Simon Asherplayed by Tate Ellington
SIMON ASHER is a former accountant and Quantico’s first gay recruit. Or is he? A mystery, wrapped in a riddle, wrapped in a pair of hipster glasses, Simon’s calm, pleasant demeanor belies some dark secrets and serious questions. Like how did a man who spent his professional career managing spreadsheets become so proficient at firing a gun? Perhaps that has something to do with a mysterious past in the Middle East. And Nimah Amin might be the one to crack this riddle since Simon has a deep interest in her that may go beyond friendship. Is Simon in love, or does Nimah remind him of the ghosts of his past? From day one at Quantico to the day after the bombing, Simon takes a long and strange journey that leads Alex to find him in a very unexpected place. Brilliant, calculating and deadly, Simon is unpredictable, but his genius and expertise may be Alex’s only hope of figuring out who really bombed Grand Central.
MEET THE CAST: Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish | Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth | Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda Shaw | Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah Amin | Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt | Tate Ellington as Simon Asher | Graham Rogers as Caleb Haas | Josh Hopkins as Liam O'Connor | Annabelle Acosta as Natalie Vasquez
In addition to his role on Quantico, Tate Ellington appears in the feature films Straight Outta Compton, based on the creation of the legendary rap group N.W.A., as well as the sequel to the blockbuster horror film Sinister. He has also completed filming the indie horror film, Belzebuth, opposite Tobin Bell from the Saw franchise.
In 2015 alone, Tate appeared in two major recurring roles playing a friend and colleague to Mindy Kaling on the series The Mindy Project, as well as one of the leaders of Terminus in The Walking Dead. Other TV credits include Big Bang Theory, Parenthood, Castle, The Good Wife, Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23, and NCIS: Los Angeles.
Ellington's first major film role was as Robert Pattinson's best friend, Aiden, in the film Remember Me, opposite Pierce Brosnan and Chris Cooper. He also starred in the indie film, The Elephant King, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and garnered him a Best Actor award at the Brooklyn International Film Festival. Additional film credits include Taking Chance for HBO Films, RED, opposite Brian Cox and the independent features Northeast, Silver Tongues, Red Hook, Breaking Upwards, Descent, The Kitchen, and Ricky Gervais's The Invention of Lying.
Theatre credits include The Philanthropist on Broadway opposite Matthew Broderick and Steven Weber, The Shape of Things for the Rising Sun Performance Company and the 2004 Fringe Festival-winning Dog Sees God at the SoHo Playhouse.
HOMETOWN - Madison, MS
BIRTHDATE - April 17