Ranjan Ramanayake

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Ranjan Ramanayake
Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment & Welfare
Assumed office
4 September 2015
President Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Minister S. B. Dissanayake
Deputy Minister of Social Services & Live Stock
In office
21 January 2015 – 17 August 2015
President Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Minister P. Harrison
Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Gampaha District
Assumed office
Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Ratnapura District
In office
Personal details
Born Sadda Vidda Rajapakse Palanga Pathira Ambakumarage Ranjan Leo Sylvester Alphonsu
(1963-03-11) 11 March 1963 (age 54)
Nationality Sri Lanka
Political party United National Party
Relations Vijaya Kumaranatunga, Jeewan Kumaranatunga, Chandrika Kumaratunga
Residence No D 4, MPP Housing Scheme, Madiwela, Sri Jayewardenepura, Kotte.
Alma mater Maris Stella College, Negombo
Profession Actor
Website ranjanramanayake.net

Sadda Vidda Rajapakse Palanga Pathira Ambakumarage Ranjan Leo Sylvester Alphonsu (born 11 March 1963), best known by his mononym Ranjan Ramanayake , is a Sri Lankan film actor, film director, singer and a writer who appears in Sinhala language films and also a politician, Now he is the deputy minister of "Social Empowerment & Welfare". He is the former Deputy Minister of Social Services, Welfare and Livestock Development Under Good Govenence in 2015. Ramanayake has won the Sarasaviya 'Best Actor Award' as well as being the 'Most Popular Actor' consecutively for 14 years up to now. He has appeared in over 75 sinhalese films in genres ranging from romance to action and comedies, starting his career appearing in theatre, stage and several television series.

Early life[edit]

Ramanayake was born on 11 March 1963 in Negombo. He is the youngest in the family of two children, son of Rose Bridget Alphonsu and Simon Alphonsu, District Inspector at Ceylon Government Railway(CGR). He studied at Maris Stella College, Negombo. He added 'Ramanayake' to his name as a reciprocation to the filmmaker[who?] who helped him in building up his film career as lead actor.[1]


Ramanayake's first leading role was in the commercial film "Jaya Kothenada" but his first film was " Christhu Charithaya" by Dr. Sunil Ariyarathne, which was in a crowded scene and maintained his status as a commercial film star through the 1990s. Ramanayake has occasionally branched out into more serious roles such as in Lester James Peries' Awaragira but continues to be known for his commercial roles. Recently, he has taken more control over his commercial film roles working as a director and screenwriter on the popular Parliament Jokes, One Shot and Leader, breaking box office records[citation needed] with these films and becoming one of the most successful[peacock term] leading actors and directors of Sinhala cinema. Bandu Samarasinghe and Tennyson Cooray are frequent co-stars of Ramanayake. He has sung in several films including Jaya Kothenada, Naralowa Holman, Love in Bangkok and others. His song "Ran Samanala Joduwa Wage" was a well-received among other songs. [2]


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Film Year Role Director Notes
Obatai Priye Adare 1987 Sarath
Ko Hathuro 1988
Sinasenna Raththarane 1989
Dese Mal Pipila 1990
Veera Udara
Jaya Kothanada
Chandi Raja
Christu Charithaya
Hima Gira 1991
Love in Bangkok
Ran Hadawata
Ma Obe Hithawatha
Salli Thibunata Madi 1992
Sakwithi Raja
Chandi Rajina
Sinhayageth Sinhaya
Maweela Penewi Obe Rupey 1993
Come or Go Chicago
Langin Giyoth Ahek Na
Juriy Mamai
Sura Veera Chandiyo
Rajek Wage Puthek
Okkoma Hondatai 1994
Awaragira 1995 Priyankara
Surayo Wedakarayo 1997
Re Daniel Dawal Migel 1 1998 Chandi
Bahu Barya 1999 Kapila
Re Daniel Dawal Migel 2 2000 Chandi
Jonsun and Gonsun 2001 Sanjay Ranasinghe
Oba Koheda Priye 2001
Rosa Wasanthe 2001 Akhila
Pissu Double 2002 Jackie
Parliament Jokes 2002 Lawaris
Vala In London 2003 Suranga
Yakada Pihatu 2003 Romesh Jayawardena
Pissu Trible 2003 Gunda
One Shot One 2005 One Shot/Vijay
Nilambare 2006 Nirwan
Hiripoda Wassa 2006 Himself. Cameo appearance
Supiri Balawatha 2006 Nishshanka
Leader 2009 Leader
Kiwwada Nahi Nokiwwada Nahi 2011 Kalana
Jeevithe Lassanai 2012 Wishwa
Paya Enna Hiru Se 2013
Sri Siddhartha Gautama 2013 King Suddhodana
Raja Horu 2013 Mahesh
Ranja 2014 Ranja / Ranjan
Parapura 2014 Madhava/Suranimala
Rupantharana 2014 Moorthi
Pravegaya 2015 Office Manager Guest appearance
Sinhaya 2016 Weerasinghe / Sathyamithra
Maya 3D 2016 Maya
Hero Nero 2016 Camo Appearance
Dr. Nawariyan 2017 Nawariyan Ranjan Ramanayake Filming


Ramanayake was initially the Electoral Organizer of the Katana at Gampaha district & then became the Electoral Orgarnizer of Balangoda. In 2008, Ramanayake contested for the Chief Minister seat in Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council[3] and became the Opposition Leader in Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council. In 2010 he was elected to the Parliament from Ratnapura District from United National Party and has become one of the most spoken members of the parliament who worked as a major opposition activist against the former government of Sri Lanka. Being one of the leading vocal members, Ramanayake has given utmost support towards the party to bring victory at recent Presidential Election. He is currently appointed as the United National Party Organizer of Divulapitiya in Gampaha District. Ramanayake received highest number of preferential votes—of UNPs—in Gampaha district, in the General Election on 17 August 2015, getting a total of 216 463 votes.[citation needed]



A school teacher from Kandy accused Ramanayake of having swindled Rs. 1 million promising to marry her. Based on a complaint by the woman who accused, Criminal Investigation Department arrested Ramanayake in 2010.[4]

Alleged threat to talk show host[edit]

On 2010, it was alleged that Ramanayake threatened the talk show host Dilka Samanmali of Derana TV following the Derana 360 talk show.[5] Ramanayake has allegedly called Samanmali's parents over the phone and accused her of causing disrepute to him over the programme. He had also allegedly told the parents that harm may befall their daughter. Later, Ramanayake denied the allegation stating that all that he gave Dilka's father was a courtesy call. Ramanayake said that he did call Dilka Samanmali's father and complained that his daughter was being biased in her show[6]


Ranjan Ramanayake awards and nominations
Awards and nominations
Award Wins Nominations
Slim Nelson
14 14
9 9
2 2
2 2
Awards won 27
Nominations 27

Ramanayake has won Sarasaviya Most Popular Actor Award 4 times.

  • Sarasaviya – Lux Awards – Most popular Upcoming Actor – 1990.
  • Sarasaviya – Most popular New Actor – 1990.
  • Sarasaviya Awards – Most Popular Film – 2002.
  • Sarasaviya Awards  – Most Popular Actor – 2001– 2005.
  • Sarasaviya Awards – Best Actor – 2006.
  • Signis Salutation – 2007 – Creative Performance (Male)- Nilambare.
  • Signis Salutation – 2010 – Creative Performance (Male)- Paya enna hiruse.
  • 1st Derana Lux Film Awards 2011 – Most popular Actor.
  • Slim Nielsen Peoples Actor of the Year, for the 10th consecutive year in 2016. 2007,2008,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016 , 2017.
  • Slim Nielsen Peoples Awards-for the 4th consecutive year in 2016. The Actor of the Youth Choice– 2013, 2014, 2015,2016 , 2017.
  • Sirasa Dancing Srars – Finalist Dancing Stars.
  • 3rd Derana Sunsilx Film Awards 2015 – Most popular Actor.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ramesh Uvais (16 May 2005). "Will 'One Shot' be banned?". DailyMirror e-edition. Wijeya Newspapers. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  2. ^ "Ranjan Meets Rajini,Kamal,Shankar and Build a India Sri Lanka Cinematic Bridge.". Sundaytimes.lk. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 2016-07-07. 
  3. ^ "Ranjan promises to deliver Sabaragamuwa in one shot". The Sunday Leader Online. Leader Publications (Pvt). Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Chandrika Perera and Suraj A. Bandara (15 October 2010). "Ranjan Ramanayake arrested". Daily News. Lake House. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  5. ^ "VIDEO:Ranjan threatens Dilka over Derana 360 programme". Ada Derana. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  6. ^ Ishtartha Wellaboda. "Ranjan Ramanayake denies threatening talk show host (n.d.)". Nation.lk. Retrieved 2 May 2015.