Interview: Iain de Caestecker, star of Filth and Marvel's Agents of SHIELD

Iain De Caestecker

The Scottish actor also featured in Not Another Happy Ending in 2013

To say Scottish actor Iain De Caestecker had a good 2013 is a bit of an understatement. 'You don't notice it as much when you're in amongst it but like anything you do I try to make myself aware that there are tens of thousands of people that are just as capable or more capable of doing it than I am, so you have to keep reminding yourself how lucky you are,' explains De Caestecker.

And if you missed any of De Caestecker's big screen outings now is the perfect time to catch up as Not Another Happy Ending hits DVD. Starring Karen Gillan this breezy romcom also closed last year's Edinburgh International Film Festival. 'I played Roddy who was designed to be the comic relief,' adds De Caestecker. 'I read the script and knew they were filming in Glasgow which was a big influence on me so I said "yes" quite quickly.'

De Caestecker also took on darker roles: he was the leading man in critically-applauded UK horror In Fear and had a smaller role in gritty drama Filth (both of which will coincidently be released on DVD on the same day as NAHP). 'I'm a big fan of Irvine Welsh and obviously Trainspotting is such a big institution in Scotland. I got to play all my scenes with James McAvoy which meant a lot to me. He's very giving in rehearsals, very humble with it and happy to give everyone else ideas which was great.'

However it's not just about cinema De Caestecker also landed a lead role in the highly anticipated Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, the first TV show directly linked to Marvel's superhero blockbusters (which returns to our screens on Channel 4 this March). 'The origin of the show is tied into the movies but we're also trying to establish ourselves as characters in our own right, even though we are heavily based within the Marvel world we still want to be a standalone show. Obviously we're a few episodes ahead than where you are on TV and there's some really exciting stuff coming up and I'm excited to see how people react.'

Not Another Happy Ending

  • 3 stars
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 1h 42min
  • Directed by: John McKay
  • Written by: David Solomons
  • Cast: Karen Gillan, Stanley Weber, Iain De Caestecker
  • UK release: 11 October 2013

A publisher tries to cure his star author of writer's block by making her unhappy.

In Fear

  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 1h 25min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Jeremy Lovering
  • Cast: Iain De Caestecker, Alice Englert, Allen Leech
  • UK release: 15 November 2013

Tom (De Caestecker) and Lucy (Englert) are a new couple driving to a festival in Ireland, but they get lost – and then things start to happen. Director Lovering didn't tell his stars what would happen next, so their fear and uncertainty is real, and despite the story's inevitable turn towards obviousness it's an…


  • 4 stars
  • 2013
  • UK
  • 1h 37min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Jon S. Baird
  • Cast: James McAvoy, Eddie Marsan, Imogen Poots
  • UK release: 4 October 2013

Adaptation of Irvine Welsh's novel about a bigoted junkie cop who battles his way in an attempt to win back his wife and daughter.

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