Shazad Latif

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Shazad Latif
Latif at the San Diego Comic Con in 2018
Iqbal Amin

(1988-07-08) 8 July 1988 (age 35)
London, England
Other namesJavid Iqbal
Years active2009–present
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)

Shazad Latif (born Iqbal Amin; 8 July 1988) is a British actor, who starred as Tariq Masood in the BBC TV series Spooks, Clem Fandango on Toast of London, and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in Penny Dreadful. In 2017, he was cast as Chief of Security Ash Tyler in the CBS All Access (now Paramount+) television series Star Trek: Discovery. He will portray Captain Nemo in the upcoming live-action series Nautilus.

Early life[edit]

Born in London and originally named Iqbal Amin, Shazad Latif is of mixed Pakistani, English and Scottish descent.[1] He grew up in Tufnell Park, North London. His father was Javed Iqbal, a Pakistani.[2] He studied at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and performed in many stage productions including King Lear, playing Cornwall, and Richard Sheridan's comedy School for Scandal, as Joseph Surface. He left the school a year early to take up his role in Spooks.[3]


Shazad Latif, Timur Bekmambetov, Valene Kane at the press conference of Profile at Berlinale 2018

Spooks was his first major role on television, as the highly skilled technician and data analyst Tariq Masood.[3][4] He appeared in all three series of Toast of London as the recurring character Clem Fandango, one of the studio staff recording the voiceover artist Steven Toast (Matt Berry).[citation needed]

In 2016 he joined the cast of Penny Dreadful as the literary character Dr. Jekyll.[5]

In 2017, Latif was cast in the role of Lieutenant Ash Tyler in Star Trek: Discovery.[6] After initially being announced as playing a Human, [7] it was later revealed that Latif had also portrayed the Klingon Voq in the series, credited under his late father's name to conceal a related plot twist.[2]

Shazad Latif played ISIS fighter Bilel in the 2018 thriller film Profile by Timur Bekmambetov. The film takes place entirely on computer screens. It premiered at the 68th Berlin International Film Festival where it won the Panorama Audience Award.

In November 2021, Disney announced Latif's role of Captain Nemo in the upcoming live-action series Nautilus.[8] The series will debut in 2024 on AMC after Disney+ canceled it in 2023.[9]

Personal life[edit]

While his character on the show Spooks is a technological expert, in real life Latif is a self-proclaimed technophobe.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
2015 The Man Who Knew Infinity Chandra Mahalanobis
2015 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Kushal
2018 The Commuter Vince
2018 Profile Bilel
2020 Dear Jesus Short film; executive producer
2021 Falling for Figaro Charlie
2022 What's Love Got to Do with It? Kazim
2022 Rogue Agent Sonny Chandra [10]
TBA Magpie TBA Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2009–2011 Spooks Tariq Masood 17 episodes
2010 The Silence Yousef 3 episodes
2011 Fresh Meat Riz Episode: "#1.2"
2011 Comedy Lab Bobby Episode: "Kadadaasses"
2011 Black Mirror Mehdi Raboud Episode: "The National Anthem"
2012 Silk Ibrahim Ali Episode: "#2.5"
2013 My Mad Fat Diary Dr. Nick Kassar 5 episodes
2013 Jo Nasser Episode: "The Opera"
2013 Love Matters Satpal Episode: "A Nice Arrangement"
2013–2015 Toast of London Clem Fandango 16 episodes
2014 Salting the Battlefield Jez Nichols Television film
2015 Ordinary Lies Rick O'Connor 4 episodes
2016 Penny Dreadful Dr. Henry Jekyll 8 episodes
2017 Still Star-Crossed Tybalt Capulet 1 episode
2017–2019 Star Trek: Discovery Ash Tyler/Voq 20 episodes
2019 Departure Ali 6 episodes
2019 The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Kylan (voice) 5 episodes
2021 The Pursuit of Love Alfred Wincham 3 episodes
2022 Toast of Tinseltown Clem Fandango 5 episodes
2024 Nautilus Captain Nemo Main role[8]


  1. ^ Miller, Liz Shannon. "'Star Trek: Discovery' Star Shazad Latif on the Big Tyler Twist and Who 'Javid Iqbal' Is". IndieWire. Retrieved 30 July 2021.
  2. ^ a b Britt, Ryan (14 January 2018). "Shazad Latif Reveals Which of His Three 'Star Trek' Characters He Likes Best". Inverse. Retrieved 16 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Bristol Old Vic actor spooked by BBC success". Clifton People. 22 January 2014. Archived from the original on 22 January 2014. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Spooks: Behind the scenes on the new series". Daily Record. 4 November 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  5. ^ Connolly, Kelly (12 May 2016). "Penny Dreadful: Shazad Latif on Jekyll and Frankenstein's relationship". Entertainment Weekly.
  6. ^ Andosca, Joe (14 October 2017). "Exclusive: Shazad Latif On Lt. Tyler's Inner Turmoil And Chemistry With Burnham". Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  7. ^ Holloway, Daniel (12 December 2016). "'Star Trek: Discovery' Casts Klingons Chris Obi, Shazad Latif, Mary Chieffo". Variety. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  8. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (11 November 2021). "Shazad Latif Tapped To Play Captain Nemo In Disney+ Series 'Nautilus', Michael Matthews On Board To Direct". Deadline. Retrieved 20 November 2021.
  9. ^ White, Peter (30 October 2023). "Captain Nemo Series 'Nautilus' Docks At AMC After Disney+ UK Exit". Deadline. Retrieved 30 October 2023.
  10. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (25 May 2021). "'Freegard': Herbert Kloiber's Night Train Media Boards James Norton & Gemma Arterton Thriller; Cast Rounds Out Ahead Of Shoot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 25 May 2021.

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