Mark Strong

A British actor, who played Jim Prideaux in the 2011 remake of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011), is often cast as cold, calculating villains. But before he became a famous actor, he intended to pursue a career in law. Strong was born Marco Giuseppe Salussolia on 30 August, 1963 in London, England, to an Austrian mother and an Italian father. His father left the family not long after he was born, and his mother worked as an au pair to raise the boy on her own. Strong's mother had his name legally changed when he was young in order to help him better assimilate with his peers. Although Americans are most familiar with Strong's roles as Sinestro in Green Lantern (2011), mob boss Frank D'Amico in Kick-Ass (2010), and Lord Blackthorn in Sherlock Holmes (2009), British audiences know him from his long history as a television actor. He also starred in as numerous British stage productions, including plays at the Royal National Theatre and the RSC.  His most prominent television parts include Prime Suspect 3 (1993) (TV) and Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness (2003) (TV) as Inspector Larry Hall, and starring roles in the BBC Two dramas "Our Friends in the North" (1996) and "The Long Firm" (2004), the latter of which netted Strong a BAFTA nomination. He also played Mr. Knightley in the 1996 adaptation of Jane Austen's classic tale Emma (1996) (TV). Strong resides in London with his wife Liza Marshall, with whom he has two sons, the younger of which is the godson of his longtime ...

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Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

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A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rowan Joffe
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Colin Firth  •  Mark Strong  •  Anne-Marie Duff

A woman wakes up every day, remembering nothing as a result of a traumatic accident in her past. One day, new terrifying truths emerge that force her to question everyone around her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rowan Joffe
CAST:  Nicole Kidman  •  Colin Firth  •  Mark Strong  •  Anne-Marie Duff

The Imitation Game (2014)

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Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Morten Tyldum
CAST:  Benedict Cumberbatch  •  Keira Knightley  •  Mark Strong  •  Rory Kinnear

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Morten Tyldum
CAST:  Benedict Cumberbatch  •  Keira Knightley  •  Mark Strong  •  Rory Kinnear

Justin and the Knights of Valour (2013)

A heart-warming tale about friendship, honour & courage, which sees a young boy become a man as he embarks on a quest to become a knight.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Manuel Sicilia
CAST:  Saoirse Ronan  •  Freddie Highmore  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Mark Strong

A heart-warming tale about friendship, honour & courage, which sees a young boy become a man as he embarks on a quest to become a knight.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Manuel Sicilia
CAST:  Saoirse Ronan  •  Freddie Highmore  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Mark Strong

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

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A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Jason Clarke  •  Mark Strong  •  Joel Edgerton

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Jason Clarke  •  Mark Strong  •  Joel Edgerton

Black Gold (2011)

On the Arabian Peninsula in the 1930s, two warring leaders come face to face. The victorious Nesib, Emir of Hobeika, lays down his peace terms to rival Amar, Sultan of Salmaah. The two men agree that neither can lay claim to the area of no man’s land between them ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Jacques Annaud
CAST:  Mark Strong  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Freida Pinto  •  Tahar Rahim

On the Arabian Peninsula in the 1930s, two warring leaders come face to face. The victorious Nesib, Emir of Hobeika, lays down his peace terms to rival Amar, Sultan of Salmaah. The two men agree that neither can lay claim to the area of no man’s land between them ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jean-Jacques Annaud
CAST:  Mark Strong  •  Antonio Banderas  •  Freida Pinto  •  Tahar Rahim

Welcome to the Punch (2013)

When notorious criminal Jacob Sternwood is forced to return to London, it gives detective Max Lewinsky one last chance to take down the man he's always been after.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eran Creevy
CAST:  James McAvoy  •  Mark Strong  •  David Morrissey  •  Peter Mullan

When notorious criminal Jacob Sternwood is forced to return to London, it gives detective Max Lewinsky one last chance to take down the man he's always been after.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Eran Creevy
CAST:  James McAvoy  •  Mark Strong  •  David Morrissey  •  Peter Mullan

Heroes and Demons (2012)

Gripping thriller drama with fantastic all-star cast: Six different stories about crooks, misfits, heroes and their determination to overcome the destiny. Stories about intolerance, hopelessness, betrayal, despair, and the unpredictable.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Obi  •  Carlos Cuarón  •  Hattie Dalton  •  Ross Clarke  •  Skot Bright  •  Luke Davies
CAST:  Kirsten Dunst  •  Michael Sheen  •  Chris Hemsworth  •  Andrew Garfield

Gripping thriller drama with fantastic all-star cast: Six different stories about crooks, misfits, heroes and their determination to overcome the destiny. Stories about intolerance, hopelessness, betrayal, despair, and the unpredictable.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Obi  •  Carlos Cuarón  •  Hattie Dalton  •  Ross Clarke  •  Skot Bright  •  Luke Davies
CAST:  Kirsten Dunst  •  Michael Sheen  •  Chris Hemsworth  •  Andrew Garfield

Flashbacks of a Fool (2008)

An aging Hollywood star, Joe Scott, lives a life of narcissistic hedonism, observed by his laconic personal assistant, Ophelia. The death of his childhood best friend, Boots, takes our protagonist, and the movie, into an extended flashback to a sea-side town in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Baillie Walsh
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Harry Eden  •  Miriam Karlin  •  Jodhi May

An aging Hollywood star, Joe Scott, lives a life of narcissistic hedonism, observed by his laconic personal assistant, Ophelia. The death of his childhood best friend, Boots, takes our protagonist, and the movie, into an extended flashback to a sea-side town in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Baillie Walsh
CAST:  Daniel Craig  •  Harry Eden  •  Miriam Karlin  •  Jodhi May

The Guard (2011)

Two policemen must join forces to take on an international drug- smuggling gang - one, an unorthodox Irish policeman and the other, a straitlaced FBI agent. Sergeant Gerry Boyle is an eccentric small-town cop with a confrontational and crass personality and a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Michael McDonagh
CAST:  Brendan Gleeson  •  Don Cheadle  •  Liam Cunningham  •  Mark Strong

Two policemen must join forces to take on an international drug- smuggling gang - one, an unorthodox Irish policeman and the other, a straitlaced FBI agent. Sergeant Gerry Boyle is an eccentric small-town cop with a confrontational and crass personality and a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Michael McDonagh
CAST:  Brendan Gleeson  •  Don Cheadle  •  Liam Cunningham  •  Mark Strong

The Eagle (2011)

In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (Tatum) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Macdonald
CAST:  Channing Tatum  •  Mark Strong  •  Jamie Bell  •  Donald Sutherland

In 140 AD, twenty years after the unexplained disappearance of the entire Ninth Legion in the mountains of Scotland, young centurion Marcus Aquila (Tatum) arrives from Rome to solve the mystery and restore the reputation of his father, the commander of the Ninth. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Macdonald
CAST:  Channing Tatum  •  Mark Strong  •  Jamie Bell  •  Donald Sutherland

Good (2008)

The rise of national socialism in Germany should not be regarded as a conspiracy of madmen. Millions of "good" people found themselves in a society spiralling into terrible chaos. A film about then, which illuminates the terrors of now.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vicente Amorim
CAST:  Viggo Mortensen  •  Jason Isaacs  •  Mark Strong  •  Steven Mackintosh

The rise of national socialism in Germany should not be regarded as a conspiracy of madmen. Millions of "good" people found themselves in a society spiralling into terrible chaos. A film about then, which illuminates the terrors of now.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Vicente Amorim
CAST:  Viggo Mortensen  •  Jason Isaacs  •  Mark Strong  •  Steven Mackintosh

Unity (2015)

Despite the advent of science, literature, technology, philosophy, religion, and so on -- none of these has assuaged humankind from killing one another, the animals, and nature. UNITY is a film about why we can't seem to get along, even after thousands and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shaun Monson
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Zoe Saldana  •  Lena Headey  •  Amanda Seyfried

Despite the advent of science, literature, technology, philosophy, religion, and so on -- none of these has assuaged humankind from killing one another, the animals, and nature. UNITY is a film about why we can't seem to get along, even after thousands and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Shaun Monson
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Zoe Saldana  •  Lena Headey  •  Amanda Seyfried

Robin Hood (2010)

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When soldier Robin happens upon the dying Robert of Loxley, he promises to return the man's sword to his family in Nottingham. There, he assumes Robert's identity; romances his widow, Marion; and draws the ire of the town's sheriff and King John's henchman, Godfrey.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Russell Crowe  •  Cate Blanchett  •  Matthew Macfadyen  •  Mark Strong

When soldier Robin happens upon the dying Robert of Loxley, he promises to return the man's sword to his family in Nottingham. There, he assumes Robert's identity; romances his widow, Marion; and draws the ire of the town's sheriff and King John's henchman, Godfrey.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ridley Scott
CAST:  Russell Crowe  •  Cate Blanchett  •  Matthew Macfadyen  •  Mark Strong

The Way Back (2010)

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At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag—to take a perilous and uncertain journey to freedom as they cross deserts, mountains and several nations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Dejan Angelov  •  Dragoș Bucur  •  Ed Harris

At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag—to take a perilous and uncertain journey to freedom as they cross deserts, mountains and several nations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Weir
CAST:  Colin Farrell  •  Dejan Angelov  •  Dragoș Bucur  •  Ed Harris

Kick-Ass (2010)

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Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a super-hero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Vaughn
CAST:  Aaron Taylor-Johnson  •  Chloë Grace Moretz  •  Christopher Mintz-Plasse  •  Nicolas Cage

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan who one day decides to become a super-hero, even though he has no powers, training or meaningful reason to do so.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Matthew Vaughn
CAST:  Aaron Taylor-Johnson  •  Chloë Grace Moretz  •  Christopher Mintz-Plasse  •  Nicolas Cage

Shazam! (2019)

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A boy is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need with a single magic word.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David F. Sandberg
CAST:  Zachary Levi  •  Asher Angel  •  Jack Dylan Grazer  •  Mark Strong

A boy is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need with a single magic word.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David F. Sandberg
CAST:  Zachary Levi  •  Asher Angel  •  Jack Dylan Grazer  •  Mark Strong

Twice Upon a Yesterday (1998)

Victor Bukowski is an out-of-work actor with problems. He's got a lousy agent, he has a habit of falling out with directors and he's still in love with his ex-girlfriend. However, Victor is about to embark on an unexpected emotional journey which will make him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  María Ripoll
CAST:  Lena Headey  •  Douglas Henshall  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Charlotte Coleman

Victor Bukowski is an out-of-work actor with problems. He's got a lousy agent, he has a habit of falling out with directors and he's still in love with his ex-girlfriend. However, Victor is about to embark on an unexpected emotional journey which will make him ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  María Ripoll
CAST:  Lena Headey  •  Douglas Henshall  •  Penélope Cruz  •  Charlotte Coleman

Endgame (2009)

The time is the late '80s, a crucial period in the history of South Africa. President P.W. Botha is hanging on to power by a thread as the African National Congress (ANC) takes up arms against apartheid and the country tumbles toward insurrection. A British mining ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Travis
CAST:  Amelia Bullmore  •  Chiwetel Ejiofor  •  Kas Graham  •  Dominik Danielewicz

The time is the late '80s, a crucial period in the history of South Africa. President P.W. Botha is hanging on to power by a thread as the African National Congress (ANC) takes up arms against apartheid and the country tumbles toward insurrection. A British mining ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Pete Travis
CAST:  Amelia Bullmore  •  Chiwetel Ejiofor  •  Kas Graham  •  Dominik Danielewicz

Hotel (2001)

While a British film crew are shooting a version of The Duchess of Malfi in Venice, they in turn are being filmed by a sleazy documentary prima donna while the strange staff share meals which consist of human meat. Then there is the hit man, the call girl and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Figgis
CAST:  Max Beesley  •  Mark Strong  •  Salma Hayek  •  Danny Huston

While a British film crew are shooting a version of The Duchess of Malfi in Venice, they in turn are being filmed by a sleazy documentary prima donna while the strange staff share meals which consist of human meat. Then there is the hit man, the call girl and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mike Figgis
CAST:  Max Beesley  •  Mark Strong  •  Salma Hayek  •  Danny Huston

Heartlands (2003)

Gentle Colin 'Col' Lawes happily lead a quiet life, running a news agency with his soiled-rotten wife Sandra and playing competition darts in the Atletic Arms team. Colin catches her committing adultery with team captain Geoff, a cop, who pretends Colin abused her. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Damien O'Donnell
CAST:  Michael Sheen  •  Mark Addy  •  Jim Carter  •  Celia Imrie

Gentle Colin 'Col' Lawes happily lead a quiet life, running a news agency with his soiled-rotten wife Sandra and playing competition darts in the Atletic Arms team. Colin catches her committing adultery with team captain Geoff, a cop, who pretends Colin abused her. ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Damien O'Donnell
CAST:  Michael Sheen  •  Mark Addy  •  Jim Carter  •  Celia Imrie
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