Sacha Dhawan (//; born 1 May 1984) is a British stage, screen and voice actor from Greater Manchester. He is best known for playing Akthar in the play The History Boys (2004–2006) and its film adaptation (2006), Paul Jatri in the BBC One comedy drama series Last Tango in Halifax (2012), Waris Hussein in the BBC Two docudrama film An Adventure in Space and Time (2013), Manish Prasad in the crime thriller Line of Duty (2014), Davos in Marvel's Iron Fist (2017–2018), Orlo in The Great (2020) and the current incarnation of the Master in the long-running BBC science fiction series Doctor Who (2020–present).
Television and film
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. 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. 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 BBC 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. He appeared in four episodes of the twelfth series of Doctor Who as the latest incarnation of the renegade Time Lord known as the Master. He plays the role of Count Orlo, advisor to Catherine the Great, in comedy-drama TV series The Great.
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.
In July 2018 Dhawan reunited with History Boys playwright Alan Bennett and co-star Samuel Barnett for Bennett's new play Allelujah! at the Bridge Theatre.
|2006||The History Boys||Akthar|
|2012||Girl Shaped Love Drug||Him|
|The Mystery of Edwin Drood||Neville Landless||Miniseries|
|2013||After Earth||Hesper Pilot|
|2015||The Lady in the Van||Doctor at Gloucester Crescent|
|2018||National Theatre Live: Allelujah!||Dr. Valentine|
|1997–98||Out of Sight||Ali Pantajali||Main role; 20 episodes|
|1998||City Central||Tony||Episode: "Picking Up the Pieces"|
|1999||The Last Train||Leo Nixon||Main role; 6 episodes|
|2001–02||Weirdsister College||Azmat Madari||Main role; 13 episodes|
|2003||EastEnders: Perfectly Frank||DC Wayne Atkins||TV movie|
|2006||Bradford Riots||Karim||TV movie|
|2008–present||Chuggington||Eddie||Voice; 38 episodes|
|2009||Paradox||Jaz Roy||Series 1 Episode 4|
|2010–11||Outsourced||Manmeet||Main role; 22 episodes|
|2010||The Deep||Vincent||5 episodes|
|Five Days||Khalil Akram||4 episodes|
|2012||Last Tango in Halifax||Paul Jatri||6 episodes|
|Being Human||Pete||Episode: "Hold the Front Page"|
|Welcome to India||Narrator||TV documentary|
|2013||The Tractate Middoth||William Garrett||TV movie|
|An Adventure in Space and Time||Waris Hussein||TV movie|
|24: Live Another Day||Naveed Shabazz||4 episodes|
|In the Flesh||Amir||Series 2 Episode 3|
|Line of Duty||Manish Prasad||3 episodes|
|2014–16||In the Club||Dev Sidhwa||Main role; 12 episodes|
|2014||Mr Selfridge||Jimmy Dillon||Main role; 9 episodes|
|2015||No Offence||Majid Hassan||Series 1 Episode 3|
|Bugsplat!||Mohammed Mohammed||TV movie|
|Not Safe for Work||Danny||6 episodes|
|The Interceptor||Astin Ray||Episode 3|
|2017||Sherlock||Ajay||Episode: "The Six Thatchers"|
|2017–18||Marvel's Iron Fist||Davos||Main role; 15 episodes|
|2017||The Boy with the Topknot||Sathnam Sanghera||BBC Two|
|2020, 2022||Doctor Who||O/The Master||5 episodes|
|2020||Dracula||Dr. Sharma||1 episode|
|Thunderbirds Are Go||Stew||Voice; episode: "Upside Down"|
|2020–21||The Great||Count Orlo||Main role; 10 episodes|
|2021–present||The Prince||Teddy / Dinesh||Voice; 12 episodes|
|2012||Warhammer Online: Wrath of Heroes||Durrig|
|2014||Game of Thrones: A Telltale Games Series||Gryff Whitehill|
|2017||Mass Effect: Andromeda||Additional voices|
|Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2||Steel Serpent|
|2018||Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age||Prince Faris, additional voices||Voice (English version)|
Radio and theatre
|1998||Chocky||Matthew Gore||Radio play, BBC Radio 4|
|2001||East is East||Sajid||Live theatre, Haymarket Theatre, Leicester|
|2002||The Witches||Boy||Live theatre, Haymarket Theatre, Leicester|
|2004–2006||The History Boys||Akthar||Live theatre, Lyttelton Theatre, Royal National Theatre, London|
|Live theatre, Broadhurst Theatre, Broadway|
|Live theatre, Sydney Theatre, Sydney|
|Live theatre, St. James Theatre, Wellington|
|Live theatre, Lyric Theatre, Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, Hong Kong|
|2007||The Prospect||Hanif||Radio play, BBC Radio 4|
|Pretend You Have Big Buildings||Danny||Live theatre, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester|
|Borstal Boy||Live theatre, Edinburgh Festival Fringe|
|2008||Pornography||Live theatre, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh|
|2009||England People Very Nice||Norfolk Danny/Carlo/Aaron/Mushi||Olivier Theatre, National Theatre|
|2018||Allelujah! by Alan Bennett||Dr. Valentine||Live theatre, Bridge Theatre|
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