|Anoja Weerasinghe |
January 21, 1955|
Badulla, Sri Lanka
|Education||Prince of Wales College, Moratuwa|
|Occupation||Actor, Screen Play Writer, Dramatist|
Born on 21 January 1955 in the village Thailagoda, near to Badulla, as the seventh of the 12 siblings in the family which includes seven daughters and five sons. After few years, the family moved to Monaragala due to many political disputes. Her father was a theatre actor who performed in stage dramas such as Barrister Hamu and Hingana Kolla. Her first marriage was celebrated in 1979 and lasted only for twelve years, where she married again to a plantation owner in 1991.
Weerasinghe first came to the screen with a minor role in Yasapalitha Nanayakkara's film Tak Tik Tuk. His first main role came through role Surangi of Yasapalitha's film Monarathenna.
She is also enjoyed lessons of karate to appear in stunt roles as well. He learnt karate from Nanda Siriwardena.
- Age Nama Rathi
- Trojan Kanthawo
- Diriya Mawa Saha Age Daruwo
- Ran Salakuna
- Memories of Monkey boy
Weerasinghe rose to popularity in cinema and acclaim after winning the Silver Peacock Award for the Best Actress at the New Delhi International Film Festival in 1987 for the film Maldeniye Simion, directed by Dr. D. B. Nihalsinghe and produced by Vijaya Ramanayake for Tharanga Films. This was the first time a Sri Lankan actress won a best actress award at an international film festival. Thereafter she went on to LAMDA in London to further hone her skills and won further accolades, nationally and internationally. She has been honored with the Kohinoor Award by the Governor of Tamil Nadu, Government of Sri Lanka's ''Kala Suri national award, the Asian Film Center tribute to her in 1994, Munich International Film Festival retrospective of her films, and the state governments of Kerala and West Bengal retrospectives of her films are among the many accolades she has received.
She is a recipient of many local, regional and international awards.
- Presidential Special Award 1984 - Muhudu Lihini
- Sarasaviya Awards 1985 - Hithwathiya
- Presidential Award 1985 Merit Award - Hithawathiya
- Sarasawiya Award 1986 Merit Award - Mihidum Salu
- Best Actress in 1986 State Awards
- Best Costume Design in 1986 State Awards
- Sarasaviya Awards 1986 Best Film - Obata Diwura Kiyannam
- Best Actress in 1987 Sarasaviya Awards - Maldeniye Simion
- Best Actress in 1987 OCIC Awards - Maldeniye Simion
- Best Actress in 1987 Presidential Awards - Maldeniye Simion
- Rajatha Mayura Award for Best Actress in 1987
- Best Actress in 11th Indian International Film Festival - Maldeniye Simion
- Best Television Actress in 1987 - Thaara Devi
- Rana Thisara Award in 1987
- Kalsuri Award in 1987
- Honor Award in 1987
- Woman of the Year 1987 - Vanitha Award at Rotary International Club
- Best Actress in 1990 Sarasaviya Awards - Sirimedura
- Best Actress in 1987 OCIC Awards - Sirimedura
- Koinor Rathna Award 1990
- Most Popular Actress in 1991 Vanitha Award
- Best Actress in 1992 Sarasaviya Awards - Kelimadala
- Best Actress in 1992 OCIC Awards - Kelimadala
- Best Producer in 1992 Sarasaviya Awards - Kelimadala
- Best Actress in 1994 Sarasaviya Awards - Surabidena
- Best Actress in 1994 Presidential Awards - Gurugedara
- Best Actress in 1994 Swarna Sankha Award - Surabidena
- Fringee First Award at Edinburg Drama Festival 2005 - Children of the Sea producer
- Tap Water Award at Edinburg Drama Festival 2005 - Children of the Sea producer
- Best Actress in 2006 State Awards - Diriya Mawa Saha Age Daruwa
- No. denotes the Number of Sri Lankan film in the Sri Lankan cinema.
|1980||440||Tak Tik Tuk|
|1981||487||Amme Mata Samawenna||Dulcy|
|1984||583||Niwan Dakna Jathi Dakwa|
|1985||613||Mawubima Nathnam Maranaya|
|1985||620||Channai Kello Dennai|
|1985||621||Aeya Waradida Oba Kiyanna|
|1985||624||Obata Diwura Kiyanna|
|1986||643||Maldeniye Simion||Jane / Somawathi|
|1987||654||Hitha Honda Chandiya|
|1988||681||Nawatha Api Ekwemu|
|1989||689||Obata Rahasak Kiyannam|
|1990||707||Pem Raja Dahana||Rekha Gajasinghe|
|1991||714||Hitha Honda Puthek|
|1991||721||Sihina Ahase Wasanthaya|
|1991||724||Hithata Dukak Nathi Miniha||Yasawathi|
|1991||741||Ma Obe Hithawatha|
|1992||757||Me Ware Mage|
|1995||822||Vijay Saha Ajay|
|1998||891||Aya Obata Barai|
|2014||1213||Thanha Rathi Ranga||Wimal's Mother|
- "Anoja's role as Mother Courage". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 18 March 2006. Archived from the original on 6 April 2008.
- "Healing wounded minds". Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka). 19 March 2006.
- "Drama group aids tsunami victim". BBC News. 11 August 2005.
- "Its 60 years to Anoja". Sarasaviya. 11 August 2016.
- "Lankan film stars shy away from poll campaign". Hindustan Times. 4 November 2006. Archived from the original on 31 May 2012.
- "Sri Lankan stars shined at international level". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
- "Anoja Weerasinghe awards". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
- "Sri Lankan Cinema History". National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 9 August 2016.