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Whatever Happened To The Cast Of Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.?

Marvel's "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." debuted on ABC following 2012's "The Avengers," with the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division — or S.H.I.E.L.D. — and Agent Phil Coulson connecting the series to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Clark Gregg had already established his newly resurrected character on the big screen through his roles in "Iron Man 2" and "Thor," as well as the superhero ensemble film. Season 1 also welcomed mainstays like Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Iain De Caestecker.

In its early era, the series focused on superhuman threats, enhanced individuals, and the resurgence of Hydra who tried to recreate the super soldier serum used on Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." initially tried to follow the events of the MCU timeline, but co-showrunner Jed Whedon told The Wrap that this eventually became too difficult as the show risked spoiling huge plot points for the movies. And, as the series progressed, it became easier for it to traverse a different path, with the team facing adversaries across space and time, until the final season.

Over the years, the show welcomed new stars to the cast while some familiar faces unexpectedly departed. It's now been years since viewers said goodbye to their favorite team and you might be wondering what they've been doing since. Some stars have completely moved on from their characters while others are doing their best to preserve the show's legacy. Keep reading to find out where the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." cast is now.

Clark Gregg

There would be no "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." series if it weren't for Clark Gregg's character, Agent Phil Coulson. The first season is quite literally dedicated to working out how he survived being stabbed through the heart in "The Avengers," after all. As the series moves forward, Coluson cheats death a few more times, before he eventually dies in Season 5. Of course, this didn't mean viewers had to say goodbye to the fan-favorite actor, who returned as Sarge in Season 6 and an LMD (Life Model Decoy) of Coulson in the final season. That was a huge change of pace for the actor, though, who admitted to Hollywood Life that he was unsure about this new direction. However, Gregg added that he was ultimately happy with how it all turned out.

Following the show's 2020 finale, Gregg has continued to work within the MCU, voicing his original character in "What If...?" in 2021. He then appeared alongside "Charlie's Angels" star Ella Balinska in the supernatural horror film, "Run Sweetheart Run," before moving away from all things supernatural and sci-fi to star in Netflix's feminist comedy-drama, "Moxie." Speaking about the move he gushed (per Comic Book): "[To] not only be directed by Amy Poehler, but to get to play her boyfriend, was [a] really fun way to come out of S.H.I.E.L.D." Outside of acting, Gregg uses his platform to raise awareness for issues surrounding men's mental health. In 2022, he won the Pacific Clinics Champion of Mental Health Award.

Ming-Na Wen

Ming-Na Wen has played plenty of iconic roles throughout her career. One of the most notable is, of course, the steely warrior agent, Melinda May. The best thing about the character, according to Wen, is that she has so many different layers. And by Season 3 she was able to show so much more of May's humanity through her on-screen relationships, which was something she really enjoyed exploring, per Show Patrol. Of course, prior to playing May, Wen voiced another fierce warrior; Mulan. She returned to her Disney princess roots while shooting the final season of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," with a brief cameo in the 2020 live-action remake. "I thought that was very appropriate and just wonderful," Wen told The New York Times. "A little Easter egg where I could pass the baton."

Both of these projects came to an end around the same time, but Wen had already appeared in "The Mandalorian" as Fennec Shand, so she was easily able to carve out a new home for herself within the world of action-packed storytelling. The life-long "Star Wars" fan reprised the role of Shand for "The Book of Boba Fett," which gives her considerably more screen time. Additionally, she voiced a younger version of her character in the animated series, "Star Wars: The Bad Batch." Speaking to Star Wars about her ongoing role, Wen admitted: "I've been part of the [fandom] family for so many decades that now to actually be in the family is pretty crazy."

Chloe Bennet

Chloe Bennet, born Chloe Wang, played Daisy "Skye" Johnson in all seven seasons. As one of the central protagonists, she was given many different storylines and character arcs on the show, but the main one was her transformation from a civilian hacker, to a super-powered secret agent. Reflecting on how far both she and her character came in those 136 episodes, Bennet told Collider: "I was the baby of the show, for such a long time. The first day, I was watching other people do a lot of action, and on my last day, I was doing a fight sequence, the whole day, so that was drastic."

In an exclusive interview with Looper, Bennet acknowledged that Daisy and "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." will always be a huge part of her life and that she's open to returning to the role. For now, Bennet is looking forward, though she's clearly being selective about her future projects. The first role she took was in the 2020 musical rom-com, "Valley Girl," where she played Karen, sharing the screen with Alicia Silverstone, Peyton List, and her ex, Logan Paul.

In 2021, Bennet filmed a pilot for the upcoming "Powerpuff" series, however, she had to drop out when The CW ordered the pilot to be reshot, citing a scheduling conflict. This may have been her role in the 2022 animated series, "Abominable and the Invisible City," which saw the actor reprise the voice of Yi, who she previously played in the 2019 film, "Abominable."

Brett Dalton

Brett Dalton's Grant Ward was the villain viewers loved to hate, especially since he was initially presented as one of the good guys. It wasn't until he pushed Elizabeth Henstridge and Iain De Caestecker's characters, affectionately known as FitzSimmons, out of the plane on the orders of John Garett (Bill Paxton) that viewers started to see his darker side.

Dalton stuck around as a member of the show's main cast for three seasons, guest-starring in Season 4. During that time he played different versions of Ward — like the good guy double agent in the Framework — as well as the Inhuman Hive, so it was often difficult for viewers to predict what version of the character they were going to see. Following his departure from the show in 2017, Dalton appeared in a string of made-for-TV Hallmark movies, including "Cooking With Love," and "One December Night."

For "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." fans, his most notable Hallmark appearance came in the 2020 movie, "Just My Type," which saw Dalton reunite with Bethany Joy Lenz. The pair has previously shared the screen together in Season 3 when Lenz played Stephanie Malick. Speaking to Media Village about the 2020 film, Dalton said it was the perfect light-hearted distraction from the pandemic: "I'm not sure if the world will ever be the same, but at least for two hours we can enjoy a world where love wins."

Elizabeth Henstridge

FitzSimmons is inarguably the biggest ship to come out of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." And, thankfully, Jemma Simmons and Leopold Fitz (Iain De Caestecker) got their happy ending in Season 7 when they were reunited alongside their daughter Alya (Harlow Happy Hexum). Speaking on the pair's development throughout the show, Elizabeth Henstridge told TVLine: "It was so lovely to play characters that at the start were doing everything they could not to think of each other romantically, to ending with them having this daughter that they both laid their lives on the line for. As an actor, that's just amazing."

Though she has moved on from Jemma, taking other roles such as Tara in the Apple TV+ drama, "Suspicion," Henstridge has dedicated herself to keeping the "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." fandom alive since the series ended in 2020. She rewatched every episode of the show's first season on her YouTube Channel, welcoming other members of the cast and crew as guests each week and inviting fans to join in.

Henstridge has continued to pursue other creative pursuits in the entertainment industry, too, like directing. This is something she did latterly on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." In 2021, she notably directed a Season 2 episode of "Superman & Lois." The British actor has been busy away from work too, marrying her long-time beau Zachary Burr Abel in the summer of 2021. Together they launched a luggage collection in collaboration with Roam Luggage.

Iain De Caestecker

Like Henstridge, Iain De Caestecker was thrilled with where Leo and Jemma ended up and loves that the future is still unwritten for them. "For the evolution of those characters, it's a fitting end but a beginning, of another life, as well," he told TVLine. However, the British actor ultimately appeared in fewer episodes than Henstridge due to a scheduling conflict in Season 7, which was most likely the BBC comedy-drama miniseries, "Us."

In contrast to the long-running series which was a huge part of his life for the best part of a decade, De Caestecker has opted to focus on miniseries following the 2020 finale. All of his projects post "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." have been based in the U.K., too, so it looks like he's more focused on staying closer to home for the time being. His next role was the four-part thriller "Roadkill," which saw him share the screen with Hugh Laurie and the late Harry Potter star, Helen McCrory.

In 2022, he starred in the BBC series, "The Control Room," another dramatic thriller inspired by true events. De Caestecker leads the series as an emergency call handler for the Scottish Ambulance Service in Glasgow who receives a call from someone claiming to recognize his voice. Comparing the acting process of "The Control Room" to "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," De Caestecker told Collider it was much easier because you have all the scripts beforehand and know exactly where your character is going to end up.

Henry Simmons

After the fall of S.H.I.E.L.D. at the end of Season 1, Coulson goes off searching for former agents. This gives the show a way to introduce a handful of new cast members, beginning with Henry Simmons who plays mechanic Alphonso "Mack" MacKenzie. His character becomes fast friends with Fitz and the rest of the team so it's easy to forget that he wasn't part of the show from day one.

Simmons' character also developed a lot over six seasons, moving away from his mechanic role and into a leadership position, eventually becoming the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Speaking on that development, Simmons told Collider: It's a heck of a compliment because the writers and the producers felt that I was capable of being the leader of the team, and that meant a lot to me, from an actor's point of view ... I absolutely enjoyed it."

"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." ended at the beginning of the pandemic but it wasn't too long before fans saw the actor on the small screen again. In 2021, Simmons played another secret agent in the sci-fi thriller, "Synapse." His following projects — like his two-episode arc in The CW's "Dynasty" — took him away from the world of sci-fi and superspies. He continued to find work in TV dramas, starring in the second season of the romantic anthology drama, "Cherish the Day," from 2021 to 2022.

Adrianne Palicki

"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Season 2 also welcomed Adrianne Palicki as Barbara "Bobbi" Morse, who viewers first meet while she is undercover at Hydra. She quickly comes to Jemma's rescue and the pair return to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s new underground base to reunite with the team. During her time on the show, Bobbi (aka Mockingbird) was best known for her tough fighting style with batons and her on-off relationship with her ex-husband, Lance Hunter (Nick Blood).

The pair quickly integrated into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s close-knit team but departed suddenly in the middle of Season 3. Palicki and Blood's characters took the blame for a sideways mission in Siberia, but were really exiting to star in their own ABC spinoff — "Marvel's Most Wanted." Unfortunately, the network passed on the pilot and the series never came to fruition.

Instead, the "Supernatural" alum left her Marvel character behind and moved on to another sci-fi show, landing the part of Commander Kelly Grayson in "The Orville" in 2017. Palicki got the role partly thanks to her close friendship with the series creator, Seth McFarlane, who gave her a copy of the script and asked if she was interested in playing Kelly (per Collider). "I went through the process, but there was so much support and love from him, wanting me to have this part," she explained. I have to tell you, the first five minutes into reading the script, I was like, 'I'm in! I have to play this character!'"

Nick Blood

After their dramatic Season 3 exit, Palicki never returned to "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," but Nick Blood played Hunter once more in the Season 5 episode, "Rewind." Blood told Collider it didn't take much convincing for him to come back as he missed working with the cast and crew. He was also particularly psyched to do an episode that largely just revolved around him and his real-life friend Iain De Caestecker, noting that "it was nice to explore that friendship and dynamic, on screen."

Since then, the British actor has split his time between U.K. and U.S. based projects, notably playing Gus Howard in HBO's Emmy Award-winning drama series, "Euphoria," from 2019 to 2022. At the same time, he guest starred in the fourth season of the British crime drama, "Strike," which is based on J. K. Rowling's book series of the same name. Blood then became a regular fixture on U.K. screens, starring alongside Christopher Eccleston (aka the ninth Doctor) and "Wonder Woman" alum Connie Nielsen in Channel 4's psychological thriller, "Close to Me." 

What particularly excited Blood about playing Thomas in the series was that he wasn't the kind of character he'd portrayed before. "That's quite liberating and that for me was the main thing. I just thought I could just have fun with this character," he told Entertainment Focus. When the mini-series ended, Blood made the move back to a popular sci-fi franchise, portraying Corporal Kimzi in the 2022 "Star Wars" spinoff, "Andor."

J. August Richards

J. August Richards' Mike Peterson (aka Deathlok) is the first enhanced person Coulson's team ever comes into contact with, and he eventually becomes one of their strongest allies. Richards told Collider that starring in the show fulfilled his childhood fantasy. "When I found out that I was being turned into Deathlok, that's when I had to pull the car over on the side of the road to do a happy dance," he recalled. Richards periodically guest-starred on the series until "The Real Deal" in Season 5, when his character departed to pursue his own missions away from S.H.I.E.L.D.

Richards continued to create a diverse filmography for himself away from the superhero world, taking on roles in everything from the American dramedy, "Generation," to the fantasy horror series, "Vampire Academy." Richards' role in the 2020 drama, "Council of Dads," was one of his most notable projects after "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," though, and it was a deliberate choice for the actor.

In the series, Richards plays Dr. Oliver Post, a happily married gay father. While speaking to his co-star, "Prison Break" alum Sarah Wayne Callies, on Instagram, he explained that he felt enormous pressure and responsibility in portraying this character and discussed how his own sexuality influenced his decision to take the part: "I knew that I could not portray this gay man honestly without letting you all know that I am a gay man myself ... because I knew how important it is to other people out there."

Ruth Negga

Ethiopian-Irish actor Ruth Negga played antagonist Raina early on in "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," creating Centipede soldiers like Deathlok. She finally achieved her dream of becoming an Inhuman in Season 2 but was later murdered by Dichen Lachman's character Jaiying when she threatened to expose her. After departing the series, Negga bagged one of her biggest and most notable roles in the biographical romantic drama, "Loving." The film follows Mildred (Negga) and her husband Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton) through the real-life landmark civil-rights case to legally validate their interracial marriage in 1967.

The Irish-Ethiopian star told People that she felt so connected to her character and that lent itself to her emotional performance: "I felt such outrage on their behalf, like many others, that the simple act of wanting to be married to another human being would incur the wrath of the law and also make people really angry ... I was just so shocked by that." Negga was nominated for the Academy Award for best actress for her performance in the film.

From 2016 to 2019, Negga had a main role in the supernatural adventure series, "Preacher," which she starred in alongside her then-boyfriend Dominic Cooper. After being killed off from the show at the end of the second season, Negga returned to the big screen, starring alongside Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones in "Ad Astra," and Tessa Thompson in the 2021 black-and-white romantic drama, "Passing."

Kyle MacLachlan

Kyle MacLachlan took on a different role when he signed up to play Daisy's dad, Calvin "Cal" Johnson, in "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Introduced through Raina, Cal was a major antagonist to Daisy (then Skye) and her team until he switched sides and helped them defeat his wife Jiaying. After this, Cal was finally able to find some peace and he departed the series in 2015 at the end of Season 2.

Just a few days after his final scenes aired, MacLachlan's next project, the animated Pixar movie, "Inside Out," was released. He followed this up with another voice role in Pixar's animated short, "Riley's First Date," before reprising the role of Dale Cooper in 2017's "Twin Peaks: The Return." MacLachlan's filmography is incredibly diverse, but he admitted to Collider that there's never been a plan as such. Taking a project really comes down to the material, he explained. "It's really a feeling, or whether I feel like I can bring something to it, or if I don't want to go into that world."

In 2022, MacLachlan revisited another of his former characters, picking up where he left off as George "The Captain" Van Smoot from "How I Met Your Mother" in the show's spinoff, "How I Met Your Father." Series co-creator Isaac Aptaker told TVLine that the actor was immediately on board to reprise the role, but they had to work around his filming schedule for "Joe vs. Carole" which had him in Australia at the same time.

Dichen Lachman

"The 100" alum Dichen Lachman joined the cast of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." in Season 3 to play Jiaying, the estranged wife of Cal and mother of Daisy (then Skye). She initially appears as a benevolent matriarch of the Inhumans, but as she racked up more screen time it was clear she had another agenda, soon engineering a war between the Inhumans and S.H.I.E.L.D.

Although her time on the Marvel series was short-lived, ending after only one season, the Australian actor has not disappeared from view. She took a brief break from the sci-fi world to guest-star in the comedy-drama, "Shameless," before appearing in the blockbuster film, "Jurassic World: Dominion," and TV hits like "Supergirl," and "Severance."

Viewers would be forgiven for not initially recognizing her in the Apple TV+ sci-fi thriller, though, as her appearance as Ms. Casey is pretty different from her previous roles. That said, Lachman noted to Slash Film that it's one of the most exciting roles she's ever taken on. "When I started reading those scripts, I could not put them down. I was burning through those pages, and I have to say, it's very rare to sit down and read it and just be completely captivated by the world and these amazing, amazing characters," she said. Lachman is expected to reprise her role for Season 2.

Luke Mitchell

Luke Mitchell didn't join the cast of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." at its inception, but his character, Lincoln Campbell, quickly became a fan-favorite addition to the series in Season 2 until he was dramatically killed off while saving the world from Hive at the end of Season 3. The show had really built up his relationship with Daisy, who mourned him and felt guilty over his death for many seasons to come. It wasn't until she met Enver Gjokaj's Daniel Sousa in Season 7 that she was finally able to move on from him.

However, Mitchell was quickly able to move on to new roles, starring in the crime drama, "Blindspot," from 2016 to 2020, before picking up parts in other popular series like "The Code," "The Republic of Sarah," and "Big Sky." Mitchell also had a recurring role in "The Vampire Diaries" spinoff, "Legacies," playing the ancient god Ken. The actor told CBR that this was a really interesting role to play because Ken felt like a mix of Lincoln and Roman from "Blindspot." He added: "It's super-fun because I have gotten to go to a pretty dark place with this character."

Mitchell is more than adept at portraying drama on the screen but off-screen he enjoys a drama-free romance with his former "Home and Away" co-star, Rebecca Breeds. In January 2023 the couple celebrated their ten-year wedding anniversary (via Instagram).

Blair Underwood

As Melinda May's ex-husband, Blair Underwood's Andrew Garner helps viewers to understand the often-emotionless agent better in Season 2. He becomes even more integral to the show in Season 3, having gone through Terrigenesis, his Inhuman form Lash is the only thing that could save Daisy from Hive. Underwood went through a lengthy transformation to play the character but was ultimately killed off at the end of the season.

After "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," Underwood swapped sci-fi for crime dramas, starring in "Quantico" from 2016 to 2018. He then played Sergeant Martin Ellison in "The After Party," before recurring on Netflix's satirical dramedy, "Dear White People," and featuring in the Netflix miniseries, "Self Made," opposite Octavia Spencer and Tiffany Haddish. Underwood also had a part to play in Ava DuVernay's "When They See Us," which came out on Netflix in 2019.

The four-part series tells the story of the five wrongly convicted children in the Central Park Jogger case from 1989. Underwood, who played lawyer Bobby Burns, told Collider that as he learned more about the true story he became very emotionally connected to it. "It angered me that this was done to these kids," he said. Underwood has also been through some major life changes since leaving "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," divorcing his wife of 27 years Desiree DaCosta, and getting engaged to his long-time friend Josie Hart. 

Natalia Cordova-Buckley

Natalia Cordova-Buckley joined the cast of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." in Season 3 as the Inhuman Elena "Yo-Yo" Rodriguez. She quickly became part of Daisy's Secret Warriors initiative, but unlike fellow team member Joey Gutierrez (Juan Pablo Raba) who didn't stick around for long, she transitioned into an integral member of Coulson's team. "What I love about Yo-Yo is that she's never been a protagonist, but with every season, she's evolved more and more into that," the actor recalled to Collider. Cordova-Buckley's main storylines in the series included having both of her arms chopped off by Ruby (Dove Cameron) in Season 5, and her complex relationship with Mack, which eventually ended happily ever after.

The Mexican-American star continued acting when "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." ended, choosing to stick with action and appear in crime dramas like "Mayans M.C." and "Coyote." Cordova-Buckley also scored a recurring role in the second season of the Apple TV+ series, "The Mosquito Coast," which concluded at the beginning of 2023. As she noted on Instagram, the series was a very special homecoming for the actor, as it was filmed close to Cancun, where she grew up. "To speak the words of this character (Isela) felt profoundly serendipitous and meant to be," she added.

Adrian Pasdar

Glenn Talbot, played by Adrian Pasdar, is the brigadier general who was often the go-between for S.H.I.E.L.D. and the U.S. government, and, although he always believed that he was a hero, he ultimately died as a gravitonium-infused villain in the Season 5 finale.

Following his on-screen demise, Pasdar shifted from one sci-fi superhero series to another, playing Morgan Edge, the villain in the Arrowverse series, "Supergirl." At the same time, Pasdar went through a lengthy court battle off-screen in his divorce from Natalie Maines, with whom he shares two children. The Chicks singer filed for divorce from the actor in 2017 (per E!). According to The Blast, Pasdar was seeking $60,503 per month in spousal support and child maintenance from the musician. Pasdar and Maines eventually settled the matter in 2019, but the figure awarded is unknown.

After this stress and years spent acting in superhero TV, it's unsurprising that Pasdar has moved on to acting in lighter content in recent years. This includes voicing roles in children's shows like "Milo Murphy's Law" and the children's podcast series, "The Peepkins," alongside Anna Faris.

John Hannah

John Hannah joined the cast in Season 3, as scientist and inventor Dr. Holden Radcliffe. Although Radcliffe eventually made amends for working with Hive in Season 3, he and Leo Fitz became the accidental villains of Season 4 when they created Aida (Mallory Jansen), an LMD who tortured the team through "an immersive sensory experience" called The Framework.

Following Radcliffe's death in Season 4, Hannah threw himself into a variety of different roles, notably playing a war colonel in "Enemy Lines," before starring alongside Anna Faris and Jeff Goldblum in the 2018 comedy, "Overboard." In 2019, the Scottish actor took on the role of another doctor, playing Archie Watson in the anthology medical drama, "Trust Me." The following year, Hannah scored a main role in the Canadian medical drama, "Transplant," again playing another doctor, this time by the name of Jed Bishop.

In an interview with NBC Los Angeles, Hannah, whose family home is in London, explained that he had the best of both worlds filming the series in Canada because he got to enjoy the country with his friends and family who visited. "Just about everyone but the dog came and visited. It was great!" Hannah departed the series in 2022 after 26 episodes but bagged yet another doctor role in "The Last of Us" in 2023. He guest-starred in the post-apocalyptic series as Dr. Neuman, an epidemiologist who tried to warn the world about a possible fungal outbreak, which is the premise of the series.

Joel Stoffer

Joel Stoffer is one of the later additions to the cast of "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," first appearing as an unknown figure in the Season 4 finale. Season 5 revealed that the "Charmed" alum would play the Chronicom Enoch, a friendly character who broke rank to help Fitz reunite with his team after they were sent forward through time. Enoch remains a stalwart ally to the S.H.I.E.L.D. team until he heroically sacrifices himself in Episode 9 of the final season. "It was a great, honorable way to leave the show," the actor told TVLine afterward. Although, he later admitted to TV Insider that he'd reprise the role of Enoch in a heartbeat.

Stoffer, whose career spans more than three decades, was able to move from one popular series to another when he departed "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," bagging a role in the fourth season of "Stranger Things." Although, it's not the part he originally auditioned for. Stoffer went in for Lt. Colonel Sullivan (Sherman Augustus) but came away with the part of Eddie's uncle, Wayne Munson. He admitted on Jeff Haas & JD Ross' podcast, "Traversing the Stars" that he'd been a big fan of the series and his appreciation for the series has only grown. "At the time it was great to get a job and I didn't really think too much about it but then as it's been released and the reaction to everything, it's turned out to be a really great gig to get," he said.

Jeff Ward

"Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." certainly had the ability to warp viewers' minds with all the time travel and confusing lingo it throws at them. One of the show's most interesting — and complex — plot points comes when viewers meet FitzSimmons' grown-up grandson, Deke Shaw, played by Jeff Ward. Deke is first introduced in Season 5 when all of the team, except Fitz, have been transported to the future through another monolith. When they eventually find a way to get back to their own time in Episode 10, he decides to go with them and live out his life in the present, until the Season 7 finale when he ends up staying in an alternate timeline in 1983 and becomes the Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.

When "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." ended, Ward wasted no time securing other roles, appearing in "Hacks," "PEN15," and "Brand New Cherry Flavour" all in 2021. In Netflix's horror-drama miniseries, "Brand New Cherry Flavour," Ward plays classic '90s Hollywood star, Roy Hardaway. It was co-creator Nick Antosca's writing which really attracted him to the project. Having previously worked together on "The Girlfriend Game" and "Channel Zero," Ward was impressed that Antosca was able to surprise him so much with the script, telling Schön! Magazine, "This one was just so unique. I'd never read anything like it. And it was bold and unflinching."