Ashan Dias
අෂාන් ඩයස්
Born (1981-05-31) 31 May 1981 (age 42)
NationalitySri Lankan
EducationMaris Stella College
Occupation(s)Actor, TV host
Years active2008–present

Ashan Dias (Sinhala: අෂාන් ඩයස්; born 31 May 1981) is an actor in Sri Lankan cinema.[1] Started as a newscaster in MBC Networks, Dias turned to be a character actor with several critically acclaimed roles in films such as Alimankada,[2] Sarigama and Vijayaba Kollaya.[3]

He hosted two seasons of television reality program Thathvika telecast on TV Derana.[4]

Personal life

He was born on 31 May 1981 to a Roman Catholic family. He studied at Maris Stella College, Negombo. He completed A/L education from mathematics stream. He has two brothers.[5]


After A/Ls, he worked with an architect friend for six months. While studying at the Institute of Architecture, he started to work part time as a reporter in MTV/MBC network. He started as a reporter for MTV, doing coverage, news writing and editing. After five months as a news reporter, Dias got into news reading for Yes FM and then later for MTV. He worked in News reading for Yes FM on Tuesday evenings and for MTV on Monday and Friday nights.[5]

During the time as a TV presenter, Dias started backstage in a couple of Workshop Players' plays. He also acted as a "hyena" in theater play Lion King.[5] His maiden cinematic experience came through 2008 film Alimankada directed by Chandran Rutnam.[6] His role as "Captain Wasantha Ratnayake" was highly praised by the critics. In 2016, he acted in the film Siri Parakum. For his role as "Pathiraja Senevi", he won the Hiru Golden Film award for the Best Supporting actor.[7]

In 2019, he co-hosted the Derana Lux Film Festival with fellow actor Jagath Manuwarna.[8] In 2020, he hosted the adventure cookery program Cookout on TV Derana. In 2020, he acted in the Sci-Fi horror film Vikaari directed by Sandun Seneviratne and British Filmmaker Charlie Bray.[9]


Year Film Role Ref.
2008 Alimankada Captain Wasantha Ratnayake [10]
2013 Death Watch Akthul Majood
2013 A Common Man [11]
2013 Siri Parakum Pathiraja Senevi [12]
2016 Sarigama Captain Tony [13]
2019 Vijayaba Kollaya Asanga [14]
2019 President Super Star Mad president [15]
2020 Suparna [16]
2020 Ekthara Adara Kathawak (Short Film) [17]
2022 Three Way Junction (Short Film)
TBD Visangamanaya Jagath Dissanayake [18]
TBD A Promise Carved in Flesh Brodie
TBD 1970 Love Story [19]
TBD Gaadi [20]
TBD Ayu [21]
TBD Sihina Sameekarana [22]
TBD Vedi Nowadina Lamai [23]
TBD Vikaari [24]
TBD Maria [25]


  1. ^ "Ashan Dias filmography". Sinhala Cinema Database. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Alimankada – The Road from Elephant Pass". The Island. Archived from the original on 6 July 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  3. ^ "A power struggle amidst a confusing love triangle". The Morning. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Thathwika Season 02". Derana TV. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  5. ^ a b c "The long and short of Ashan". Sunday Observer. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  6. ^ "The Road from Elephant Pass". Sunday Times. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Hiru Golden Film Awards 2016". Helabima. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  8. ^ "A Resplendent Night". Ceylon Today. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Sandun's Sci-Fi to premiere at Screamfest Film Festival". sundaytimes. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  10. ^ "Sri Lankan Screened Films". Sarasaviya. Archived from the original on 13 June 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  11. ^ "Sri Lanka Film Director Chandran Rutnam's 'A Common Man' bags 3 awards at Spain Film Festival". Dubai Media Incorporated. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  12. ^ "දරු සුරතල් මැද රුගන්වූ " සිරි පැරකුම්". baiscopelk. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Sarigama movie". National Film Corporation.
  14. ^ "Vijayaba Kollaya to Celebrate 71th year of sinhala cinema". Sunday Times. 21 January 2018. Retrieved 4 January 2019.
  15. ^ "The presidential stage where four people are competing". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  16. ^ "The girl from Bhima - plot of Suparna". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 29 June 2019.
  17. ^ "Some definitions of love are wrong Yashodhara Kariyawasam who made the short 'Ekthara Adara Kathawak'". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  18. ^ "Visangamanaya muhurath festival". Mirror Arts. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
  19. ^ "1970 Love Story". Sinhala Cinema Database. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  20. ^ "Dinara to dazzle audiences together with Sajitha in Gaadi". Film Island. Retrieved 15 October 2019.
  21. ^ "Chathra's 'Ayu' competes at Barcelona". Sunday Times. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  22. ^ ""Sihina Sameekarana" recorded on the silver screen". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 2 December 2020.
  23. ^ "'Bulletproof Children' competes in China". Sunday Times. Retrieved 12 January 2021.
  24. ^ "'VIKAARI' wins Best Short film at Screamfest Film Fest in LA". Sunday Times. Retrieved 11 January 2021.
  25. ^ "A film without an actress by Aruna Jayawardena". Sarasaviya. Retrieved 5 March 2021.