Malini Fonseka

Sri Lankan Actor-politician

Malani Senehelatha Fonseka is an award-winning Sri Lankan film actress, also known as the "Queen of Sinhalese cinema". Her cinema career which has spanned many decades began with Tissa Liyansooriya's Punchi Baba in 1968. She first earned recognition, when she won the 'Best Actress Award' at the 1969 National State Drama Festival This was followed by Sarasaviya Best Actress Awards for Hingana Kolla in 1980, Aradhana in 1982 and Yasa Isuru in 1983.… Read More

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1947 Birth Born on April 30, 1947.
1952 5 Years Old Born as the third child to the Gilbert and Seelwathie Fonseka at Peliyagoda, Kelaniya. After Malini was born, her family moved to Jambugasmulle, Nugegoda. In 1952 she started her education at St. John's College, Nugegoda until the 5th grade. … Read More


1963 16 Years Old Fonseka started her acting career with stage dramas. In 1963, she made her entry to stage dramas with "Noratha Ratha".


1968 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1968, Fonseka won the best stage drama actress national award for her performance in Akal Wessa. … Read More


1984 37 Years Old Some of her successful films include Nidhanaya by Lester James Peiris, Siripala Saha Ranmenika by Amaranath Jayathilake, Eya Den Loku Lamayek and Bambaru Ewith by Dharmasena Pathiraja. She achieved a significant milestone in her artistic career with Sasara Chetana in 1984, where she became both its director and producer.
1986 39 Years Old On 12 June 1986, she married Lucky Dias, a veteran Cinema and teledrama actor and producer.


1987 40 Years Old She has directed two other films so far: Ahinsa in 1987 and Sthree in 1991. … Read More


2000 53 Years Old Her most recent awards include the "Best Actress Award" for the teledrama "Kemmura" at the Sumathi Tele Awards Ceremony, 2000 and Wishva Prasadhini Award as appreciation of her service to the cinema industry from the President in 1996. Malini Fonseka felicitation ceremony titled Maliniye held at the BMICH on 30 April 2003 with the participation of President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga for her four decades of contribution to the Cinema of Sri Lanka in more than 150 films. … Read More
2004 57 Years Old Malini's career enhanced with Gamini Fonseka and both who had a long journey in history of the silver screen. Malini stated at Gamini's funeral in 2004, "His performance had appeal across the board and I had the good fortune of being associated with Gamini. … Read More


2010 63 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 2010 she has been named by CNN as one of Asia's 25 greatest film actors of all time.
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