Eddie Marsan

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Marsan in 2009
Edward Maurice Charles Marsan

(1968-06-09) 9 June 1968 (age 54)
Alma mater Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts
Years active1990–present
Janine Schneider
(m. 2002)

Edward Maurice Charles Marsan (born 9 June 1968) is an English actor. He won the London Film Critics Circle Award and the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film Happy-Go-Lucky (2008).


He has featured in films such as Gangster No. 1 (2000), Ultimate Force (2002), V for Vendetta (2006), Mission: Impossible III (2006), Sixty Six (2006), Hancock (2008), Sherlock Holmes (2009), War Horse (2011), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), The Best of Men (2012), The World's End (2013), Still Life (2013), and The Exception (2016). His major TV credits include his role as Terry in Showtime's Ray Donovan (2013–2020) and as Mr Norrell in the BBC drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015).

Early life

Marsan was born on 9 June 1968 [1] in the Stepney district of London, to a working-class family; his father was a lorry driver and his mother was a school dinner lady and teacher's assistant. [2] [3] He was brought up in Bethnal Green and attended Raine's Foundation School. [4] He left school at 16 and initially served an apprenticeship as a printer, before beginning his career in theatre. [3] He trained at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, graduating in 1991, [5] and went on to study under Sam Kogan [6] and the Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts, [7] now known as The School of the Science of Acting, [7] of which Marsan is now a patron. [8]


Marsan's first television appearance was in 1992, as a "yob", in the London Weekend Television series The Piglet Files . One of his more significant early television appearances was in the popular mid-1990s BBC sitcom Game On as an escaped convict who was an old flame of Mandy's. Marsan went on to have roles in Casualty , The Bill , Grass , Kavanagh QC , Grange Hill , Silent Witness , Ultimate Force , Southcliffe , [9] and more. He also voiced the Manticore in the Merlin episode "Love in the Time of Dragons". [10]

In 2012, He portrayed Terry Donovan, brother to the lead character in 7 series and 82 episodes of Showtime's drama series Ray Donovan . [9] The same year he played Ludwig Guttmann in the television film The Best of Men . In May 2015, Marsan appeared as the practical magician Gilbert Norrell in the BBC period drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell . [11]

Marsan has appeared in numerous and varied film roles, as the main villain in the 2008 superhero film Hancock alongside Will Smith and as Inspector Lestrade in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes . His other films include Sixty Six , Gangs of New York , [9] 21 Grams , The Illusionist , [9] V for Vendetta , Gangster No. 1 , Miami Vice , Mission: Impossible III , I Want Candy , Vera Drake , Happy-Go-Lucky , [9] Filth , Tyrannosaur [9] and Heartless . [12]

In 2021 Marsan appeared as anti-Fascist activist Soly Malinovsky in the television adaptation of the novel Ridley Road . [13] In 2022 Marsan played the real-life role of John Darwin, in The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe .

In January 2023, it was announced that Marsan was added to the cast of the Amy Winehouse biopic Back to Black and would be playing Winehouse's father Mitch Winehouse. [14]

Personal life

Marsan married make-up artist Janine Schneider in 2002. They have four children. [15] Marsan is a humanist and was appointed a patron of Humanists UK in 2015. [16]


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1997 The Man Who Knew Too Little Mugger No. 1
1999 This Year's Love Eddie
Janice Beard Mr Tense
2000 Gangster No. 1 Eddie Miller
2001 The Emperor's New Clothes Louis Marchand
The Bunker Pfc Kreuzmann
2002 Gangs of New York Killoran
2003 AfterLife Jez Walters
21 Grams Reverend John
2004 The Rocket Post Heinz Dombrowsky
Vera Drake Reg
2005 The Secret Life of Words Victor
Beowulf & Grendel Father Brendan
The New World Eddie
The Headsman Fabio
2006 V for Vendetta Brian Etheridge
Mission: Impossible III Brownway
Miami Vice Nicholas
Sixty Six Manny Reuben
The Illusionist Josef Fischer
Pierrepoint James "Tish" Corbitt
2007 I Want Candy Doug Perry
Grow Your Own Little John
2008 Happy-Go-Lucky Scott
Hancock Kenneth "Red" Parker, Jr.
Me and Orson Welles John Houseman
Faintheart Richard
2009 Red Riding Jack Whitehead
Sherlock Holmes Inspector Lestrade
The Disappearance of Alice Creed Vic
Heartless Weapons Man
2010 London Boulevard DI Bailey
2011 Junkhearts Frank
Tyrannosaur James
Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Inspector Lestrade
War Horse Sgt Fry
2012 Snow White and the Huntsman Duir
I, Anna DI Kevin Franks
2013 Jack the Giant Slayer Crawe
The World's End [17] Peter Page
Filth Bladesey
Still Life John May
2014 God's Pocket Smilin' Jack Moran
X+Y Richard
2015 Concussion Steven DeKosky
2016 A Kind of Murder Marty Kimmel
The Limehouse Golem Uncle
Their Finest Sammy Smith
The Exception Heinrich Himmler
2017 Atomic Blonde Spyglass
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House Agency Man
2018 Entebbe Shimon Peres
Deadpool 2 The Headmaster
White Boy Rick Art Derrick
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle Vihaan Voice and motion capture role
Vice Paul Wolfowitz
2019Hostage RadioJarvis Dolan
The Professor and the Madman Muncie
Hobbs & Shaw [18] Professor Andreiko
Abigail Jonathan Foster
Pets United The Cyborg / The Mayor / Frank StoneVoice role
The Gentlemen Big Dave
2021 Wrath of Man Terry
The Virtuoso The Loner
Flag Day Mr. Emmanuelle
Charlotte Albert SalomonVoice role
2022 The Contractor Virgil
Choose or Die Hal
Vesper Jonas
2023 Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre Knighton
Fair Play Campbell [19]
Midas Man Dagger-14-plain.pngHarry EpsteinFilming
EmperorDagger-14-plain.png Martin Luther Post-production
TBA Back to Black Dagger-14-plain.pngMitch WinehouseFilming
Firebrand Dagger-14-plain.png Edward Seymour Post-production


1992–1996 The Bill Martin Price/Roy Kilby/Dean Stacey/Gary Vaughan4 episodes
1992 The Piglet Files YobEpisode: "Sex, Spies and Videotape"
1996 Casualty Rick GrantEpisode: "Chain Reactions"
1996 EastEnders Roddy1 episode
1996 Game On StoatEpisode: "Heavy Bondage & Custard Creams"
1996–1998 Grange Hill Andy Sutcliffe/Eddie Sutcliffe3 episodes
1997 Get Well Soon Brian ClaptonMain cast, 6 episodes
1997 Kavanagh QC Ian VincentEpisode: "The Ties That Bind"
1999 The Vice Rhys2 episodes
2000 The Mrs Bradley Mysteries Ronald QuincyEpisode: "The Worsted Viper"
2001 The Monkey King PigsyMiniseries, 2 episodes
2002 Ultimate Force BadgerEpisode: "The Killing House"
2002 Judge John Deed Ed HayEpisode: "Nobody's Fool"
2003 Grass Sunshine3 episodes
2003 Charles II: The Power and the Passion Titus Oates Episode #1.4
2004 Coming Up MartinEpisode: "The Baader Meinhoff Gang Show"
2004 Quite Ugly One Morning Stephen LimeTelevision film
2004 Silent Witness Derek Portnoy2 episodes
2006 Friends and Crocodiles Martin ButterworthTelevision film
2008 God on Trial LiebleTelevision film
2008 Little Dorrit PancksMiniseries, 12 episodes
2008 The 39 Steps ScudderTelevision film
2009 Criminal Justice SaulMain cast, 5 episodes
2009–2010 Law & Order: UK Jason Peters2 episodes
2010 Merlin The Manticore (voice)Episode: "Love in the Time of Dragons"
2010 The Sarah Jane Adventures Mr White2 episodes
2011 Moby Dick StubbMiniseries, 2 episodes
2012 Playhouse Presents The IntruderEpisode: "Walking the Dogs"
2012 The Best of Men Ludwig Guttmann Television film
2013–2020 Ray Donovan Terry DonovanMain cast, 80 episodes
2013 Southcliffe Andrew Salter4 episodes
2015 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Gilbert NorrellMiniseries, 7 episodes
2015 River Thomas Neill Cream Miniseries, 6 episodes
2015 Hunted Narrator (voice)Reality television series
2016 Galavant DeathEpisode: "Love and Death"
2017 Urban Myths Bob Dylan Episode: "Bob Dylan: Knockin' on Dave's Door"
2018 Indian Summer School Narrator (voice)Reality television series, 3 episodes
2021 The Pact Arwel EvansMiniseries, 4 episodes
2021 Deceit Paul BrittonMiniseries, 4 episodes
2021 Ridley Road Soly Malinovsky4 episodes
2022 Ray Donovan: The Movie Terry DonovanTelevision film
2022 The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe John Darwin Miniseries, 4 episodes
2023 The Power Dagger-14-plain.pngBernie MonkeMain role
TBA Franklin Dagger-14-plain.png John Adams Upcoming miniseries

Video games

2020 Deathtrap Dungeon Narrator

Awards and nominations

2004 7th British Independent Film Awards Best Supporting Actor/Actress Vera Drake Won [20] [21]
2005 London Film Critics' Circle Awards British Supporting Actor of the YearNominated [20]
2007The Last Hangman Nominated [20]
2008 11th British Independent Film Awards BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor Happy-Go-Lucky Won [20] [22]
Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA awards EDA Best Actor in Supporting Role Nominated [20]
EDA Best Seduction (shared with: Sally Hawkins)Nominated [20]
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards 2008 DFWFCA Best Supporting ActorWon [20] [23]
Detroit Film Critics Society Awards DFCS Best Supporting Actor Nominated [20]
IndieWire Critics Poll ICP Best Supporting Performance Nominated [20]
Village Voice Film Poll VVFP Best Supporting Actor Nominated [20]
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards LAFCA Best Supporting Actor Nominated [20]
2009 Chlotrudis Awards Best Supporting Actor Won [20]
Central Ohio Film Critics Association awardsCOFCA Best Supporting ActorNominated [20]
Gold Derby Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated [20]
International Cinephile Society Awards ICS Best Supporting ActorNominated [20]
International Online Cinema AwardsINOCA Best Supporting ActorNominated [20]
London Film Critics' Circle Awards British Supporting Actor of the YearWon [20]
National Society of Film Critics NSFC Best Supporting Actor Won [20]
Online Film & Television AssociationOFTA Best Supporting ActorNominated [20]
Online Film Critics Society Awards OFCSA Best Supporting Actor Nominated [20]
Evening Standard British Film Awards Peter Sellers Award for Comedy Nominated [20]
2011 Best Actor The Disappearance of Alice Creed Nominated [20]
14th British Independent Film Awards BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor Tyrannosaur Nominated [20] [24]
2012 Moscow International Film Festival Silver St. George - Best Actor Junkhearts Nominated [20]
2013 16th British Independent Film Awards BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor Filth Nominated [20] [25]
2014Art Film FestivalBlue Angel award for Best Male Performance Still Life Won [20]
Edinburgh International Film Festival Best Performance in a British Feature FilmWon [20]
20155th VOICES Film Festival, Vologda, RussiaBest ActorWon [26]
2022 BAFTA Cymru Best Actor The Pact Nominated [27] [20]

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