S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agent Phil Coulson

Played by Clark Gregg

Character Bio

Agent Phil Coulson is back, eager to form a specialized team of individuals to brave the post-Battle of New York world. He believes this small team of regular people, when working together, can make just as much of a difference as those with super powers.

Actor Bio

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. Other New York credits include Aaron Sorkin's "A Few Good Men" on Broadway, "Unidentified Human Remains" and A. R. Gurney's "The Old Boy."

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.

This year Gregg will be 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 CBS' "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, starring Sam Rockwell and Anjelica Huston, premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, was awarded a Special Jury Prize for Best Ensemble and was released by Fox Searchlight in 2008. His second film as writer-director, and this time as star, was the dark indie comedy "Trust Me," which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. The film also stars Sam Rockwell, Allison Janney, Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and Amanda Peet.

Agent Grant Ward

Played by Brett Dalton

Character Bio

While Agent Ward is highly trained in combat and espionage, he sometimes fails at interpersonal relations. He's a man of few words, but always cool under fire and ready for action. Fiercely loyal, he would give his life for S.H.I.E.L.D.

Actor Bio

Brett Dalton's television credits include "Blue Bloods," "Army Wives" and the Fox 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.

Agent Melinda May

Played by Ming-Na Wen

Character Bio

Agent May is an expert pilot and martial artist. Though she was once a legend in the agency, she mysteriously resigned herself to a quiet desk job in recent years.

Actor Bio

Ming-Na Wen is best known for her series regular role on NBC's hit show, "ER," where she played Dr. Jing-Mei ‘Deb' Chen. She also played Camile Wray on "SGU Stargate Universe" and recurred on "Eureka."

In the film world, Wen starred opposite Chris Evans and Dakota Fanning in "Push," and voiced the role of Mulan in Disney's animated hit, "Mulan." She has also been a regular on such television shows as Josh Berman's "Vanished" and "As the World Turns," in addition to recurring on the hit show "Two and a Half Men."

Agent Leo Fitz

Played by Iain De Caestecker

Character Bio

Leo Fitz is as brilliant an engineer as he is socially awkward – but he's always on the same wavelength as his research partner, Jemma Simmons. The two of them are an inseparable pair, though a little green, having never been in the field before.

Actor Bio

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 shares the lead opposite Alice Englert, recently premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. De Caestecker can be seen next in the feature film "Filth," with James McAvoy and Jim Broadbent.

On his first trip to Los Angeles, De Caestecker landed a series regular role on the much-anticipated Marvel/ABC/Joss Whedon pilot, "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." He was also recently cast in the lead role of Ryan Gosling's feature directorial debut, "How to Catch a Monster," alongside Saoirse Ronan, Christina Hendricks and Ben Mendelsohn.

Agent Jemma Simmons

Played by Elizabeth Henstridge

Character Bio

Genius bio-chemist Jemma Simmons is a rising star in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s research division, along with her inseparable friend and partner, Leo Fitz. The two are usually found bickering, but they are always found together. Simmons has a love for science and a wide-eyed enthusiasm for the world that make this opportunity to work in the field the adventure of a lifetime.

Actor Bio

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 CW 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.

Skye

Played by Chloe Bennet

Character Bio

Computer hacker Skye has a vast knowledge of code. Some would call her a free spirit, others a disruptive anarchist. But all agree on her uncanny ability to gain the upper hand through wit and charm. Skye's background is also something rare to S.H.I.E.L.D.: a mystery.

Actor Bio

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 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 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 ABC's "Nashville."

Agent Phil Coulson

Agent Phil Coulson

Played by Clark Gregg

Character Bio

Agent Phil Coulson is back, eager to form a specialized team of individuals to brave the post-Battle of New York world. He believes this small team of regular people, when working together, can make just as much of a difference as those with super powers.

Actor Bio

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... Read Full Bio

Agent Coulson

Agent Grant Ward

Played by Brett Dalton

Character Bio

While Agent Ward is highly trained in combat and espionage, he sometimes fails at interpersonal relations. He's a man of few words, but always cool under fire and ready for action. Fiercely loyal, he would give his life for S.H.I.E.L.D.

Actor Bio

Brett Dalton's television credits include "Blue Bloods," "Army Wives" and the Fox pilot "Nurses." Most recently he was seen in National Geographic Channel's "Killing "Lincoln," a Tony and Ridley Scott... Read Full Bio

Agent Coulson

Agent Melinda May

Played by Ming-Na Wen

Character Bio

Agent May is an expert pilot and martial artist. Though she was once a legend in the agency, she mysteriously resigned herself to a quiet desk job in recent years.

Actor Bio

Ming-Na Wen is best known for her series regular role on NBC's hit show, "ER," where she played Dr. Jing-Mei ‘Deb' Chen. She also played Camile Wray on "SGU Stargate Universe" and recurred on "Eureka."

In the film world, Wen starred... Read Full Bio

Agent Coulson

Agent Leo Fitz

Played by Iain De Caestecker

Character Bio

Leo Fitz is as brilliant an engineer as he is socially awkward – but he's always on the same wavelength as his research partner, Jemma Simmons. The two of them are an inseparable pair, though a little green, having never been in the field before.

Actor Bio

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... Read Full Bio

Agent Coulson

Agent Jemma Simmons

Played by Elizabeth Henstridge

Character Bio

Genius bio-chemist Jemma Simmons is a rising star in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s research division, along with her inseparable friend and partner, Leo Fitz. The two are usually found bickering, but they are always found together. Simmons has a love for science and a wide-eyed enthusiasm for the world that make this opportunity to work in the field the adventure of a lifetime.

Actor Bio

Having grown up on a farm in England's northern city of Sheffield, Elizabeth Henstridge became the black sheep of the family when... Read Full Bio

Agent Coulson

Skye

Played by Chloe Bennet

Character Bio

Computer hacker Skye has a vast knowledge of code. Some would call her a free spirit, others a disruptive anarchist. But all agree on her uncanny ability to gain the upper hand through wit and charm. Skye's background is also something rare to S.H.I.E.L.D.: a mystery.

Actor Bio

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... Read Full Bio