Marton Csokas

Marton Csokas

Marton Csokas in May 2008
Born Marton Paul Csokas
(1966-06-30) 30 June 1966
Invercargill, New Zealand
Occupation Actor
Years active 1990–present

Marton Paul Csokas[1] (Hungarian: Csókás Márton, Hungarian pronunciation: [ˈt͡ʃoːkaːʃ ˈmaːrton]; born 30 June 1966) is a New Zealand actor. He has starred in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), XXX (2002), The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), The Bourne Supremacy (2004), Kingdom of Heaven (2005), Æon Flux (2005), Romulus, My Father (2007), Alice in Wonderland (2010), Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012), Pawn (2013), The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (2014), and The Equalizer (2014).

Early life

Csokas was born in Invercargill, New Zealand, the son of Margaret Christine (née Rayner), a nurse, and Márton Csókás, who worked as a mechanical engineer.[1][2] His father was Hungarian and his mother had English, Irish, and Danish ancestry.[3][4] Csokas has a younger brother, Robert. He holds dual New Zealand and Hungarian citizenship.


Csokas made his acting debut in the New Zealand drama series Shark in the Park as Terry Mercer. He appeared in one episode titled "Technical K.O.". For two years (from 1993 until 1995), he portrayed Leonard Rossi-Dodds in the soap opera Shortland Street. In 1996, he starred in the romantic drama film Broken English. From 1997 to 2001, he maintained a recurring role in Xena: Warrior Princess, portraying Xena's past love and ally Borias. Two of Csokas' most notable roles are Lord Celeborn in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), and Guy de Lusignan in Kingdom of Heaven (2005). Csokas has also played the villain Yorgi in XXX (2002), Mr. Smith in Kangaroo Jack (2003), Jarda in The Bourne Supremacy (2004), and Trevor Goodchild in Æon Flux (2005).

Csokas' stage credits include plays by Tom Stoppard and William Shakespeare in the 1990s in New Zealand, and in Australia: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (2007) and Peribáñez (2006) with Company B.[5]

Csokas at the premiere of The Equalizer, September 2014

In 2007, he portrayed Hora in the drama film Romulus, My Father, for which he won an AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Supporting Actor. In 2010, he appeared in the Tim Burton-directed fantasy film Alice in Wonderland, the French-Australian drama The Tree, the French romantic comedy With Love... from the Age of Reason, the romance film South Solitary, and the drama-thriller The Debt. In 2011, Csokas starred in the psychological thriller Dream House. The following year, he appeared in the fantasy action horror Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, and the drama film Dead Europe. For his role in Dead Europe, he was again nominated for an AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

In 2013, Csokas co-starred in the crime-thriller Pawn with Forest Whitaker and Michael Chiklis,[6] and portrayed Jimmy Laszlo in the DirecTV police drama Rogue, starring opposite Thandie Newton.[7] In 2014, he starred in the films Noah,[8] The Amazing Spider-Man 2,[9] Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and The Equalizer.[10] That same year, he starred as Sam Steele in the Discovery Channel's scripted miniseries Klondike.[11] Csokas then portrayed General Thomas Gage in History Channel's 3-part miniseries Sons of Liberty.[12] In May 2015, he joined the main cast of AMC's martial arts drama series Into the Badlands.[13] In 2016, he co-starred with Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga in the Jeff Nichols-directed drama film Loving,[14] starred alongside Vera Farmiga in the comedy-drama Burn Your Maps,[15] and will co-star with Emilia Clarke in the supernatural thriller Voice from the Stone.[16]

Personal life

Csokas began dating French actress Eva Green after meeting on the set of Kingdom of Heaven in 2005. After three years in a long-distance relationship, he moved to London in 2008 to live with her.[17] He split with Green in 2009[18] and now resides in Venice Beach, Los Angeles.[19]



Year Film Role Notes
1994 A Game with No Rules Kane Short film
1994 Jack Brown Genius Dennis
1995 Twilight of the Gods Soldier Short film[20]
1996 Broken English Darko
1998 Hurrah Raoul Trujillo
2000 The Monkey's Mask Nick Maitland
2000 Accidents Chug Short film
2001 The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring Lord Celeborn
2001 Rain Cady
2002 Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones Poggle the Lesser Uncredited; voice
2002 XXX Yorgi
2002 Garage Days Shad Kern
2003 The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Lord Celeborn
2003 Timeline Sir William De Kere
2003 Kangaroo Jack Mr. Smith
2004 The Bourne Supremacy Jarda
2004 Evilenko Vadim Timurovic Lesiev
2005 Æon Flux Trevor Goodchild
2005 Kingdom of Heaven Guy de Lusignan
2005 The Great Raid Captain Redding
2005 Asylum Edgar Stark
2007 Romulus, My Father Hora
2010 Alice in Wonderland Charles Kingsleigh
2010 The Tree George Elrick
2010 With Love... from the Age of Reason Malcolm
2010 South Solitary Jack Fleet
2010 The Debt Young Stefan Gold
2011 Dream House Jack Patterson
2012 Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Jack Barts
2012 Dead Europe Nico
2013 Pawn Lieutenant Barnes
2014 Noah Lamech
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Dr. Ashley Kafka
2014 Sin City: A Dame to Kill For Damien Lord
2014 The Equalizer Nicolai "Teddy" Itchenko
2016 Loving Sheriff Brooks
2016 Burn Your Maps Connor Firth
2016 True Crimes Kozlow
2017 Voice from the Stone Klaus Completed
2017 Felt L. Patrick Gray In post-production


Year Film Role Notes
1990 Shark in the Park Terry Mercer Episode: "Technical K.O."
1992 The Ray Bradbury Theater Sid Episode: "By The Numbers"
1993–95 Shortland Street Leonard Rossi-Dodds Unknown episodes
1996 Hercules: The Legendary Journeys Tarlus Episode: "Promises"
1996 G.P. Paul Deacon Episode: "The Ceremony of Innocence"
1997–2001 Xena: Warrior Princess Borias 10 episodes
1999 Water Rats Robert Tremain Episode: "Shark Bait"
1999 Wildside Larry Lodans Episode: "2.18"
1999 All Saints Brother Thomas Episode: "More Things in Heaven and Earth"
1999 Halifax f.p. John Garth Episode: "Swimming with the Sharks"
2000 The Three Stooges Ted Healy Television film
2000 The Lost World Kenner Episode: "Tourist Season"
2000 BeastMaster Qord 3 episodes
2000 Farscape Br'Nee Episode: "Bone to be Wild"
2001 Cleopatra 2525 Krider Episode: "No Thanks For The Memories"
2001 The Farm Adrian Beckett Miniseries
2012 Falcón Javier Falcón 2 episodes
2013 Rogue Jimmy Laszlo 10 episodes
2014 Klondike Sam Steele Miniseries; 6 episodes
2014 Covert Affairs Ivan Kravec 2 episodes
2015 Sons of Liberty General Thomas Gage Miniseries; 3 episodes
2015 Into the Badlands Baron Quinn 6 episodes

Video games

Year Film Role Notes
2011 Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters Thaal Sinestro Voice

Awards and nominations

Year Award Work Result
2007 AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Romulus, My Father Won
2008 Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Supporting Actor Won
2013 AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role Dead Europe Nominated
Australian Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor Nominated


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  5. Hallett, Bryce (July 24, 2006). "Peribanez". Arts Reviews, The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  6. Fernandez, Jay A. (1 December 2011). "Nikki Reed, Sean Faris Join Michael Chiklis' 'Pawn'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  7. "Catch the Rogue TV Series Exclusively on Audience Network". DirecTV. 29 March 2010.
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  9. Armitage, Hugh (20 May 2013). "'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' casts 'Lord of the Rings' Marton Csokas". Digital Spy.
  10. Sneider, Jeff (17 May 2013). "Marton Csokas in Negotiations to Battle Denzel Washington in 'The Equalizer'". TheWrap.
  11. Bibel, Sara (19 March 2013). "Richard Madden, Tim Blake Nelson, Marton Csokas & Connor Leslie Join Cast of Discovery's 'Klondike'". Zap2it.
  12. Goldberg, Lesley (4 June 2014). "Dean Norris Among Stars in History's Miniseries 'Sons of Liberty'". The Hollywood Reporter.
  13. Petski, Denise (4 May 2015). "Marton Csokas Joins 'Into The Badlands' On AMC".
  14. Kroll, Justin (22 September 2015). "Michael Shannon and Nick Kroll Join Jeff Nichols' 'Loving'". Variety.
  15. Volmers, Eric (28 August 2015). "Alberta-shot indie film Burn Your Maps explores humanity and healing". Calgary Herald.
  16. McNary, Dave (3 November 2014). "AFM: Marton Csokas Joining Emilia Clarke in 'Voice from the Stone'". Variety.
  17. Paton, Maureen (24 October 2008). "Actress Eva Green: The art of darkness". Daily Mail.
  18. Day, Elizabeth (5 June 2011). "Eva Green interview: Playing evil". The Guardian.
  19. Ryon, Ruth (23 March 2003). "She'll be waking up in Malibu now". Los Angeles Times.
  20. "Twilight of the Gods | New Zealand Film Commission".
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