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Iranganie Serasinghe
අයිරාංගනී සේරසිංහ
1931
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NATIONAL AWARDS

1 Best Actress

2nd Deepashika Award Ceremony 1957
Rekava

2 Best Actress

4th Sarasaviya Awards - 1967
Oba Dutu Da

3 Best Supporting Actress

10th Sarasaviya Awards - 1982
Sagarayak Meda

4 Best Performance Award

9th OCIC Award Ceremony 1982
Sagarayak Meda

5 Merit Award

4th Presidential Award 1982
Sagarayak Meda

6 Best Performance Award

11th OCIC Award Ceremony 1984
Dadayama

7 Merit Award

6th Presidential Award 1984
Dadayama

8 Merit Award

7th Presidential Award 1985
Hima Kathara

9 Best Supporting Actress

8th Presidential Award 1986
Adara Kathava

10 "Ranathisara" Award

21st Sarasaviya Awards - 1993

11 Best Actress

23rd Sarasaviya Awards - 1995
Pavana Raluviya

12 Best Actress

24th Sarasaviya Awards - 1996
Avaragira

13 "Swarna Jayanthi" Award

11th Presidential Award 1997

14 Best Supporting Actress

8th Swarna Sanka Cinema Awards Ceremony 1997
Loku Duwa

15 Best Supporting Actress

25th Sarasaviya Awards - 1998
Loku Duwa

16 Best Supporting Actress

28th Sarasaviya Awards - 2003
Sudu Sewaneli
 
FILMOGRAPHY


AS CAST MEMBER

1Rekava
Actress
1956
2Sandeshaya
Actress
1960
3Delovak Athara
Actress
1966
4Vesathuru Siritha
Actress
1966
5Oba Dutu Da
Actress
1966
6Ransalu
Actress
1967
7Romio-Juliet Kathawak
Actress
1969
8Bakmaha Deege
Main Actress
1969
9Thevatha
Actress
1970
10Priyanga
Actress
1970
11Gopalu Handa
Actress
1973
12Mayurige Kathawa
Actress
1980
13Sagarayak Meda
Actress
1981
14Thana Giravee
Actress
1982
15Dadayama
Actress
1983
16Thunwani Yaamaya
Actress
1983
17Deveni Gamana
Actress
1984
18Hima Kathara
Actress
1984
19Adara Kathava
Actress
1985
20Awurudu Da
Actress
1986
21Nelum Ha Samanmalee
Actress
1993
22Pavana Raluviya
Main Actress
1994
23Avaragira
Main Actress
1995
24Amaanthaya
Actress
1996
25Loku Duwa
Actress
1996
26Kinihiriya Mal
Actress
2001
27Poronduwa
Actress
2001
28Sudu Sewaneli
Actress
2002
29Sudu Sewaneli
Actress
2002
30Irasma
Actress
2003
31Sikuru Hathe
Actress
2007
32Nisala Gira
Actress
2007
33Heart FM
Actress
2008
34Rosa Kele
Actress
2008
35Alimankada
Actress
2009
36It’s a Matter of Love [ English ]
Actress
2013
37Abinikmana
Actress
2013
38Kalpanthe Sihinayak
Actress
2014
39Kalpanthe Sihinayak
Actress
2014
405 Samath
Actress
2017
41Vaishnavee
Actress
2018
42Sulanga Apa Ragena Yavi
Actress
2019

UPCOMING

1Swara
Actress
2Theja
Actress
3Adda Lanuwa Demma Kodiya
Actress
4Miringu Yathra
Actress
5Guru Geethaya
Actress
6Cinema
Actress
7Gaadi
Actress
BIOGRAPHY

Iranganie Roxanna Serasinghe (nee Meedeniya) (born 1931) is a Sri Lankan actress. Since her debut in Rekava, Serasinghe has become recognized for playing motherly figures in various films and television serials.

Early life and education
Iranganie Meedeniya grew up in Mudugamuwa, near Ruwanwella in a tranquil village setting. Her early touches with nature would later lead her to become an environmental activist. In the meantime Meedeniya was encouraged to pursue acting by her parents. While attending Bishop's College she played in several end-of-term plays; at Girls' High School, Kandy whilst pursuing a HSC Meedeniya took a leading role in an adaptation of Pygmalion.

Against her father a Rate Mahatthaya's wishes, Meedeniya entered the University of Ceylon in 1947 with the support of her cousins. He passed away in her first year away at a time when Marxist ideas were the norm. She immersed herself in the Ceylon theater scene while there under the guidance of Professor Ludowyk; she also became a proficient dancer with lessons from Chitrasena.

She eventually graduated with an Arts degree and travelled to London with letters of recommendation from Ludowyk following a marriage to Professor Dissanayake (they divorced some time later). There with the help of actresses Flora Robson and Sybil Thorndyke, Meedeniya attended Bristol Old Vic Theatre School for a year and the London School of Speech Training and Dramatic Art for two years.

Theater and film
Returning to Sri Lanka, Meedeniya met up with Ludowyk and Austrian Jew director Neuman Jubal and got back into theater. Doing mainly English roles at first, she delved in Sinhala plays per Henry Jayasena's suggestion beginning with Apata Puthe Magak Nethe and following with roles in Damma Jagoda's Sinhala version of A Streetcar Named Desire, Ves Muhunu, and Porisadaya. The following years saw Meedeniya in constantly changing settings–teaching briefly at Musaeus College, working for the Times of Ceylon after returning from London, doing a stint at the SLBC and handling a post in the tourist trade working as a junior executive for Mackwood's.

Meedeniya entrance into film was a short work done by Lester James Peries for the Government Film Unit covering traffic safety. Peries subsequently cast her in his debut feature film Rekava as the mother of its protagonist. Though the film was a flop, Peries received rave reviews from critics and the cast was pleased with the work. It has since achieved an iconic status in Sri Lanka.

In 1960 Meedeniya married Winston Serasinghe who had appeared in Rekava and some other productions with her. With the new surname, Iranganie Serasinghe achieved fame as an actress appearing in many of Peries' early work.

 
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