Famous People Born In Colombo

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 1 
Jack Churchill
(British Army Officer Who Fought in the World War II)
Jack Churchill
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 16, 1906
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: March 8, 1996

Better known as Mad Jack or Fighting Jack, British Army officer Jack Churchill was an iconic example of a person fighting wars on his own terms. He popularized carrying swords and bagpipes to battles and killed his enemies with his longbow. He inspired a comic strip and several books, too.

 2 
Dhee
(Singer)
Dhee
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 26, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
 3 
Radhika Sarathkumar
(Actress)
Radhika Sarathkumar
14
Birthdate: August 21, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
 4 
Sonali Deraniyagala
(Memoirist, Economist)
Sonali Deraniyagala
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1964 AD
 5 
Ranil Wickremasinghe
(9th President of Sri Lanka)
Ranil Wickremasinghe
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries

Former Sri Lankan prime minister Ranil Wickremasinghe was born into a family of print media moguls and grew up to become an advocate. The United National Party leader had also been in the news for his rounds of peace talks with the LTTE. He is married to academic Maitree Wickremasinghe.

 6 
Aravinda de Silva
(Former Sri Lankan Cricketer and Captain)
Aravinda de Silva
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 17, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 7 
Angelo Mathews
(Sri Lankan Professional Cricketer)
Angelo Mathews
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 8 
Mahela Jayawardene
(First Sri Lankan in the History of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup to Score a Century)
Mahela Jayawardene
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 9 
Chandrika Kumaratunga
(5th President of Sri Lanka (1994-2005))
Chandrika Kumaratunga
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer

Chandrika Kumaratunga is a Sri Lankan politician who became the first female president when she was elected as the president of Sri Lanka in 1994. Having served as the president from 1994 to 2005, Kumaratunga is the only female Sri Lankan president to date. She also served as the head of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party from 1994 to 2006. 

 10 
Ranasinghe Premadasa
(Third President of Sri Lanka)
Ranasinghe Premadasa
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 23, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: May 1, 1993

Ranasinghe Premadasa was a Sri Lankan politician who served as the third president of Sri Lanka from 1989 to 1993. Before serving as the president, Premadasa served as the prime minister of Sri Lanka from 1978 to 1989. In 1986, he became the first Sri Lankan to receive the prestigious Sri Lankabhimanya, the country's highest civilian award.

 11 
Ananda Coomaraswamy
(Metaphysician, Historian and a Celebrated Philosopher of Indian art)
Ananda Coomaraswamy
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Birthdate: August 22, 1877
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: September 9, 1947

Ananda Coomaraswamy was a Ceylonese Tamil philosopher of Indian art, metaphysician, and pioneering historian. He is credited for being one of the earliest interpreters of Indian culture to the West. He is also held responsible for introducing ancient Indian art to the West. Apart from bridging the gap between East and West, Coomaraswamy's works also aimed at rehabilitating original Buddhism.

 12 
Pooja Umashankar
(Actress)
Pooja Umashankar
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Birthdate: June 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 13 
Raj Rajaratnam
(Sri Lankan-American Former Hedge Fund Manager Who Was Sentenced for Securities Fraud)
Raj Rajaratnam
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 15, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini

Raj Rajaratnam is a Sri Lankan-American retired hedge fund manager. He is best known for founding a popular hedge fund management firm called the Galleon Group. In 2009, he was arrested for insider trading and was found guilty on 14 counts of securities fraud and conspiracy. In 2011, he was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

 14 
Nirosha Radha
(Actress)
Nirosha Radha
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Birthdate: January 30, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
 15 
S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
(Diplomat, Politician, Lawyer)
S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 8, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: September 26, 1959
 16 
J. R. Jayewardene
(2nd President of Sri Lanka (1978-1989), 7th Prime Minister of Sri Lanka (1977-1978))
J. R. Jayewardene
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 17, 1906
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: November 1, 1996

J. R. Jayewardene was a Sri Lankan politician and leader. He served as the prime minister of Sri Lanka from 1977 to 1978 and then went on to serve as the country's second president from 1978 to 1989. A controversial figure, Jayewardene's actions have been recognized as a contributing factor to the commencement of the Sri Lankan Civil War.

 17 
Kumar Mahadeva
(Founder and Original Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cognizant Technology Solutions)
Kumar Mahadeva
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Listed In: Business People
 18 
Bernard White
(Actor)
Bernard White
2
Birthdate: June 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
 19 
Rosy Senanayake
(Sri Lankan Politician, Former Beauty Queen and Current Mayor of Colombo)
Rosy Senanayake
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Rosy Senanayake is a Sri Lankan politician, activist, and former beauty queen. She is currently serving as the Mayor of Colombo. A prominent political figure, Rosy Senanayake served as the State Minister for Child Affairs in 2015. She also served as Prime Minister's Spokesperson from 2015 to 2018.

 20 
Otara Gunewardene
(Businessperson)
Otara Gunewardene
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
 21 
Thisara Perera
(Sri Lankan International Cricketer)
Thisara Perera
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 22 
Maureen Hingert
(Model)
Maureen Hingert
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 9, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
 23 
Dilhani Ekanayake
(Actor)
Dilhani Ekanayake
1
Birthdate: March 4, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
 24 
Anarkali Akarsha
(Sri Lankan Actress, Model, TV Host, Singer, and Politician)
Anarkali Akarsha
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer

Anarkali Akarsha is a Sri Lankan actress, model, TV host, singer, and politician. She achieved popularity in 2004, when she was crowned Miss Sri Lanka. In addition to appearing in films and teledramas, Anarkali Akarsha has also worked as a fundraiser and brand ambassador.

 25 
Chathurika Peiris
(Actress)
Chathurika Peiris
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Birthdate: January 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 26 
Dinakshie Priyasad
(Actress)
Dinakshie Priyasad
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Birthdate: March 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 27 
Chulakshi Ranathunga
(Actress, Model)
Chulakshi Ranathunga
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 28 
Kasturi Chellaraja Wilson
(Businesswoman)
Kasturi Chellaraja Wilson
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 7, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
 29 
Robert Napier, 1st Baron Napier
(Army officer)
Robert Napier, 1st Baron Napier
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 6, 1810
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: January 14, 1890
 30 
Chitral Somapala
(Singer, Musician)
Chitral Somapala
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 4, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 31 
Sunethra Bandaranaike
(Sirimavo Bandaranaike's Daughter)
Sunethra Bandaranaike
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
 32 
Sheshadri Priyasad
(Actress, Television Presenter)
Sheshadri Priyasad
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Birthdate: December 2, 1991
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 33 
Ravi Jayewardene
(Sport Shooter, Aviator)
Ravi Jayewardene
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 22, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: April 2, 2017
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 34 
Paboda Sandeepani
(Actress)
Paboda Sandeepani
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Birthdate: January 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
 35 
Rumesh Ratnayake
(Former Sri Lankan Cricketer Who Played in 23 Test Matches and 70 One Day Internationals)
Rumesh Ratnayake
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
 36 
Madhavee Wathsala Anthony
(Actress)
Madhavee Wathsala Anthony
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Birthdate: August 6, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
 37 
J. A. Milton Perera
(Playback singer)
J. A. Milton Perera
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 5, 1938
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: October 24, 1991
 38 
Cassandra Fernando
(First Sri Lankan Born Woman to Take a Seat in the Australian Parliament)
Cassandra Fernando
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 18, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
 39 
Ray Wijewardene
(Engineer, Sailors)
Ray Wijewardene
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 20, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: August 18, 2010
 40 
Channa Perera
(Actor)
Channa Perera
1
Birthdate: August 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
 41 
Kusum Renu
(Actress)
Kusum Renu
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Birthdate: January 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
 42 
Gayesha Perera
(Actress, Model)
Gayesha Perera
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 43 
Charmaine Solomon
(Australian Cook, Author of 31 Cookbook)
Charmaine Solomon
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Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: August 31, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
 44 
Indrachapa Liyanage
(Singer)
Indrachapa Liyanage
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
 45 
Dilani Abeywardana
(Actress)
Dilani Abeywardana
1
Birthdate: October 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
 46 
Jayalal Rohana
(Actor, Writer)
Jayalal Rohana
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 1, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: February 11, 2021
 47 
Frederick G. Donnan
(Chemist)
Frederick G. Donnan
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 6, 1870
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: December 16, 1956
 48 
Shashikala Siriwardene
(Sri Lankan Former All-rounder Cricketer)
Shashikala Siriwardene
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 14, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
 49 
Lochana Jayakodi
(TikTok Content Creator)
Lochana Jayakodi
0
Birthdate: September 24, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
 50 
Thesara Jayawardane
(Actress, Singer)
Thesara Jayawardane
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Birthdate: April 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus