Mark Strong is an English actor best known for his role as as Steve in the 1997 adaptation of Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch, co-starring opposite Colin Firth, and he also features in Roman Polanski's 2005 version of Oliver Twist.
Moviegoers have seen Strong 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 Critics' Circle Film Award nomination; and Matthew Vaughn on Kick-Ass and Stardust.
Strong's other films include Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty, Eran Creevy's Welcome to the Punch, Nick Murphy's Blood, Jean-Jacques Annaud's Black Gold, Andrew Stanton's John Carter, Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Peter Weir's The Way Back, John Michael McDonagh's The Guard, Martin Campbell's Green Lantern, Jean-Marc Vallee's The Young Victoria, Pete Travis' Endgame, Vicente Amorim's Good, Danny Boyle's Sunshine, Stephen Gaghan's Syriana, Roman Polanski's Oliver Twist, Kevin Reynolds' Tristan + Isolde, Thomas Vinterberg's It's All About Love, Mike Figgis' Hotel, David Evans' Fever Pitch, Istvan Szabo's Sunshine, Bharat Nalluri's Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and Kevin Macdonald's The Eagle.
He can also be seen in Nae Caranfil's Closer to the Moon and Rowan Joffe's Before I Go to Sleep with Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.
In addition to his extensive film credits, Strong is an acclaimed television actor. He won the Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Actor and was nominated for a BAFTA Award for his performance in The Long Firm.
His other telefilm and miniseries credits include Our Friends in the North, directed by Simon Cellan Jones and Stuart Urban; Adrian Shergold's Births, Marriages and Deaths and the U.K. version of Low Winter Sun, which won the BAFTA [Scotland] Award for Best Drama; Pete Travis' The Jury and Henry VIII; David Drury's Trust; Diarmuid Lawrence's Emma; Roger Michell's The Buddha of Suburbia; and Danny Boyle's "Screenplay" episode Not Even God Is Wise Enough.
He has also appeared opposite Helen Mirren, for directors David Drury and Tom Hooper, in Prime Suspect 3 and Prime Suspect 6: The Last Witness.
Strong has also performed in radio and stage plays, and received an Olivier Award nomination for his performance in Sam Mendes' Donmar Warehouse staging of Twelfth Night.
U.K. audiences have seen him perform with the Royal Shakespeare Company in several productions, including Danny Boyle's staging of Hess is Dead, with the National Theatre in David Thacker's Death of a Salesman and Patrick Marber's Closer, at the Royal Court in Lindsay Posner's production of The Treatment, Hettie MacDonald's staging of The Thickness of Skin and Peter Gill's New Ambassadors production of Speed-the-Plow.
He narrated the genealogy documentary series Who Do You Think You Are? for seven years after taking over from David Morrissey in the second season.
In 2013 he starred in the American remake of Low Winter Sun, reprising his role as Frank Agnew, a good detective who finds himself in a bad situation after helping a colleague murder a fellow policeman.