Iain De Caestecker

Iain De Caestecker

Iain De Caestecker at PaleyFest 2014
Born 29 December 1987 (1987-12-29) (age 28)
Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation Actor
Years active 2000–present

Iain De Caestecker (/ˈən də ˈkæskər/ EE-ən kas-kər;[1] born 29 December 1987)[2][3] is a Scottish actor, best known for his roles in films Shell (2012), In Fear (2013), Not Another Happy Ending (2013), Lost River (2014) and as Agent Leo Fitz in the television series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Early life

De Caestecker was born in Glasgow, Scotland. He has a twin sister and is one of four children. The son of two doctors,[4] his mother, Dr Linda de Caestecker, is Director of Public Health (DPH) for the National Health Service (NHS) Greater Glasgow and Clyde, the largest health board in Scotland. She has previously been an obstetrician and gynecologist, working in different parts of the UK and in West Africa. She is also an honorary professor at the University of Glasgow.[5]

De Caestecker studied at Langside College.[6]


De Caestecker began his acting career as a child. In 2000 he landed a minor role in comedy horror film The Little Vampire before appearing in the United Kingdom television shows Coronation Street and Lip Service.

The actor played the male lead in two high-profile BBC series — the BAFTA-winning “Best Drama Series” The Fades, as well as Young James Herriot for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland Award for “Best Actor/Actress – Television”.[7] His thriller film In Fear, in which he played the co-lead opposite Alice Englert, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews. In that same year he could be seen in feature films Filth, with James McAvoy and Jim Broadbent, and Not Another Happy Ending opposite Karen Gillan. The latter earned him his second BAFTA Scotland Award nomination, this time in the “Best Actor/Actress – Film" category.

An emerging star in the UK, De Caestecker is quickly making a name for himself in the US. Upon his first trip to Los Angeles in 2012, the actor landed a series regular role on the much-anticipated Joss Whedon TV series Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D..[8] The series takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following character Agent Phil Coulson and his small team of agents, De Caestecker's Leo Fitz among them. In 2014 De Caestecker received the SET Engineer Award for his role as Fitz, an engineer and weapons and technology expert at S.H.I.E.L.D.. The SET Awards honor excellence in science, engineering, and technology portrayal in the media and entertainment industries.[9] The actor has also drawn critical praise for his role, his performance being singled out by TV Line, Variety and Entertainment Weekly, among others.[10][11]

In 2016 De Caestecker’s S.H.I.E.L.D. character got animated for an episode of Disney XD's Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man Vs. The Sinister 6, the actor lent his voice.[12]

After a comprehensive search, De Caestecker was cast in the lead role of Ryan Gosling’s feature directorial debut Lost River, with a cast including Saoirse Ronan, Christina Hendricks and Ben Mendelsohn.[13] The film premiered in competition in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival,[14] and was released in the United States on April 10, 2015.

In 2013, De Caestecker appeared in a music video for Gabrielle Aplin's song "Please Don't Say You Love Me".



Year Title Role Notes
1999 Billy and Zorba Billy Short film
2000 The Little Vampire Nigel
2003 16 Years of Alcohol Frankie (as a boy)
2003 All Over Brazil Steven Short film
2012 Up There Tommy
2012 Shell Adam
2013 In Fear Tom
2013 Not Another Happy Ending Roddy
2013 Filth Ocky
2014 Lost River Bones
2014 Liam & Lenka Liam Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2001 Monarch of the Glen Angus 'Ricky' MacDonald 1 episode: "Episode #2.8"
Credited as 'Iain Decaestecker'
2001–03 Coronation Street Adam Barlow Recurring
20 episodes
2002 Rockface Dan 1 episode: "Episode #1.3"
2009 River City Stuart 1 episode: "Episode #1.607"
2009 Taggart Davy Kincaid 1 episode: "So Long Baby"
2010 Lip Service Darren 4 episodes
2011 The Fades Paul Roberts 6 episodes
2011 Young James Herriot James Herriot TV miniseries
3 episodes
Nominated - 2012 British Academy Scotland Awards for Best Actor - Television
2012 The Secret of Crickley Hall Percy Judd TV miniseries
3 episodes
2013–present Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Leo Fitz Main cast
66 episodes
2016 Ultimate Spider-Man vs The Sinister 6 Agent Leo Fitz (voice)[15][16] 1 episode: "Lizards"

Video games

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

Music videos

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

Awards and nominations

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 Performance in "Laws of Nature" Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Won


  1. Dobbins, Amanda (12 September 2013). "HAIM, Llewyn Davis, and Chiwetel Ejiofor: Your Fall 2013 Pronunciation Guide". Vulture. Retrieved 19 December 2014.
  2. "Twitter / Lil_Henstridge: Haaaaappy Birthday Mr". Twitter.com. 2013-12-29. Retrieved 2014-04-07.
  3. "Twitter / IMBrettDalton: @AgentsofSHIELD happy birthday". Twitter.com. 2013-12-29. Retrieved 2014-04-07.
  4. "LA-based British actor Iain De Caestecker: 'I miss the rain quite a lot'". Metro UK.
  5. "The hunt is on to find the Queen of Scots who makes real difference to the lives of others; Linda De Caestecker". Biography.
  6. Galkin, Alexandra. "Discovery: Iain De Caestecker". Interview. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  7. "Young James Herriot Nominated for BAFTA Scotland Best Director & Best Actor 2012". Shed Productions. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  8. 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 13 November 2012.
  9. "SET Awards Honorees 2014". SET Awards.
  10. "Performer of the Week: S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Iain De Caestecker". TV Line. 2015-10-03.
  11. "Breakout TV Performances We're Thankful For". Variety.
  12. "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s FitzSimmons are getting their very own Marvel crossover". E!Online. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  13. Fleming, Jr., Mike (17 June 2013). "Iain DeCaestecker Gets Lead In Ryan Gosling-Directed 'How To Catch A Monster'". Deadline.com. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  14. "2014 Official Selection". Cannes. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  15. Cavanaugh, Patrick (July 11, 2015). "SDCC 2015: Celebrate the World of Marvel Animation". Marvel.com. Retrieved 9 March 2016.
  16. Prudom, Laura (March 8, 2016). "Watch: 'Agents of SHIELD' Favorites Fitz and Simmons Get Animated for 'Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man'". Variety.com. Retrieved 8 March 2016.
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