Swarna Mallawarachchi (left) in 2017
Swarna Mallawarachchi is a Sri Lankan film actress, also known as the "Golden star of Sinhalese cinema". She began her acting career whilst still a schoolgirl - starring in the 1966 released Sinhalese film Sath Samudura directed by Siri Gunasinghe. During a career that spans over 40 years, Swarna has won the 'Best Actress Award' 26 times.
Swarna left Sri Lankan cinema for a brief period in the 1970s to live abroad. When she returned after a four-year absence there was an influx of new actresses. Swarna accepted supporting roles from directors during this period however obtained the Best Actress awards for these roles during these years. A hint at the excellence of her talent. Swarna Mallawarachchi holds the highest number of 'Best Actress' awards in Sri Lanka.
In her off-screen life, Swarna is an example of the roles she portrays on-screen. A strong, independent woman who has achieved the best in life for herself and her family. She was appointed the UNHCR ambassador for women's rights in Sri Lanka since 2004.
Swarna's truly unique role as an actress is evident in films such as Vasantha Obeysekera's Dadayama (The Hunt) and Kadapathaka Chayava (Reflections in the Mirror), Dharmasiri Bandaranayake's Suddhilage Kathawa (The Story of Suddhi) and Bava Duka / Bava Karma, Sumitra Peries' Sagara Jalaya (Letter Written in the Sand) and Prasanna Vithanage's Anantha Rathriya (Dark Night of the Soul).
- No. denotes the Number of Sri Lankan film in the Sri Lankan cinema.
|1971||247||Samanala Kumariyo Samaga Api Kawadath Surayo|
|1973||269||Mathara Achchi||Sumithra aka Sumi|
|1980||457||Muwan Palessa 2|
|1980||460||Hewanali Eda Minissu|
|1980||462||Hansa Vilak||Miranda Ranaweera|
|1983||569||Muwan Palessa 3|
|1988||683||Sagara Jalaya Madi Haduwa Oba Sanda||Heen Kella|
|1989||687||Kedapathaka Chaya||Nandawathi Bandara|
|1994||819||Mee Haraka||Yamuna Nanayakkara|
|1997||877||Bawa Duka||Nona Hami|
|1997||886||Bawa Karma||Nona Hami|
|2001||954||Anantha Rathriya||Weerasinghe Arachchige Piyumi|
|2014||1213||Thanha Rathi Ranga||Manorani|
|2016||1251||Age Asa Aga|
- 1981 Presidential Awards - Best Actress - Hansa Vilak
- 1982 OCIC Awards - Best Actress - Ridi Nimnaya/Biththi Hathara/Yahalu Yeheli
- 1983 Sarasaviya Awards - Best Actress - Dadayama
- 1983 OCIC Awards - Best Actress - Dadayama
- 1984 OCIC Awards - Best Actress - Maya
- 1985 OCIC Awards - Best Actress - Suddilage Kathawa
- 1985 Sarasaviya Awards - Best Actress - Suddilage Kathawa
- 1986 Presidential Awards - Best Actress
- 1988 Swarna Sanka Awards - Best Actress - Sagara Jalaya
- 1988 Sarasaviya Awards - Best Actress - Sagara Jalaya
- 1988 OCIC Awards - Best Actress - Sagara Jalaya
- 1998 OCIC Awards - Best Actress - Channa Kinnari
- 1989 Swarna Sanka Awards - Best Actress - Kadapathaka Chaya
- 1989 OCIC Awards - Best Actress - Kadapathaka Chaya
- 1996 OCIC Awards - Best Actress - Anantha Rathriya
- 1997 OCIC Awards - Best Actress - Bawa Duka
- 1997 Sarasaviya Awards - Best Actress - Bawa Duka
- 1997 Presidential Awards - Best Actress - Bawa Duka
- 1998 Presidential Awards - Best Actress - Channa Kinnari
- 1998 Sarasaviya Awards - Best Actress - Channa Kinnari
- Rana Thisara Lifetime Achievement Awards
- Bangladesh Film Development Board Award
- Zonta Woman of the Year Award
- Sanpac Felicitation Award
- Lifetime Achievement Award - ABC Media Network
- Lifetime Achievement Award - Presidential Film Awards 2017
- 2017 Derana Film Awards - Best Actress - Age Asa Aga
- 2017 Signis Awards - Best Actress - Age Asa Aga
- 2017Sumathi Awards - U.W. Sumathipala Memorial Award Lifetime Award
- "She is "Swarna"". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
- "Swarna: The golden star of Sinhala cinema". TV Times (Sri Lanka). 15 January 2006. ISSN 1391-0531.
- Swarna Mallawarachchi
- "Sri Lankan Cinema History". National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
- Tucker, Neely (14 January 2005). "Off-Screen Activist". Washington Post. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
- Swarna Mallawarachchi's Biography in Sinhala Cinema Database
- Official Website - National Film Corporation of Sri Lanka
- Official Website of Lester James Peries in association with Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Sri Lanka
- Swarna Mallawarachchi in Sinhala
- ස්වර්ණා මල්ලවාරච්චි අසංක දේවමිත්ර පෙරේරා සමඟ හෘදයාංගම කතාබහක...