Mark Strong was born in 1963 in London. He studied English and Drama at Royal Holloway and after which he attended the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.On screen, he has starred in The Imitation Game alongside Benedict Cumberbatch, as well as Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Strong’s theatre career started in 1997, where he played Biff in the National Theatre’s Death of a Salesman. He then went on to perform in Twelfth Night and Heartlands, both at the Donmar Warehouse; for the latter performance he received a nomination for a Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role. He then went on to play Rab in Frankenstein and in Men Should Weep both playing at the National Theatre.
In 2015, he won the Olivier Award for Best Actor in A View from the Bridge, where he played the role of Eddie Carbone at the Young Vic and then at the Wyndham's Theatre. He later played the role on Broadway where he received nominations for Best Actor in a Play at the Drama Desk Awards and the Tony Awards
In 2016, he starred in The Red Barn, based on the Georges Simenson’s novel La Main at the National Theatre.