Eddie Marsan

Eddie Marsan
Born Edward Maurice Charles Marsan
(1968-06-09) 9 June 1968
Stepney, London, England
Nationality English
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Spouse(s) Janine Schneider (m. 2002; 4 children)

Edward Maurice Charles "Eddie" Marsan[1] (born 9 June 1968) is an English actor. He won the London Film Critics Circle Award and National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor for the film Happy-Go-Lucky in 2008. He has appeared in the films Gangster No. 1 (2000), Mission: Impossible III (2006), Sixty Six (2006), V for Vendetta (2006), Hancock (2008), Sherlock Holmes (2009), War Horse (2011), Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (2011), The Best of Men (2012), and The World's End (2013). He also appears in Showtime's TV series Ray Donovan (2013) as Terry, and as Mr Norrell in the BBC drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015).

Early life

Marsan was born in Stepney, 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, and moving to a television and film career.[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 a patron.[6][7]

Television career

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 earliest 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. In 2012 he played Dr Ludwig Guttmann in 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 7-part BBC TV period drama Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell.


Marsan has since branched out into numerous and varied film roles including work in the United States, most recently 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, Tyrannosaur, and Heartless.[8] He has worked with many acclaimed filmmakers including Edgar Wright, Martin Scorsese, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Terrence Malick, Michael Mann, Mike Leigh, Richard Linklater and Steven Spielberg.

Personal life

Marsan is married to Janine Schneider, a make-up artist. They have four children.[9]


Year Title Role
1997 Get Well Soon Brian Clapton
1997 The Man Who Knew Too Little Mugger No. 1
1999 The Vice Rhys
1999 This Year's Love Eddie
1999 Janice Beard 45 WPM Mr. Tense
2000 Gangster No. 1 Eddie Miller
2001 The Emperor's New Clothes Louis Marchand
2001 The Bunker Pfc Kreuzmann
2001 The Monkey King Pigsy
2002 Gangs of New York Killoran
2003 AfterLife Jez Walters
2003 21 Grams Reverend John
2003 Charles II: The Power and The Passion Titus Oates
2004 The Rocket Post Heinz Dombrowsky
2004 Vera Drake Reg
2005 The Secret Life of Words Victor
2005 Beowulf & Grendel Father Brendan
2005 The New World Eddie
2006 Mission: Impossible III Brownway
2006 Miami Vice Nicholas
2006 Sixty Six Manny Reuben
2006 The Illusionist Josef Fischer
2006 V for Vendetta Brian Etheridge
2006 Pierrepoint James 'Tish' Corbitt
2007 I Want Candy Doug Perry
2007 Grow Your Own Little John
2008 Happy-Go-Lucky Scott
2008 Hancock Red Parker
2008 God on Trial Lieble
2008 Me and Orson Welles John Houseman
2008 Little Dorrit Pancks
2008 The 39 Steps Scudder
2008 Faintheart Richard
2009 Red Riding Jack Whitehead
2009 Sherlock Holmes Inspector Lestrade
2009 The Disappearance of Alice Creed Vic
2009 Criminal Justice Saul
2009 Heartless Weapons man
2010 London Boulevard DI Bailey
2011 Junkhearts Frank
2011 Law and Order: UK Jason Peters
2011 Moby Dick Stubb
2011 Tyrannosaur James
2011 Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows Inspector Lestrade
2011 War Horse Sgt Fry
2012 Snow White and the Huntsman Duir
2012 I, Anna DI Kevin Franks
2012 The Best of Men Dr Ludwig Guttmann
2013 Jack the Giant Slayer Crawe
2013–present Ray Donovan Terry Donovan
2013 The World's End[10] Peter Page
2013 Southcliffe Andrew Salter
2013 Filth Bladesey
2013 Still Life John May
2014 God's Pocket Smilin' Jack Moran
2014 X+Y Richard
2015 Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Mr Norrell
2015 Concussion Dr. Steven DeKosky
2015 River Thomas Neill Cream
2016 Galavant Death
2016 Their Finest
2016 The Exception
2017 Felt
2018 Jungle Book Vihaan

Awards and nominations

Marsan won the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor, and the London Film Critics Circle 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 another 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.


  1. "Eddie Marsan". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 14 April 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2016.
  2. Eddie Marsan: The Hollywood Interview The Hollywood Interview, 8 December 2008
  3. 1 2 Happy-Go-Lucky: Driver's Eddie LA Weekly, 8 January 2009
  4. Old Raineians Newsletter. Retrieved 16 May 2015
  5. Kogan, Sam (2010). Helen Kogan, ed. The Science of Acting. UK, USA and Canada: Routledge. pp. Back cover. ISBN 978-0-415-48812-9.
  6. "Patrons and Friends".
  7. The Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing – Prospectus. 2007. pp. 4 (unnumbered).
  8. Trailer for Lionsgate UK's Mass Release 'Heartless' Bloody-Disgusting
  9. Anderson, John (4 August 2010). "A Go-to Actor for 'That Guy' Roles". New York Times.
  10. "Martin Freeman Joins The World's End | Movie News | Empire". Empireonline.com. Retrieved 2013-05-26.
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