Though she has not acted in very prominent roles, Shamalee Abeywickrama has been in the teledrama scene for last six years. During this period she has acted in about 35 teledramas, a couple of films and a stage play.
Her latest is Chandana Samarasekera'a 'Sudu Samanaliya', in which she played a leading role and it is to be released soon.
For the Matara girl who had no dreams of becoming an actress or coming to the capital, destiny had certainly played a major role in her life.
The biggest break came when seasoned actor Premadasa Vithanage had seen Shamalee at her own shop and introduced her to director Nimal Ratnayake who offered her a role in 'Yaso Mandira' in 2002.
Since then she has acted in several teledramas including 'Kopi Kade', 'Aga Pipi Mal', 'Wasanthaya Ewilla', 'Senehasaka Kandulu', 'Pera Athmayaka Mathaka Satahan', 'Dangayanta Pamanai', , 'Muthu Warusa', 'Keli Mandala, 'Duwili Suwanda', 'Mosam Rella', , 'Muhunu Dekak', 'Isurugiri Tharanaya', 'Kethumathi Neyo', 'Mr. Andare', 'Nilanjana' and many more.
She acted in films 'No Problem Darling', 'Aksharaya' and 'Samunoganna Sugandhika' and a lead role in a short film 'Anu Modam' by Lasantha de Alwis and played in the stage play 'Macbeth' by Gamini Silva.
The eldest in the family from Kirimetimulla in Telijjawila, Shamalee studied at Godapitiya Central College and after completing studies she had joined one of her aunt's shop in Nugegoda to help her to run it. This became the turning point in her life.
Shamalee said she was grateful to Sunanda Silva, Nimal Ratnayake, A. D. Ranjan Prasanna, Asanka Perera, G. Nandasena, C. Edirimuni and all who helped her in numerous ways.