Scottish actor Iain De Caestecker is set to fade back into view on UK screens tonight in the eagerly anticipated new series from Joss Whedon.
Two years ago, De Caestecker played Paul in the British science-fiction series The Fades, which was created by Jack Thorne for BBC Three.
Unfortunately – and despite its popularity with viewers in Britain and the US and a well-earned Royal Television Society award – The Fadeswas cancelled after just one season.
Since then, the 25-year-old actor has been seen playing a young James Herriot in Young Herriot (2011) and as Percy Judd in Joe Ahearne’s The Secret of Crickley Hall (2012). Other roles have included stints in River City, Taggart and Coronation Street.
This week, however, De Caestecker makes his US breakthrough in Whedon’s new TV series, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – or, simply, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – which had its season one US launch on Wednesday. According to Greg in Hollywood, he plays S.H.I.E.L.D.’s tech-support operative, Agent Leo Fitz.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the much-talked-about ABC spin-off from the 2012 superhero movie The Avengers, which sees Clark Gregg reprise his role as Agent Phil Coulson.
Speaking about his new show to the Scottish Daily Record, De Caestecker said, “My character is part of an international team, so it made sense for him to be an international character. “It’s nice to be able to keep that identity in the show. It’s great that I’m able to be Scottish.”
Other members of the S.H.I.E.L.D. team include Melinda May (Ming-Na Wen), Jemma Simmons (Elizabeth Henstridge) and Skye (Chloe Bennet) and Grant Ward (Brett Dalton).
As outlined in a recent article by SMH, S.H.I.E.L.D. – which stands for Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division – “is a vast, fictional intelligence organisation […] With long tendrils and vast archives, its heart is a literal and metaphorical vault, packed to breaking point with secrets.”
The fictional espionage and law-enforcement agency was created for Marvel Comics almost 50 years ago – in 1965 – by the well-known comic-book writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby.
Joss Whedon adds his latest TV creation to an ever-going list of popular science-fiction/fantasy series, which includes Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the spin-off series Angel, Dollhouse and Firefly. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is produced by his brother, Jed Whedon.
Iain De Caestecker will also be seen in two upcoming movies. In November, he will be seen starring alongside Alice Englert (Beautiful Creatures) and Allen Leech (Downton Abbey), in In Fear – a horror film that Big Gay Picture Showsums up as, “an intense psychological horror about a young couple’s fight to make it through the night”. Then, in 2014, he will appear with outgoing Doctor Who star Matt Smith in How to Catch a Monster, the directorial debut of Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which continues in the US on Wednesday evenings on Seven, has its UK premiere in this evening – on Channel 4, at 8 p.m.; then, Channel 4+1, at 9 p.m., and 4Seven, at 8 p.m. on Sunday, 29 september.