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|Born||Anarkali Janitha Jayatilaka
12 July 1987
Colombo, Sri Lanka
|Occupation||Actress, Model, Politician|
|Awards||Sarasaviya Most Popular Actress Award (2004), Presidential Award for performance in Anjalika (2005) Derena LUX Film award most popular actress (2012) & Miss Sri Lanka (2004)|
Anarkali Akarsha (Sinhala: අනර්කලී ආකර්ෂා;born 12 July 1987,as Anarkali Janitha Jayatilaka) is an award winning Sri Lankan film and teledrama actress, model,singer, TV presenter and a politician. She was crowned Miss Sri Lanka 2004 and represented Sri Lanka at the Miss World 2004 beauty pageant. She has worked as a brand ambassador & a fundraiser. She attended Colombo International School.
Her first public opportunity to act came when Somaratne Dissanayake and Renuka Balasuriya, who directed and produced the teledrama Iti Pahan in 1995, were in search of a little girl who was fluent in English. In the drama, she performed the role of "Daisy Susan" beside renowned actress Vasanthi Chathurani.
After a nearly seven year hiatus, she returned to acting in 2003 when, at 15, she was cast in a lead role in Pissu Trible. Subsequently, she performed in several successful movies, and received acclaim in teledrama performances with her roles as "Inoka" in Sihinayak Paata Paatin and 'Tanya' in Santhuwaranaya.
She is the youngest actress to date in the history of Sri Lankan Cinema to win the most popular actress award. She has acted as the leading lady in more than 22 movies and 10 teledramas. She also works as a model, brand ambassador and a presenter.
She has appeared in many music videos. Some of her famous music videos are "Meedum selen" by Bathiya and Santhush, "Jeththu none" by Dushanth Weeraman and "Siththamak wage" by Yashan.
Anarkalli also won the glamorous Lux Derana Film Most Popular Actress Award for 2012
Anarkalli will contest for the Galle District for upcoming Southern Provincial Council Election, says the United People's Freedom Alliance(UPFA) General Secretary. On 29 October 2009, she was elected to the Southern Province Council. She is the youngest female councillor to date, and the sole female member on the Council.
Career as a host
Anarkali hosted her own TV show 'Anarkali Live' on TV Dearana. She also hosted Derana Music Awards 2010.She is currently hosting her own talk show LIVE Sunday with Anarkalli on Swarnavahini.
|2003||Eka Malaka Pethi|
|2003||One Shot||Minister's daughter|
|2005||Hiri Poda Wessa||Veena|
|2009||Sir Last Chance|
|2011||It's a Matter of Love||Natasha|
|filming in 2013||Sihina Lowak||Main actress|
|upcoming in 2014||Juli Hathai||Main actress|
|1995||Iti Pahan||Daisy Susan|
|2004||Sihinayak Paata Paatin||Inoka|
|Sapphire and Silk||Tanya|
|2010||Ran Thaliya Walauwa||Dosatara nona|
- "Anarkalli in 'Iti Pahan'". Lankalibrary.com. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
- "Anarkalli Aakarsha in 'Sihinayak Pata Patin'". Sundayobserver.lk. 2004-01-25. Retrieved 2010-09-08.
- Anarkalli in 'Santhuwaranaya'[dead link]
- Anarkalli - Brand Ambassador for Veet[dead link]
- "Anarkalli for Southern Provincial Council Elections". Srilankan-stars.blogspot.com. 2009-08-25. Retrieved 2010-09-08.