Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Fridays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV

Synopsis

After helping to thwart Hydra, Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) was appointed as Director and tasked with rebuilding the agency. This won't be an easy job to accomplish with the majority of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents either killed, secretly working for Hydra or free agents. Agent Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), expert pilot, martial artist and longtime friend, will continue to look after Coulson in the wake of the mysterious etchings he's been carving into walls. What do these etchings mean, and can Coulson be trusted? Grant Ward (Brett Dalton), highly trained in combat and espionage, was found to be a Hydra mole and a traitor to S.H.I.E.L.D. and locked up away from the world and his former teammates. But this isn't the last we've seen of him... After being left to die in the middle of the ocean by Ward, Agent Leo Fitz (Iain De Caestecker), a brilliant engineer, and Agent Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge), a genius bio-chemist, found a way to escape their watery grave. But all did not go well for Fitz, who was left in a coma and may never regain his full cognitive functions; a devastating blow to Simmons. And computer hacker Skye (Chloe Bennet), now a full-fledged S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, discovered her origins as a 0-8-4 - an object of unknown origin - and that her parents were considered "monsters." Could Skye have darkness lying dormant inside of her? Also joining Coulson's core team is Lance Hunter (Nick Blood), a dashing mercenary sharp shooter with a quick wit. Since he didn't rise up through the ranks, does he have an ulterior motive for helping out the team? Who can Coulson trust?

Cast Info

Clark Gregg as Director Phil Coulson
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Clark Gregg as Director Phil Coulson

Clark Gregg began his acting career as a founding member and former artistic director of the Atlantic Theater Company in New York. He has acted in many of the company’s productions, including Boys’ Life at Lincoln Center, Mojo, The Night Heron, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and Happy Hour, written by Ethan Coen. He also appeared in the original Broadway production of A Few Good Men, by Aaron Sorkin.

 

Gregg moved to Los Angeles in the mid-90s to pursue film and television work, landing roles in films including Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Thor, Iron Man and Iron Man 2, 500 Days of Summer, Choke, In Good Company, Spartan, State and Main, Lovely and Amazing, The Human Stain, We Were Soldiers, One Hour Photo, and Magnolia. He played the role of ‘Hank/Henrietta’ in Tod Williams’ debut feature, The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, for which he received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. In 2012, he reprised his role as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson in Marvel’s The Avengers, which broke box office records.

 

Gregg was recently seen in several films, including Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing, CBS Films’ The To Do List, Very Good Girls, with Dakota Fanning, and Jason Reitman’s Labor Day, with Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin. On television, he has had recurring roles on THE WEST WING, SPORTS NIGHT, WILL AND GRACE, SEX AND THE CITY, and THE SHIELD, and co-starred with Julia Louis-Dreyfus on THE NEW ADVENTURES OF OLD CHRISTINE.

 

An experienced screenwriter and director, Gregg’s screenwriting debut, What Lies Beneath (Dreamworks), starred Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer and was directed by Robert Zemeckis. His feature film directing debut, Choke, which he adapted from the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, starred Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston, and premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded a Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble before being acquired by Fox Searchlight. His second film as writer-director, the dark indie comedy Trust Me, starred Gregg along with Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy, and Amanda Peet. The film premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and was released in May.

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION:
HOMETOWN – Boston, MA and Chapel Hill, NC
BIRTHDATE – April 2

Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May
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Ming-Na Wen as Agent Melinda May

Ming-Na Wen first won attention with her touching and critically acclaimed performance as ‘June’ in the feature film The Joy Luck Club, but she is most noted for her portrayal of ‘Dr. Jing-Mei Chen’ on the hit show ER. She also starred in SGU STARGATE UNIVERSE.

 

Wen received the first contract role for an Asian-American actor in a daytime drama when she won the part of ‘Lien Hughes’ on AS THE WORLD TURNS. Her other television credits include EUREKA, LAW AND ORDER: SVU, BOSTON LEGAL, THE GEORGE LOPEZ SHOW, PRIVATE PRACTICE,  and TWO AND A HALF MEN.

 

The diverse actress proved she was able to play more than the gentle wallflower in The Joy Luck Club when she tackled the roles of ‘Chun-Li,’ the butt-kicking female lead in Streetfighter, and as the romantically frustrated wife ‘Mimi’ in director Mike Figgis’ film, One Night Stand.

 

Wen is proud to be the title voice of Mulan, Disney’s animated feature (for which she won an Annie Award), as well as the lead voice of ‘Aki Ross’ in the stunning CGI animated film, Final Fantasy. The talented actress has also has lent her voice for the shows PHINEAS AND FERB and NI HAO, KAI LAN, as well as documentaries and children’s books. She recently completed production on the Blumhouse feature film 6 Miranda Drive, opposite Kevin Bacon.

 

Wen has been included in People magazine’s list of the 50 most beautiful people, was named one of the 100 most influential Asian Americans of the past decade by a.Magazine, and was inducted into the Committee of 100. She cherishes her family time with her husband and their two children. She also enjoys painting, photography, scrap booking and decorating.

 

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HOMETOWN – Coloane Island, Macau
BIRTHDATE – November 20

Brett Dalton as Grant Ward
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Brett Dalton as Grant Ward

Brett Dalton’s television credits include BLUE BLOODS, ARMY WIVES, and the pilot NURSES. Most recently he was seen in National Geographic Channel’s KILLING LINCOLN, a Tony and Ridley Scott production.

 

Dalton’s theater credits include Passion Play, Romeo and Juliet, and Happy Now? (Yale Repertory); Sweet Bird of Youth and Demon Dreams (Williamstown Theatre Festival); Macbeth and You Can’t Take It with You (Chautauqua Theater Company).

 

Dalton received a BA in art from the University of California at Berkeley and an MFA in acting from Yale School of Drama.

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION:
HOMETOWN – San Jose, CA
BIRTHDATE – January 7

Chloe Bennet as Skye
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Chloe Bennet as Skye

Chloe Bennet grew up on the south side of Chicago, her father a first generation Chinese-American and her mother Caucasian. Bennet’s family consists of six brothers — three siblings are biological and three siblings are adopted (African-American and Mexican, respectively). Additionally — and to this day — in any given year you may find foster and/or foreign exchange students living in the Bennet home; their story is a real-life multicultural Cosby show.

 

Bennet was educated in the Montessori system, where she developed a love of performing and singing. At the age of 12, she joined the Second City Youth Ensemble, where she studied acting and improv. At 15, she was discovered by a music manager who immediately signed her and arranged for her to move to China, where she lived with her paternal grandmother and began intensive Mandarin studies in Shanghai. During this time, she began making regular trips to Sweden to record with some of the same songwriters and producers behind Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez and Madonna, among others.

 

Bennet recorded and released her first single/video in China for her song, “Uh Oh.” The song and the video were shot in English and Mandarin and went on to become hugely popular in China. Based on the success of her “Uh Oh” video, she was invited to perform at the Zebra Music Festival, a three-day charity event to benefit victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. With over 30,000 people in attendance, the event was broadcast to more than 100 million homes in China. It was Bennet’s first live performance, and she emerged as one of the most impressive acts on the bill. Her performance led to other opportunities: She has been featured in print advertising and on billboards throughout China, and was sponsored in China by Nike, Ports 1961 and Umbro. She has also been featured in fashion and lifestyle articles in Chinese Vogue, Elle, In Style, Cosmopolitan, China Daily and numerous other Chinese publications.

 

In the summer of 2010, Bennet landed her first role as a co-host on the TeenNick television show, THE NIGHTLIFE. She recently guest starred on NASHVILLE.

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION:
HOMETOWN – Chicago, IL
BIRTHDATE – April 18

Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz
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Iain De Caestecker as Agent Leo Fitz

An emerging star in the UK, Scottish actor Iain De Caestecker is quickly making a name for himself in the U.S. He played the male lead in two high-profile BBC series, the recent 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. His thriller film, In Fear, in which he plays the co-lead opposite Alice Englert, premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. De Caestecker was recently seen in the feature film Filth, with James McAvoy and Jim Broadbent

 

Upon his first trip to Los Angeles, De Caestecker landed a series regular role on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. In addition, after a comprehensive search, he 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. The film recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION:
HOMETOWN – Glasgow, Scotland
BIRTHDATE – December 29

Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons
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Elizabeth Henstridge as Agent Jemma Simmons

Having grown up on a farm in England’s northern city of Sheffield, Elizabeth Henstridge became the black sheep of the family when she chose to pursue acting in lieu of a “proper job.” She studied at Birmingham University, followed by East 15 Acting School, London, and soon thereafter moved to Los Angeles.

Within six weeks of arriving in LA, she booked a leading role in J.J. Abrams and Mark Schwahn’s pilot, SHELTER. Her first year culminated with filming the feature Reach Me, with Sylvester Stallone, and being offered the role of Agent Jemma Simmons in MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Since then, Henstridge has been regularly pinching herself, grinning and buying Marvel memorabilia.

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION:
HOMETOWN – Sheffield, England
BIRTHDATE – September 11

Nick Blood as Lance Hunter
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Nick Blood as Lance Hunter

British actor, writer and director Nick Blood was born in London and trained at LAMDA. Nick made his professional stage debut in 2009 in The Priory, at The Royal Court Theatre. In the same year he set up his own theatre company, called WE. BUY. GOLD, with debut show Inches Apart, winning the Old Vic New Voices Theatre 503 Award. In 2010, he went on to perform in the modern adaptation of the Jacobean tragedy Women Beware Women, at The National Theatre, directed by award-winning Marianne Elliott.

In 2010, Blood was featured in BBC Three’s STANLEY PARK opposite Holliday Grainger and Antonia Thomas. He also played the gay fashion assistant in BBC One’s drama series MATERIAL GIRL, alongside Dervla Kirwan and Lenora Crichlow. Following this, he starred in the BBC’s critically-acclaimed three part TV series COMBAT KIDS, and in 2011 he played the guest lead in the BAFTA winning E4 series, MISFITS. He then went on to star in the first three series of SKY ONE’s TROLLIED, co-starring Jane Horrocks.

In October 2011 Blood played the lead, ‘Stuart Sutcliffe,’ in the West End musical Backbeat, which told the story of the formation and early years of The Beatles, which ran at the Duke of York’s theatre until March 2012. In January 2012, he was seen in the three-part drama PUBLIC ENEMIES, created by multi-award-winning writer Tony Marchant and directed by Dearbhla Walsh for BBC One. 2012 also saw him land the role of ‘Dave Famous’ in the film Spike Island, which received a nomination at the 2012 British independent Film Awards. Following this, Blood went on to feature in the final series of the BAFTA Award-winning BBC Three comedy, HIM & HER, and was most recently seen in the second series of ITV’s mystery drama, THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE.

Last February, Blood starred in Channel 4’s feature-length pilot for the comedy-drama series BABYLON, written by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong and directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle. The six-part series starring Brit Marling, James Nesbitt, Daniel Kaluuya, Adam Deacon, Bertie Carvel and Jill Halfpenny will return this autumn.

PERSONAL INFORMATION:
HOMETOWN – London, England
BIRTHDATE – March 20

Adrianne Palicki as Agent Barbara "Bobbi" Morse
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Adrianne Palicki as Agent Barbara "Bobbi" Morse

Best known for her critically acclaimed role on FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, opposite Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton, Adrianne Palicki was most recently seen in the feature film John Wick, opposite Keanu Reeves, and recurred in the television series ABOUT A BOY.

Her other film credits include the remake of Red Dawn, starring opposite Chris Hemsworth, Josh Peck and Connor Cruise; Jon M. Chu’s G.I. Joe Retaliation, with Channing Tatum, Bruce Willis and Dwayne Johnson; Coffee Town, directed by Brad Copeland; Dr. Cabbie, directed by Jean-Francois Pouliot; Legion, starring Paul Bettany, Dennis Quaid, Kate Walsh and Lucas Black; the 2009 independent comedyWomen In Trouble, opposite Carla Gugino, Josh Brolin, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Connie Britton and Marley Shelton; and Elektra Luxx, a sequel to Women in Trouble.

Palicki was born and raised in Ohio. She made the decision to move to Los Angeles when she decided to pursue an acting career. Her first project was director John Woo’s television remake of the classic TV show LOST IN SPACE, where she played ‘Judy Robinson.’ Among her other television credits are NORTH SHORE, SOUTH BEACH, and CSI.  She had recurring roles on SMALLVILLE as ‘Super Girl,’ and on SUPERNATURAL.

Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie
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Henry Simmons as Agent Alphonso "Mack" Mackenzie

Henry Simmons most recently recurred on RAVENSWOOD, a spin-off from M3’s hit series PRETTY LITTLE LIARS, and appeared in Amazon’s pilot for TRANSPARENT, written and directed by Jill Soloway.

On the big screen, Simmons recently starred in No Good Deed, opposite Idris Elba, Taraji P. Henson and Leslie Bibb, From the Rough, along with Taraji P. Henson and Michael Clarke Duncan, and World’s Greatest Dad, opposite Robin Williams in the Sundance independent film. In 2007, Simmons won Best Actor at the American Black Film Festival for his performance as ‘Dr. Walter Chambers’ in the feature film, South of Pico. Other film credits include Madea’s Family Reunion, Something New, TaxiAre We There Yet?, The Insurgents, A Gentlemen’s Game and Let It Snow.

On television, Simmons was a series regular on the comedy MAN UP, starred in the CBS legal drama SHARK and was also a series regular on NYPD BLUE. His other television credits include RECKLESS, COMMON LAW, LET’S STAY TOGETHER, RAISING THE BAR, CSI: MIAMI, and THE CLEANER.

Luke Mitchell as Lincoln Campbell
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Luke Mitchell as Lincoln Campbell

Luke Mitchell played the cool rebel leader with a troubled past in the drama series, THE TOMORROW PEOPLE. On the feature side, he will soon be seen as the lead in Jay Martin’s indie feature, 7 Minutes, opposite Leven Rambin and Jason Ritter.

Mitchell began his acting career in Melbourne, Australia. In his first major acting role, he played the part of ‘Chris Knight’ in the long-running soap, NEIGHBOURS. He then moved to the Gold Coast after he was hand-picked to play the lead role in the third series of internationally acclaimed children’s drama series, H2O: JUST ADD WATER. Following his impressive start in the Australian TV industry, Mitchell then moved to Sydney to join the main cast of HOME AND AWAY, playing resident heartthrob ‘Romeo Smith,’ in which he won the Most Popular New Male Talent Logie Award in 2010.

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