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In a career spanning two decades, British talent MARK STRONG (Finn) has moved effortlessly from the stage (Mamet's "Speed the Plow,” Marber's "Closer,” Olivier nominee for Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night”) to television (the BBC's "Our Friends in the North” and "Births, Deaths and Marriages”) to motion pictures (Ridley Scott's upcoming "Body of Lies,” Danny Boyle's "Sunshine,” Polanski's "Oliver Twist,” Steven Gaghan's "Syriana”).

Born in London, Strong pursued a law degree in Germany before returning home to study English and Drama at Royal Holloway. He next attended the Bristol Old Vic, which led to an eight-year apprenticeship on the English stage.

Dividing his early years between the theatre and television work, Strong's big break came in the role of Tosker Cox opposite Daniel Craig in the BBC2 miniseries "Our Friends in the North,” in 1994. Since then, Strong has become a familiar face on British television, appearing as Inspector (then Detective Chief Superintendent) Larry Hall in two of ITV's "Prime Suspect” serials, "Prime Suspect 3” (1993) and "Prime Suspect 6” (2003). He starred in BBC2's "The Long Firm” (2004), for which he earned a BAFTA nomination), played the villainous Col. Brand in "Sharpe's Mission” (1996) and the romantic lead, Mr. Knightley, in the ITV version of Jane Austen's novel "Emma,” starring opposite Kate Beckinsale.

Other television credits include BBC's "Trust” and "Fields of Gold,” Channel 4's "Falling Apart,” "Inspector Morse” for ITV (directed by Danny Boyle) and "Kavanagh QC” on the BBC (helmed by Paul Greengrass), and the miniseries "The Buddha of Suburbia,” "Anna Karenina,” the BAFTA-nominated "Low Winter Sun” and two for ITV -- "The Jury” and "Henry VII,” both directed by Pete Travis.

Strong's motion picture works includes "Fever Pitch” (the English film based on Nick Hornby's acclaimed novel, also starring Colin Firth), "Stardust,” "Tristan & Isolde,” "Heartlands,” "It's All About Love,” "Revolver,” "Captives,” "Scenes of a Sexual Nature,” and "Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day.” His upcoming films include Guy Ritchie's "Rocknrolla,” "The Young Victoria” opposite Emily Blunt and Pete Travis' Apartheid-themed drama, "Endgame.”

Onstage, Strong starred in the National Theatre's staging of Miller's "Death of A Salesman,” the stage debut of Patrick Marber's "Closer” (also at the National), Kevin Spacey's production of O'Neill's "The Iceman Cometh” at the Almedia, Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow” at the New Ambassadors and the Donmar Warehouse stagings of Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya” and Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night” (directed by Sam Mendes) for which Strong earned an Olivier nomination as Best Supporting Actor.

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