Biography: Mark Strong

Mark Strong will soon be seen in Jean-Jacques Annaud’s “Black Gold” and Eran Creevy’s “Welcome to the Punch,” opposite James McAvoy.

Mark Strong will soon be seen in Jean-Jacques Annaud’s “Black Gold” and Eran Creevy’s “Welcome to the Punch,” opposite James McAvoy.

Moviegoers have seen him in notable collaborations over the years with directors Guy Ritchie, on “Sherlock Holmes,” “RocknRolla” and “Revolver”; Ridley Scott, on “Robin Hood” and “Body of Lies,” for which he received a London Film Critics Circle Award nomination; and Matthew Vaughn, on “Kick-Ass” and “Stardust.”

Strong’s other films include Tom Alfredson’s “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” with Gary Oldman and Colin Firth, Peter Weir’s “The Way Back,” with Jim Sturgess; John Michael McDonagh’s “The Guard,” with Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle; Martin Campbell’s “Green Lantern,” opposite Ryan Reynolds; Jean-Marc Vallée’s “The Young Victoria,” opposite Emily Blunt; Pete Travis’ “Endgame”; Vicente Amorim’s “Good,” with Viggo Mortensen; Danny Boyle’sSunshine”; Stephen Gaghan’s “Syriana” with George Clooney; Roman Polanski’s “Oliver Twist”; Kevin Reynolds’ “Tristan + Isolde”; Thomas Vinterberg’s “It’s All About Love”; Mike Figgis’ “Hotel”; David Evans’ “Fever Pitch”; István Szabó’s “Sunshine” (1999); and, also for Focus Features, Bharat Nalluri’s “Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day” and Kevin Macdonald’s “The Eagle.”

He was a BAFTA Award nominee for his performance in “The Long Firm” and also won the Broadcast Press Guild Award for Best Actor. His other telefilm and miniseries credits include “Our Friends in the North,” directed by Simon Cellan Jones and Stuart Urban; Adrian Shergold’s “Low Winter Sun” (which won the BAFTA [Scotland] Award for Best Drama) and “Births, Marriages and Deaths”; Pete Travis’ “The Jury” and “Henry VIII”; David Drury’s “Trust”; Diarmuid Lawrence’s “Emma,” opposite Kate Beckinsale; Roger Michell’s “The Buddha of Suburbia”; Danny Boyle’s “Screenplay” episode “Not Even God Is Wise Enough”; and, opposite Helen Mirren for directors David Drury and Tom Hooper, respectively, “Prime Suspect 3” and “Prime Suspect 6.”

Strong has also performed in radio and stage plays, and was an Olivier Award nominee for his performance in Sam Mendes’ Donmar Warehouse staging of “Twelfth Night” (which he played in repertory with “Uncle Vanya”). U.K. audiences have seen him perform with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in Danny Boyle’s staging of “Hess Is Dead,” among other productions; with the National Theatre, in four productions for Richard Eyre, David Thacker’s “Death of a Salesman” and Patrick Marber’s “Closer,” among other shows; at the Royal Court, in Lindsay Posner’s production of “The Treatment” and Hettie MacDonald’s staging of “Thickness of Skin”; and Peter Gill’s New Ambassadors production of “Speed-the-Plow.

He studied English and Drama at London University and then acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.

Biography/Filmography courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures and the film, John Carter.

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