Suminda Sirisena

Kala Keerthi Suminda Sirisena (born July 4, 1948) is an award winning Sri Lankan stage, teledrama and film actor, having performed for nearly 60 years. He has played a wide range of starring or supporting roles.

Early life

Sirisena was born on July 4, 1948, in Bossella, a rural village in Kegalle, Sri Lanka. His father was a small-time businessman in the village who also performed traditional Sri Lankan folk dramas and his mother was a housewife. After having his primary education at the village school, he was awarded a scholarship to attend Tholangamuwa Central College in 1963.

At Tholangamuwa, he studied under Ariyawansa Ranaweera, Jayasumana Dissanayake, Daya Alwis and Wijayaratne Athurupane who were scholars and artists that had a major influence on Sri Lankan theatre and arts for many decades. In 1967 Sirisena played the lead role in the stage drama Girikutha which was selected to the final round of State School Drama Festival.

Early career

After his school education, Sirisena moved to Colombo to join the Sri Lanka Railways as a Special Apprentice in 1969. In the same year, he joined the first batch of students of the theatre school Ranga Shilpa Shalika at Lionel Wendt Art Centre founded by Dhamma Jagoda. After completing the studies, he joined the drama group of Ediriweera Sarachchandra and acted in renowned stage dramas such as Maname, Sinhabahu, Bavakadaturawa, Mahasara and Kada walalu.

Television career

Sirisena’s first teledrama was Sihina Nimnaya, produced by Sri Lanka Rupavahini in 1985. He gained wide acclaim for his second teledrama Kumarihami, another Rupavahini production, where he played the supporting role of Hicchi Mahattaya. Since then he has acted in more than 40 teleseries, including Charitha Thunak, Pipi Pium, Weten Eha, Paramitha, Dumriya Andaraya, Mehew Rate, Yasa Isuru,and Boralu Para.


Since 2012 Sirisena has not taken part in any productions due to illness.

Personal life

Suminda Sirisena lives with his wife Leela Sirisena in Gampaha. They have two children.


Suminda Sirisena was awarded Kala Keerthi, the highest national honour for arts, culture and drama in Sri Lanka, in 2017.In 2014 he was awarded the Deshanethru award  and the Kala Bhushana state award in recognition of the service he had rendered to the country’s performing arts.


State Drama Festival, Sri Lanka

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1992 Megha Best Supporting Actor Won
1993 Bavakadathurawa Best Actor Nominated
1995 Andarela Best Supporting Actor Won
1997 Romaya Gini Gani Best Actor Won

State Tele Awards Festival, Sri Lanka

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2007 Punaragamanaya Best Supporting Actor Nominated
2013 Monara Tenna Best Supporting Actor Won

Sumathi Tele Awards, Sri Lanka

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1997 Megha Best Supporting Actor Won
1999 Nisala Wila Best Actor Won
2003 Ransirige Sangramaya Best Supporting Actor Won
2004 Ramya Suramya Best Supporting Actor Won

Signis Awards, Sri Lanka

Year Nominee/work Award Result
1995 Siyapatha Best Actor Won
1995 Isiwara Asapuwa Best Supporting Actor Won
2002 Asani Wesi Best Actor Won
2004 Hadavila Sakmana Best Actor Won
2005 Uttamaviya Best Actor Won
2005 Ginikirillee Outstanding Performance Won
2006 Teth Saha Viyali Best Actor Won
2011 Abarthu Atha Best Supporting Actor Won

Raigam Awards, Sri Lanka

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2003 Punchirala Best Actor Won


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