Nilmini Buwaneka is an award winning professional actress in Sri Lanka. With many talents the main one being dancing, Nilmini is well known as a Choreographer in Acting and Dancing. She has been involved in acting for three decades.
She learned dancing in Bhatkhande Music Institute along with a Diploma in Baratha Natyam. She currently employs herself as an instructress at International Schools as well as other Drama and Theater Schools.
Nilmini has portrayed many leading roles for the most thriving directors in the drama & theater field of Sri Lanka, and the number of non-commercial Stage Plays she has acted in add up to 18. They are as follows: Makarakshaya – The Dragon, Hena – Thunder, Loka, Don Diyego, Thatu, Seru, Weeraya Merila, Devadasi (Sinhala and English), Ayeth enne ne - Widows, Dasa Mallige Bangalawa, Doll’s House, Mother Courage, Death of a Salesman, Manoramya Gee, Sihina Dakinna, Julius Caesar, House of Bernada Alba, Reality Show)
Playing characters in both leading as well as supporting roles in several movies, her distinctiveness remains that of acting only in handpicked special creations of cinema. (Bawa Duka, Bawa Karma, Boradiya Pokuna, Sam’s Story, Ekamath eka Rataka, Bindu], Bahuchithawadiya)
Nilmini has acted in a Total of 45 TV Dramas. (Bhavathu Sabba Mangalam, Bumuthurunu, Ambudaruwo, Sandakinduri, Agamehesiyo, Chandragrahanaya, Sasara Chakra, Agni Kankariya, Dahas Gau Dura, Rala Bindena Thena, Sansare Piya Satahan(short movie), Sitha Nivana Katha (short movie), Aparna, Chathurya, Wanabime Sirakaru, Sudheera, Suba Sihina, Wankagiriya, Dhadayakkaraya, Ann, Ehi Pillamak Yata, Thaksalawa, Sonduru Piyapath, Sirakari, Alu Pata Heena, Sithumina, Kalpa Kumari, Sihina Puraya, Parana Tauma, Monara Thenna, Sihina Piyapath, Suba, Sansara Prarthana, Duli Pintharu, Ira Awara, Bhava Tharana, 9 Veni Kadulla, Sudui Usai, Mandakini, Udu Sulanga, Sura Vimana, Sathpiyawaru, Sneha, Pura Kalani, Hiru Daruwo)
Having had the opportunity to work as an Assistant Director alongside Dharmasiri Bandaranayake a Director who marked an era of Movie Making in Sri Lanka, Nilmini was praised by Foreign Critics after seeing her own Direction of a Stage Plays using only children engulfed by Down’s syndrome. (Sihina Mal Dangakary, Eka Adipathi, Yakshaya, Sathya)
In 2004 she won the State Drama Award Festival for Best Actress in a leading role followed by the award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role at the Sumathi Tele Drama Award Festival in 2008. (State Drama Award for ‘Dasa Mallige Bangalawa’ directed by Ruwan Malith and Sumathi Tele Award for ‘Sudheera’ directed by Benat Rathnayake)