Upeksha Swarnamali

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Honourable
Upeksha Swarnamali
MP
Member of Parliament
for Gampaha Electoral District
Personal details
Born (1984-06-26) June 26, 1984 (age 30)
Kuwait
Nationality Sri Lanka Sri Lankan
Political party United National Party
Other political
affiliations
United People's Freedom Alliance
Occupation Politician
Profession Model, Actress

Upeksha Swarnamali, MP (Sinhala: උපේක්ෂා ස්වර්ණමාලි;born June 26, 1984) is a Sri Lankan politician, model and television actress. A current member of the Sri Lankan parliament, she gain popularity for her role on the television series PABA broadcast on ITN.[1]

Early life[edit]

Born in Kuwait to Sri Lankan parents where she lived for 20 years before returning to Sri Lanka in 2004. She has studied at Indian International School, Kuwait and holds a Diploma in Dancing.[2]

Acting[edit]

Starting her career as a model, she appeared on several song videos including "Chanchala", and took a major role in the television drama series "PABA". She also participated in the reality dancing show Sirasa Dancing Stars, on 8 June 2008 she was eliminated. She had won the Sumathi Award for Best Upcoming Actress Award for Most popular actress sponsored by Vendol.

Politics[edit]

She gained national attention due to the controversial removal from the Paba teledrama aired by State run ITN, due to what she claimed as her open support for then opposition presidential candidate (General Sarath Fonseka).

She was elected as a member of the Sri Lanka Parliament in the 2010 General Elections held on 8 April 2010 representing the United National Party having obtained 81350 preferential votes being the second from Gampaha District UNP list.[3] In June 2010, she steered controversy over an interview she gave on Derana TV. The interview caused great embarrassment to herself as well as the Sri Lankan public. Later she admitted that she lacked political knowledge and had no knowledge about Sri Lankan constitution.[4]

She supported the governing United People's Freedom Alliance voting for the 18th amendment to the constitution and crossing over.[5]

Appearance in reality show Mega Star[edit]

She took part as a contestant in the Mega Star reality program organized by Swarnavahini, a leading TV broadcast station of Sri Lanka. She made it to the 4 finalists and voted the 4th in the Mega Star finals. [6]

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