|Sangeetha Weeraratne |
Dian Hemamali Sangeetha Weeraratne|
13 December 1973
Negombo, Sri Lanka
|Occupation||Actor, Director, Producer, Model|
|Years active||1990 – present|
|Awards||Sarasaviya Best Actress Award (2001) and Sarasaviya Most Popular Actress Award (2001–2003, 2006)|
Dian Hemamali Sangeetha Weeraratne (born in December 13, 1973 as සංගීතා වීරරත්න [Sinhala]) is an award-winning Sri Lankan actress in the Sri Lankan cinema and television. She made her debut as a sixteen-year-old with Roy de Silva's It's a Matter of Time opposite Kamal Addararachchi in 1990. However, she earned immense popularity only after performing in H.D. Premaratne's Saptha Kanya, also opposite Kamal Addararachchi in 1993. It was a huge success and she won the Sarasaviya Best Newcomer Award that year. Since then she has acted in over 50 movies and is regarded as one of the most successful stars of the Sri Lankan film industry.
Sangeetha Weeraratne was born as the second daughter of renowned cinematographer Timothy Weeraratne and his wife Daisy. She had her primary education at St. John's College Panadura and then moved on to Methodist College, Colombo for her secondary studies.
Sangeetha made her debut in to the silver screen through the renowned director Roy de Silva with his film It's a Matter of Time in 1991. She had the rare fortune of mingling with some of the popular stars of the time, such as Malini Fonseka, Vijaya Kumaratunga, Gamini Fonseka and Roy de Silva.
She was only a teenager, when director Roy De Silva got a glimpse of her talent and encouraged her to join films.
In 2001, Weeraratne won the Sarasaviya Best Actress Award for her role as Guneris' wife in Aswesuma directed by Bennet Ratnayake. She was also crowned the Sarasaviya Most Popular Actress for three consecutive years from 2001–03.
Some films where she played memorable dramatic roles include Saptha Kanya, Nomiyena Minisun, Maruthaya, Duwata Mawaka Misa, Dorakada Marawa, Kinihiriya Mal, Aswesuma, Salelu Warama and Dheewari. She also appeared in few blockbuster comedy movies such as Dawal Migel Ra Daniyel series and Sapata Dukata Sunny as well.
She launched her first production with the film, Sewwandi directed by Vasantha Obeysekera in 2006. Her latest dramatic film is Uppalawanna directed by Prof. Sunil Ariyaratne, where she plays the role of Upuli and later the bhikkhuni, Uppalawanna was also critically acclaimed.
Since his first film in 1991, she has acted more than 40 films which are commercially successful.
- No. denotes the Number of Sri Lankan film in the Sri Lankan cinema.
|1991||It's a Matter of Time|
|1993||788||Lassanai Balanna||Inspector Menaka|
|1994||793||Landuni Oba Devaganaki||Teacher|
|1996||849||Naralowa Holman||Durga 'Baby' Madanayake 'Shiromala' / Donna Juliana 'Julie'|
|1996||853||Hitha Hondanam Waradin Na||Lawyer|
|1997||871||Puthuni Mata Wasana||Rupika|
|1997||Mother Teresa: In the Name of God's Poor||Sunitha|
|1997||888||Ninja Sri Lanka|
|1998||894||Re Daniel Dawal Migel 1||Mudhuri|
|1998||895||Sathutai Kirula Ape||Piumi|
|1998||904||Dorakada Marawa||Subhasini 'Subha' Fernando|
|2000||932||Re Daniel Dawal Migel 2||Mudhuri|
|2001||953||Kinihiriya Mal||Sanduni 'Jean'|
|2001||959||Jonsun and Gonsun||Rathnayake Mudiyanselage Dingiri Menika and Durga|
|2003||Mother Teresa||Sister Christina|
|2003||1006||Sepata Dukata Sunny||Sempamutti Arachchige Tara Kumarihami|
|2007||1083||Mister Dhana Rina|
She is a receipient of many state awards in many times for many categories.
Sarasaviya Film Festival
|1993||Saptha Kanya||Best Newcomer||Won|
|1994||Nomiyena Minissu||Best Actress||Won|
|2002||Maruthaya||Most Popular Actress||Won|
Presidential Film Festival
|1999||Pawuru Walalu||Best Supporting Actress||Won|
|1996||Dorakada Marawa||Best Actress||Won|
|1998||Dorakada Marawa||Best Actress||Won|
|2000||Junior Chamber of Arts of Sri Lanka||Outstanding young personality||Won|
|2001||Aswesuma||Most Popular Actress||Won|
- "Its all about Sangeetha Weeraratne". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
- "Sangeetha Weeraratne". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 22 February 2017.
- "Sri Lankan Cinema History". National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- "Sangeetha in producer's role". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 11 March 2017.