Mark Strong

BATD ON May 04, 2010 AT 9:51 am

Mark Strong

Everybody loves a good villain, so it’s only right that British actor Mark Strong should be receiving a lot of attention.

Born Marco Guiseppe Salussolia in London, his name was legally changed as a child so he could fit in better with his peers. Later, before he took to acting, he attended law school for a year, but soon realized that he was more interested in the arts.

As an actor, he has had an extensive stage career. He has been a part of the Royal National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company, and even received a nomination for an Olivier Award in 2003 for his role in Twelfth Night.

Next, Strong moved to British television. Making a name for himself as a screen actor, he held recurring roles in the shows Prime Suspect, Our Friends in the North and The Long Firm, which earned him another nomination, this time for a BAFTA Award. He was also in the ITV version of the Jane Austin classic, Emma, opposite Kate Beckinsale.

Moving on finally to film, Strong has been in a multitude of successful films. He can be seen in films including Body of Lies, The Young Victoria and Syriana, as well as the recent hit Sherlock Holmes with Robert Downey Jr. It’s lucky for Strong that he changes his appearance heavily for most of his roles, because frequently, he plays the bad guy. Not only was he Holmes’s enemy Lord Blackwood, but he is also playing an antagonist in the upcoming film Robin Hood, due out in May and an unsavoury drug lord in Kick Ass, in cinemas now.

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