchi Baby
2003 Sonduru Dadabima Samangi Ranasinghe
2003 Yakada Pihatu Nadeesha Kulasobana
2003 Sudu Salu Thamara
2003 Hitha Honda Pisso Wimala
2004 Bambara Sanakeli
2004 Ra Daniel Dawal Migel 3 Kamala Baby
2004 Ohoma Harida Namali
2004 Samawenna Ma Raththarane
2004 Rajjumala Punya
2005 Sudu Kalu Saha Alu Komala
2005 Sulanga Crisanthi
2006 Naga Kanya Madhu
2006 Nilambare Samadhi
2006 Rana Hansi
2006 Kurulu Pihatu Shalika
2006 Sewwandi Shirani
2007 Hai Master Surangani
2008 Puthuni Hambagiya Uthpala
2008 Siri Raja Siri Sirimal's mother
2008 Pitasakwala Kumarayai Pancho Hathai
2009 Sinasuna Adaren Mrs. Karandeniya
2009 Akasa Kusum Shalika
2010 Thank You Berty Mala
2011 Sinhawalokanaya Subharath Manike
2011 Mahindagamanaya Queen Ramadatta
2011 Gamani Sulochana Weerasekera
2013 Ira Laga Wadi Sewwandi
2014 Siri Daladagamanaya Queen of King Guhasiva
2014 Parapura Sudharma
2014 Que Sera Tara
2014 Ko Mark No Mark Rupika Mihirani
2015 Spandana Piyumi
2015 Lantin Singho Samadara
2016 Sujatha Puthra Mrs. Hettiarachchi
2017 Aloko Udapadi Queen Consort Anula
2017 Kota Uda Express Pabawathi
2017 Dharmayuddhaya Rani
2017 Heena Hoyana Samanallu Madhavi Wijebandara
2017 Paha Samath Samath's mother
2018 Seya Varuni Dissanayake
2019 Ginnen Upan Seethala Doctor's Wife
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2019 Suba Theraniyo Sumana
2019 Reload Princy
2020 Rookada Panchi Rangi's mother
2021 Uthuru Sulanga
2021 Jangi Hora Nayani
2022 Happy Birthday Nita Saparamadu
2023 Deweni Yuddhaya
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