Dian Sastrowardoyo

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Dian Sastrowardoyo
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Dian Paramita Sastrowardoyo

(1982-03-16) 16 March 1982 (age 41)
Jakarta, Indonesia
Other namesDian Sastro
Alma mater University of Indonesia
  • Actress
  • model
Years active1989–present
Height160 cm (5 ft 3 in)
Maulana Indraguna Sutowo
(m. 2010)
Parent(s)Ariawan Rusdianto Sastrowardoyo (father)
Dewi Parwati Setyorini (mother)
Relatives Soenario Sastrowardoyo (great uncle)
AwardsCitra Award for Best Actress in lead role

Dian Paramita Sastrowardoyo (born 16 March 1982) is an Indonesian actress and model of Javanese descent. She made her recognition lead role as Cinta in Indonesian 2001 film Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? , which won her five Best Actress awards.


Early life and education

Dian Sastrowardoyo was born on 16 March 1982 in Jakarta, Indonesia, to Ariawan Sastrowardoyo (1955-1995), an artist, and Dewi Parwati Sastrowardoyo (née Setyorini), a university lecturer. Sastrowardoyo was born as a Christian and raised as a Roman Catholic but later converted to Islam. [1] Her paternal grandfather, Dr. Sumarsono Sastrowardoyo (1922-2008), was a physician, surgeon, and book author. Her uncle, Dr. Aswin Wisaksono Sastrowardoyo (b. 1957), is a musician turned physician. [2] She is also the grandniece of both Sunario (1902-1997), Indonesia's Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1953 to 1956; Dra. Sukanti Suryochondro (1915-2004), a former instructor in women's studies at the University of Indonesia; and Subagio Sastrowardoyo (1924–1995), a noted poet and literary critic. Her paternal great-grandfather, Sutejo Sastrowardoyo (1878–1967), traced the family's ancestry back to the 15th century Javanese. Sastrowardoyo's family name is derived from sastra (Sanskrit, "writings") and wardaya ("heart", hence both: "writings of the heart").

She attended junior high school at the SMP Vincentius Otista Jakarta and high school at the SMA Tarakanita 1. Then, she continued her higher studies at the University of Indonesia where she studied law briefly before moving to the Faculty of Literature, where she obtained her bachelor's degree in philosophy in July 2007. She did her post-graduate degree at the School of Economics at the same institution, where she studied Finance Management as her major and earned a Master's in Management degree. [3] She graduated cum laude in August 2014.


She began her modelling career in 1996 as the cover girl of Gadis, a popular teen magazine in Indonesia. She starred in the second main role as Daya in Pasir Berbisik , which was a critical success and won her many awards. She rose to prominence with her starring role as Cinta in the cult classic romance movie Ada Apa dengan Cinta?, which was a box office hit not only in Indonesia, but also in Malaysia a year later in January 2003. Since then she has established herself as one of Indonesia's most bankable actresses, starring in films such as Banyu Biru, Ungu Violet and Belahan Jiwa. as well as international films such as the Malaysian production Puteri Gunung Ledang.

Other television appearances include playing Raya in Dunia Tanpa Koma and a brief stint as the host of the television game show Kuis Super Milyarder 3 Milyar aired on ANTV, which is the spin-off second season in Indonesian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? . [4]

Sastrowardoyo is the goodwill ambassador for the MTV EXIT youth campaign, a multimedia initiative produced by MTV EXIT Foundation to raise awareness and increase prevention of human trafficking and modern slavery through live events, video content, and youth engagement. [5] She even hosted a special programme for the campaign in 2012 titled Enslaved, produced for thirteen different countries across Asia.

At the age of 14, she won the teen beauty pageant Gadis Sampul. She achieved wide spread recognition for her role as Cinta in the 2002 romantic film Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? , for which she won the Citra Award for Best Actress. She reprised the role in the sequel 14 years later. She won the Best Actress award in the Deauville Asian Film Festival for her role in Pasir Berbisik in 2002. Sastrowardoyo is one of the most successful actresses in Indonesia. She has been the face model of L'Oréal Paris Indonesia since 2010. In 2016, she reprised her role as the titular character in Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? 2 , the sequel to Ada Apa dengan Cinta? opposite actor Nicholas Saputra. [6]

In 2016, Dian starred as Indonesia's national heroine in the biographical drama movie Kartini . [7] In 2018, Dian starred in Aruna dan Lidahnya (Aruna and Her Palate), a film based on the Laksmi Pamuntjak written book novel of the same name. [8] [9]

In 2020, she starred in the comedy film Crazy Awesome Teachers and it released directly on Netflix.

Personal life

Dian Sastrowardoyo married businessman Maulana Indraguna Sutowo, the son of business tycoon Adiguna Sutowo, on 18 May 2010. [10] The couple have two children: Shailendra Naryama Sastraguna Sutowo (born 17 July 2011) [11] and Ishana Ariandra Nariratana Sutowo (born 7 June 2013). [12]



2000 Bintang Jatuh Donna
2001 Whispering Sands DayaPasir Berbisik

Festival Film Asia Deauville, Festival Film Internasional Singapura

2001 Ada Apa dengan Cinta? CintaWon – 2002 Indonesian Film Festival for Best Actress in a leading role
2004 Arisan! Woman in GalleryCameo appearance
2005 Puteri Gunung Ledang Medicine Seller's DaughterCameo appearance
Banyu Biru Sula
Ungu Violet Kalin
2006Belahan JiwaCempaka
20083 Doa 3 CintaDona Satelit
2009Drupadi Drupadi
20147 Hari 24 JamTania Wulandary
2016 Ada Apa Dengan Cinta? 2 Cinta
Kartini Raden Adjeng Kartini
2018 Aruna & Her Palate ArunaNominated – 2008 Indonesian Film Festival for Best Actress in a leading role
The Night Comes For Us Alma
Milly & MametCinta
2020 Crazy Awesome Teachers Nirmala


2006 Dunia Tanpa Koma RayaMain role; 14 episodes
2006Panasonic CinemaHerself (host)TV special
2012Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special [13] Herself (host)TV special
2015 The East DirectorEpisodes: "Pilot"


Music video appearances

  • Xirus Indonesia – "Yang Terdalam" (2010)
  • Glenn Fredly – "Hitam Putih" (2009)
  • Keyla – "Tempat Berbeda" (2008)
  • Peterpan – "Menghapus Jejakmu" (2007)
  • T-Five – "Yang Terindah" (2002)
  • Dewa – "Sayap-sayap Patah" (2001)
  • Shelomita – "Langkah" (2000)
  • Katon Bagaskara – "Cinta Selembut Awan" (2000)
  • Sheila on 7 – "J.A.P" (1999)
  • Sheila on 7 – "Anugerah Terindah" (1999)
  • The Fly – "Air Mata Sunyi" (1999)
  • KLA Project – "Gerimis" (1996)

Awards and nominations

2002 Deauville Asian Film Festival Best Actress Pasir Berbisik Won
Singapore International Film Festival Won
Indonesian Film Festival Citra Award for Best Leading Actress Ada Apa dengan Cinta? Won
SCTV Award Most Favorite ActressWon
2003 Hawaii International Film Festival Best Actress Won
Malaysian Film Festival Won
Festival Film BandungWon
2005 MTV Indonesia Movie Awards Most Favorite ActressUngu VioletWon
MTV Asia Movie Awards in SingaporeWon
Asia Pacific Film Festival Most Promising Actress Banyu Biru Won
2009 Pusan International Film Festival Silver Award for Leading Female Performance3 Doa 3 CintaWon
Bali International Film FestivalBest Supporting ActressWon
ELLE Film Magazine USA AwardActress of The YearWon
2010USA Magazine Indonesia AwardMost Favorite ActressDrupadiWon
2015 Maya Award Best Actress in a Leading Role 7/24Nominated
2017 Indonesian Film Festival Citra Award for Best Leading Actress KartiniNominated
2018Aruna dan LidahnyaNominated
Maya Award Best Actress in a Leading Role Nominated


  1. "Curhat Dian Sastro Belajar Banyak Agama Sebelum Masuk Islam: Ayah Penganut Buddha, Ibu Katolik Taat".
  2. Secaatmaja, Deny (30 March 2001). "Chaseiro, Senandung Jazz-nya Tetap Dirindukan". Horizon-line.com (in Indonesian). Archived from the original on 22 October 2004.
  3. "Guess what?: Dian graduates cum laude from UI". 1 September 2014.
  4. "Dian Sastrowardoyo berambut pendek di Who Wants to Be A Millionaire Indonesia". SyokKahwin.com. 28 February 2007.
  5. "MTV EXIT Goes Deeper into Indonesia with Roadshow Series Educating, Engaging, and Empowering Young People to Fight Human Trafficking". asean. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  6. "'Ada Apa dengan Cinta 2': Long-awaited sequel doesn't disappoint". thejakartapost. 29 April 2009.
  7. "'Kartini': A politically correct version of her story". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  8. "Dian Sastrowardoyo to star in Laksmi Pamuntjak's book-to-movie adaptation". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  9. "Aruna & Her Palate(2018)".
  10. "Sutowo".
  11. "Dian Sastrowardoyo Son". Archived from the original on 13 August 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2011.
  12. "Dian Sastrowardoyo Lahirkan Anak Kedua". 10 June 2013.
  13. "Enslaved: An MTV EXIT Special hosted by Dian Sastrowardoyo" . Retrieved 25 June 2016 via Vimeo.

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