Who is Mark Strong?
Mark Strong is a well-known British celebrity. Born Marco Giuseppe Salussolia, Mark is a British actor. His most notable work remains Jim Prideaux’s 2011 remake of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Moreover, Mark Strong has also had roles in many other movies and T.V. shows, including Stardust, RocknRolla, Sherlock Holmes, Kick-Ass, Green Lantern, Zero Dark Thirty, The Imitation Game, and Kingsman: The Secret Service. Strong is mainly cast in the roles of cold, cal000c0`ulating villains and psychopaths.
Quick Facts about Mark Strong
|Full Name||Mark Strong|
|Born As||Marco Giuseppe Salussolia|
|Birthday||August 5, 1963|
|Age||58 years old|
|Traits||Positive – Optimistic, humorous, and clever |
Negative – Rude, self-centered, and restless
|Birthplace||Islington district, London, UK|
|Ethnicity||Italian and Austrian|
|Height||6 feet and 2 inches|
|University||Royal Holloway and the University of London and Bristol Old Vic Theater School|
|Parents||Giuseppe A Salussolia (father)|
Waltraud D Salussolia (mother)
|Wife’s Name||Liza Marshall|
|Children||Gabriel Strong (son)|
Roman Strong (son)
|Net Worth||$9 million|
|Currently residing||161 Chevening Rd, London, England|
Mark Strong Bio/wiki
Mark Strong birthday and personality traits
Born on August 5, 1963, Mark Strong is a Leo. People having this sign are known for their optimistic, humorous, and clever nature. However, they also tend to be rude, self-centered, and restless at times. He was born in the Islington district of London.
Height and Appearance
Mark Strong is not just known for his incredible acting prowess, but the British actor is also known for his good looks and impeccable sense of fashion. Strong stands at the height of 6 feet and 2 inches.
The actor is known for his deep smooth voice, cold unflinching gaze, clean-shaved bald look, and penetrating green eyes. In 2015, G.Q. Magazine named Mark Strong as one of its 50 best-dressed men.
Upon realizing that he was going bald in his mid-20s, Strong started shaving his head. According to the actor,
“Certainly, there was a moment when I thought my life was effectively over…but then, very quickly, I got used to it and found that it was actually quite useful because you could use it for the character. Villains in particular.”
Nationality, Religion, and Ethnicity
Born in Islington district, London, UK, Mark Strong is a British citizen. He was baptized a Catholic and is a follower of Christianity. Strong is half Austrian and half Italian.
Mark Strong Early Life, Parents, and Upbringing
Mark Strong, born Marco Giuseppe Salussolia, is the son of an Austrian mother named Waltraud D Schrempf and an Italian father, Giuseppe A Salussolia. His father abandoned his family soon after Mark’s birth. After his father’s departure, Mark’s mother had to work as an au pair to support the family.
Later, his mother later relocated to Germany in search of better work opportunities. Strong said his mother had to move to Germany since “Britain was going through this whole crisis in the Seventies.”
Mark’s mother legally changed his name by deed poll from Marco Giuseppe Salussolia to Mark Strong to help him fit in better with his English friends. Mark dreamed of becoming an actor after seeing French actor Alain Delon’s films growing up.
However, he did not actually consider becoming an actor until his teenage years. In fact, before actually deciding to become an actor, Strong intended to pursue a career in law.
In an interview, Mark Strong recollected the memories of his childhood and said,
“The home I grew up in was a flat in Myddelton Square in London’s Islington, a beautiful Georgian square with a huge church in the middle. We moved around a lot when I was a kid. I remember flats in Walthamstow, Clapton, Stoke Newington, and Edmonton.”
Likewise, Strong talked about his struggles growing up in an episode of the The Road Less Travelled by Belstaff. He said,
“I mean when you’re having to take care of yourself from a very young age it makes you incredibly independent and self-sufficient and unafraid because you’ve got nothing to lose. [It] pushes me forward and tells me not to be afraid and that nobody is better than you.”
Talking about how he finally decided to become an actor, Strong said,
“I had an instinct that I wanted to act and so I pursued it. My mum loves watching stuff I’m in and she’s really looking forward to this latest thing I’m doing.’
Mark Strong is a well-educated man. At the age of 5, his mother sent him to a state-funded boarding school located in Surrey. He studied there until the age of 18. Mark would fly to Germany on his own during the school holidays to meet his mother.
According to Strong,
“Its remit was to cater for single-parent families. Of course, I missed my mum when I was there, but I’d see her in the holidays. When you’re a child you just deal with what you’re given.”
He studied at Wymondham College, located in Morley, Norfolk. Mark joined two punk bands during his time there, the Electric Hoax and Private Party.
After this, he enrolled at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. Strong, who initially wanted to become a lawyer, returned to London just one year after studying German law at the Munich-based university.
After dropping out of Ludwig Maximilian University, Strong studied English and Drama at Royal Holloway, University of London. He later joined the Bristol Old Vic Theater School.
Relationships and Dating History of Mark Strong
Mark Strong is a married man. The actor is married to British producer Liza Marshall.
Marshall is a British Academy Television Award-nominated producer who has produced many films such as Welcome to The Punch Before I Go To Sleep, Boy A, and The Sins. She is also the executive producer of the show “Temple” which featured her husband, Mark Strong.
Marshall and Strong have been together for over 20 years and have two children. While most Hollywood marriages fall apart after some time, Mark Strong and Liza Marshall’s marriage has genuinely stood the test of time, and the celebrity couple continues to lead a happily married life even after two decades of togetherness.
Mark Strong Children
Mark Strong is the proud father of two boys. He and his wife, Liza Marshall, share sons Gabriel and Roman.
In an interview, Mark talked about how not having a father figure growing up has affected his own parenting. The Elephant Juice actor said,
“I do realize there’s a disconnect sometimes that comes from my not having anything to relate to in terms of how my father treated me, so I have to be very careful. If they’re fighting, for example, to realize that’s just what boys do and it’ll pass, rather than jump in and be a mediator and try and get to the root of why they’re squabbling.”
Likewise, in an episode of the podcast The Road Less Travelled, Strong discussed the link between his upbringing and how he is raising his own two sons. He said,
“I take my responsibility as a father and my behavior as a father really seriously because I have no blueprint, I have nobody who kind of told me, I had no father to look up to and no father to tell me what to do.”
Moreover, Strong expressed his disdain towards sending his kids to boarding school despite attending one as a child. The celebrated actor doesn’t want to send his sons to boarding school not because he had a bad experience but because he enjoys kids’ company. He wants a family unit that is present.
Mark Strong Career
In 1993, Mark Strong appeared in two Prime Suspect serials for ITV as Inspector Larry Hall in Prime Suspect 3. He later reprised his role in 2003 for Prime Suspect 6.
Strong landed the starring role in the 1996 BBC drama serial, Our Friends in the North. In 2004, he starred in another BBC drama serial called The Long Firm, which earned a BAFTA nomination.
In 1996, Mark Strong’s portrayal of Colonel Brand in Sharpe’s Mission was widely appreciated. This was one of Mark Strong’s first roles as a villain.
In 1996, Strong played the role of Mr. Knightley in the 1996 ITV adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Emma. In the early 2000s, Mark worked in Heartlands and Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the Donmar Warehouse. Strong was nominated for the 2003 Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for his performance in the latter.
In 2005, Strong appeared in Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist. The same year, he worked in the films Syriana and Revolver.
Since 2006, Strong has lent his voice as the narrator for the BBC’s genealogy series Who Do You Think You Are?. In 2007, Strong played the role of Pinbacker in Sunshine.
Likewise, Strong portrayed the role of Prince Septimus in Stardust which ended up becoming one of his most famous roles to date. In 2008, Strong appeared in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, Flashbacks of a Fool, Babylon A.D., RocknRolla, and Good.
The same year marked Strong’s first collaboration with English director Ridley Scott in Body of Lies. His exceptional performance as the Jordanian intelligence chief and director of the GID, Hani Salaam, gained rave reviews and earned him a nomination for the London Critics Circle Film Award for Best British Supporting Actor.
In 2009, Strong landed the lead part in the film Endgame, which aired on Channel 4. Likewise, he portrayed the role of the main villain, Lord Blackwood, in Sherlock Holmes.
Mark Strong’s second collaboration with Ridley Scott was in the 2010 epic adventure film Robin Hood. However, one of his most famous roles came in 2011 when he played the role of Thaal Sinestro in Green Lantern.
The same year, Strong gave his voice to Pod in The Secret World of Arrietty and Captain Titus of the Ultramarines Chapter in the video game Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine. Moreover, Strong appeared as Jim Prideaux in the film adaptation of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy in 2011.
Strong also had a role in The Guard which was released in 2011. The film was the most successful independent Irish film of all time in the Irish box-office collection.
Likewise, Strong appeared in Welcome to the Punch, John Carter, and Zero Dark Thirty in 2012. Zero Dark Thirty was a big success, and it received great critical acclaim while also being nominated for five Academy Awards.
In 2015, Strong was awarded the Olivier Award for Best Actor for his role in A View from the Bridge. Strong also reprised his role as Eddie Carbone at the Young Vic. on Broadway.
Mark Strong was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play for his Broadway performance and the Tony Award for Best Actor. In 2016, Strong appeared alongside Sacha Baron Cohen in the action-comedy film Grimsby.
Moreover, he also worked in a production of The Red Barn and the political thriller Miss Sloane. The latter premiered at the AFI Film Festival in late 2016. In 2018, he starred in the hostage thriller Stockholm and Deep State, which aired on the Fox network.
The following year, he played the role of the villainous Doctor Thaddeus Sivana in Shazam! and appeared as the British Captain Smith in the World War I film 1917. Strong’s most recent work includes the BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs and the Disney comedy-drama film Cruella.
Mark Strong Films:
|1997||Obsession||John MacHale (German dub for Daniel Craig)|
|1998||The Man with Rain in His Shoes||Dave Summers|
|2001||To End All Wars||Dusty Miller|
|2002||Fields of Gold||Dr Tolkin|
|2003||Some Place Safe||Dad|
|2003||It’s All About Love||Arthur|
|2005||Oliver Twist||Toby Crackit|
|2006||Tristan & Isolde||Lord Wictred|
|2006||Scenes of a Sexual Nature||Louis|
|2008||Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day||Nick Calderelli|
|2008||Flashbacks of a Fool||Mannie Miesel|
|2008||Body of Lies||Hani Salaam|
|2009||The Gangster and the Pervert Peer||Narrator (voice)|
|2009||The Young Victoria||Sir John Conroy|
|2009||Sherlock Holmes||Lord Henry Blackwood|
|2010||Robin Hood||Sir Godfrey|
|2010||The Way Back||Andrei Khabarov|
|2011||The Guard||Clive Cornell|
|2011||The Eagle||Guern / Lucius Caius Metellus|
|2011||Green Lantern||Thaal Sinestro|
|2011||The Secret World of Arrietty||Pod (voice)|
|2011||Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy||Jim Prideaux|
|2011||Black Gold||Sultan Amar|
|2012||John Carter||Matai Shang|
|2012||Zero Dark Thirty||George|
|2013||Welcome to the Punch||Jacob Sternwood|
|2013||Day of the Falcon||Sultan Amar|
|2013||Justin and the Knights of Valour||Heraclio (voice)|
|2014||Closer to the Moon||Max Rosenthal|
|2014||Before I Go to Sleep||Dr Nasch|
|2014||The Imitation Game||Stewart Menzies|
|2014||Kingsman: The Secret Service||Merlin|
|2016||Approaching the Unknown||Captain William Stanaforth|
|2016||The Siege of Jadotville||Conor Cruise O’Brien|
|2016||Miss Sloane||Rodolfo Schmidt|
|2017||6 Days||Max Vernon|
|2017||Kingsman: The Golden Circle||Merlin|
|2018||The Catcher Was a Spy||Werner Heisenberg|
Mark Strong TV series:
|1990||The Bill||P.C. Gibb|
|1990||Inspector Morse||Mike Butterworth|
|1991||One Against the Wind||German Soldier|
|1993||The Buddha of Suburbia||Second TV Producer|
|1993||Prime Suspect 3||Inspector Larry Hall|
|1994||Between the Lines||David Lacey|
|1996||Our Friends in the North||Terry “Tosker” Cox|
|1996||Sharpe’s Mission||Colonel Brand|
|1997||Band of Gold||Ed Smithson|
|1999||Births, Marriages and Deaths||Terry|
|1999||In the Name of Love||Chris Monroe|
|2000||Bomber||Colonel Chris Forsyth|
|2000||Anna Karenina||Stiva Oblonsky|
|2003||Henry VIII||Duke of Norfolk|
|2003||Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness||Det. Chief Supt. Larry Hall|
|2004||The Long Firm||Harry Starks|
|2005||Walk Away and I Stumble||Andy Spader|
|2006||Low Winter Sun (UK)||Det. Sgt. Frank Agnew|
|2006–2012||Who Do You Think You Are?||Narrator|
|2013||The Great Martian War 1913–1917||Narrator|
|2013||Low Winter Sun (U.S.)||Det. Sgt. Frank Agnew|
|2018||Deep State||Max Easton|
|2019||The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance||Ordon|
|1996||Death of a Salesman||Biff Loman||National Theatre, London|
|1997||Closer||Dan Woolf||National Theatre, London|
|1998||The Iceman Cometh||Rocky Pioggi||Almeida Theatre, London|
|2000||Speed-the-Plow||Bobby Gould||New Ambassadors Theatre, London|
|2002||Uncle Vanya||Mikhail Lvovich Astrov||Donmar Warehouse, London|
|2014–2016||A View from the Bridge||Eddie Carbone||Lyceum Theatre, New York|
Wyndham’s Theatre, London
Young Vic, London
|2016–2017||The Red Barn||Donald Dodd||National Theatre, London|
Mark Strong Video games:
|2010||Kick-Ass: The Game||Frank D’Amico|
|2011||Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine||Captain Titus of the Ultramarines|
|2013||Total War: Rome II||Silanus|
|2016||Eisenhorn: Xenos||Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn|
|2018||Battlefield V||Single Player Narrator|
|TBA||Squadron 42||Captain Thomas Wade|
|2021||Desert Island Discs|
Mark Strong Awards and nominations:
|2004||British Academy Television Award for Best Actor||The Long Firm||Nominated|
|2008||London Film Critics Circle Award for Best British Supporting Actor||Body of Lies||Nominated|
|2009||MTV Movie Award for Best Fight||Sherlock Holmes (with Robert Downey, Jr.)||Nominated|
|2010||MTV Movie Award for Best Fight||Kick-Ass (with Chloë Grace Moretz)||Nominated|
|2011||Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast||Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy||Won|
|2011||Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast||Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy||Won|
|2011||YouMovie Award for Best Cast||Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy||Won|
|2014||Gopo Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role||Closer to the Moon||Nominated|
|2014||Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture||The Imitation Game||Nominated|
|2014||San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Ensemble||The Imitation Game||Nominated|
|2014||Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Best Ensemble||The Imitation Game||Won|
|2015||Olivier Award for Best Actor||A View from the Bridge||Won|
|2016||Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play||A View from the Bridge||Nominated|
|2016||Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play||A View from the Bridge||Nominated|
|2016||Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play||A View from the Bridge||Nominated|
|2016||Theatre World Award||A View from the Bridge||Won|
|2019||Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain||Shazam!||Nominated|
Mark Strong Net Worth and Lifestyle
As of 2021, Mark Strong net worth is approximately $9 million. Strong has accumulated such impressive earnings through his illustrious career as a film and T.V. actor.
Owing to such remarkable net worth, there is no doubt that Mark Strong leads quite a lavish lifestyle. The British actor and his wife, Liza Marshall, live in their luxurious home at 161 Chevening Rd, London, England.
Social Media Presence
Mark Strong Instagram
On Instagram, Mark Strong is active under the username “mrmarkstrong.” Mark has over 55.7k followers on the social networking platform, and the actor himself follows 40 other accounts.
The actor’s most recent post was made on December 25 on Christmas. Strong posted a picture of the Christmas elf along with the caption, “Happy Christmas one and all! Here’s hoping for a normal-ish 2022.. ❤️.”
Mark Strong Twitter
Joined in January 2015, Mark Strong is active on Twitter under the username “MarkStong.” The actor’s Twitter bio reads as: “This is my official Twitter account. I like king prawns, and I do a little bit of acting”.
He has over 234 followers on his Twitter account. However, Mark Strong is not as active on Twitter compared to his Instagram account.