Sacha Dhawan

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Sacha Dhawan
Sacha Dhawan on the set of The Boy with the Topknot.jpg
Dhawan on the set of the 2017 film The Boy with the Topknot
Born (1984-05-01) 1 May 1984 (age 38)
Years active1998–present
PartnerAnjli Mohindra[1]

Sacha Dhawan (/dəˈwɑːn/;[2] born 1 May 1984)[3][4] 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).

Early life[edit]

Dhawan was born in Bramhall, Stockport,[5] to Indian parents from Jalandhar, Punjab.[6][7][8]

Dhawan trained at the Laine-Johnson Theatre School in Manchester, and started acting at the age of twelve. He attended Aquinas College in Stockport.[5]

Dhawan was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 2006. In 2016, he suffered from flare ups whilst filming Iron Fist in New York.


Television and film[edit]

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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12][13]

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

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.



Year Title Role Notes
2006 The History Boys Akthar
2008 Forgive Rajesh Short film
2010 Splintered Sam
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


Year Title Role Notes
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
2008 Wired Ben 3 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[14] Narrator TV documentary
2013 The Tractate Middoth William Garrett TV movie
An Adventure in Space and Time Waris Hussein TV movie
2014 Utopia Paul 2 episodes
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
TBA Suspect Jaisal Upcoming series

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2010 Gray Matter Mailk Voice
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[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
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[15]
2009 England People Very Nice Norfolk Danny/Carlo/Aaron/Mushi Olivier Theatre, National Theatre[16]
2018 Allelujah! by Alan Bennett Dr. Valentine Live theatre, Bridge Theatre


  1. ^ Osborne, Emma (24 September 2018). "Bodyguard's Anjli Mahindra's life away from the BBC drama uncovered as her FAMOUS boyfriend is revealed". OK. Retrieved 31 January 2022.
  2. ^ "60 Seconds With... Sacha Dhawan". BAFTA Guru. 1 July 2015. Archived from the original on 13 December 2021. Retrieved 20 November 2020.
  3. ^ 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. Archived from the original on 24 December 2021. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  4. ^ Dhawan, Sacha (1 May 2017). "Thanks @jimngstunts for the birthday message and post my brother x". Instagram. Archived from the original on 24 December 2021. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Sacha's well versed at History". Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 14 November 2006.
  6. ^ Seale, Jack (30 June 2015). "Sacha Dhawan: 'My generation don't care who plays a part'". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  7. ^ Siddiqui, Sabrina (14 October 2010). "From Stage to Stateside: In Conversation with Outsourced's Sacha Dhawan". Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Interview with Sacha Dhawan (from NBC's Outsourced) – Smita Shares". Retrieved 4 January 2021.
  9. ^ "Hatton McEwan Artists (Sacha Dhawan CV)". Archived from the original on 21 October 2006. Retrieved 10 November 2006.
  10. ^ Tsering, Lisa (21 May 2011). "NBC Cancels 'Outsourced': First TV Show Set in India". The Times of India. Archived from the original on 5 November 2011. Retrieved 15 November 2011.
  11. ^ "Doctor Who sees the shock return of a classic foe in opening episode". BBC. 1 January 2020. Retrieved 1 January 2020.
  12. ^ "Internet Broadway Database: Sacha Dhawan Credits on Broadway". Retrieved 10 November 2006.
  13. ^ "National Theatre : Productions : The History Boys 2004". Retrieved 10 November 2006.
  14. ^ "BBC Two - Welcome to India, Episode 1". Retrieved 18 February 2013.
  15. ^ Nightingale, Benedict (5 August 2008). "Pornography at the Traverse, Edinburgh". The Times. London. Retrieved 20 August 2008.
  16. ^ "Production of England People Very Nice | Theatricalia". Retrieved 30 September 2020.

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