(born December 131973
) is an award-winning actress in the Sri Lankan cinema
. She made her debut as a sixteen-year-old with Roy De Silva 's It's a Matter of Time
opposite Kamal Addararachchi
in 1990. However, she earned immense popularity only after performing in H.D. Premaratne's Saptha Kanya
, also opposite Kamal Addararachchi
in 1993. It was a huge success and she even won the Sarasaviya Best Newcomer Award
that year. Since then she has acted in over 50 movies and is regarded as one of the most successful stars of the Sri Lankan film industry.
Sangeetha Weeraratne was born as the second daughter of renowned cinematographer Timothy Weeraratne and his wife Daisy. She had her primary education at St. John's School, Panadura and then moved on to Methodist College, Colombo for her secondary studies.
She has an elder sister, Nayanatara Weeraratne who currently lives in Australia.
Sangeetha married to a businessman, Roshantha Kariyapperuma in 2001.
Sangeetha made her debut in to the silver screen through her father, who had numerous connections with people in the cinema industry. She had the rare fortune of mingling with some of the popular stars of the time, such as Malini Fonseka
, Vijaya Kumaratunga
, Gamini Fonseka
and Roy De Silva
She was only a teenager, when director Roy De Silva got a glimpse of her talent and encouraged her to join films.
In 2001, Weeraratne won the Sarasaviya Best Actress Award for her role as Guneris's wife in Aswesuma directed by Bennet Ratnayake. She was also crowned the Sarasaviya Most Popular Actress for three consecutive years from 2001-2003.
Some films where she played memorable roles include Saptha Kanya, Nomiyena Minisun, Maruthaya, Duwata Mawaka Misa, Dorakada Marawa, Kinihiriya Mal, Aswesuma, Salelu Warama and Dheewari.
She launched her first production with the film, Sewwandi directed by Vasantha Obeysekara in 2006.
Her latest film is Uppalawanna directed by Prof. Sunil Ariyaratne, where she plays the role of 'Upuli' and later the bhikkhuni, 'Uppalawanna'.
1993 - Sarasaviya Best Newcomer Award
for ‘Saptha Kanya
1994 - Sarasaviya Best Actress Award
for 'Nomiyena Minissu'
1995 - Sarasaviya Merit Award
1996 - Critic Award for Best Actress
in 'Dorakada Marawa'
1998 - OCIC Best Actress Award
for 'Dorakada Marawa'
1999 - Best Supporting Actress Award
for 'Pawuru Walalu' (Presidential Award)
2000 - Outstanding Young Personality
- Junior Chamber Sri Lanka for the contribution to the arts
2001 - Sarasaviya Best Actress Award
and Sarasaviya Most Popular Actress Award
2002 - Sarasaviya Most Popular Actress Award
2003 - Sarasaviya Most Popular Actress Award
2006 - Sarasaviya Most Popular Actress Award