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. 

Mark Strong Biography
Mark Strong Biography

Quick Facts

Full NameMark Strong
Born AsMarco Giuseppe Salussolia
BirthdayAugust 5, 1963
Sun signLeo
Age59 years old
TraitsPositive – Optimistic, humorous, and clever 
Negative –  Rude, self-centered, and restless
BirthplaceIslington district, London, UK
NationalityBritish
ReligionChristian
EthnicityItalian and Austrian
GenderMale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Height6 feet and 2 inches
EyesGreen
HairBald
UniversityRoyal Holloway and the University of London and Bristol Old Vic Theater School
ParentsGiuseppe A Salussolia (father)

Waltraud D Salussolia (mother)
SiblingsNone
Marital statusMarried
Wife’s NameLiza Marshall
ChildrenGabriel Strong (son)
Roman Strong (son)
ProfessionActor
Net WorthUSD 9 million
Currently residing161 Chevening Rd, London, England
Social MediaInstagram
Twitter

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, sometimes, they tend to be rude, self-centered, and restless. 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.”

Mark Strong Photo
Mark Strong Photo

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.’

Educational Background

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. 

Mark Strong with wife, Liza Marshall
Mark Strong with wife, Liza Marshall

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.

A picture of Mark Strong from his show, Temple
A picture of Mark Strong from his series, Temple.

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.

Filmography

Mark Strong Films:

YearTitleRole
1993CenturyPoliceman
1994CaptivesKenny
1997Fever PitchSteve
1997ObsessionJohn MacHale (German dub for Daniel Craig)
1998The Man with Rain in His ShoesDave Summers
1999Elephant JuiceFrank
1999SunshineIstván Sors
2001To End All WarsDusty Miller
2001HotelFerdinand
2001The MartinsDoug
2001SuperstitionAntonio Gabrieli
2002Fields of GoldDr Tolkin
2002HeartlandsIan
2003Some Place SafeDad
2003It’s All About LoveArthur
2005RevolverSorter
2005Oliver TwistToby Crackit
2005SyrianaMussawi
2006Tristan & IsoldeLord Wictred
2006Scenes of a Sexual NatureLouis
2007SunshinePinbacker
2007StardustPrince Septimus
2008Miss Pettigrew Lives for a DayNick Calderelli
2008Flashbacks of a FoolMannie Miesel
2008Babylon A.D.Finn
2008RocknRollaArchy
2008Body of LiesHani Salaam
2008GoodPhilipp Bouhler
2009The Gangster and the Pervert PeerNarrator (voice)
2009EndgameNeil Barnard
2009The Young VictoriaSir John Conroy
2009Sherlock HolmesLord Henry Blackwood
2010Kick-AssFrank D’Amico
2010Robin HoodSir Godfrey
2010The Way BackAndrei Khabarov
2011The GuardClive Cornell
2011The EagleGuern / Lucius Caius Metellus
2011Green LanternThaal Sinestro
2011The Secret World of ArriettyPod (voice)
2011Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyJim Prideaux
2011Black GoldSultan Amar
2012John CarterMatai Shang
2012Zero Dark ThirtyGeorge
2013Welcome to the PunchJacob Sternwood
2013Day of the FalconSultan Amar
2013Justin and the Knights of ValourHeraclio (voice)
2013BloodRobert Seymour
2014UnityNarrator (voice)
2014Closer to the MoonMax Rosenthal
2014Before I Go to SleepDr Nasch
2014MindscapeJohn Washington
2014The Imitation GameStewart Menzies
2014Kingsman: The Secret ServiceMerlin
2016GrimsbySebastian Graves
2016Approaching the UnknownCaptain William Stanaforth
2016The Siege of JadotvilleConor Cruise O’Brien
2016Miss SloaneRodolfo Schmidt
20176 DaysMax Vernon
2017Kingsman: The Golden CircleMerlin
2018The Catcher Was a SpyWerner Heisenberg
2018StockholmGunnar Sorensson
2019Shazam!Doctor Sivana
20191917Captain Smith
2021CruellaJohn
TBANocebo

Mark Strong TV series:

YearTitleRole
1989EastEndersTelephone Engineer
1989After HenryRoger
1990The BillP.C. Gibb
1990Inspector MorseMike Butterworth
1990TECXEberhard Braun
1991One Against the WindGerman Soldier
1993The Buddha of SuburbiaSecond TV Producer
1993Prime Suspect 3Inspector Larry Hall
1994Between the LinesDavid Lacey
1996EmmaGeorge Knightley
1996Our Friends in the NorthTerry “Tosker” Cox
1996Sharpe’s MissionColonel Brand
1997Band of GoldEd Smithson
1998Spoonface SteinbergFather
1999TrustMichael Mitcham
1999Births, Marriages and DeathsTerry
1999In the Name of LoveChris Monroe
2000BomberColonel Chris Forsyth
2000Anna KareninaStiva Oblonsky
2002Falling ApartPete
2003Henry VIIIDuke of Norfolk
2003Prime Suspect 6: The Last WitnessDet. Chief Supt. Larry Hall
2004The Long FirmHarry Starks
2005Walk Away and I StumbleAndy Spader
2006Low Winter Sun (UK)Det. Sgt. Frank Agnew
2006–2012Who Do You Think You Are?Narrator
2013The Great Martian War 1913–1917Narrator
2013Low Winter Sun (U.S.)Det. Sgt. Frank Agnew
2018Deep StateMax Easton
2018Untamed RomaniaNarrator
2019The Dark Crystal: Age of ResistanceOrdon
2019TempleDaniel Milton
2020Home GameNarrator

Stage:

YearTitleRoleVenue
1996Death of a SalesmanBiff LomanNational Theatre, London
1997CloserDan WoolfNational Theatre, London
1998The Iceman ComethRocky PioggiAlmeida Theatre, London
2000Speed-the-PlowBobby GouldNew Ambassadors Theatre, London
2002Uncle VanyaMikhail Lvovich AstrovDonmar Warehouse, London
2014–2016A View from the BridgeEddie CarboneLyceum Theatre, New York
Wyndham’s Theatre, London
Young Vic, London
2016–2017The Red BarnDonald DoddNational Theatre, London

Mark Strong Video games:

YearTitleRole
2010Kick-Ass: The GameFrank D’Amico
2011Warhammer 40,000: Space MarineCaptain Titus of the Ultramarines
2013Total War: Rome IISilanus
2016Eisenhorn: XenosInquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn
2018Battlefield VSingle Player Narrator
TBASquadron 42Captain Thomas Wade

Radio:

YearTitle
2021Desert Island Discs

Mark Strong Awards and nominations:

YearAwardWorkResult
2004British Academy Television Award for Best ActorThe Long FirmNominated
2008London Film Critics Circle Award for Best British Supporting ActorBody of LiesNominated
2009MTV Movie Award for Best FightSherlock Holmes (with Robert Downey, Jr.)Nominated
2010 MTV Movie Award for Best Fight Kick-Ass (with Chloë Grace Moretz)Nominated
2011Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best CastTinker Tailor Soldier SpyWon
2011Georgia Film Critics Association Award for Best CastTinker Tailor Soldier Spy Won
2011YouMovie Award for Best CastTinker Tailor Soldier Spy Won
2014Gopo Award for Best Actor in a Leading RoleCloser to the MoonNominated
2014Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Cast in a Motion PictureThe Imitation GameNominated
2014San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best EnsembleThe Imitation Game Nominated
2014Palm Springs International Film Festival Award for Best EnsembleThe Imitation Game Won
2015Olivier Award for Best ActorA View from the BridgeWon
2016Tony Award for Best Actor in a PlayA View from the Bridge Nominated
2016Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a PlayA View from the Bridge Nominated
2016Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a PlayA View from the Bridge Nominated
2016Theatre World AwardA View from the Bridge Won
2019Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie VillainShazam!Nominated

Mark Strong Net Worth and Lifestyle

As of 2021, Mark Strong net worth is approximately USD 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.

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