Shazad Latif

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Shazad Latif plays the role of Vince in The Commuter.

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Shazad Latif (born July 198) is a British actor, who starred in the BBC TV series Spooks as the highly skilled technician and data analyst Tariq Masood in series 8–10.

Early life

Born in London of mixed Pakistani, English and Scottish descent, Latif grew up in Tufnell Park, North London. 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.


Latif's professional theatre credits include playing Ricky Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Mumbai Tales at the Blue Elephant Theatre in London.

Spooks was his first major role on TV. He starred in all three series of Toast of London as Clem Fandango, one of the characters recording Steven Toast (Matt Berry) doing often-ridiculous voiceovers.

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

On December 12, 2016 states that Latif will play a Klingon leader Kol in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery TV series set to air its pilot episode May 2017, and season one is to air on CBS streaming service in America and Netflix abroad.

Personal life

While his character on the show Spooks is a technological expert, in real life Latif is a self-proclaimed technophobe. In 2012 he lived in Camden, London.

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