Ranjan Ramanayake


Ranjan Ramanayake

රන්ජන් රාමනායක
State Minister of Highways and Road Development
In office
21 December 2018 – 21 November 2019
President Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Minister Kabir Hashim
Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment & Welfare
In office
4 September 2015 – 26 October 2018
President Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Minister S. B. Dissanayake
Deputy Minister of Social Services & Live Stock
In office
21 January 2015 – 17 August 2015
President Maithripala Sirisena
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Minister P. Harrison
Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Gampaha District
Assumed office
1 September 2015
Majority 216,463 Preferential Votes
Member of the Sri Lanka Parliament
for Ratnapura District
In office
22 April 2010 – 26 June 2015
Majority 59318 Preferential Votes
Leader of the opposition of the Sabaragamuwa Province Provincial Council
In office
23 August 2008 – 22 April 2010
Personal details
Sadda Vidda Rajapakse Palanga Pathira Ambakumarage Ranjan Leo Sylvester Alphonsu

(1963-03-11) 11 March 1963 (age 56)
Nationality Sri Lanka
Political party United National party
Other political
United National Front
Relations Vijaya Kumaranatunga, Jeewan Kumaranatunga, Chandrika Kumaratunga
Residence No D 4, MPP Housing Scheme, Madiwela, Sri Jayewardenepura, Kotte.
Alma mater Maris Stella College
Profession Film actor

Sadda Vidda Rajapakse Palanga Pathira Ambakumarage Ranjan Leo Sylvester Alphonsu (born 11 March 1963) (Sinhala: රන්ජන් රාමනායක), generally known as Ranjan Ramanayake, is a Sri Lankan politician,[1] actor, film director, singer and script writer who appeared in a number of Sinhala language films. He served as the State Minister of Highways and Road Development (2018–2019).

He served as the Deputy Minister of Social Services, Welfare and Livestock Development Under Good Govenence in 2015 and Deputy Minister of Social Empowerment and Welfare from 2015 to 2018. Ramanayake has won the Sarasaviya Best Actor Award as well as being the Most Popular Actor consecutively for 16 years. He has appeared in over 75 Sinhalese films in genres ranging from romance to action and comedies, starting his career appearing in theatre, stage and several television series.

In August 2019, he appeared in GCE A/L exam again after 1982 to pursue his later career as lawyer.[2] On 27 December 2019, he went viral in the social media as he publicised his A/L results (2S & 1F).[3][4] Subsequently he also qualified to study law after obtaining A pass for General English, S passes for Political Science and Communication media studies despite failing in Christianity subject.[5]

Early life

Ramanayake was born on 11 March 1964 in Negombo. He is the youngest in the family of two children, son of Simon Alphonsu, District Inspector at Ceylon Government Railway (CGR). He studied at Maris Stella College, Negombo. He added 'Ramanayake' to his name as a reciprocation to the filmmaker Somaratne Ramanayake who helped him in building up his film career as lead actor.[6]


Ramanayake's first leading role was in the commercial film Jaya Kothenada but his first film was Christhu Charithaya by Dr. Sunil Ariyaratne, which was in a crowded scene and maintained his status as a commercial film star through the 1990s. Ramanayake has occasionally branched out into more serious roles such as in Lester James Peries' Awaragira but continues to be known for his commercial roles. In 1998, he won the Sarasaviya Award for the Best Upcoming Actor for the film Hima Gira.[7] He continued to be the Popular Actor in Sarasaviya Festival since 2002 to 2016, with a record 14 times.

Recently, he has taken more control over his commercial film roles working as a director and screenwriter on the popular Parliament Jokes, One Shot and Leader, breaking box office records[7] with these films and becoming one of the most successful[peacock term] leading actors and directors of Sinhala cinema. Bandu Samarasinghe and Tennyson Cooray are frequent co-stars of Ramanayake.[7]

He has sung in several films including Jaya Kothenada, Naralowa Holman, Love in Bangkok and others. His song "Ran Samanala Joduwa Wage" was a well-received among other songs.[8]

He acted few television serials.[7]

Television serials

  • Bhagya
  • Charulatha
  • Guru Geethaya[9]
  • Nil Mahanel
  • Pitagamkarayo
  • Sagaraya Parada
  • Sanda Kinduru[10][11]
  • Santhuwaranaya[12]
  • Sath Sanda Kirana[13]
  • Sudu Mal Kanda[14]
  • Ulamage Rathriya[15]
  • Wishwa Gamana


Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Film Year Role Director Notes
Obatai Priye Adare 1987 Sarath
Ko Hathuro 1988
Sinasenna Raththarane 1989
Dese Mal Pipila 1990
Veera Udara
Jaya Kothanada 1990
Chandi Raja 1990 Sunil Soma Peiris
Christu Charithaya
Hima Gira 1991
Love in Bangkok Jackson
Ran Hadawata
Ma Obe Hithawatha
Salli Thibunata Madi 1992
Sakwithi Raja
Chandi Rajina
Sinhayageth Sinhaya
Maweela Penewi Obe Rupey 1993
Come or Go Chicago Ranjan
Langin Giyoth Ahek Na
Juriy Mamai
Sura Veera Chandiyo
Rajek Wage Puthek
Okkoma Hondatai 1994 Kamal Jayasekara
Raja Wansen Ekek Vijay
Awaragira 1995 Priyankara
Surayo Wedakarayo 1997
Re Daniel Dawal Migel 1 1998 Chandi Roy de silva
Bahu Bharya 1999 Kapila [16]
Ayadimi Sama 1999 Ukku Banda
Sathyadevi 1999 [17]
Daduwama 2000 Suranga
Re Daniel Dawal Migel 2 2000 Chandi [18]
Jonsun and Gonsun 2001 Sanjay Ranasinghe
Oba Koheda Priye 2001 Priyantha [19]
Rosa Wasanthe 2001 Akhila Sannasgala [20]
Pissu Double 2002 Jackie
Parliament Jokes 2002 Lawaris
Vala in London 2003 Suranga
Yakada Pihatu 2003 Romesh Jayawardena
Pissu Trible 2003 Gunda
One Shot One 2005 One Shot/Vijay
Nilambare 2006 Nirwan
Hiripoda Wassa 2006 Himself. Cameo appearance
Supiri Balawatha 2006 Nishshanka
Leader 2009 Leader
Kiwwada Nahi Nokiwwada Nahi 2011 Kalana
Jeevithe Lassanai 2012 Wishwa
Paya Enna Hiru Se 2013 Suren and Suraj
Sri Siddhartha Gautama 2013 King Suddhodana
Raja Horu 2013 Mahesh
Ranja 2014 Ranja / Ranjan
Parapura 2014 Madhava/Suranimala
Rupantharana 2014 Moorthi
Pravegaya 2015 Office Manager Guest appearance
Sinhaya 2016 Weerasinghe / Sathyamithra
Maya 3D 2016 Maya Donald Jayantha
Hero Nero 2016 Cameo Appearance
Dr. Nawariyan[21] 2017 Nirwan Senanayake Ranjan Ramanayake [22]
Kondadeniye Hamuduruwo[23] TBD Ven. Kondadeniye Thero
Yalu Malu Yalu 2 2018


Ramanayake was initially the electoral organiser of the Katana in the Gampaha Electoral District before becoming the electoral organiser in Balangoda. In 2008, Ramanayake contested for the position of Chief Minister on the Sabaragamuwa Provincial Council[24] and became the opposition leader on the Council.

In 2010 he was elected to the Parliament from Ratnapura from United National party and has become one of the most spoken members of the parliament who worked as a major opposition activist against the former government of Sri Lanka. Being one of the leading vocal members, Ramanayake has given utmost support towards the party to bring victory at recent Presidential Election. He is currently appointed as the United National Party organiser of Divulapitiya in Gampaha. Ramanayake received highest number of preferential votes for the UNP in the Gampaha district, at the General Election on 17 August 2015, receiving a total of 216,463 votes.[citation needed]



A school teacher from Kandy accused Ramanayake of having swindled Rs. 1 million promising to marry her. Based on a complaint by the woman who accused, Criminal Investigation Department arrested Ramanayake in 2010.[25] On 4 January 2020, he was arrested for having unlicensed firearm and several suspicious DVDs.[26] He was released on bail on 5 January 2020 following the verdict from Magistrate court and he was also banned from travelling overseas.[27]

Alleged threat to talk show host

On 2010, it was alleged that Ramanayake threatened the talk show host Dilka Samanmali of Derana TV following the Derana 360 talk show.[28] Ramanayake has allegedly called Samanmali's parents over the phone and accused her of causing disrepute to him over the programme. He had also allegedly told the parents that harm may befall their daughter. Later, Ramanayake denied the allegation stating that all that he gave Dilka's father was a courtesy call. Ramanayake said that he did call Dilka Samanmali's father and complained that his daughter was being biased in her show[29]

Recordings leak

His telephone conversations with former CID director Shani Abeysekara and some high profile figures including judges were leaked in the media.[30] Other several telephone conversations involving him were also leaked to the public and the recordings suggested that he used the law in unlawful manner to favour his government.[31]


Ranjan Ramanayake awards and nominations
Wins 28
Nominations 28
  1. ^ Certain award groups do not simply award one winner. They recognize several different recipients, have runners-up and have third place. Since this is a specific recognition and is different from losing an award, runner-up mentions are considered wins in this award tally. Awards in certain categories do not have prior nominations and only winners are announced by the jury. For simplification and to avoid errors, each award in this list has been presumed to have had a prior nomination.

Ramanayake has won Sarasaviya Most Popuar Actor Award 4 times.

  • Sarasaviya – Lux Awards – Most popular Upcoming Actor – 1990.
  • Sarasaviya – Most popular New Actor – 1990.
  • Sarasaviya Awards – Most Popular Film – 2002.
  • Sarasaviya Awards  – Most Popular Actor – 2001– 2005.
  • Sarasaviya Awards – Best Actor – 2006.
  • Signis Salutation – 2007 – Creative Performance (Male)- Nilambare.
  • Signis Salutation – 2010 – Creative Performance (Male)- Paya enna hiruse.
  • 1st Derana Film Awards 2011 – Most popular Actor.
  • Slim Nielsen Peoples Actor of the Year, for the 10th consecutive year in 2016. 2007,2008,2010,2011,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016, 2017.
  • Slim Nielsen Peoples Awards-for the 4th consecutive year in 2016. The Actor of the Youth Choice– 2013, 2014, 2015,2016, 2017.[32]
  • Sirasa Dancing Srars – Finalist Dancing Stars.
  • 3rd Derana Film Awards 2015 – Most Popular Actor.
  • 5th Derana Film Awards 2017 – Most Popular Actor.

See also


  1. ^ "This is new political culture – Ranjan". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  2. ^ admin (5 August 2019). "State Minister Ranjan sits for the A/L exam". Colombo Gazette. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  3. ^ "Ranjan Ramanayake publicises A/L results – Sri Lanka Latest News". Sri Lanka News – Newsfirst. 28 December 2019. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  4. ^ admin (27 December 2019). "Ranjan goes public with his A/L results". Colombo Gazette. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  5. ^ "AL results: Ranjan qualifies to study law". dailymirror.lk. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
  6. ^ Ramesh Uvais (16 May 2005). "Will 'One Shot' be banned?". DailyMirror e-edition. Wijeya Newspapers. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d "Peoples' Hero". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 15 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Ranjan Meets Rajini,Kamal,Shankar and Build a India Sri Lanka Cinematic Bridge". Sundaytimes.lk. 29 April 2016. Retrieved 7 July 2016.
  9. ^ "Bermin brings a rare tale". Sunday Times. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  10. ^ ""Sandakinduru": another love story". Sunday Times. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Sanda Kinduru comes on screen". Sunday Times. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  12. ^ "'Santhuwaranaya' : A story of sacrifice". Sunday Times. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  13. ^ "'Sath Sanda Kirana' goes in search of a dancer wife". Sunday times. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  14. ^ "'Sudu Mal Kanda': A love story". Sunday times. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  15. ^ "'Ulamage Rathriya' reveals the country's past". Sunday times. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  16. ^ ""Bahu Bhariya" cleared for adults". Sunday Times. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  17. ^ "'Sathyadevi' comes wit a human touch". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  18. ^ "Daniel and Migel appear again". Sunday times. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  19. ^ "'Oba Koheda Priye': Story of deceit and intrigue". Sunday Times. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  20. ^ "'Parasathu Uyana' gets Udayakantha's touch". Sunday Times. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  21. ^ "Doctor Nawariyan film plot". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  22. ^ "Super Star of our cinema". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 11 December 2017.
  23. ^ "Siritunga gives life to Kondadeniye Hamuduruwo". Daily News. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  24. ^ "Ranjan promises to deliver Sabaragamuwa in one shot". The Sunday Leader Online. Leader Publications (Pvt). Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  25. ^ Chandrika Perera and Suraj A. Bandara (15 October 2010). "Ranjan Ramanayake arrested". Daily News. Lake House. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  26. ^ "JUST IN: UNP MP Ranjan Ramanayake arrested – Sri Lanka Latest News". Sri Lanka News – Newsfirst. 4 January 2020. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  27. ^ "Ranjan Ramanayake given bail | Daily FT". www.ft.lk. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  28. ^ "VIDEO:Ranjan threatens Dilka over Derana 360 programme". Ada Derana. 30 August 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  29. ^ Ishtartha Wellaboda. "Ranjan Ramanayake denies threatening talk show host (n.d.)". Nation.lk. Retrieved 2 May 2015.
  30. ^ adaderana.lk http://www.adaderana.lk/news_intensedebate.php?nid=60087. Retrieved 9 January 2020. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  31. ^ "Several more voice recordings of Ranjan Ramanayake leaked – Sri Lanka Latest News". Sri Lanka News – Newsfirst. 8 January 2020. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  32. ^ "10 years consecutive". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 11 March 2017.

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