Strong in 2010
|Born||Marco Giuseppe Salussolia
30 August 1963
London, England, UK
|Spouse(s)||Liza Marshall (2 children)|
Mark Strong (born Marco Giuseppe Salussolia; 30 August 1963) is an English actor. He is best known for his roles in films such as RocknRolla, Body of Lies, Syriana, The Young Victoria, Sherlock Holmes, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Kick-Ass, Green Lantern, Zero Dark Thirty, Robin Hood, and John Carter. He often portrays villains or antagonists.
Early life 
Strong was born in London, England, to an Austrian mother, Waltraud D. (née Schrempf), and an Italian father, Giuseppe A. Salussolia. His father left the family soon after his birth, and he was brought up by his mother, who worked as an au pair. His English name is not a stage name; when he was a child, his mother changed his name by deed poll to help him fit in with his peers. He was baptised a Catholic. He speaks fluent German and some Italian.
Strong attended Wymondham College, where he sang in the punk bands, the Electric Hoax and Private Party (the name of the latter was based on the idea that the band's shows would not be attended, due to prospective audiences thinking that the event was a "private party"). His original ambition was to become a lawyer, but after studying at university in Munich for one year, he decided to change his direction in life and returned home to London. There, he studied English and Drama at Royal Holloway, and later attended Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.
Strong is a familiar face on British television. He appeared in two Prime Suspect serials for ITV as Inspector (later Detective Chief Superintendent) Larry Hall, in "Prime Suspect 3" (1993) and "Prime Suspect 6" (2003). He also had starring roles in two BBC Two drama serials, Our Friends in the North (1996) and The Long Firm (2004), for which he earned a BAFTA nomination. He also played the villainous Colonel Brand in Sharpe's Mission (1996). He played the romantic lead, Mr. Knightley, in the ITV adaptation of Jane Austen's novel Emma.
In feature films, Strong played Steve in the 1997 adaptation of Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch, opposite Colin Firth, and was also featured in Roman Polanski's Oliver Twist (2005). He played Mussawi in the film Syriana, and played an assassin called Sorter in Revolver (2005). In 2006, Strong portrayed the traitorous Wictred in Tristan & Isolde, showing his talent with swordplay. He played Pinbacker in the science fiction film Sunshine (2007), and had to spend six hours a day in the makeup chair to create the character's facial scars. Coincidentally, Strong had previously appeared in a 1999 film also entitled Sunshine.
Strong was one of the final two actors considered for the part of Anton Chigurh in No Country for Old Men, despite the persistence of rumours that he was never offered the part. In Body of Lies, he played Hani Salaam, head of Jordanian Intelligence. In most of Strong's films, he is virtually unrecognisable due to his tendency to change his look for each character; he has long hair in Stardust and Tristan + Isolde, he sports a receding hairline in RocknRolla and The Long Firm, he is completely bald in Kick-Ass, he has a full head of hair in Body of Lies and Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, and wore extremely heavy makeup in the aforementioned Sunshine. His characters in Low Winter Sun, Heartlands, and Fever Pitch most resemble his own physical appearance.
For his role in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the Donmar Warehouse in 2002, Strong was nominated for the 2003 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role. He played a lead part in the Channel 4 film Endgame (2009). Since 2006, he has provided the narration in the BBC's genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?. He played Lord Blackwood, the main villain in Sherlock Holmes (2009), and played Thaal Sinestro in the superhero film Green Lantern (2011).
Strong voices the character Captain Titus of the Ultramarines Chapter in the video game Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine. Recently, and most notably, he played the role of Jim Prideaux in the remake of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, which was earlier played by Ian Bannen in the iconic original 1979 BBC series starring Alec Guinness.
Personal life 
Strong lives in London with his wife, Liza Marshall, and sons Gabriel and Roman (born 5 October 2007). He is a longtime friend of actor Daniel Craig, who is the godfather of Strong's younger son, Roman.
|1993||The Buddha of Suburbia||Television producer|
|1993||Prime Suspect 3||Inspector Larry Hall|
|1996||Our Friends in the North||Terry "Tosker" Cox|
|1998||The Man with Rain in His Shoes||Dave Summers|
|1999||Births, Marriages and Deaths||Terry|
|1999||In the Name of Love||Chris Monroe|
|2000||Bomber||Colonel Chris Forsyth|
|2001||To End All Wars||Dusty Miller|
|2002||Fields of Gold||Dr. Tolkin|
|2003||Some Place Safe||Dad||Short film|
|2003||It's All About Love||Arthur|
|2003||Henry VIII||Duke of Norfolk|
|2003||Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness||Det. Chief Supt. Larry Hall|
|2004||The Long Firm||Harry Starks||Nominated – British Academy Television Award for Best Actor|
|2005||Oliver Twist||Toby Crackit|
|2005||Walk Away and I Stumble||Andy Spader|
|2006||Tristan & Isolde||Wictred|
|2006||Low Winter Sun||Det. Sgt. Frank Agnew|
|2006||Scenes of a Sexual Nature||Louis|
|2006–present||Who Do You Think You Are?||Narrator|
|2008||Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day||Nick|
|2008||Flashbacks of a Fool||Mannie Miesel|
|2008||Body of Lies||Hani Salaam||Nominated – London Critics Circle Film Award for Best British Supporting Actor|
|2009||Endgame||Dr. Niel Barnard|
|2009||The Young Victoria||Sir John Conroy|
|2009||Sherlock Holmes||Lord Henry Blackwood||Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (shared with Robert Downey, Jr.)|
|2010||Kick-Ass||Frank D'Amico||Nominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Fight (shared with Chloë Grace Moretz)|
|2010||Robin Hood||Sir Godfrey|
|2010||The Way Back||Khabarov|
|2011||The Story of Earth||Narrator|
|2011||The Guard||Clive Cornell|
|2011||Green Lantern||Thaal Sinestro|
|2011||The Secret World of Arrietty||Pod||Voice|
|2011||Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy||Jim Prideaux||Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
YouMovie Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Chlotrudis Award for Best Cast
|2011||Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine||Captain Titus||Voice|
|2011||Black Gold||Sultan Amar|
|2012||John Carter||Matai Shang|
|2012||Zero Dark Thirty||George|
|2013||Welcome to the Punch||Jacob Sternwood|
|2013||Justin and the Knights of Valour||Voice/Post-production|
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