Born in London in July 1988, Shazad Latif has crafted a varied and eclectic filmography. Of mixed English, Scottish and Pakistani descent, Shazad’s father was a London cabbie and his mother a cleaner. His onscreen career began back in 2009 with an appearance in Spooks as Tariq Masood, a role that led to 17 episodes over the next two years. Three episodes as Yousef in the mini-series The Silence followed as his TV profile rose, leading to a batch of Channel 4 comedies including Fresh Meat, Comedy Lab, My Mad Fat Diary in 2013 where he played Dr. Nick
Kassar over five episodes and the award-winning Toast of London alongside Matt Berry where he played Clem Fandango between 2012 and 2015.
An appearance in the Channel 4 series Black Mirror brought him back to drama, as well as an episode of the BBC drama Silk. The Opera, JoJo and Love Matters followed in 2013, the TV movie Salting the Battlefield in 2014, Ordinary Lies and the role of Rick over 4 episodes in 2015 all led to his highest profile role yet, that of Dr. Henry Jekyll in 8 episodes of the hugely popular Penny Dreadful.
On the silver screen he has appeared in the short films Our Lad and Incident on the Northern Line in 2013 and 2015 respectively, and the feature length films We are Monster and The Man Who Knew Infinity. His best known big screen role is as Kushal in the 2015 sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. 2018 sees roles in The Commuter and Profile.
His appearance in 2017 on the TV series Still Star-Crossed bridged the gap to his most popular role so far, that of Ash Tyler AKA Voq on Star Trek: Discovery.
The success of Discovery is in no small part down to the stellar performances and Shazad is front and center in his dual roles of Tyler and Voq. Playing two characters conflicted to the point of losing their identity, sense of self, trust and the respect of their crew, Latif had to hook the viewing public who were rooting for the Federation and also those interested in the Klingon angle. He turned what could easily have been a cliché into a sympathetic, well-rounded, tragic character over 15 episodes.
We’re thrilled to welcome Shazad to Destination Star Trek Germany.
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