Mark Strong is an English-born film, television, and stage actor who has earned a reputation for his portrayal of villainous characters. The talented actor became well known to British TV audiences when he served as the narrator on the documentary series Who Do You Think You Are? However, his film credits transcend the shores of his country.
Some of the most memorable film credits of his longrunning career include Body of Lies, Sherlock Holmes, Kick-Ass, Robin Hood and a whole lot of other successful films. In recent times, Strong has come to be known among moviegoers for his role as Merlin in the 2014 action comedy box-office hit Kingsman: The Secret Service as well as its 2017 sequel Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
Bio (Age) – Who Is Mark Strong?
Mark Strong was born in London, England, on the 5th of August 1963. Born to an Austrian mother and an Italian father, he was given the name Marco Giuseppe Salussolia at birth. However, his mother had his name changed to “Mark Strong” as a child so that he could fit in with his peers. His father abandoned the family soon after his birth and thus he was raised solely by his mother. Growing up, Strong and his mother moved around several times owing to the nature of her job as a domestic helper. He had his secondary school 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 was cast in minor roles in several television productions. He became well known by British TV audiences after he played the role of Detective Inspector Larry Hall on the police drama series Prime Suspect 3 (1993). His first film role was also as a police officer in the movie 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 soared, the talented actor also starred in 2 BBC drama serials Our Friends in the North (1996) and The Long Firm (2004), earning a BAFTA nomination for the latter. One of his biggest television jobs was his role as the narrator on the BBC documentary series Who Do You Think You Are? (2006-2012). He was also on the main cast of the short-lived American crime series Low Winter Sun (2013) and since 2018, he has headlined the British thriller series Deep State starring as Max Easton, former Field Agent, MI6.
Quite early in his career, Mark Strong earned the reputation of playing sinister/villainous movie roles and he has continued in the trend over the years. Though the actor has come to be known mainly for starring in action and thriller movies, he has also recorded some notable credits in other genres. The highly versatile actor has featured in Oliver Twist (2005), Stardust (2007), Body of Lies (2008), RocknRolla (2008), Sherlock Holmes (2009), Kick-Ass (2010) and Robin Hood (2010). For his performance in Sherlock Holmes, he was nominated for the 2009 MTV Movie Award for Best Fight alongside Robert Downey Jr. The following year, he got nominated for the same award alongside Chloë Grace Moretz for his performance in Kick-Ass.
Strong has also had major roles in other movies like 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 The Catcher Was a Spy (2018). He equally landed a lead role opposite Zachary Levi in the superhero film Shazam! (2019). The talented actor has also starred in some notable stage productions in the course of his career. His lead role in the play A View from the Bridge (2014-16) got him nominated for a Tony Award as well as a Drama Desk Award.
His Net Worth
David Strong has been in the show business for 3 decades and counting and expectedly, he has earned some pretty fat cheques in the course of his career. Beyond its longevity, Strong’s acting career has been very busy as he has been featured in numerous films, TV shows, and stage productions over the years. While it is safe to assume that the talented actor is on good financial standing, his exact net worth is still under review.
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 of whom were born in London. The actor lives in London with his family and according to him, he has no plans of ever leaving the city since himself, his wife, and his kids were all born there.
Height and Other Body Measurements
Mark Strong stands at an impressive height of 6 feet 2 inches (188 cm). Now in his fifties, the talented actor maintains an attractive trim physique. His bald head remains his most distinctive physical feature.