Shaun Toub To Appear On ABC’s Hit Show ‘Scandal’

Having appeared in hit shows like, HomelandIron Man, and The Kite Runner (just to name a few), the Iranian born actor is no stranger to the big stage and bright lights of Hollywood. Yet, when ABC casts you in the political drama Scandal, it’s kind of a big deal. Toub is set to play a recurring role in the upcoming season and while there are no further details available at this time— including character names—my hunch is that his performance will be memorable.

If living under a rock for the last 5 years, Scandal is a popular, over-the-top political drama created by the very talented Shonda Rhimes (she’s also the brain behind ‘Grey’s Anatomy’) and features the beautiful, Emmy nominated actress Kerry Washington. Whashington’s character, Olivia Pope, is the owner of the crisis management firm “Olivia Pope & Associates.” Everyone has secrets in Washington D.C. and Olivia Pope has dedicated her life to protecting and defending the public images of the elite by keeping those secrets under wraps. The character of Pope is loosely based on George H. W. Bush’s former special assistant Judy Smith who also co-produces the show.

Toub was born in Tehran, Iran in 1963 and moved quite a bit as a kid, hopping from one country to another. At age 2, he moved to Manchester, England where his mother attended podiatry school. He later returned to Iran, living there until he was 13, before moving to Switzerland. A few years later the poor guy moved once more, this time across the Atlantic to Nashua, New Hampshire to finish his last year of high school (I don’t envy him). According to a recent interview Toub made an impact on his classmates, with many saying that he would be the most likely of their graduating class to succeed in the world of entertainment. With a High School diploma in hand Toub did two years of college in Massachusetts before transferring to the University of Southern California (USC).

Season 7 of Scandal, which will be comprised of 18 episodes, premieres Thursday, Oct. 5 at 9/8c on ABC.

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