Anarkalli Aakarsha Jayatilaka (born July 11, 1987) is a Sri Lankan film and teledramaactress. She was crowned Miss Sri Lanka 2004 and represented Sri Lanka at the Miss World 2004 beauty pageant.
Jayatilaka’s first public opportunity to act came when Somaratne Dissanayake and Renuka Balasuriya, who directed and produced the teledrama Iti Pahan in 1995, were in search of a little girl who was fluent in English. In the drama, she performed the role of “Daisy Susan” beside renowned actress Vasanthi Chaturani.
After a nearly seven year hiatus, she returned to acting in 2003 when, at 15, she was cast in a lead role in Pissu Trible.Subsequently, she performed in several successful movies, and received acclaim in teledrama performances with her roles as “Inoka” in Sihinayak Paata Paatin and ‘Tanya’ in Santhuwaranaya.
Jayatilaka also works as a model, brand ambassador, presenter and often makes appearances in song visuals.
Anarkalli will contest for the Galle District for upcoming Southern Provincial Council Election, says United People’s Freedom Alliance(UPFA) General Secretary.