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Famous Sri Lankans

People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

A - D

  • Tissa Abeysekara filmmaker, critic, political activist
  • Karunaratne Abeysekera broadcaster, poet, songwriter
  • Arisen Ahubudu writer, orator, scholar, poet
  • Iqbal Athas journalist
  • Lalith Athulathmudali politician
  • Mohideen Baig musician
  • Sirimavo Bandaranaike former prime minister
  • S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike former prime minister
  • Trevin Bastiampillai cricketer
  • Yolande Bavan singer, actress
  • Poongkothai Chandrahasan actress, filmmaker
  • Vernon Corea pioneer radio broadcaster
  • Wijeyananda Dahanayake former prime minister
  • Manoj David cricketer
  • Somasiri Dehipitiya actor
  • Rukmani Devi singer, actress
  • Lucky Dias actor, producer
F - J
  • Rohan (Cecil) Fernando painter, filmmaker
  • Jeyaraj Fernandopulle politician
  • Cliff Foenander musician
  • Sarath Fonseka former commander, general Sri Lanka army
  • Praba Ganeshan politician
  • William Gopallawa former president
  • Gamini Haththotuwegama playwright, director, actor, critic, educator
  • Gamini Hettiarachchi actor
  • Disanayaka Mudiyanselage Jayaratne prime minister
  • Thushari Jayasekera actress, performer, writer
  • Henry Jayasena actor
  • Sanath Jayasuriya cricketer
  • Nalin Jayawardena singer
  • Junis Richard Jayewardene former president
  • Mahela Jayewardene cricketer
K - M
  • Lakshman Kadirgama diplomat, politician, lawyer
  • Amarasiri Kalansuriva actor
  • Arvind Kandappah cricketer
  • Nayana Karunarathe fashion designer
  • John Kotelawala former prime minister
  • Chandrika Kumaratunga former president, former prime minister
  • Vijaya Kumaratunga actor, politician
  • Thusitha Laknath actor
  • Kumar Mahadeva businessman
  • Balu Mahendra filmmaker, screenwriter, cinematographer
  • Rudy de Mel actress
  • Kanjana Mendis actress
  • Nimal Mendis singer, songwriter, musician
  • Albert Moses actor
  • Muttiah Muralitharan cricketer
N - P
  • E.M.V. Naganathan physician, politician
  • D.R. Nanayakkara actor
  • Arumuka Navalar Hindu reformer
  • Yureni Noshika actress
  • Sir Christopher Ondaatje philanthropist
  • Michael Ondaatje author
  • Shesha Palihakkara dancer, actor, producer
  • Selvarasa Pathmanathan leader of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelan
  • Channa Perera director, actor
  • G.D.L. Perera director, dramatist
  • H.A. Perera actor
  • Cyril Ponnamperuma professor, NASA scientist

P - R

  • Velupillai Prabhakaran rebel leader
  • Ranasinghe Premadasa former president, former prime minister
  • Ramzi Rahaman fashion designer
  • Mahinda Rajapaksa former prime minister, president
  • S. Rajaratnam politician
  • Hemal Ranasinghe dancer, actor
  • Tony Ranasinghe actor
  • Visvanathan Rudrakumaran lawyer
  • Ravindra Rupasena actor
S
  • Manicasothy Saravanamuttu journalist, diplomat
  • Shyam Selvadurai author
  • D.S. Senanayake former prime minister
  • Dudley Senanayake former prime minister
  • Aravinda de Silva cricketer
  • Nihal Silva comedian, actor
  • Ruchira Silva fashion designer
  • Rathika Sitsabaiesan politician
  • Lenin M. Sivam filmmaker
  • Sinnathamby Sivamaharajah politician
  • M. Sivasithamparam politician
  • Dinesh Subasinghe composer, violinist, music producer
  • C. Suntharalingam politician
T - V
  • Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah social anthropologist
  • Bala Tampoe lawyer, trade unionist
  • R. Thampipillay scholar
  • Sanjayan Thuraisingam cricketer
  • Murugeysen Tiruchelvam politician, lawyer
  • Neelan Tiruchelvam politician
  • Jayadeva Uyangoda political activist
  • Vivimarie Vanderpoorten poet
  • Swami Vipulananda social reformer, literary critic, author, poet, teacher
W - Z
  • Namel Weeramuni director, dramatist
  • Lionel Wendt musician, photographer
  • Cyril Wickramage actor, director, singer
  • Nalin Chandra Wickramasinghe professor
  • Ratnasiri Wickremanayake former prime minister
  • Ranil Wickremesinghe former prime minister
  • Tissa Wijesurendra actor
  • Dingiri Banda Wijetunga former president, former prime minister
  • Clarence Wijewardena musician
  • A. Jeyaratnam Wilson academic, historian, author
  • Sarojini Yogeswaran politician
  • Richard de Zoysa journalist, author, human rights activist, actor

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This page was last modified on April 7, 2017.