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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.

Shazad Latif
Shazad Latif SDCC 2017.jpg
Latif in 2017
Born (1988-07-08) 8 July 1988 (age 31)
London, England
Years active2009–present

Early lifeEdit

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 Klingon.[6] It was later revealed that Latif had also portrayed the Klingon Voq in the series, credited under his late father's name in order 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 lifeEdit

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


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
2009–11 Spooks Tariq Masood Series 8–10 (Main role; 17 episodes)
2010 The Silence Yousef 3 episodes
2011 Fresh Meat Riz 1 episode
Comedy Lab Bobby 1 episode
Black Mirror Mehdi Raboud Episode: "The National Anthem"
2012 Silk Ibrahim Ali 1 episode
2013 My Mad Fat Diary Dr. Nick Kassar 5 episodes
Jo Nasser 1 episode
Love Matters Satpal 1 episode
2013–15 Toast of London Clem Fandango 19 Episodes
2014 Salting the Battlefield Jez Nichols TV film
2015 Ordinary Lies Rick O'Connor 4 episodes
2015 The Man Who Knew Infinity Chandra Mahalanobis Film
2015 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel Kushal Film
2016 Penny Dreadful Dr. Henry Jekyll / Mr Hyde 8 Episodes
2017–19 Star Trek: Discovery Lieutenant Ash Tyler / Voq Main
Initially credited under his late father's name in order to conceal a plot twist[1]
2018 The Commuter Vince Film
2018 Profile Bilel Film
2019 Departure (TV series) Ali 6 Episodes
2019 The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Kylan (voice) Recurring (5 Episodes)


  1. ^ a b c Britt, Ryan (2018-01-14). "Shazad Latif Reveals Which of His Three 'Star Trek' Characters He Likes Best". Inverse. Retrieved 2018-01-16.
  2. ^ a b "Bristol Old Vic actor spooked by BBC success". Clifton People. 2014-01-22. Archived from the original on 2014-01-22. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  3. ^ a b "Spooks: Behind the scenes on the new series". Daily Record. 2009-11-04. Retrieved 2017-10-16.
  4. ^ Connolly, Kelly (May 12, 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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