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Upeksha Swarnamali

Upeksha Swarnamali also known as Swarnamali, is a Sri Lankan model, actress, politician and a former Member of Parliament of Sri Lanka. She gained popularity for her role on the television series PABA broadcast on Independent Television Network.

Personal life

Born in Kuwait to Sri Lankan parents where she lived for 20 years before returning to Sri Lanka in 2004. She has studied at Indian International School, Kuwait and holds a Diploma in Dancing. Her mother named Nirmalee Swarnamali and her father is a tamil citizen. She said that she never know about her dad due to parents divorced where she was 4 years old. Swarnamali has another brother from another mother named J. Shehan Fernando.

Swarnamali was first married to Mahesh Chaminda, where she was assaulted by her husband and was hospitalised by heavy bruises and injuries.They divorced on 31 January 2013, by a court order from Colombo District Court.  She is now married to a car sale owner Samantha Perera, where the wedding was celebrated on 13 March 2016.


Starting her career as a model, she appeared on several song videos including “Chanchala”, and took a major role in the television drama series “PABA”. She also participated in the reality dancing show Sirasa Dancing Stars, on 8 June 2008 she was eliminated. She had won the Sumathi Award for Best Upcoming Actress Award for Most popular actress sponsored by Vendol.


She gained national attention due to the controversial removal from the Paba teledrama aired by State run ITN, due to what she claimed as her open support for then opposition presidential candidate (General Sarath Fonseka).

She was elected as a member of the Sri Lanka Parliament in the 2010 General Elections held on 8 April 2010 representing the United National Party having obtained 813500 preferential votes being the second from Gampaha District UNP list. In June 2010, she steered controversy over an interview she gave on Derana TV. The interview caused great embarrassment to herself as well as the Sri Lankan public. Later she admitted that she lacked political knowledge and had no knowledge about Sri Lankan constitution.

She supported the governing United People’s Freedom Alliance voting for the 18th amendment to the constitution and crossing over. Swarnamali retired from active politics in 2015.


She acted more teledramas than films since her beginning and popularity through teledramas. Her notable film career began with her latest film Cindrella.

Year Film Role Other notes
2007 Asai Man Piyabanna Ranmalee’s sister
2009 Akasa Kusum Film actress
2010 Tikiri Suwanda Nilmini
2010 Uththara
2011 Suseema
2012 Bomba Saha Rosa
2016 Cindrella Isanka Main actress
2016 Maya 3D Nirmala


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