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|Occupation||Film actress / film producer|
|Awards||Best 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
Nita Fernando was the eldest of four children. She studied at Holy Family Convent Wennappuwa.
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.
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.
The role won her international acclaim netting her a Best Actress Award at the 1998 International Singapore Film Festival, the Vishwa Kirthie award, Presidential award and the Critics award in 1999 and OCIC award for Best Actress in 2000 in Sri Lanka.
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- Nita Fernando on IMDb
- Nita Fernando's Biography in Sinhala Cinema Database
- Official Website - National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka
- Infolanka.com: Spotlight - Nita Fernando
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