Divian Ladwa

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Divian Ladwa
OccupationActor, Filmmaker
Years active2007-present

Divian Ladwa is an English actor known for the Oscar nominated Best Picture Lion, the BAFTA winning comedy series Detectorists and BBC Films' 8 Minutes Idle. He appeared in the Marvel Studios film Ant-Man and the Wasp.


TV and film[edit]

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 (actor), 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]


Away from TV and Film, Ladwa has worked in highly prominent Radio plays, mostly for BBC Radio 4, reading parts that include secondary school student Charlie in School Drama[13][14] and as Romeo in Romeo and Juliet[15] 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[16][17] and University student Max in Ed Reardon's Week.[18][19]

He has an extensive theatre background working with a wide range of companies including RIFCO Arts, Tamasha Theatre Company and Fluxx Improvised Theatre, early in his career.[20]


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; 6 episodes
2018 In The Long Run Hiten 2 episodes
Film roles
Year Title Role Notes
2007 Saxon Rahim
2011 The Boxer The Boxer Short film
2011 Realms Son Short film
2011 Catch That Train Actor Short film
2012 8 Minutes Idle Dev
2012 Absent Mind Voice Short film
2012 The Painter and the Model The Painter Gabriel Short film
2013 Frayed Habbi Short film
2013 Punchline Tiny Tim Short film
2014 My Dad Voice Short film
2015 The River Boy Short film
2016 Lion Mantosh Brierley
2018 Ant-Man and the Wasp Uzman
TBA The Personal History of David Copperfield Dr. Chillip Post-production
Year Title Director Producer Writer Editor Other
2010 The Boxer Yes Yes Yes Yes Cinematographer
2011 Realms Yes Yes Yes Yes
2011 I Chopped Her Up Yes Yes No Yes Animator
2011 Catch That Train Yes Yes Yes Yes
2012 The Painter and the Model Yes Yes Yes Yes Cinematographer
2013 Punchline No No No No Fight choreographer
2013 Steele No No No Yes
2014 Lines That Divide No No No No Special thanks
2018 Gwapa No No No No Special thanks


  1. ^ "Saxon". Elise Valmorbida.
  2. ^ "Publicity Award". Saxon the Film.
  3. ^ "8 Minutes Idle". British Council Film.
  4. ^ "8 Minutes Idle Cast Gallery". BBC Films.
  5. ^ "8 Minutes Idle Exclusive". Hey U Guys. 2014-02-14.
  6. ^ "Television | Scripted Comedy". BAFTA.
  7. ^ "Detectorists Characters". British Comedy Guide.
  8. ^ "Craft Award Writer – Comedy". BAFTA.
  9. ^ "Oscar Nominee". The Oscars.
  10. ^ Saunders, Tristram Fane (2017-02-12). "BAFTA winners Ful List". The Telegraph.
  11. ^ "Oscar Nominees 2017". The Oscars.
  12. ^ "Divian Ladwa cast in Ant Man sequal". Hatch.
  13. ^ "School Drama". BBC.
  14. ^ "School Drama". Goldhawk.
  15. ^ "Romeo And Juliet". BBC.
  16. ^ "How The Marquis Got His Coat Back". BBC.
  17. ^ "How the Marquis Got His Coat Back". Radio Times.
  18. ^ "Ed Reardon's Week". BBC.
  19. ^ "Ed Reardon's Week". Radio Times.
  20. ^ "ATN with Divan Ladwa". Afridiziak Theatre News.


  1. Rachel Russell. This Is Local London. "Rising British Asian actor Divian Ladwa stars alongside Rayners Lane star Dev Patel in new Hollywood blockbuster". Retrieved 2 February 2017.
  2. Lion – Winners' acceptance speech, Adapted Screenplay, EE British Academy Film Awards in 2017. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  3. Toby Melville. Alamy – Divian Ladwa arrives for the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London
  4. Bekia. Divian Ladwa en la alfombra roja de los Premios Bafta 2017.
  5. Getty Images. Divian Ladwa Pictures and Images.
  6. Maria Mercedes Lara Brittany Talarico. People Style. See All the Glamorous Looks from the BAFTA Awards Red Carpet.. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  7. Zoe Paskett. Ham & High. Lion star talks of working with Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel in Oscars contender. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  8. John Byrne. The Stage. My First Audition: Divian Ladwa – ‘it felt like it was all a silly boy’s dream’
  9. RTE "Lion star Divian Ladwa is one of the first stylish men on the red carpet wearing Aquascutum & cuff links by Harrys of London."
  10. Rex by Shutterstock. British Academy Film Awards Nespresso Nominees' Party, Inside, London. Retrieved 11 February 2017.
  11. entertainment.ie Divian Ladwa attends the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) at Royal Albert Hall
  12. BAFTA Cinema Etc. "delivered to great effect by Divian Ladwa" for My Dad.

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