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Shazad Latif (born 8 July 1988; age 36) is the British actor who played Ash Tyler in the first and second seasons of Star Trek: Discovery.

Latif also portrayed the Klingon Voq, for which, prior to the episode "The Wolf Inside", he was credited under the name Javid Iqbal, since using his real name in relation to this character would likely have revealed information intended to be a major plot twist.

Originally, CBS announced in December 2016 that Latif was to portray the Klingon Kol, a protégé of T'Kuvma. [1] However, in April 2017, it was stated that Latif would instead play Tyler, [2] while T'Kuvma's protégé was renamed Voq (who would, ultimately, still be played by Latif) and the name Kol was given to a leader of a rival Klingon Great House (portrayed by Kenneth Mitchell). [3]

In disguising his role as Voq, Latif chose his credited name in memory of his deceased father. He noted that the period of maintaining the deception was "a year of keeping up a crazy secret [it] was like being in the CIA." [4]

Latif was born in London and is of a mixed English, Scottish, and Pakistani descent. In 2009-11, he played a recurring role as data analyst Tariq Masood on the eighth, ninth, and tenth season of the long-running British crime series Spooks. In 2012-15, he had a recurring role in the comedy series Toast of London. In 2016, he played Dr. Henry Jekyll in the third season of the horror series Penny Dreadful, alongside Harry Treadaway. He can also be seen in guest roles in episodes of Silk, Black Mirror (with Lydia Wilson), Love Matters, and Ordinary Lies.

He also appeared in films such as The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015), The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015), The Commuter (2018, with Jonathan Banks and Ross Carter), and Rogue Agent (2022).

In 2022, Latif was cast in the lead role of Captain Nemo in the Disney+ adventure prequel series Nautilus, however, despite the first season having already been filmed, the show was shelved by Disney. [5]

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Appearances as Ash Tyler[]

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