Mark Strong is a British-born film, television, and stage actor who has made a name for himself through his portrayal of villainous characters. The talented actor became known to British television audiences when he was the narrator in the documentary series Who Do You Think You Are? His film credits, however, extend beyond the shores of his country.
Some of the most memorable films of his long career include Body of Lies, Sherlock Holmes, Kick-Ass, Robin Hood, and a host of other successful films. More recently, Strong has become known among moviegoers primarily for his role as Merlin in the action-comedy box office hit Kingsman from 2014: The Secret Service and the 2017 sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
Bio (Age) – Who Is Mark Strong?
Mark Strong was born on August 5, 1963, in London, England. He was born the son of an Austrian mother and an Italian father and was given the name Marco Giuseppe Salussolia at birth. His mother, however, had him renamed “Mark Strong” as a child so that he could adapt to his peers. His father left the family soon after his birth and so he was raised exclusively by his mother. As he grew up, Strong and his mother moved several times due to the nature of their work as domestic help. He received his secondary education at Wymondham College in Norfolk, England, and for college, he attended Royal Holloway College, where he studied English and drama. It is also known that he attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Mark Strong began his acting career in 1989 and has been cast in smaller roles in several television productions. He became known to British television audiences after he played the role of Detective Inspector Larry Hall in the police drama series Prime Suspect 3 (1993). His first film role was also as a police officer in the film Century (1993), after which he was cast in several British and international films, including Captives (1994), Fever Pitch (1997), The Man with Rain in His Shoes (1998) and To End All Wars (2001).
While his film credits skyrocketed, the talented actor also starred in two BBC drama series, Our Friends in the North (1996) and The Long Firm (2004), for which he received a BAFTA nomination. One of his biggest television jobs was his role as the narrator in the BBC documentary series Who Do You Think You Are? (2006-2012). He was also in the main cast of the short-lived American crime series Low Winter Sun (2013) and since 2018 he has been the lead actor in the British thriller series Deep State, in which Max Easton, a former field agent for MI6, plays the leading role.
Quite early in his career, Mark Strong acquired the reputation of playing scary/rogue film roles and he has continued this trend over the years. Although the actor is best known for his leading roles in action and thriller films, he has also achieved some notable success in other genres. The extremely versatile actor has starred in Oliver Twist (2005), Stardust (2007), Body of Lies (2008), RocknRolla (2008), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Kick-Ass (2010), and Robin Hood (2010), among others. For his performance in Sherlock Holmes he was nominated for the MTV Movie Award 2009 for best fight alongside Robert Downey Jr. The following year he was nominated for the same award alongside Chloë Grace Moretz for his performance in Kick-Ass.
Strong has also starred in other films such as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), The Guard (2011), Mindscape (2013), Kingsman: The Secret Service (2014), Approaching the Unknown (2016), Kingsman: The Golden Circle (2017), and Catcher was a Spy (2018). He also landed a leading role opposite Zachary Levi in the superhero movie Shazam! (2019). The talented actor has also appeared in some remarkable stage productions during his career. His leading role in the play A View from the Bridge (2014-16) earned him a nomination for a Tony Award as well as a Drama Desk Award.
Mark Strong’s Wife and Kids
Mark Strong is married to Liza Marshall, a television executive. The couple has 2 sons – Gabriel and Roman, both born in London. The actor lives with his family in London, and according to him, he has no plans to ever leave the city, as he himself, his wife, and children were all born there.
His Net Worth
David Strong has been in show business for 3 decades and has earned, as expected, some pretty fat checks during his career. Beyond his longevity, Strong’s acting career has been very busy as he has appeared in numerous movies, television shows, and stage productions over the years. While it is safe to assume that the talented actor is financially well off, his exact wealth is still under investigation.
Height and Other Body Measurements
Mark Strong stands at an impressive height of 188 cm (6 feet 2 inches). The talented actor is now in his fifties and has an attractive, slender physique. His bald head remains his most distinctive physical feature.