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List of famous people from Sri Lanka, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Sri Lanka, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Sri Lanka you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Sri Lanka, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Sri Lanka?" or "Which celebrities were born in Sri Lanka?" then this list is a great resource for you.

Gamini Dissanayake is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
Dec. at 52 (1942-1994) Lionel Gamini Dissanayake was a prominent Sri Lankan politician and a former presidential candidate and Leader of the Opposition.

Lakshman Kadirgamar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
Dec. at 73 (1932-2005) Sri Lankabhimanya Lakshman Kadirgamar PC was a Sri Lankan Tamil diplomat, politician and a lawyer. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka from 1994 to 2001 and again from April ...more

Shyam Selvadurai is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
age 54 Shyam Selvadurai is a Sri Lankan Canadian novelist who wrote Funny Boy, which won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and Cinnamon Gardens. He currently lives in Toronto with his partner ...more

Parami Kulatunga is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
Dec. at 56 (1950-2006) Lieutenant General Parami Sugandika Bandara Kulatunga RSP, VSV, USP, GW was Deputy Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, its third highest-ranking officer. On the morning of 26 June, he was ...more

Ananda Coomaraswamy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
Dec. at 70 (1877-1947) Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy was a Ceylonese Tamil philosopher and metaphysician, as well as a pioneering historian and philosopher of Indian art, particularly art history and symbolism, and an ...more

Lakshman Algama is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
Dec. at 59 (1940-1999) Major-General Chulasoka Lakshman "Lucky" Algama VSV, USP, ndc, psc was a former Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army and a United National Party activist after retirement. Lucky Algama ...more

Ranjan Wijeratne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
Dec. at 60 (1931-1991) General Ranjan Wijeratne was the former Sri Lankan Cabinet Minister of foreign affairs, Minister of State for defence and Minister of plantation industries from 1989 to 1991 in President ...more

Michael Ondaatje is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
age 75 Philip Michael Ondaatje, OC, is a Sri Lankan-born Canadian novelist and poet. He won the Booker Prize for his novel The English Patient.

T. Maheswaran is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
Dec. at 42 (1966-2008) T. Maheswaran was an ethnic Tamil Sri Lankan Member of Parliament from Colombo. He belonged to the main opposition United National Party and was critic of Rajapakse government's war against ...more

Rohana Wijeweera is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
Dec. at 46 (1943-1989) Patabendi Don Nandasiri Wijeweera or Rohana Wijeweera was a Sri Lankan Marxist politician, rebel and the founding leader of the Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna. Wijeweera led the party in two ...more

Mahinda Rajapaksa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
age 73 Percy Mahendra "Mahinda" Rajapaksa was the 6th President of Sri Lanka and Commander in Chief of the Sri Lankan Armed Forces, who served from 19 November 2005 to 9 January 2015. A ...more

Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Ther... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
Dec. at 102 (1896-1998) Agga Maha Pandita Balangoda Ananda Maitreya Thero was a Sri Lankan scholar monk and a personality of Theravada Buddhism in the twentieth century. He is regarded as one of the most respected Sri ...more

Nimal Siripala de Silva is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
age 74 Nilenthi Nimal Siripala de Silva MP is current opposition leader of Sri Lanka Freedom Party and a Member of Parliament representing the Badulla District He is Lawyer a by profession & was ...more

Henepola Gunaratana is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
Henepola Gunaratana age 91 Bhante Henepola Gunaratana is a Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhist monk. He is often affectionately known as Bhante G.

Anagarika Dharmapala is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
Dec. at 69 (1864-1933) Anagarika Dharmapala was a Sri Lankan Buddhist revivalist and writer. He was one of the founding contributors of non-violent Sinhalese Buddhist Nationalism and Buddhism. He was also a pioneer in ...more

Gamini Haththotuwegama is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
Dec. at 70 (1939-2009) Gamini Kalyanadarsha Haththotuwegama was a Sri Lankan playwright, director, actor, critic and educator. He was widely known as the father of Sri Lanka's modern street theatre. He was among the ...more

W. D. Amaradeva is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
W. D. Amaradeva age 90 Wannakuwatta Mitiwaduge Don Albert Perera in Moratuwa, Sri Lanka, better known by his adopted name Amaradeva, is a Sri Lankan vocalist, violinist and composer. Primarily using traditional ...more

Radhika Sarathkumar is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
age 56 Raadhika Sarathkumar is an Indian television and film actress, entrepreneur and producer. She is the founder of Radaan Mediaworks India Limited, which has produced successful serials Chitti, ...more

Arunachalam Mahadeva is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
Dec. at 84 (1885-1969) Sir Arunachalam Mahadeva, KCMG was a Sri Lankan, prominent colonial era legislator and diplomat. He was Minister of Home Affaires of the State Council and Ceylon's High Commissioner to India. ...more

Cecil Balmond is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
age 76 Cecil Balmond OBE is a Sri Lankan – British designer, artist, architect, and writer. In 1968 Balmond joined Ove Arup & Partners, leading him to become deputy chairman. In 2000 he founded ...more

Devaka Fernando is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
Devaka Fernando Professor Devaka J S Fernando MBBS MSc MD FRCP FCCP FCGPSL was a Sri Lankan physician and academic between 1990 and 2004. President of the Osteoporosis Society of Sri Lanka and Foundation ...more

Anarkalli Aakarsha is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
age 31 Anarkalli Aakarssha is an award winning Sri Lankan film and teledrama actress, model,singer, TV presenter and a politician. She was crowned Miss Sri Lanka 2004 and represented Sri Lanka at the ...more

Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
Dec. at 85 (1929-2014) Stanley Jeyaraja Tambiah was a social anthropologist and Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology at Harvard University. He specialised in studies of Thailand, Sri Lanka, and Tamils, as ...more

Raj Rajaratnam is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
age 61 Raj Rajaratnam is a Sri Lankan American former hedge fund manager and billionaire founder of the Galleon Group, a New York-based hedge fund management firm. On October 16, 2009, he was arrested ...more

Ray Wijewardene is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Sri Lanka
Dec. at 86 (1924-2010) Deshamanya Vidya Jyothi Dr Philip Revatha "Ray" Wijewardene was a Sri Lankan Engineer, Aviator, Inventor and Olympian athlete. He was an authority on tropical farming and natural ...more