Anarkali Akarsha

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Anarkali Aakarsha
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Born Anarkalli Janina Jayatilaka Aakarssha
(1987-07-12) 12 July 1987 (age 29)
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Occupation Actress, model, politician
Years active 1995–present
Spouse(s) Dishan Jayasinha
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 (Sinhalese: අනර්කලී ආකර්ෂා;born 12 July 1987,as Anarkali Janina Jayatilaka) is a Sri Lankan actress, model, singer, TV Host 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.[1] She attended Colombo International School.

Film career[edit]

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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

She is the youngest actress to date in the history of Sri Lankan Cinema to win the most popular actress award.[5] 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.[6]

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.[citation needed]

Anarkalli also won the glamorous Lux Derana Film Most Popular Actress Award for 2012.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

Anarkalli contested for the Galle District at the 2009 Southern Provincial Council Election,[7] and on 29 October 2009, she was elected to the Southern Province Council.[citation needed] She is the youngest female councillor to date, and the sole female member on the Council.[citation needed]

Career as a host[edit]

Anarkalli hosted her own TV show 'Anarkali Live' on TV Dearana.[8] She also hosted Derana Music Awards 2010.[citation needed] She is currently hosting her own talk show LIVE Sunday with Anarkalli on Swarnavahini.[citation needed]


Year Film Role Other notes
2003 Pissu Trible
2003 Eka Malaka Pethi
2003 One Shot Minister's daughter
2004 Dhana Rina
2005 Hiri Poda Wessa Veena
2005 Sonduru Wasanthaya
2006 Anjalika Kavya
2008 Tharuka Mal
2009 Sikuru Hathe
2009 Sir Last Chance
2011 King Hunther Bisawa/Morrine
2011 It's a Matter of Love Natasha
2013 Sihina Lowak Main actress
2016 Juli Hathai Main actress


Year Film Role Other notes
1995 Iti Pahan Daisy Susan
2004 Sihinayak Paata Paatin Inoka
Sapphire and Silk Tanya
Isi Dasuna
2005 Arunodaya Kalapaya
2006 Santhuwaranaya Tanya
2009 Sanda Sakki
2010 Ran Thaliya Walauwa Dosatara nona


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Anarkalli in 'Iti Pahan'". Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  3. ^ "Anarkalli Aakarsha in 'Sihinayak Pata Patin'". 2004-01-25. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  4. ^ Anarkalli in 'Santhuwaranaya' Archived 23 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ [2]
  6. ^ Anarkalli - Brand Ambassador for Veet Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Anarkalli for Southern Provincial Council Elections". 2009-08-25. Retrieved 2010-09-08. 
  8. ^ [3]

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