Anarkali Akarsha

Anarkali Akarshaborn 12 July 1987,as Anarkali Janina Jayatilaka is a Sri Lankan actress, model, singer, TV Host and a politician. She was crowned Miss Sri Lanka 2004 and represented Sri Lanka at the Miss World 2004 beauty pageant. She has worked as a brand ambassador & a fundraiser. She attended Colombo International School.

Film career


Her first public opportunity to act came when Somaratne Dissanayake and Renuka Balasuriya, who directed and produced the teledrama Iti Pahan in 1995, were in search of a little girl who was fluent in English. In the drama, she performed the role of “Daisy Susan” beside renowned actress Vasanthi Chathurani.
After a nearly seven-year hiatus, she returned to acting in 2003 when, at 15, she was cast in a lead role in Pissu Trible.Subsequently, she performed in several successful movies, and received acclaim in teledrama performances with her roles as “Inoka” in Sihinayak Paata Paatin and ‘Tanya’ in Santhuwaranaya.
She is the youngest actress to date in the history of Sri Lankan Cinema to win the most popular actress award. She has acted as the leading lady in more than 22 movies and 10 teledramas. She also works as a model, brand ambassador and a presenter.
She has appeared in many music videos. Some of her famous music videos are “Meedum selen” by Bathiya and Santhush, “Jeththu none” by Dushanth Weeraman and “Siththamak wage” by Yashan.
Anarkalli also won the glamorous Lux Derana Film Most Popular Actress Award for 2012.

Career as a host

Anarkalli hosted her own TV show ‘Anarkali Live’ on TV Dearana.She also hosted Derana Music Awards 2010. She is currently hosting her own talk show LIVE Sunday with Anarkalli on Swarnavahini.

Political career


Anarkalli contested for the Galle District at the 2009 Southern Provincial Council Election,and on 29 October 2009, she was elected to the Southern Province Council. She is the youngest female councillor to date, and the sole female member on the Council.




Year Film Role Other notes
2003 Pissu Trible Nisansala first movie
2003 Eka Malaka Pethi
2003 One Shot Sherry
2004 Hiri Poda Wessa Veena
2006 Anjalika Kavya
2006 Nilambare
2007 Sonduru Wasanthe
2007 Mr Dana Rina
2008 Tharaka Mal
2009 Sikuru Hathe
2009 Sir Last Chance Arti’s fiancée
2010 Mago Digo Dai Rosy
2011 King Hunther Moreen
2011 Ethumai Methumai
2011 It’s a Matter of Love Natasha
2013 Sihina Lowak Main actress
2015 Sanjana
2016 July 7 Anarkali


Year Film Role Other notes
1995 Iti Pahan Daisy Susan
2004 Sihinayak Paata Paatin Inoka
Sapphire and Silk Tanya
Isi Dasuna
2005 Arunodaya Kalapaya
2006 Santhuwaranaya Tanya
2007 Kula Kumariya Suwimali
2009 Sanda Sakki
2010 Ran Thaliya Walauwa Dosatara nona




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