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Eddie Marsan
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Marsan in 2009
Edward Maurice Charles Marsan

(1968-06-09) 9 June 1968 (age 53)
Alma materMountview Academy of Theatre Arts
Years active1987–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

Edward Maurice Charles 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 dinnerlady 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, and went on to study under Sam Kogan[5] and the Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts, of which Marsan is now a patron.[6][7]


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 a bungling bank robber. Marsan went on to have roles in Casualty, The Bill, Grass, Kavanagh QC, Grange Hill, Silent Witness, Ultimate Force, Southcliffe, and more. He also voiced the Manticore in the Merlin episode "Love in the Time of Dragons".[citation needed]

In 2012, he played Ludwig Guttmann in the television film The Best of Men. He portrays Terry Donovan, brother to the lead character in Showtime's drama series Ray Donovan. In May 2015, Marsan appeared as the practical magician Gilbert Norrell in the BBC period drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.[citation needed]

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, 21 Grams, The Illusionist, V for Vendetta, Gangster No. 1, Miami Vice, Mission: Impossible III, I Want Candy, Vera Drake, Happy-Go-Lucky, Filth, Tyrannosaur, and Heartless.[8]

Personal life

Marsan married make-up artist Janine Schneider in 2002. They have four children.[9] Marsan identifies as a humanist and was appointed a patron of Humanists UK in 2015.[10]



Year Title Role Notes
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[11] 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
2019 The Professor and the Madman Muncie
Hobbs & Shaw[12] Professor Andreiko
Abigail Jonathan Foster
The Gentlemen Big Dave
Feedback Jarvis Dolan
2021 Wrath of Man Terry
The Virtuoso The Loner
Flag Day Mr. Emmanuelle
Violence of Action Post-production
TBA Vesper Seeds Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1992–1996 The Bill Martin Price/Roy Kilby/Dean Stacey/Gary Vaughan 4 episodes
1992 The Piglet Files Yob 1 episode
1996 Casualty Rick Grant 1 episode
1996 EastEnders Roddy 1 episode
1996 Game On Stoat 1 episode
1996–1998 Grange Hill Andy Sutcliffe/Eddie Sutcliffe 3 episodes
1997 Get Well Soon Brian Clapton Main cast, 6 episodes
1997 Kavanagh QC Ian Vincent 1 episode
1999 The Vice Rhys 2 episodes
2000 The Mrs Bradley Mysteries Ronald Quincy 1 episode
2001 The Monkey King Pigsy Miniseries, 2 episodes
2002 Judge John Deed Ed Hay 1 episode
2002 Ultimate Force Badger 1 episode
2003 Grass Sunshine 3 episodes
2003 Charles II: The Power and the Passion Titus Oates 1 episode
2004 Coming Up Martin 1 episode
2004 Quite Ugly One Morning Stephen Lime Television film
2004 Silent Witness Derek Portnoy 2 episodes
2006 Friends and Crocodiles Martin Butterworth Television film
2008 God on Trial Lieble Television film
2008 Little Dorrit Pancks Miniseries, 12 episodes
2008 The 39 Steps Scudder Television film
2009 Criminal Justice Saul Main cast, 5 episodes
2009–2010 Law & Order: UK Jason Peters 2 episodes
2010 Merlin The Manticore (voice) Episode: "Love in the Time of Dragons"
2010 The Sarah Jane Adventures Mr White 2 episodes
2011 Moby Dick Stubb Miniseries, 2 episodes
2012 Playhouse Presents The Intruder Episode: "Walking the Dogs"
2012 The Best of Men Ludwig Guttmann Television film
2013–2020 Ray Donovan Terry Donovan Main cast, 80 episodes
2013 Southcliffe Andrew Salter 4 episodes
2015 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Gilbert Norrell Miniseries, 7 episodes
2015 River Thomas Neill Cream Miniseries, 6 episodes
2015 Hunted Narrator (voice) Reality television series
2016 Galavant Death Episode: "Love and Death"
2017 Urban Myths Bob Dylan 1 episode
2018 Indian Summer School Narrator (voice) Reality television series, 3 episodes
2021 The Thief, His Wife and The Canoe John Darwin Miniseries, 4 episodes, Filming
2021 The Pact Arwel Evans Miniseries, 6 episodes
2021 Deceit Paul Britton Miniseries, 4 episodes
TBA The Power Bernie Monke Main role

Video games

Year Title Role
2020 Deathtrap Dungeon Narrator

Awards and nominations

Marsan won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor, London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor, and British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Happy-Go-Lucky. Marsan also won the latter for his performance in Vera Drake.

For his performance in Happy-Go-Lucky, Marsan also earned other nominations, such as the Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor, and the Women Film Journalists Awards for Best Supporting Actor.

In 2014, Marsan earned the Best British Actor award at the 2014 Edinburgh International film festival and the Best Actor award at the VOICES film festival in Vologda, Russia, for his performance in Still Life.[13]


  1. ^ Nathan Southern (2016). "Eddie Marsan". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 14 April 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  2. ^ Simon, Alex (8 December 2008). "Eddie Marsan Keeps It Real". The Hollywood Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b Taylor, Ella (7 January 2009). "Happy-Go-Lucky: Driver's Eddie". LA Weekly. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  4. ^ "December Reunion" (PDF). Old Raineians Newsletter: 3. April 1994. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
  5. ^ Kogan, Sam (2010). Kogan, Helen (ed.). The Science of Acting. UK, USA and Canada: Routledge. Back cover. ISBN 978-0-415-48812-9.
  6. ^ "Patrons". Kogan Academy of Dramatic Arts. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  7. ^ Prospectus. The Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing. 2007. p. 4.
  8. ^ Miska, Brad (3 February 2010). "Trailer for Lionsgate UK's Mass Release 'Heartless'". Bloody-Disgusting. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  9. ^ Anderson, John (4 August 2010). "A Go-to Actor for 'That Guy' Roles". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 April 2018.
  10. ^ "Actor Eddie Marsan appointed Patron of the BHA". Humanists UK. 11 November 2015. Retrieved 26 February 2021.
  11. ^ Hewitt, Chris (28 September 2012). "Martin Freeman joins 'The World's End' along with Eddie Marsan". Empire. Retrieved 26 May 2013.
  12. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (4 October 2018). "Eddie Marsan Along For The Ride In 'Fast & Furious' Spin-off 'Hobbs And Shaw'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 19 January 2019.
  13. ^ Abraham, Jugu (19 December 2013). "156.  Italian filmmaker Uberto Pasolini's English film "Still Life" (2013) (UK/Italy):  Quietly amazing and powerful cinema". Movies Sans Frontiers. Retrieved 29 April 2018.

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