Nita Fernando

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Nita Fernando
Born (1947-09-05) September 5, 1947 (age 72)
OccupationFilm actress / film producer
Years active1965–Present
Spouse(s)Elian Perera
AwardsBest Actress Award at the 1998 Singapore International Film Festival,
Vishwa Kirthie Award, Presidential Award, Critics Award in 1999,
OCIC Award for Best Actress in 2000

Kalasuri[1] Nita Fernando born (5 September 1947) in Negombo, Sri Lanka is an award-winning actress in the Sri Lankan cinema. She has starred in films like Duhulu Malak and Pavuru Walalu.[2]


Early life[edit]

Nita Fernando was the eldest of four children. She studied at Holy Family Convent Wennappuwa.

Personal life[edit]

Fernando gave up acting after her marriage to lawyer Elian Perera in 1975 and moved to Canada where she worked as receptionist at the Montreal General Hospital.


Nita Fernando made her screen debut in Landaka Mahima alongside Joe Abeywickrama in 1965. Over the next eight years, she made over 40 films e.g. Duhulu Malak, Lasanda, Hadawath Neththo, Mangala, Wasana and Shanthi.[3]

Fernando obtained her first film role in Gamini Fonseka's Parasathu Mal. She was unable to appear in the film however because her parents didn't approve. Discouraged, she toyed with the idea of becoming a teacher before she returned to acting after finishing schooling. Her interest in film was supported by her uncle.[3]

In 1983 she briefly returned to film, producing and starring in Sooriyakantha. She kept a low profile subsequently until 1998 when she played Violet in the Prasanna Vithanage film Pavuru Walalu.[4]

The role won her international acclaim netting her a Best Actress Award at the 1998 International Singapore Film Festival,[5] the Vishwa Kirthie award, Presidential award and the Critics award in 1999 and OCIC award for Best Actress in 2000 in Sri Lanka.[4][6][7][8]


  1. ^ "Kalasuri bestowed for Sri Lankan veterans". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 11 June 2017.
  2. ^ "I learnt many more from all directors". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Unfading Star of the Silver Screen". Daily News. 2006. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2007.
  4. ^ a b "Nita's achievements on the Net". Sunday Times. 2001. Retrieved 19 May 2007.
  5. ^ "Sri Lankan stars shined at international level". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Nita Fernando : Returns to cinema after a sojourn". Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka). 7 October 2007.
  7. ^ "Boost for Sinhala cinema". The Sunday Times(Sri Lanka). 7 June 1998. ISSN 1391-0531.
  8. ^ "Stars in jail shocker as Nisala Gira takes to the screen". Daily News(Sri Lanka). 5 September 2007.

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