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Creator / Mark Strong

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"If you think about Shakespeare, you remember Richard III and Macbeth before you remember Ferdinand, whose role is just to fall in love and be a bit of a wimp. I love the baddies. More important, though, is making the baddies somehow, weirdly, understood."

Marco Giuseppe Salussolia, better known as Mark Strong (born 5 August 1963 in Islington, London) is a British actor of Italian and Austrian descent.

He is especially known for his villainous performances — such as Prince Septimus in Stardust or Lord Blackwood in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes — though he's been impeccably playing the Knight in Shining Armor, a morally gray hitman, and pretty much everything in between as well.

If Guy Ritchie or Matthew Vaughn is working on a new project, it's safe to say that they will at least consider their friend for a part in it.



Tropes associated with his works:

  • Ambiguously Brown: This Austro-Italian Englishman has portrayed Jordanian and Lebanese men.
  • Badass Baritone: All he needs is an echo-y place to sound even more intimidating.
  • Bald of Awesome: He even said in a few interviews that losing his hair helped transition him from one-note lovers into the juicier villainous roles.
  • British Teeth: Strong's teeth are a bit crooked, particularly one of his front incisors, which is put on particular display in the opening scene of Sherlock Holmes. The funniest thing is that he has no British ancestry.
  • Evil Brit: He even provides part of the page quote.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Archie in Rock 'n Rolla takes the cake. So does Merlin in the climax of both of his Kingsman films.
  • Smoking Is Cool: A few of his characters fall under here, but particular notice goes to Dr. Neil Barnard from Endgame, who snaps the filters off of his cigarettes before lighting up.
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  • Star-Making Role: Septimus in Stardust, the role that kick-started his career as a villain actor.
  • Those Two Actors: With Colin Firth in Fever Pitch, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, Before I Go To Sleep and Kingsman.


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