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Anoja Weerasinghe
Born Anoja Weerasinghe
Sri Lanka
Occupation Film actress

Anoja Weerasinghe (Sinhala:අනොජා වීරසිංහ) is an award-winning Sri Lankan film actress.[1][2][3]


Weerasinghe rose to popularity in cinema and acclaim after winning the Silver Peacock Award for the Best Actress at the New Delhi International Film Festival in 1987 for the film Maldeniye Simion, directed by Dr. D.B. Nihalsingha. This was the first time a Sri Lankan actress won a best actress award at an international film festival. Thereafter she went on to LAMDA in London to further hone her skills and won further accolades, nationally and internationally: She has been honored with the Kohinoor Award by the Governor of Tamil Nadu, Government of Sri Lanka's ''Kala Suri national award, the Asian Film Center tribute to her in 1994, Munich International Film Festival retrospective of her films, and the state governments of Kerala and West Bengal retrospectives of her films are among the many accolades she has received.



  1. ^ "Anoja's role as Mother Courage". Daily News (Sri Lanka). 18 March 2006. 
  2. ^ "Healing wounded minds". Sunday Observer (Sri Lanka). 19 March 2006. 
  3. ^ "Drama group aids tsunami victim". BBC News. 11 August 2005. 
  4. ^ "Lankan film stars shy away from poll campaign". Hindustan Times. 4 November 2006. 

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28 news items

nation.lk - The Nation Newspaper

nation.lk - The Nation Newspaper
Fri, 12 Jun 2015 14:11:04 -0700

The cast stood out however, in particular Anoja Weerasinghe and Yasodha Wimaladharma, although the minor parts, played among others by Neil Alles (as Poseidon), were impressive too. My only problem with the cast was with the actress playing Helen, ...

nation.lk - The Nation Newspaper

nation.lk - The Nation Newspaper
Fri, 05 Jun 2015 13:15:00 -0700

I remember talking with Anoja Weerasinghe about the Method once. This is what she told me: “Actors here tend to think it began and ended with Stanislavsky. They refuse to learn or read because they think they know everything.” There have been few ...
The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
Sat, 23 May 2015 13:02:44 -0700

Acclaimed actress Anoja Weerasinghe no longer yearns to be in front of the camera. Nearly four decades of being an integral part of the Sinhala film industry and many personal ups and downs later, she now takes pride in seeing actors trained by her ...

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
Sat, 11 Oct 2014 14:10:27 -0700

Nilendra Deshapriya's debut film 'Thanha Rathi Ranga (Between Yesterday and Tomorrow) has been selected for two international film festivals in Russia and the USA taking place during this week. The film is also ready to be released here in EAP circuit ...
The Island.lk (subscription)
Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:18:45 -0700

Open discussions on personal experiences about mental illness for example by an award winning actor Anoja Weerasinghe have brought home the issue of the possibility of leading a very successful and fulfilling life without fear and shame in spite of ...

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
Sat, 29 Nov 2014 11:58:37 -0800

... Sulochana Weerasinghe, playing one of the few female leads as Jacintha, Wimal's love interest; Kamal Addararachchi embodying the brutality of the neighbourhood gangster, Neeta Fernando and Anoja Weerasinghe playing mothers protecting their brood; ...

Ministry of Defence (press release)

Ministry of Defence (press release)
Sun, 08 Jun 2014 11:11:15 -0700

... peace to this resplendent island. Vice President of the SVU Mrs. Indu Ratnayake, Commandant of the home Colonel Vajira Kariyawasam, popular screen actresses Anoja Weerasinghe and Yasodha Wimaladarma were also present during the occasion.

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka

The Sunday Times Sri Lanka
Sat, 26 Apr 2014 13:00:37 -0700

The group of experienced and talented stars include Sarath Kothalawala, Kumara Thirimadura, Namal Jayasinghe, Sulochana Weerasinghe, Swarna Mallawarachchi, Anoja Weerasinghe, Nita Fernando, Kamal Addararachchi, Adam Adamally, Dayadewa ...

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