Divian Ladwa's film debut came in a micro-budget feature Saxon where he played a hot-headed Rahim Begum alongside Sean Harris. The film won Best European Drama at the ECU European Independent Film Festival and was nominated for the Michael Powell Award for Best Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.
His next role was highly contrasting: a quiet and shy Dev King in the British feature film 8 Minutes Idle. The twisted rom-com also featured Tom Hughes, Ophelia Lovibond, Antonia Thomas, Montserrat Lombard and Jack Ashton.
Ladwa is popularly known for playing the innocent and awkward Hugh in the BAFTA winning comedy series Detectorists written and directed by Mackenzie Crook. Originally aired on BBC Four, the show won critical praise and won two BAFTAs.
In 2017, Ladwa received notable global attention for playing a psychologically traumatised character in the Oscar nominated Best PictureLion. The film starred Nicole Kidman and David Wenham as his adoptive parents and Dev Patel as his adoptive brother. The two time BAFTA winning film, which also starred Rooney Mara, was nominated for four Golden Globes including Best Picture and six Academy Awards.
Later that year ITV announced via their website Ladwa's involvement as a series regular in their upcoming police drama Wild Bill playing opposite Rob Lowe, Rachel Stirling, Angela Griffin and Bronwyn James.
2019 saw the online release of period drama Mr Malcolm's List on the Refinery29 website with Ladwa playing Gemma Chan and Frieda Pinto's footman in a highly comical role. The film is part of Refinery29's Shatterbox series aiding and encouraging more female filmmakers.
Ladwa also played Dr Chillip in Armando Iannucci's adaptation of Charles Dickens The Personal History of David Copperfield, which also stars Hugh Laurie and Tilda Swinton and reunites Ladwa onscreen with Dev Patel.
Away from TV and Film, Ladwa has an extensive theatre background working with a wide range of companies including Theatre Royal Stratford East, Tamasha Theatre Company and Fluxx Improvised Theatre, early in his career.
He has worked in highly prominent radio plays, mostly for BBC Radio 4, reading parts that include secondary school student Charlie in School Drama and as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet opposite Tom Hollander. He also played Vince the Mushroom Man in a continuation of Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere series, "How The Marquis Got His Coat Back" and University student Max in Ed Reardon's Week.
|2015||You, Me and the Apocalypse||Jamie's Solicitor||Miniseries; Episode: "Who Are These People?"|
|2017||Jade Dragon||Richard||Web series; Main Cast|
|2018||In The Long Run||Hiten||2 episodes|
|2019||Wild Bill||PC Drakes||Main Cast; 6 episodes|
|2007||Saxon||Rahim||Best Drama - ECU Festival|
|2012||8 Minutes Idle||Dev|
|2013||Punchline||Tiny Tim||Short film|
|2014||My Dad||Voice||BAFTA nominated animation|
|2016||Lion||Mantosh Brierley||Oscar nominated Best Picture|
|2018||Ant-Man and the Wasp||Uzman|
|2019||Mr Malcolm's List||Footman||Period drama|
|2019||The Personal History of David Copperfield||Dr. Chillip||Period drama|