Sri Lanka-born British actress nominated for UK’s National TV Award

Sri Lanka-born actress Nimmi Harasgama nominated for the U.S. National Television Awards. Photo: Twitter @NimmiHarasgama

Sri Lanka-born British actress Nimmi Harasgama has been nominated for best drama performance at the UK’s National television awards.

Harasgama, who had won the best actress award at the 2004 International Film Festival in Spain for her lead role in the Sinhalese movie Ira Madiyama (August Sun), has now been nominated for the portrayal of Nurse Mari in series three of her ITV show The Good Karma Hospital.

The actress said she is honored and humbled to be nominated among some incredible performers in the category, Colombo Gazette reported.


The Good Karma Hospital is a medical drama series produced by Tiger Aspect Productions for ITV about a disillusioned doctor, Ruby Walker, who heads for South India hoping to make a fresh start.

Harasgama made her screen debut playing a supporting role in the English movie Mother Teresa in 1997.

Born in Sri Lankan capital Colombo to a Sinhalese father and a Tamil mother, Harasgama moved to the UK with her family when she was five.

In 2012 she appeared in her first Tamil speaking role in a short film Enakkum oru per (I Too Have a Name), for which the actress was nominated for the Golden Bear for best short at the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany.

In 2020 she played the female lead in Deepa Mehta’s film Funny Boy, garnering rave reviews.



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