Shazad Latif

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Shazad Latif
Shazad Latif by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Latif at the San Diego Comic Con in 2018
Born (1988-07-08) 8 July 1988 (age 32)
London, England
Other namesJavid Iqbal
Years active2009–present

Shazad Latif (born 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 on Penny Dreadful. He was most recently cast as Chief of Security Ash Tyler in the CBS All Access television series Star Trek: Discovery.

Early life[edit]

Born in London of mixed Pakistani, English and Scottish descent, Latif grew up in Tufnell Park, North London. His father was Javed Iqbal, a Pakistani.[1] 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.[2]


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.[2][3] 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.[4]

In 2017, Latif was cast as the role of Lieutenant Ash Tyler in Star Trek: Discovery,[5] after initially being announced as playing a Human.[6] 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.[1]

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.

Personal life[edit]

While his character on the show Spooks is a technological expert, in real life Latif is a self-proclaimed technophobe.[3]



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


Year Title Role Notes
2009–11 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"
2013–15 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
2017–19 Star Trek: Discovery Ash Tyler/Voq 20 episodes
2019 Departure Ali 6 episodes
2019 The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Kylan (voice) 5 episodes
TBA The Pursuit of Love Upcoming series


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b "Spooks: Behind the scenes on the new series". Daily Record. 4 November 2009. Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  4. ^ Connolly, Kelly (12 May 2016). "Penny Dreadful: Shazad Latif on Jekyll and Frankenstein's relationship". Entertainment Weekly.
  5. ^ Andosca, Joe (14 October 2017). "Exclusive: Shazad Latif On Lt. Tyler's Inner Turmoil And Chemistry With Burnham". Retrieved 16 October 2017.
  6. ^ Holloway, Daniel (12 December 2016). "'Star Trek: Discovery' Casts Klingons Chris Obi, Shazad Latif, Mary Chieffo". Variety. Retrieved 16 October 2017.

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