- Dinakshie Priyasad
Dinakshie Priyasad Born March 18, 1990
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Nationality Sri Lankan Occupation Actress, TV presenter Years active 2000–present
Dinakshie Priyasad (born Baminnahennadige Dinakshie Priyasad on the 18th of March 1990) is a Sri Lankan Teledrama actress and TV presenter. Dinakshie made her acting debut at the age of two in films directed by her father the veteran Sri Lankan film director Dinesh Priyasad. She has then gone on to star in teledramas, music videos, commercials and successfully hosts many talk shows, music shows and contemporary magazine programs.
Early life, background and Education
Dinakshie was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. She is the first of three daughters for Dinesh Priyasad and Shirani Priyasad. Her father Dinesh is a eminent film director who is considered a pioneering figure in the Sri Lankan film industry bringing in various technologies and graphics to the country's industry. His most famous project being the 1995 Demodara Palama a high action movie starring Gamini Fonseka. Dinakshie's mother has produced films that were directed by her father. Dinakshie has two younger sisters Sheshadrie Priyasad, born 2 December 1991 and Shanudrie Priyasad born 8 September 1997. Following her elder sister, Sheshadrie has entered the industry making her main role debut in the upcoming film Challengers (Yawwanaye Babaru Api). The youngest Shanudrie who has also starred in many films and teledramas went on to win a Special Jury Award in the Raigam Tele Awards 2009.
Dinakshie attended the Holy Family Convent (HFC) in Bambalapitiya up to the ordinary level (O/L) examination and completed her pre university studies at the Royal Institute in the Maths Stream. Thereafter she joined The Open University of Sri Lanka and is currently studying Engineering for her Bachelor's degree. She is also doing her diploma in Media and Mass Communication at the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.
Acting and Presenting Career
Dinakshie began her career as a TV presenter in the year 2000 presenting the Sirasa TV Punchi Panchi children's programme which she continued presenting for 7 years. Thereafter she contributed to a few children's programmes in Sirasa and Rupavahini. In 2008 she started co-presenting the Channel C music chat show C Vibez with her sister Sheshadrie. This show is seen as a stepping stone for new artists who are trying to break in to the music and arts world. In 2009 she presented Y Cafe a youth magazine programme on Sirasa TV and subsequently a Bollywood music show Bollywood Magic on Swarnavahini.
Though it was in 1992 as a 2 year old that Dinakshie made her acting debut in her fathers film Apaye Thathpara 84,000. Her first major acting role came 2009 in the tele drama version of Upul Shantha Sannasgala’s renowned romantic novel Wassana Sihinaya. The teledrama was produced and directed by Janaka Siriwardana and Kavindya Jayasekara penned the script. In 2009 she was seen in the teledrama Sanda Giri Pawwa portraying the main role of a teacher in a rural area. She has stated that this was her most challenging role she has portrayed as the character was a teacher who came from extreme poverty to excel in life and the sensitive emotions involved were challenging to depict. Also the filming were done in extreme harsh rural areas in the Kurunagala district. Her next teledrama was Hithata Wahal Weemi Sarath Kaviratne’s popular picture story that appeared in the Siththara weekly in the seventies. The teledrama was directed by Mohan Niyaz where Dinakshie portrays the character of Nimmi.
Dinakshie has also appeared as the lead in a couple of music videos by the artists Tehan Perera - Unuhuma and Prabudda Geetha Ruchi – Yahamin duka kiyaganna.
As a budding singer Dinakshie is also in the process of releasing a music album with her 2 sisters. The album is being composed and produced by Ruckshan Mark. She has also hosted numerous concerts, shows and live events.
Year Film/Teledrama Role Notes 1992 Apaye Tathpara 84,000 (film) Malini's baby Daughter film 2009 Wassana Sihinaya Chapa Teledrama 2009 Sambawana Daughter Teledrama 2010 Sandagiri pawwa Anula Teledrama 2010 Hithata wahal weemi Nimmi Teledrama
TV Show and Programmes
TV Show Channel Year Notes Bahai Kiyala Baa Rupavahini 2000 Children's Programme 1 episode Punci Panchi Sirasa TV 2001–2007 Children's Programme Punci Puwath Sirasa TV 2001–2007 Children's Programme C Vibez Channel C 2008–Present Music Chat show Y cafe Sirasa TV 2009 July – November Magazine Programme Bollywood Magic Swarnawahini 2009 – Present Bollywood Music show Derana Punchi Sathsara Derana TV 2010 Children's Programme 1 episode Musix Derana TV 2010 Music programme 1 episode
Guest appearances and Credits
- Dialog Ridma Rathriya TNL (TV Channel) September 2009.
- ASP Paduru Patiya TNL (TV Channel) September 2009.
- Adaraneeya Yawwanaya Rupavahini August 2009, January 2010.
- 3G Game Show Rupavahini May 2010.
- Coffee with Lahiru and Muditha Swarnavahini March 2010.
- Hello Sri Lanka Swarnavahini August 2010.
- Rasa Saraniya Swarnavahini October 2010.
- Iroshai Niroshai Sirasa TV October 2010.
- Chamathkara Sirasa TV November 2010.
- Dholos Mahey Pahana Sirasa TV January 2011.
- Derana Tea Party Derana TV December 2009, February 2010, April 2010.
- Juke Box Derana TV September 2009.
- Lassana Derana Derana TV February 2010.
- Star wars game show Siyatha TV September 2010.
- Good evening Max TV (Sri Lanka) November 2009.
- 10 Plus Max TV (Sri Lanka) December 2009.
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