Eddie Marsan

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Eddie Marsan
Marsan at The World's End premiere, Leicester Square, in 2013
Edward Maurice Charles Marsan

(1968-06-09) 9 June 1968 (age 56)
Alma materMountview 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), 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), The Exception (2016), Deadpool 2 (2018), and Vice (2018). His major TV credits include his role as Terry in Showtime's Ray Donovan (2013–2020), as Mr Norrell in the BBC drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015) and Ultimate Force (2002).

Early life and education[edit]

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] at 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] His first year at drama school was funded by Mr Benny who was bookmaker who ran a menswear shop he worked at, he obtained scholarships for the rest of the course. It took many attempts to get a place at drama school.[9]


Eddie Marsan at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.

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,[10] and more. He also voiced the Manticore in the Merlin episode "Love in the Time of Dragons".[11]

In 2012, he portrayed Terry Donovan, brother to the lead character in 7 series and 82 episodes of Showtime's drama series Ray Donovan.[10] 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.[12]

Marsan has appeared in numerous and varied film roles. His roles include 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,[10] 21 Grams, The Illusionist,[10] V for Vendetta, Gangster No. 1, Miami Vice, Mission: Impossible III, I Want Candy, Vera Drake, Happy-Go-Lucky,[10] Filth, Tyrannosaur[10] and Heartless.[13]

In 2021, Marsan appeared as anti-Fascist activist Soly Malinovsky in the television adaptation of the novel Ridley Road.[14] In 2022, he played the real-life role of John Darwin, in ITV's drama series The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe.[15]

Marsan appeared as Mitch Winehouse, father of Amy Winehouse, in the biopic Back to Black, which was released in 2024.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Marsan married make-up artist Janine Schneider in 2002. They have four children.[17] Marsan is a humanist and was appointed a patron of Humanists UK in 2015.[18] He is critical of the lack of representation of working-class people in the arts in 2015 on BBC Radio 5 Live in which he stated too much drama is written from "the white, privileged, middle class perspective".[19] In 2024 he was interviewed on HARDtalk with an episode entitled Do the arts neglect working-class people?.[9]


Denotes works that have not yet been released


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[20] 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 Hostage Radio Jarvis Dolan
The Professor and the Madman Muncie
Hobbs & Shaw[21] Professor Andreiko
Abigail Jonathan Foster
Pets United The Cyborg / The Mayor / Frank Stone Voice role
The Gentlemen Big Dave
2021 Wrath of Man Terry
The Virtuoso The Loner
Flag Day Mr. Emmanuelle
Charlotte Albert Salomon Voice role
2022 The Contractor Virgil
Choose or Die Hal
Vesper Jonas
2023 Operation Fortune: Ruse de Guerre Knighton
Fair Play Campbell [22]
Firebrand Edward Seymour
2024 Back to Black Mitch Winehouse
Midas Man Harry Epstein [23]
TBA Emperor Martin Luther Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1992 The Piglet Files Yob Episode: "Sex, Spies and Videotape"
1992–1996 The Bill Martin Price/Roy Kilby/Dean Stacey/Gary Vaughan 4 episodes
1996 Casualty Rick Grant Episode: "Chain Reactions"
EastEnders Roddy 1 episode
Game On Stoat Episode: "Heavy Bondage & Custard Creams"
1996–1998 Grange Hill Andy Sutcliffe/Eddie Sutcliffe 3 episodes
1997 Get Well Soon Brian Clapton Main cast, 6 episodes
Kavanagh QC Ian Vincent Episode: "The Ties That Bind"
1999 The Vice Rhys 2 episodes
2000 The Mrs Bradley Mysteries Ronald Quincy Episode: "The Worsted Viper"
2001 The Monkey King Pigsy Miniseries, 2 episodes
2002 Ultimate Force Badger Episode: "The Killing House"
Judge John Deed Ed Hay Episode: "Nobody's Fool"
2003 Grass Sunshine 3 episodes
Charles II: The Power and the Passion Titus Oates Episode #1.4
2004 Coming Up Martin Episode: "The Baader Meinhoff Gang Show"
Quite Ugly One Morning Stephen Lime Television film
Silent Witness Derek Portnoy 2 episodes
2006 Friends and Crocodiles Martin Butterworth Television film
2008 God on Trial Lieble Television film
Little Dorrit Pancks Miniseries, 12 episodes
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"
The Sarah Jane Adventures Mr White 2 episodes
2011 Moby Dick Stubb Miniseries, 2 episodes
2012 Playhouse Presents The Intruder Episode: "Walking the Dogs"
The Best of Men Ludwig Guttmann Television film
2013 Southcliffe Andrew Salter 4 episodes
2013–2020 Ray Donovan Terry Donovan Main cast, 80 episodes
2015 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Gilbert Norrell Miniseries, 7 episodes
River Thomas Neill Cream Miniseries, 6 episodes
Hunted Narrator (voice) Reality television series
2016 Galavant Death Episode: "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 Evans Miniseries, 4 episodes
Deceit Paul Britton Miniseries, 4 episodes
Ridley Road Soly Malinovsky 4 episodes
2022 Ray Donovan: The Movie Terry Donovan Television film
The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe John Darwin Miniseries, 4 episodes
2023 The Power Bernie Monke Main role
The Winter King Uther Pendragon Season 1, episodes 1 and 2
2024 Franklin John Adams Upcoming miniseries
TBA Lockerbie Filming[24]

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2020 Deathtrap Dungeon Narrator

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Awards Category Work Result Ref.
2004 7th British Independent Film Awards Best Supporting Actor/Actress Vera Drake Won [25][26]
2005 London Film Critics' Circle Awards British Supporting Actor of the Year Nominated [25]
2007 The Last Hangman Nominated [25]
2008 11th British Independent Film Awards BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor Happy-Go-Lucky Won [25][27]
Alliance of Women Film Journalists EDA awards EDA Best Actor in Supporting Role Nominated [25]
EDA Best Seduction (shared with: Sally Hawkins) Nominated [25]
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards 2008 DFWFCA Best Supporting Actor Won [25][28]
Detroit Film Critics Society Awards DFCS Best Supporting Actor Nominated [25]
IndieWire Critics Poll ICP Best Supporting Performance Nominated [25]
Village Voice Film Poll VVFP Best Supporting Actor Nominated [25]
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards LAFCA Best Supporting Actor Nominated [25]
2009 Chlotrudis Awards Best Supporting Actor Won [25]
Central Ohio Film Critics Association awards COFCA Best Supporting Actor Nominated [25]
Gold Derby Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated [25]
International Cinephile Society Awards ICS Best Supporting Actor Nominated [25]
International Online Cinema Awards INOCA Best Supporting Actor Nominated [25]
London Film Critics' Circle Awards British Supporting Actor of the Year Won [25]
National Society of Film Critics NSFC Best Supporting Actor Won [25]
Online Film & Television Association OFTA Best Supporting Actor Nominated [25]
Online Film Critics Society Awards OFCSA Best Supporting Actor Nominated [25]
Evening Standard British Film Awards Peter Sellers Award for Comedy Nominated [25]
2011 Best Actor The Disappearance of Alice Creed Nominated [25]
14th British Independent Film Awards BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor Tyrannosaur Nominated [25][29]
2012 Moscow International Film Festival Silver St. George - Best Actor Junkhearts Nominated [25]
2013 16th British Independent Film Awards BIFA Award for Best Supporting Actor Filth Nominated [25][30]
2014 Art Film Festival Blue Angel award for Best Male Performance Still Life Won [25]
Edinburgh International Film Festival Best Performance in a British Feature Film Won [25]
2015 5th VOICES Film Festival, Vologda, Russia Best Actor Won [31]
2022 BAFTA Cymru Best Actor The Pact Nominated [32][25]


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  4. ^ "December Reunion" (PDF). Old Raineians Newsletter: 3. April 1994. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 August 2020. Retrieved 16 May 2015.
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  8. ^ Prospectus. The Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing. 2007. p. 4.
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  11. ^ "Love in the Time of Dragons - Merlin Series 3 Episode 9 of 14". bbc.co.uk. 6 November 2010.
  12. ^ "Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell - Mr Norrell Played by Eddie Marsan". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 30 April 2015.
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  15. ^ Lawson, Mark (15 April 2022). "Death, fraud and canoes: how a mind-blowing insurance scam became an ITV drama". The Guardian. Retrieved 16 May 2024.
  16. ^ Ntim, Zac (2 February 2024). "'Back To Black' Trailer: Marisa Abela Is Amy Winehouse In Sam Taylor-Johnson's Musical Biopic". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 16 May 2024.
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  27. ^ "BIFA 2008 Winners & Nominations". BIFA. 2008. Retrieved 25 January 2019.
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  29. ^ "BIFA 2011 Winners & Nominations". BIFA. 2011. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  30. ^ "BIFA 2013 Winners & Nominations". BIFA. 2013. Retrieved 25 March 2019.
  31. ^ "The Winners of the 5th VOICES Film Festival". voices-festival.org. 6 July 2015.
  32. ^ "Winners announced for the 2022 BAFTA Cymru Awards". bafta.org. 9 October 2022.

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