Roshan Ranawana

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Roshan Ranawana
රොෂාන් රණවන
Born (1981-03-23) March 23, 1981 (age 37)
Wattala, Sri Lanka
Residence 259/7, St. Andrew's Place, Handela, Wattala
Nationality Sri Lankan
Education St. Joseph's College, Colombo
Occupation Model, Actor, Singer
Years active 2006-Present
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85m)
Spouse(s) Kushlani Ranawana [1][2]
Awards Most popular actor

Roshan Ranawana (Sinhalese: රොෂාන් රණවන) (born 23 March 1981) is an award-winning Sri Lankan actor, singer, and a model.[3] Ranawana was awarded the most popular actors award at the Derana film awards in 2013.

Ranawana made his acting debut with Hiripoda Wessa (2006) and won a Presidential award for best upcoming actor for his performance. He played the lead role in several commercial successes such as Tharaka Mal (2007), Asai Mang Piyabanna (2007), Rosa Kale (2008), Feel My Love (2008), Dancing Star (2009) and Suwanda Danuna Jeewithe (2010).[4]


Ranawana was a former travel executive by profession before entering acting.[5] Shortly afterward, he was chosen as the model for Manhunt International China for 2002 and finished in seventh place. He participated in the Mr. World, UK and Grassim International, UK in 2003.[6] He was the second runner-up in the Best Model of the World competition held in the same year in Turkey. He took eighth place in the Mr. International Singapore competition in 2006, and he won the Best National Costume in two pageants between 2003 and 2006.[7]

Acting career[edit]

His debut film was Hiripoda Wassa, co-starring Anarkalli Aakarsha Jayatilaka, Chathurika Peiris, Pubudu Chathuranga, and Janith Wickramage, directed by the Udayakantha Warnasuriya. His second and third films, Tharaka Mal and Asai Mang Piyabanna, were released in 2007.[7]

Ranawana became a household name in the Sri Lankan film industry after the success of Hiripoda Wassa and Asai Man Piyambanna with south Indian actress Pooja Umashankar in 2007.[7] This earned him the role of broadband ambassador for Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT).


Ranawana is a devoted Buddhist and committed vegetarian. He also appeared in many Buddhist programs in TNL TV particularly about the vegetarian life.[5] He is also an active humanitarian on preventing cancer around the country carrying accompany with Cancer Care Association.[8][9][10]

Ranawana made his television acting with the soap opera Vasuda which was telecasted on Sirasa TV. Then he acted only few television serials due to busy schedule as a cinema actor.[4]

In 2008, he participated in the first season of the Sri Lankan reality dance show Sirasa Dancing Stars, broadcast by Sirasa TV and finished in third place. He is one of the judges in the popular beauty contest Derana Veet Miss Sri Lanka for Miss World on Derana TV. In 2011, he launched his official website at a ceremony held in Ceylon Continental Hotel, Colombo.[7] In addition, he appeared in his own music video, Neela Neth, with Steven Krishan in 2010.

Selected television serials[edit]

  • Vasuda
  • Sanda Nudutu Sanda
  • Gama Thamath Sundarai Revathi
  • Sonduru Ruwathiya
  • Kavya
  • Sidangana
  • Sudu Anguru


Ranawana started his cinema career with the blockbuster teen romance movie Hiripoda Wassa. He still remembers that the character Prageeth is his best stage character as well. In the later year, he won the Presidential Award for the best upcoming actor for his role in Hiripoda Wassa.[11] Then, he acted more than 15 commercial and theoretical films across many genre, particularly as the lead actor.[12]

Year Film Role Notes Ref
2006 Hiripoda Wassa Prageeth Winner, Presidential award for Best upcoming actor[11] [13]
2007 Tharaka Mal Mahasen [14]
2007 Asai Man Piyabanna Praveen [15]
2008 Rosa Kale Akalanka [16]
2008 Adaraye Namayen Roshan [17]
2009 Dancing Star Sudesh [18]
2010 Suwanda Denuna Jeewithe Ayeshmantha [19]
2011 Challengers Kishan [20]
2011 Mahindagamanaya Prince Mahanaga [21]
2012 Kusa Pabha Jayampathi [22]
2012 Super Six Aravinda [23]
2013 Sri Siddhartha Gautama Prince Nanda Winner of most popular actor at Derana Film Awards[24] [25]
2015 Spandana Sithum [26]
2016 Ulath Ekai Pilath Ekai Wanathe Roshan [27]
2016 The Rainbow Roshan [28]
TBD Miss Jennis [29]


  1. ^ "The right time, the right way!". Daily News. Retrieved 7 June 2018. 
  2. ^ "Roshan Ranawana & Kushlani's Wedding ..." mywedding. Retrieved 7 June 2018. 
  3. ^ "Roshan Ranawana - Enough brawn and brain to take him places". Daily News. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "The Aasai Mang Piyambanna star sheds light in his flight to fame". Daily News. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  5. ^ a b "Roshan Ranawana on 'Celeb Chat'". Sunday Times. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  6. ^ "So, his best headline is..." Daily News. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Roshan Ranawana online". Magazine Lanka Help. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  8. ^ "Mr. Roshan Ranawana - CCA activity against Smoking". cancercaresl. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  9. ^ "Film Actor Roshan Ranawana Urges Sri Lankan Youth to Cultivate Good Habits". kandynews. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  10. ^ "Non-smoking will help create a healthier nation". Sunday Observer. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  11. ^ a b "Actor Roshan Ranawana". National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  12. ^ "Roshan Ranawana - රොෂාන් රණවන films". Sinhala Cinema Database. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  13. ^ "Hiri Poda Wessa - හිරි පොද වැස්ස". Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  14. ^ "Tharuka Mal, a tale of blossoming young love". Sunday Observer. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  15. ^ "Nothing but a light-hearted romance". Sunday Observer. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  16. ^ "'Rosa Kele' opens for the public". Sunday Times. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  17. ^ "'Adaraye Namayen' : Lankan-Indian co-direction". Sunday Times. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  18. ^ "'Dancing Star' - The movie rocking theatres". Daily News. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  19. ^ "Fragrance of Life". Sunday Times. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  20. ^ "'Challengers' on the move". Sunday Times. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  21. ^ "Mahindagamanaya Sinhala movie opening after Vesak day". Lanka Stuff. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  22. ^ "All in the name of love". Daily News. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  23. ^ "Super Six poised to bowl over Sinhala cinema". The Nation. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  24. ^ "Second Derana Film Awards". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 11 March 2017. 
  25. ^ "Truly a gift to humanity". Sunday Times. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  26. ^ "'Spandhana': A romance blended with horror story". Sunday Times. Retrieved 3 April 2018. 
  27. ^ "'Ulath Ekai Pilath Ekai' kicks off". Sunday Times. Retrieved 25 May 2018. 
  28. ^ "A rainbow on silver screen". Sunday Times. Retrieved 25 May 2018. 
  29. ^ "Latest Beauty in Sri Lankan silver screen - Miss Jennis". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 25 May 2018. 

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