Divian Ladwa
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Divian Ladwa

Divian Ladwa
Years active2007-present

Divian Ladwa is an English actor best known for appearing in the Oscar nominated Best Picture Lion, the BAFTA winning comedy series Detectorists, and the Marvel Studios film Ant-Man and the Wasp.


TV and film

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.[1][2]

His next role was highly contrasting: a quiet and shy Dev King in the British feature film 8 Minutes Idle.[3][4] The twisted rom-com also featured Tom Hughes, Ophelia Lovibond, Antonia Thomas, Montserrat Lombard and Jack Ashton.[5]

Ladwa is popularly known for playing the innocent and awkward Hugh in the BAFTA winning[6] comedy series Detectorists[7] written and directed by Mackenzie Crook. Originally aired on BBC Four, the show won critical praise and won two BAFTAs.[8]

In 2017, Ladwa received notable global attention for playing a psychologically traumatised character in the Oscar nominated Best Picture[9]Lion. 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,[10] which also starred Rooney Mara, was nominated for four Golden Globes including Best Picture and six Academy Awards.[11]

In 2018, he co-starred in Ant-Man and the Wasp, alongside a principal cast that includes Michael Douglas, Michelle Pfeiffer and Evangeline Lilly.[12]

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.[13]

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[14]. The film is part of Refinery29's Shatterbox series aiding and encouraging more female filmmakers[15].

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.[16]


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.[17]

He has worked in highly prominent radio plays, mostly for BBC Radio 4, reading parts that include secondary school student Charlie in School Drama[18][19] and as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet[20] 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"[21][22] and University student Max in Ed Reardon's Week.[23][24]


Television roles
Year Title Role Notes
2014-2017 Detectorists Hugh Main cast
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
2018 Zapped Mark Guest Star
2019 Wild Bill PC Drakes Main Cast; 6 episodes
Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Saxon Rahim Best Drama - ECU Festival
2012 8 Minutes Idle Dev
2013 Frayed Habbi Short film
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


  1. ^ "Saxon". Elise Valmorbida. Retrieved 2019.
  2. ^ "Awards". Saxon the Film. Archived from the original on 29 September 2017. Retrieved 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  3. ^ "8 Minutes Idle". British Films Directory. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "8 Minutes Idle Cast Gallery". BBC Films. Retrieved 2019.
  5. ^ Lloyd, Kenji (14 February 2014). "Exclusive Clip from 8 Minutes Idle with Tom Hughes, Ophelia Lovibond & Antonia Thomas". Hey U Guys. Retrieved 2019.
  6. ^ "Television: Scripted Comedy in 2015". BAFTA. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "Detectorists Characters". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "Writer - Comedy in 2015". BAFTA. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "Best Picture Nominee: Lion". The Oscars. Archived from the original on 13 May 2017. Retrieved 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  10. ^ Saunders, Tristram Fane (12 February 2017). "Bafta winners 2017, full list". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ "Oscar Nominees 2017". The Oscars. Archived from the original on 4 February 2017. Retrieved 2019. Cite uses deprecated parameter |dead-url= (help)
  12. ^ "Divian Ladwa In Ant-Man And The Wasp". Hatch Talent. 13 August 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ "Internationally renowned actor, Rob Lowe, has commenced filming in the UK on new ITV drama Wild Bill". ITV. 8 November 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ "Mr Malcolm's List". Refinery29. Retrieved 2019.
  15. ^ "Emma Holly Jones - "Mr. Malcolm's List"". Free the Bid. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ "The Personal History of David Copperfield: Full Cast and Crew". IMDb. Retrieved 2019.
  17. ^ Williams, Karla (5 June 2009). "ATN Interview with Divan Ladwa". Afridiziak Theatre News. Retrieved 2019.
  18. ^ "School Drama". BBC Radio 4. Retrieved 2019.
  19. ^ "School Drama 18th-21st May 2016, BBC Radio 4". Goldhawk Productions. Retrieved 2019.
  20. ^ "Romeo And Juliet". BBC Radio 4. 17 March 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  21. ^ "How The Marquis Got His Coat Back". BBC Radio 4. 3 September 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  22. ^ "How the Marquis Got His Coat Back". Radio Times. Retrieved 2019.
  23. ^ "Ed Reardon's Week". BBC Radio 4. 4 October 2016. Retrieved 2019.
  24. ^ "Ed Reardon's Week". Radio Times. Retrieved 2019.


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