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Dilhani Ekanayake

Film actress

Priyankara Perera

Dilhani Ekanayake smiling while wearing yellow and orange one-sided sleeve dress, layered necklace, earrings, and bracelets

Full Name
Dilhani Ashokamala Ekanayake

20 January 1973 (age 47) (

Flowers of the Sky, Me Mage Sandai, Pickpocket, The Wind, Shades of Ash

Film actress and Model

Sangeetha Weeraratne, Sabeetha Perera, Damitha Abeyratne

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Dilhani Ashokamala Ekanayake (Sinhalese: දිල්හානි ඒකනායක; born 20 January 1973) is an award-winning Sri Lankan film teledrama actress and a model. As the Sinhala film industry has slumped due to stiff competition from Bollywood and a resurgence of teledramas, Ekanayake is one of the few actors working to keep Sinhala cinema afloat.


Dilhani Ekanayake smiling while hand on her chin and wearing a green and blue blouse and green necklace

Personal life

Ekanayake studied at St Clare's girls school, in Colombo. She is married to singer and actor Priyankara Perera son of singer Milton Perera. She has a son, Dilmin Perera.

Television acting

Dilhani Ekanayake with a tight-lipped smile while wearing a blue sleeveless dress, earrings, necklace, and bracelet

Though cited as a cinema actress, she has also starred in several teledramas of which Maya Ranga, Swarna Kingkini and Meeduma stand out. She plays a major role in the Sri Lankan movie star show Ridee Reyak, which is a very popular annual event in Sri Lanka. She also performed as a judge of Ranawiru Real Star and Mega Star as well. Her latest performance came through in Dhawala Doowili and Deviya Sugala teledramas.

Cinema career

Dilhani Ekanayake smiling while lying on the couch and wearing an orange, yellow, and black blouse, necklace, and earrings

Her early roles were confined to commercial films. Her ability to dance and her trade mark smile captivated the audiences. She is known as the Sridevi of Sri Lanka. Her career hit a different trail with her role as an abandoned Tamil girl in the film Me Mage Sandai by Asoka Handagama. This serious role paved the way for other remarkable performances in Sudu Kalu Saha Alu (Shades of Grey), Mage Wam Atha (My Left Hand) and Sulanga (Wind). Ekanayake made her cinema debut in 1989 from the film titled Dedunnen Samanaliyak directed by Yasapalitha Nanayakkara.

On the lower left, Dilhani Ekanayake smiling and sitting on the stairs while on the upper right, she is wearing a colorful sleeveless blouse

Also she made some notable roles in Mage Wam atha, Sulanga, Me Mage Sandai, Sudu Kalu Saha Alu, Pem Kekula, Nilambare, Gamani and many comedy films such as Cheriyo Darling, Chaya Maya etc.


On the left, is the word 'age' while on the right, Dilhani Ekanayake smiling and wearing a blue dress and his son is wearing a white polo shirt

She won the Sarasaviya Best Actress Award in 2005 at the Sarasaviya Film Festival and presidential award Sri Lanka.she also won the best actress award from Sudu Kalu Saha Alu film.recently she won Best Actress awards from Signis Golden (OCIC)Award and First Derana Lux film awards in 2012 for her performance in Gamani film. She has been an ambassador for Lux.


Dilhani Ekanayake smiling while sitting on the couch and wearing a pink blouse, denim pants, necklace, and bracelet

  • No. denotes the Number of Sri Lankan film in the Sri Lankan cinema.

  • Dilhani Ekanayake smiling while wearing a violet blouse, black pants, bracelet, and earrings

    Dilhani Ekanayake, in one of her interviews, wearing an orange and white printed t-shirt


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