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Iain De Caestecker (/də ˈkæskər/ KAS-kər;[1] born 29 December 1987),[2][3] is a Scottish actor. He is known for his roles in the films Shell (2012), In Fear (2013), Not Another Happy Ending (2013), Lost River (2014), and Overlord (2018). Since 2013, he has portrayed Leo Fitz in the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Iain De Caestecker
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Iain De Caestecker at WonderCon 2019
Born (1987-12-29) 29 December 1987 (age 31)
Glasgow, Scotland
Alma materLangside College
Years active1999–present

Early lifeEdit

De Caestecker was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He has a twin sister and is one of four children; his parents are both medical doctors.[4] His mother, Dr. Linda De Caestecker, is Director of Public Health (DPH) for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the largest health board in Scotland. She worked as an obstetrician and gynecologist, in different parts of the United Kingdom and in West Africa.[5] She is an honorary professor at the University of Glasgow.[6]

Iain De Caestecker went to Hillhead Primary School[7] and completed an HND in Acting and Performance at Langside College.[8]


Iain De Caestecker at PaleyFest 2014.

De Caestecker began his acting career at the young age of nine, when someone came into one of his acting classes and cast him in BBC short film Billy and Zorba (1999).[9] It was his first experience in front of the camera. He has been finding success ever since.

In 2000, he had a minor role in the comedy horror film The Little Vampire, before appearing in the television show Lip Service. In that same year he first appeared on the cobbles as Adam Barlow in Coronation Street, UK's longest-running and most-watched TV soap opera. He would appear in more than 50 episodes (2001-2003) before the role was recast with an older actor.

He played the lead in two high-profile BBC series — BAFTA-winning The Fades and Young James Herriot; the latter earned him a nomination for a BAFTA Scotland for Best Actor/Actress – Television.[10]

The psychological horror film In Fear premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. In that same year De Caestecker appeared in Filth and Not Another Happy Ending; the latter earned him his second BAFTA Scotland nomination, this time in the Best Actor/Actress – Film category. He also appeared in the music video for Gabrielle Aplin's song "Please Don't Say You Love Me".

In 2013, on his first visit to LA, De Caestecker landed a series regular role on the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..[11] That same year, he was cast in the lead role of Ryan Gosling's feature directorial debut Lost River.[12] The film premiered in competition in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival,[13] and was released in the U.S. on 10 April 2015.

In 2016, his Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. character was animated for an episode of Disney XD's Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man Vs. The Sinister 6, to which the actor lent his voice.[14]

In 2018, De Caestecker co-starred in the J. J. Abrams-produced war/horror film Overlord, which premiered at Fantastic Fest 2018. The plot follows American soldiers stuck behind enemy lines before D-Day who discover secret Nazi experiments. The movie received two nominations at the 2019 Saturn Awards.[15]

In 2020 De Caestecker will star as young Douglas Petersen in BBC One's four-part miniseries Us, based on David Nicholls (writer)' best selling novel by the same name.[16]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Billy and Zorba Billy Short film for BBC | Winner Best International Short - Brooklyn Film Festival, 2000[17]
2000 The Little Vampire Nigel
2003 16 Years of Alcohol Frankie (as a boy)
2003 All Over Brazil Steven Short film for BBC.[18]
2012 Up There Tommy
2012 Shell Adam
2013 In Fear Tom Official Sundance selection
2013 Not Another Happy Ending Roddy
2013 Filth Ocky
2014 Lost River Bones Official Cannes Film Festival selection
2014 Liam and Lenka Liam Short film
2018 Overlord Private Morton Chase


Year Title Role Notes
2001–2003 Coronation Street Adam Barlow 50 episodes
2001 Monarch of the Glen Angus 'Ricky' MacDonald Episode: "Episode #2.8"
Credited as Iain Decaestecker
2002 Rockface Dan Episode: "Episode #1.3"
2009 River City Stuart Episode: "Episode #1.607"
2009 Taggart Davy Kincaid Episode: "So Long Baby"
2010 Lip Service Darren 4 episodes
2011 The Fades Paul Roberts Miniseries; 6 episodes / Winner of Best Drama Series, BAFTA Television Awards, 2012
2011 Young James Herriot James Herriot Miniseries; 3 episodes
2012 The Secret of Crickley Hall Young Percy Judd Miniseries; 3 episodes
2013–present Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Leo Fitz Main cast, 117 episodes
2016 Ultimate Spider-Man vs. the Sinister 6 Agent Leo Fitz (voice) Episode: "Lizards"
2016 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot Agent Leo Fitz Web series; episode: "Progress"
2020 Us Young Douglas Miniseries; 4 episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role
2012 Assassin's Creed III Fillan McCarthy (voice)

Music videosEdit

Year Title Artist Role
2013 "Please Don't Say You Love Me" Gabrielle Aplin Boyfriend

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Work Result
2012 BAFTA Scotland Award Best Actor/Actress – Television Young James Herriot Nominated
2013 Best Actor/Actress – Film Not Another Happy Ending Nominated
2014 SET Awards SET Engineer Award Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Won
2015 TVLine's Performer of the Week N/A Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (episode: "Laws of Nature") Won
2017 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (episode: "Self Control"; shared with Elizabeth Henstridge) Nominated
2017 TVLine's Performer of the Year Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nominated
2019 TVLine's Performer of the Week Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (episode: "Inescapable"; shared with Elizabeth Henstridge) Won


  1. ^ Dobbins, Amanda (12 September 2013). "HAIM, Llewyn Davis, and Chiwetel Ejiofor: Your Fall 2013 Pronunciation Guide". Vulture. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  2. ^ Henstridge, Elizabeth [@Lil_Henstridge] (29 December 2013). "Haaaaappy Birthday Mr @IdeCaestecker !! Watch out Scotland! xx" (Tweet). Retrieved 7 April 2014 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Dalton, Brett [@IMBrettDalton] (29 December 2013). "@AgentsofSHIELD happy birthday to @IdeCaestecker the coolest scientist in the world who also happens to be my best friend #wardfitz4ever" (Tweet). Retrieved 7 April 2014 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ Williams, Andrew (18 March 2014). "LA-based British actor Iain De Caestecker: 'I miss the rain quite a lot'". Metro. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  5. ^ Burns, Janice (12 July 2015). "International role for top doctor". The National. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  6. ^ "The hunt is on to find the Queen of Scots who makes real difference to the lives of others". Evening Times. 27 December 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  7. ^ "BBC - Interview with Iain de Caestecker - Media Centre". Retrieved 6 May 2018.
  8. ^ Galkin, Alexandra (21 November 2011). "Discovery: Iain De Caestecker". Interview Magazine. Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  9. ^ "Iain De Caestecker: show your bones". Dazed. Dazed Digital.
  10. ^ "Young James Herriot Nominated for BAFTA Scotland Best Director & Best Actor 2012". Shed Productions. Archived from the original on 21 January 2013. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  11. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (13 November 2012). "Joss Whedon's 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' Pilot Adds Two Agents (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 13 November 2012. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  12. ^ Fleming, Jr., Mike (17 June 2013). "Iain DeCaestecker Gets Lead In Ryan Gosling-Directed 'How To Catch A Monster'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  13. ^ "2014 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  14. ^ "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s FitzSimmons are getting their very own Marvel crossover". E!Online. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  15. ^ "Saturn Awards Nominations 2019". Collider. Retrieved 28 July 2019.
  16. ^ "'The Night Manager's Tom Hollander & 'The Killing's Sofie Gråbøl To Star In BBC's Adaptation Of David Nicholls' 'Us'". Deadline.
  17. ^ "The Agency - Ed McCardie".
  18. ^ "BBC - Press Office - Tartan Shorts All Over Brazil". Retrieved 5 December 2018.

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