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Sacha Dhawan (born 1 May 1984) is a British actor. He has performed on stage, film, television and radio.[3]

Sacha Dhawan
Sacha Dhawan.jpg
Dhawan in 2010
Born (1984-05-01) 1 May 1984 (age 35)[1][2]
Bramhall, England
Years active1998–present



Early lifeEdit

Dhawan was born in Bramhall, Stockport,[3] to Indian parents.[4][5]

Dhawan trained at the Laine-Johnson Theatre School in Manchester, and started acting at the age of twelve. He attended Aquinas College in Stockport.[3]


Dhawan has appeared in a number of television shows in the United Kingdom. He had recurring roles in Weirdsister College, in which he played Azmat Madaridi, and series two and three of the children's TV series Out of Sight. He appeared in the mini series The Last Train (1999), and has guest starred in episodes on EastEnders, Altogether Now, and City Central.[6] He also appeared in 2008 ITV drama, Wired, as Ben Chandrakar, alongside Jodie Whittaker and Laurence Fox. He was part of an ensemble cast on the NBC sitcom Outsourced, which aired during the 2010–11 season.[7] In November 2013, Dhawan portrayed director Waris Hussein in An Adventure in Space and Time, a BBC Two biographical television film on the creation of the popular science fiction television series Doctor Who as part of its 50th Anniversary celebration. He also appeared as Paul Jatri, a 22-year-old man involved with a woman twice his age, in the first series of BBC One's Last Tango in Halifax. He plays the part of Davos in the Netflix series Iron Fist in both the seasons. He starred as Sathnam Sanghera in the critically acclaimed The Boy with the Topknot, shown on BBC 2 in 2017.


Dhawan originated the role of Akthar in Alan Bennett's play The History Boys. After playing Akthar in the original stage production he reprised the role in the Broadway, Sydney, Wellington and Hong Kong productions, and radio and film versions of the play.[8][9]

For his performance in Bradford Riots he won the 2007 Royal Television Society Award for On-Screen Breakthrough.[citation needed]

In July 2018 Dhwan reunited with History Boys playwright Alan Bennett and co-star Samuel Barnett for Bennett's new play Allelujah! at the Bridge Theatre.



Year Title Role Notes
2006 The History Boys Akthar
2008 Forgive Rajesh Short film
2010 Splintered Sam
2012 Girl Shaped Love Drug Him
2012 The Mystery of Edwin Drood Neville Landless
2013 After Earth Hesper Pilot
2015 The Lady in the Van Doctor at Gloucester Crescent
2018 National Theatre Live: Allelujah! TBA


Year Title Role Notes
1997–1998 Out of Sight Ali 20 episodes
1998 City Central Tony Episode: "Picking Up the Pieces"
1999 The Last Train Leo Nixon 6 episodes
2001–2002 Weirdsister College Azmat Madari 13 episodes
2003 EastEnders: Perfectly Frank DC Wayne Atkins TV movie
2006 Bradford Riots Karim TV movie
2008–2015 Chuggington Eddie Voice
38 episodes
2008 Wired Ben 3 episodes
2009 Paradox Jaz Roy Episode #1.4
2010–2011 Outsourced Manmeet 22 episodes
2010 The Deep Vincent 5 episodes
2010 Five Days Khalil Akram 4 episodes
2012 Last Tango in Halifax Paul Jatri 6 episodes
2012 Being Human Pete Episode: "Hold the Front Page"
2012 Welcome to India[10] Narrator TV documentary
2013 The Tractate Middoth William Garrett TV movie
2013 An Adventure in Space and Time Waris Hussein TV movie
2014 Utopia Paul 2 episodes
2014 24: Live Another Day Naveed Shabazz 4 episodes
2014 In the Flesh Amir Episode #2.3
2014 Line of Duty Manish Prasad 3 episodes
2014–2016 In the Club Dev 12 episodes
2014 Mr Selfridge Jimmy Dillon 9 episodes
2015 No Offence Majid Hassan Episode #1.3
2015 Bugsplat! Mohammed Mohammed TV movie
2015 Not Safe for Work Danny 6 episodes
2015 The Interceptor Astin Ray Episode #1.3
2017 Sherlock Ajay Episode: "The Six Thatchers"
2017–2018 Marvel's Iron Fist Davos Main role
15 episodes
2017 The Boy with the Topknot Sathnam Sanghera BBC Two

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Gray Matter Mailk Voice
2012 Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes Durrig Voice
2014 Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series Gryff Whitehill Voice
2017 Mass Effect: Andromeda Additional voices Voice
2017 Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 Steel Serpent Voice
2018 Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age Prince Faris, additional voices Voice (English version)

Radio and theatreEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Chocky Matthew Gore Radio play, BBC Radio 4
2001 East is East Live theater, Haymarket Theatre, Leicester
2002 The Witches Boy Live theater, Haymarket Theatre, Leicester
2004–2006 The History Boys Akthar Live theater, Lyttelton Theatre, Royal National Theatre, London
Live theater, Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway
Live theater, Sydney Theatre, Sydney
Live theater, St. James Theatre, Wellington
Live theater, Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong
2007 The Prospect Hanif Radio play, BBC Radio 4
2007 Pretend You Have Big Buildings Danny Live theater, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester
2007 Borstal Boy Live theater, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
2008 Pornography Live theater, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh[11]
2018 Allelujah! by Alan Bennett Dr. Valentine Live theater, Bridge Theatre


  1. ^ Ng, Jim (1 May 2017). "jimngstuntsHappy birthday to the Steel Serpent @sacha_dhawan! One of the most dedicated guys with such a good work ethic. He would come in between takes during 12 hr shoot days to rehearse his fight scenes at the #thunderdojo. Best wishes to you on your name day! #KRAV !! #ironfist". Instagram. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  2. ^ Dhawan, Sacha (1 May 2017). "Thanks @jimngstunts for the birthday message and post my brother x". Instagram. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Sacha's well versed in History". Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 14 November 2006.
  4. ^ Seale, Jack (30 June 2015). "Sacha Dhawan: 'My generation don't care who plays a part'". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  5. ^ Siddiqui, Sabrina (14 October 2010). "From Stage to Stateside: In Conversation with Outsourced's Sacha Dhawan". Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Hatton McEwan Artists (Sacha Dhawan CV)". Archived from the original on 21 October 2006. Retrieved 10 November 2006.
  7. ^ Tsering, Lisa (21 May 2011). "NBC Cancels 'Outsourced': First TV Show Set in India". Times of India. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  8. ^ "Internet Broadway Database: Sacha Dhawan Credits on Broadway". Retrieved 10 November 2006.
  9. ^ "National Theatre : Productions : The History Boys 2004". Retrieved 10 November 2006.
  10. ^ "BBC Two - Welcome to India, Episode 1". Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  11. ^ Nightingale, Benedict (5 August 2008). "Pornography at the Traverse, Edinburgh". The Times. London. Retrieved 20 August 2008.

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