Shalani Tharaka

Gonakumbura Pangukarage Shalani Tharaka Wijayabandara was ( born November 15, 1990), popularly known as Shalani Tharaka, is a Sri Lankan actress, model and dancer. She holds the title for the Sri Lankan beauty pageant Sirasa Kumariya which she won in 2007. She has played leading roles in many Sri Lankan teledramas, commercials and music videos.

Early life

Shalani was born in Balangoda to her mother Suraji Fernando, a beautician by profession and her father Susantha Wijayabandara a well known businessman. She had her primary education at St. Agnes Convent, Balangoda. Since her Childhood, Shalani has indicated features of a talented personality. After the primary education she moved to her mother’s hometown Negombo and had her secondary education there onwards at Newstead Girls College which became an opportunity for her to brighten up her dancing skills in western and Kandyan dancing styles.


In 2007, when she was seventeen years old, she won the beauty pageant “Sirasa Kumariya” organized by Sirasa TV which brought her into mainstream popularity. The first step in her acting career was kept by her role in the drama “Poojasanaya” by Sherly P. Delankawala,her talents took her further in the field into many more teledramas such as “Isuru Bawana”, “Hansi”, “Samanalee”, “Api Api Wage” (I & II), “Ganga Addara” and “Sanda Sanda Wage” which became popular among all her fans. Apart from teledramas she has also contributed in the TV commercials for Hero Honda, Raino and Janet. She has also played parts in music videos such as Prihans Oya dese, mata oya D n S, Wasthuwe shafee ft Delon. In 2012 she played the role of Medhavi in the movie “Selvam.”  She participated in the second season of Sirasa TV’s dancing reality television program Sirasa Dancing Stars.



Year Title Role Notes
2012 Selvam Medhavi
2015 Spandana Mayumi
Upcoming Mayawee



Year Title Role Channel Number of Episodes
2009 Poojasanaya Subha Swarnavahini 30
2009 Isuru Bawana Amali Rupavahini 100
2009 Hansi Hansi Swarnavahini 60
2009 Api Api Wage I Nikini ITN 100
2009 Api Api Wage II Nikini ITN 100
2010 Samanali Samanali Sirasa TV 40
2011 Ganga Addara Nimali/Nirmala Sirasa TV 60
2011 Sath Rala Pela Minduri Sirasa TV 60
2011 Sihina Piyapath ITN 100
2012 Thuru ahasata Adarei Thuru Rupavahini 60
2012 Aluth Gegara Kaveesha ITN 30
2012 Handuna Gathoth Oba Ma Bhawana TNL TV 100
2012 Sanda Pini Bindak Uthpala Hiru TV 30
2012 Namal Arana Kamalani TBD 60
2015 A-Level Iwarai Rupavahini
2015 Thaara Swarnavahini
2016 Sikka Team Rupavahini
2015 Kutu Kutu Mama ITN
2015-2016 Wassane Premaya Astha Hiru TV
2016 Mage Adara Awanaduwa Dula Swarnavahini 55
2017 Muthu Mali Muthu ITN
2017 Lokantharayo Siyatha TV


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