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British actor Mark Strong is especially known for his villainous performances — such as Prince Septimus in Stardust or Lord Blackwood in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes — though he has been playing the Knight in Shining Armor, a morally gray hitman, and pretty much everything in between as well. See (incomplete) list below.

If Guy Ritchie is working on a new project, it is safe to say that he at least considers his friend for a part in it.



tropes associated with him / his work provides examples of:

  • Ambiguously Tanned: This Austro-Italian Englishman has portrayed Jordanian and Lebanese men.
  • Badass Baritone: All he needs is an echo-y place to sound (even more) intimidating.
  • Bald of Awesome: Mark Strong in real life. He even said in a few interviews that losing his hair helped transition him from one-note lovers into the juicier villainous roles.
  • Berserk Button: You really don't want to find out how Septimus reacts to treason ... or being mocked. You wouldn't want to try it on Archy, either. And don't lie to Hani - might cost you a finger. Or two.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Mark Strong speaks fluently German due to his Austrian mother. You can hear an example here at 2:07.
  • Complete Monster: The villains he played are usually this.
  • Cute Kitten: In Low Winter Sun (2006), when Frank Agnew goes into Geddes apartment, a cat is randomly there for no other reason than to get a shot of Mark Strong holding a cat.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: He plays many villains, but he's super nice, and humble in real life.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Mark Strong at pretty much any film premiere he attends.
  • Smoking Is Cool: A few of his characters fall under here, but particular notice goes to Dr. Neil Barnard from Endgame (2009), who snaps the filters off his cigarettes before lighting up.
  • What Beautiful Eyes!: There are many, many shots in Low Winter Sun (2006) of Frank just staring intently at something. They are especially noticeable here, here, and here.
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