Nimmi Harasgama

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Nimmi Harasgama
Born Sri Lanka
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present

Nimmi Harasgama (Sinhalese: නිම්මි හරස්ගම) is an award-winning film actress in the Sri Lankan cinema.[2] She made her screen-debut through the English movie Mother Teresa in 1997 by portraying a supporting character. Her first appearance in the Sri Lankan cinema was begun with the main role at Sinhalese movie Ira Madiyama (2003) where she was acclaimed for her best performance at several award ceremonies, including 2004 International Film Festival of Las Palmas and 2006 SIGNIS Salutation Awards Ceremony.

Personal life[edit]

Nimmi Harasgama was born in Sri Lanka to a Sinhalese father and Tamil mother as the youngest of her family.[3] When she was four her family moved to UK where she completed her primary studies at all girls Church of England.[3] After taking her graduation degree for Drama and Theatre Arts from Goldsmiths, University of London she left to New York City on a scholarship to participate in an Acting in Film Workshop at New York Film Academy.[4][5]


After appearing in a supportive role in English movie Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor in 1997 Nimmi made her first step in to the Sri Lankan cinema in 2003 by playing the lead role in Prasanna Vithanage’s film Ira madiyama (August Sun) where she portrayed a role of a woman whose husband is missing in action.[6] Her successful performance throughout the movie brought her positive reviews and several accolades, including the Best Actress award at the 2004 International Film Festival in Spain.[7][5] Following Ira madiyama, she appeared in her next television film Mother Theresa in the same year which was filmed in Sri Lanka and Italy.[6] In 2009 she appeared in her first Tamil speaking role in Enakkum oru per (I Too Have a Name), a short film which was nominated for the Golden Bear for Best Short at the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany.[5]


Year Film Role Language Notes
1997 Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor Christina English
2003 Ira Madiyama Chamari Sinhala and Tamil
2003 Mother Teresa of Calcutta (film) Sister Celes English Television film
2007 Nisala Gira Nanditha Sinhala
2008 Flowers of the Sky Priya Gunaratne Sinhala
2009 Shafted Sharma English Short film
2009 Enakkum oru per Sister Tamil Short film
2009 The Great Rudapest Motel Madame English Short film


Year TV Series Episode Role Language Notes
2005 Doctors Leap in the Dark Mira Chopra English
2008 Doctors Naughty or Nice Dr. Shareen Patel English
2011 Doctors Sticky and Sweet Linda Sahota English
2011 Doctors Anything You Say Linda Sahota English
2017 The Good Karma Hospital Mari Rodriguez English
2018 Requiem (TV series) Series-1 Episode-1 DI Alice Benton English


  1. ^ Alahakoon, Ajith (30 July 2005). "Presidential Film Awards Festival 2004". The Island (Sri Lanka). Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Nimmi Harasgma". National Film Corporation Of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Amarasingham, Kumudu (24 April 2005). "Between the lines". The Sunday Leader. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  4. ^ "Cast:Nimmi Harashama". Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c Jayawardhane, Ruwini (7 December 2015). "Nimmi's numerous moments!". Daily News (Sri Lanka). Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Passionate about art". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 23 May 2004. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  7. ^ "Nimmi Creates 'Auntie Netta'on ETV". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 10 April 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "'Ira Madiyama' wins fifth award". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 18 July 2004. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  9. ^ "Signis salutation for cinema and small screen". The Sunday Times (Sri Lanka). 26 August 2007. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 

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