Deepani Silva (Sinhala: දීපානි සිල්වා) also known as Deepani de Silva (Sinhala: දීපානි ධී සිල්වා) is a Sri Lankan popular veteran film and teledrama actress.[1][2] She made it to the films after appearing in several street dramas and plays. On 28 May 2018, Deepani Silva was arrested and was released on bail for involving in an accident in Bandaragama.[3][4]

Deepani Silva
දීපානි සිල්වා
NationalitySri Lankan
Other namesDeepani de Silva
Years active1975–present


Deepani Silva is the only film artist in her family. Her father, D. Peter Silva was a trade union leader. She finished her higher education at the Buddhist Ladies' College which is situated in Colombo.[5]


She started her acting career in 1975 through acting in street dramas. To learn her acting, Deepani joined veteran theatre actor Dhamma Jagoda's theatre school, Lionel Wendt Kala Kendra Ranga Shilpa Shalika which was inaugurated by Dhamma Jagoda as Sri Lanka's first ever theatre school. She learnt acting in the Ranga Shilpa Shalika from late Gamini Haththotuwegama who is still considered as the father of Sri Lankan street theatre.[5]

She acted in several teledrama serials including Doo Daruwo, Ammai Thaththai, Hathpana, Lokke Mama, Abuddassa Kolama, Thanradevi in the early 1990s before gaining opportunities to step her foot in Sinhala film industry. Deepani Silva made her film debut in 1994 through Mee Haraka.

Deepani also acted in supportive roles during her career including her role as the mother of spoilt son in the 2008 blockbuster film, Machan which portrays the real story of the Sri Lankan handball team which disappeared in 2004 in Germany. She also featured in as one of the members of the cast in the 2018 horror film, Seya which is historically the first all-female featured movie in Sri Lankan film industry.[6]


On 28 May 2018 (Monday) by the time when she was driving the car, she was reported to have met with an accident in the Bandaragama-Kesbewa road in the morning around 6.40am by colliding with a three wheeler.[7] She was charged by the Bandaragama Police and was arrested in connection with the accident which also resulted in critical injuries to a 10-year-old girl who travelled with her father in the three-wheeler.[8] On the same day, she was produced before the Panadura Magistrate and was released on bail with strict conditions.[9] The Magistrate Court also ordered to impound the driving license of Deepani Silva and released her by imposing a personal surety of Rs. 200, 000.[10]


Year Film Role Ref.
1994 Mee Haraka
1995 Ayoma
1996 Manamohini
1996 Thunweni Ehe
2000 Thisaravi
2001 Oba Magema Wewa
2002 Seethala Gini Kandu
2002 Sudu Salu
2006 Rana Hansi
2008 Machan Spoilt son's mother
2008 Walapatala Nurse
2008 Heart FM Granny's servant
2017 Ali Kathawa
2018 Seya Elsina
2018 Ginnen Upan Seethala Wijeweera's mother

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Deepani de Silva". IMDb. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Deepani Silva - දීපානි සිල්වා - - Sri Lanka Cinema". Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  3. ^ "Veteran actress Deepani Silva arrested over car crash". Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Popular Actress Deepani Silva Arrested By Bandaragama Police Following Accident". Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  5. ^ a b "Life Online - Deepani Silva: The actress". Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  6. ^ "Seya: Sri Lanka's First Film Featuring An All-female Cast". Asian Mirror. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  7. ^ "Popular actress Deepani Silva arrested over accident – Colombo Gazette". Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Actress Deepani Silva arrested over accident". Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  9. ^ "Actress Deepani Silva granted bail with conditions". Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  10. ^ "Deepani Silva granted bail in a car crash (CCTV footage)". Hiru News. Retrieved 29 May 2018.

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