Jackson Anthony

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Jackson Anthony
Born Konganige Joseph Malsi Jackson Anthony
(1958-07-08) July 8, 1958 (age 60)
Podiwee Kumbura, Ragama, Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lankan
Education University of Colombo
Occupation Creative Director, Film Producer, Actor, Historian
Spouse(s) Kumari Sandalatha Munasinghe
Children Madhavee Wathsala
Akila Dhanuddara
Sajitha Anuththara
Website www.jacksonanthony.com

Konganige Joseph Malsi Jackson Anthony commonly known as Jackson Anthony ( ජැක්සන් ඇන්තනී ) is an award-winning actor in Sri Lankan cinema.[1] Though he has become popular from his career as an actor (in Television, Stage and Cinema). He has appeared before the public in versatile forms; director, producer, singer, screenwriter, Television host, novelist, columnist and lyricist.

Early life[edit]

While he's recognized as "Jackson" by many people, his parents used to call him "Malsi". He received his primary education at Hapugoda Junior School and St. Mary's College in Bandarawela and later entered Galahitiyawa Central College in Ganemulla. For higher education he attended the University of Colombo where he first obtained an honors degree in Sinhala Language and Literature and did his master's degree in Mass media at University of Sri Jayewardenepura. 100 cr

Career as an Actor[edit]

His performances in stage plays such as Marsad, Madura Jawanika, Loma Hansa, Dhawala Beeshana, Ath, Mora and Tharawo Igilethi brought him islandwide recognition in the field of cinema.

In 1993 he came to film industry. Having acted in Guru Gedara, Chitti, Ayoma and Loku Duwa, in his initial days, Jackson went on to prove his status in films like Bawa Duka, Bawa Karma, Gini Awi Saha Gini Keli, Aswesuma, Agni Dahaya, Sooriya Arana, Mille Soya and Randiya Dahara. In the mean time he came to terms with television as well. These fields helped him establish his own identity as an actor.

He is also admired for his memorable performances in the roles of arrogant, assertive and impertinent characters. Sri Lanka's leading planter Dinal Hilary Samerenayaka was acting as a mentor to Anthony. He also collaborated with Jayantha Chandrasiri, a director in modern Sri Lankan cinema and television. In 2004, under the direction of the Sri Lankan director and writer, Somaratne Dissanayake, he took up a leading role in the film, Sooriya Arana in which he brought to life the role of an egocentric hunter who is compelled to vainly battle with the subtlety of Buddhist tradition both socially and spiritually. This bagged him awards at many of the local Award ceremonies. During his acting career he has garnered more than 20 Best Actor Awards at local award ceremonies such as Sarasavi Awards, Presidential Awards and OCIC Awards.

He won award for the Best Actor in Derana Film Awards 2015 for his film Address Na, which was directed by him.


Year Film Role
1993 Guru Gedara Sunanda
1995 Chitti
1995 Ayoma Wilson
1996 Loku Duwa


1997 Punaruthpaththiya Sediris
1997 Bawa Duka Peduru
1997 Visidela Nimal
1998 Bawa Karma Peduru
1998 Tharanaya Thangappan
1998 Gini Awi Saha Gini Keli Tunmulle Padme
2001 Aswesuma Sediris
2004 Mille Soya Somson
2004 Agnidahaya Punchirala
2004 Sooriya Arana Sediris Vedda
2004 Randiya Dahara Lionel
2005 Guerilla Marketing Gregory Mahadikaram
2006 Dheewari Siril
2006 Kurulu Pihatu Saman's father
2010 Kshema Bhoomi
2012 Kusa Pabha King Kusa
2015 Pravegaya Brando
2015 Maharaja Gemunu King Elara
2015 Ahlepola Kumarihami King Sri Vikrama Rajasinha
2015 Address Na Nasiwatte Hitler
2017 Dharmayuddhaya Harishchandra
TBD Gharasarapa Gharasarapa aka Kalu Kumara
TBD Lucknow


Year Film Ref
1994 Julietge Bohumikawa
2008 ABÁ [2]
2015 Address Na

Stage Drama[edit]

  • Bera Handa
  • Ath
  • Oththukaraya
  • Methanin Maruwenu
  • Lomahansa
  • Tharavo Igilethi
  • Madhura Javanika[3]
  • Maha Samayama
  • Dhawala Bheeshana


Other careers[edit]

Jackson Anthony was the Winner of the Peoples’ award for the best artist at the Awards Ceremony of the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) 2007. Currently, Jackson Anthony served as the Creative Director of Swarnavahini. He is acclaimed for his concept and presentation of Maha Sinhalaye Vansa Kathawa (translated as The Chronicle of the Great Sinhalese) and Maha Sinhalaye Yatath Vijitha Vansa Kathawa, telecasted through Swarnavahini for several years.[4] With many erudite historians brought together, this probably became a most comprehensive program dedicated to the History of Sri Lanka. Other popular programs created by him include exploratory programs like Ganga dige (an exploration of the water bodies in the island around Mahaweli River), Roma Puranaya a travel program revealing the history and civilization of Italy and Salang Hanthe (a travel program revealing the history and civilization of Lesotho).

He has also directed several Sri Lankan films. His directorial debut, ‘Julietge bhumikawa’ won him the award for the Most Promising Director at the Critics’ Awards Ceremony. Paradeesaya was another film directed by him. His direction Aba, allegedly an expensive movie have been made in Sri Lanka. It is based on the legend of King Pandukabhaya; a story which took place more than 2300 years ago. Jackson's son Sajith Anuttara will play the role of the young Pandukabhaya.

In addition to that he worked with Clarence Wijewardena;one of the most respected Sri Lankan musicians in Sinhala music, as a supporting singer for a sinhala teledrama called "Susima"

Esala Kaluwara is the only teledrama directed by him and is based on a story that addresses a realistic approaches to the roots and causes of the ethnic problem in Sri Lanka.

Anthony is one of three judges of Sri Lanka's Got Talent reality program, which is currently telecasting on Sirasa TV.

Personal life[edit]

Jackson Anthony is married to his long time partner Kumari Munasinghe, who is also an actress and a singer. They have two sons and a daughter and the family is settled in Kadawatha, a Colombo suburb. The daughter is the eldest of three siblings, Madhavee Wathsala, is a television presenter, actress and a singer. The elder son - Akila Dhanuddara, also is a television presenter, model and an actor. His youngest son, Sajitha Anuththara has played the role of the hunter's son in "Sooriya Arana". Sajitha is now studying in University of Kelaniya. He has also played the title role in his father's big-budget film ‘Aba’.

He often remembers his father, Mr. Konganige Benedict Anthony and his mother Mrs.Rolin Perera as the mammoth pillar of his success. Jackson's parents lived in his hometown Podiweekumbura, Ragama. He hails from a family of 5 brothers. Elder Brother is Senaka Titus Anthony who is a journalist for several medias. And his other brothers are Sudath Anthony, Saman Anthony, and Mohan Anthony. On 23 October 2017 in Singapore, his elder brother Senaka Titus was passed away due to kidney and liver failure.[5][6]

He is currently a practicing Buddhist and an enthusiast of Buddhist studies. He conducts a show on Sri Lankan Buddhist history and a discussion program on the Buddhist channel.


"Gampaha 80" Drama Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1980 Best Actor Won
1980 Best Script Won
1980 Best Production Won

National Drama Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1983 Methanin Maruwenu Best Supporting Actor Won
1986 Maratsade Best Actor Won

Divaina Sama Drama Festival[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1987 Maratsade Best Actor Won

Wijaya Rupavahini Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1987 Kadulla Best Actor Won

UNDA Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1991 Kadulla Best Actor Won
1992 Mahamera Pamula Best Script Won
1996 Akhala Sandyaa Award of Excellence for Acting Won

Sumathi Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1997 Pitagamkarayo Best Actor Won
2002 Maha Sinhale Wansakathawa Award of Excellence for Media Won
2004 Yeheli The Best Current Event Won
2008 Ganga Dige The Best Magazine Program Won
2008 Neighbor Talks Award of Excellence for Media Won
2016 Daskon Best Teledrama Won
2016 Daskon Best Teledrama Director Won
2016 Daskon Best Teledrama Script Won
2018 See Raja Best Teledrama Director Won
2018 See Raja Best Teledrama Script Won

Mass Media Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2006 Maha Sinhale Wansakathawa The Best Television Programme Won
2006 The Best Television Presenter Won

Critic Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1995 Punuruppaththiya Best Actor Won
1996 Julietge Bhoomikawa Most Promoting Director Won
1997 Gini Awi Saha Gini Keli Best Actor Won

OCIC Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1996 Loku Duwa Best Actor Won
1997 Bawa Karma & Bawa Duka Best Actor Won

Sarasavi Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1996 Ayoma Merit Awards Won
1997 Bawa Duka Best Actor Won
2004 Randiya Dahara Best Actor Won
2005 Milla Soya Best Supporting Actor Won

Presidential Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1997 Julietge Bhoomikawa Special Jury Awards Won
1997 Bawa Duka Best Actor Won
1998 Gini Awi Saha Gini Keli Best Actor Won
1998 Aswesuma Best Actor Won
2001 Sooriya Arana Best Actor Won
2005 Garilla Marketing Best Actor Won

Signis Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2002 Agnidaahaya Outstanding Performance Won
2005 Randiya Dahara Outstanding Performance Won
2005 Garilla Marketing Outstanding Performance Won

Top Ten Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1997 Agnidaahaya Cultural Achievement Won

People's Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2007 People's Artist of the Year Won
2007 Aba People's Film of the Year Won

Raigam Tele'es Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2014 Appachchi Best Actor Won
2015 Daskon Best Drama Script Won
2015 Daskon Best Drama Direction Won
2015 Daskon Best Teledrama of the Year Won

Lux Derana Film Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2016 Address Na Best Actor Won
2017 Dharmayuddhaya Best Actor Won

Hiru Golden Film Awards[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2016 Maharaja Gemunu Jury’s Award of Excellence Won


  1. ^ http://life.dailymirror.lk/other/birthday-tracker/1837-jackson-anthony.html
  2. ^ "Challenging Sri Lankan Cinema - ABA". Business Today. 2 September 2008. Retrieved 30 October 2015. 
  3. ^ "Sinhala musical play at Wendt9". Sunday Times. Retrieved 6 September 2018. 
  4. ^ "Jackson Anthony's historical voyage". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 17 November 2017. 
  5. ^ "Senaka Titus passed away". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 
  6. ^ "Veteran artiste Senaka Titus passes away". ITN News. Retrieved 3 November 2017. 

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