After studying at St Sebastians College, Moratuwa and St. Josephs College, Colombo, he has commenced his career from stage plays. Roy De Silva began his movie acting career from the film Sujage Rahasa and started ventured in to film direction in 1977 as a director of comedy films.
His final actor role was in the film My Name is Bandu which was released in 2015. Its A Matter Of Love (2011) was the final film directed by him. For more than five decades, Roy de Silva has contributed to the upliftment of the local cinema industry