31 July 1938|
Mirigama, Gampaha, Sri Lanka
|Known for||Cinema actress|
Punya Heendeniya was born on 31 July 1938 in Mirigama. She completed her education from Mirigama Maha Vidyalaya. She married Dr.Milroy Nanayakkara and had two children with her husband, they also had five grandchildren. Punya Heendeniya gave up acting in 1968, at the peak of her career, but starred in Kaliyugaya in 1983.
- 1954-1955 Asoka (1955 film)- dance sequence choreographed by Master Panibharatha; Director Sirisena Wimalaweera
- 1958 Deyyange Rate (The Country of Gods) - Director L. S. Ramachandra; novel by W. A. Silva
- 1961 Kurulu Bedda - Director L. S. Ramachandra;
- 1964 Sikuru Tharuwa -Director L. S. Ramachandra;
- 1964 Gamperaliya (Changement au village) Director Dr. Lester James Peries; Novel by Martin Wickramasinghe
- 1966 Parasathumal Director Gamini Fonseka
- 1967 Ran Salu Director Dr.Lester James Peries;
- 1968 Ranwan Karal- Semi Documentary, Directed by Professor Siri Gunasinghe
- 1983 Kaliyugaya Director Dr.Lester James Peries; Novel by Martin Wickramasinghe
- 1964- Eksath Rasika Sangamaya Best Actress Award, Gamperaliya
- 1964- Sarasaviya Film Awards- Best Actress Award, Best film, GamperaliyaGamperaliya (film)
- 1964- Sarasaviya Film AwardsSarasaviya Best Actress Award,
- 1964- Best Actress Proficiency Award, Sikuru Tharuwa
- 1965 Gamperaliya won “Golden Peacock Award” Grand Prix International Film Festival of India, New Delhi
- 1965 Gamperaliya won "Golden Head of Palenque", Resena Mundial Film Festival in Acapulco, Mexico
- 1965- Punya Heendeniya represented Sri Lanka on World Human Rights Day at the United Nations Head Quarters in New York.
- 1966 Swarana Sankha Award, Best Actress Award, Parasathumal
- 1968- Sarasaviya Film AwardsSarasaviya Best Actress Award- Best Actress Award, Ran Salu
- 1985- Presidential Award- Kaliyugaya.
- 1998- to Celebrate 50 years of Sri Lankan Cinema a Rs10 stamp depicting Gamperaliya was issued.
- 2000-Lifetime achievement, President's Golden Lion Award
- 2008-Gamperaliya (Changement au village) shown in Cannes Film Festival as restored Classics.
- 2013-U.W.Sumathipala Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2015- Special Signis Salutation Award, -the highest award given by Signis Sri Lanka for a person who has contributed much for the development of media in Sri Lanka.
- 2016 - Sarasaviya Abhimani (Legendary) Award.
- "Punya Heendeniya (de Silva), the evergreen silver screen star". Sunday Observer. 17 August 2008. Retrieved 6 May 2011.
- "Punya Heendeniya career". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2011-05-06.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2009-03-28.