Eddie Marsan as Shimon Peres
Eddie Marsan is one of the most versatile actors working today, with an impressive body of work spanning 20 years. He first gained attention in the U.K. for his portrayal of Eddie Mays in Paul McGuigan’s Gangster No 1. Two years later brought the part of Killoran, Jim Broadbent’s henchman, in Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York. In 2004 Marsan earned critical acclaim for his performance in Mike Leigh’s Vera Drake, alongside Imelda Staunton. Marsan won Best Supporting Actor at the 2004 British Independent Film Awards (BIFA) and was nominated in that category by the London Film Critics Circle. That same year Marsan made his first foray into American cinema, co-starring in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s 19
21 Grams. Since then Marsan has worked continually in both the U.K. and the U.S., teaming up with directors such as Michael Mann, Terrence Malik, J.J. Abrams, Steven Spielberg, Richard Linklater and Peter Berg.
In 2008 Marsan won BIFA, London Film Critics Circle and National Society of Film Critics (U.S.) awards for his supporting role in Mike Leigh’s Happy-Go-Lucky. He garnered his third BIFA nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the hugely successful Tyrannosaur (2011).
Next, Marsan voices the character of Vihaan in Andy Serkis’ The Jungle Book, a live-action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic novel that also stars Christian Bale, Benedict Cumberbatch and Cate Blanchett. The film is due for release this October. 2018 will also see Marsan co-star in the sequel to the hugely popular superhero film Deadpool. Starring Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin and Morena Baccarin, David Leitch’s action-comedy is set for a May release.
Marsan will also be seen in Yann Demange’s White Boy Rick, alongside Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Jason Leigh; Lee Tamahori’s Emperor, opposite Adrien Brody, Sophie Cookson and Thomas Kretschmann; and Adam McKay’s Backseat, with Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell. Marsan is about to relocate from Los Angeles to New York to start shooting season six of the popular Showtime crime drama “Ray Donovan,” opposite Liev Schreiber and Golden Globe winner Jon Voight.
Marsan recently appeared in David Leitch’s Atomic Blonde, alongside James McAvoy, Charlize Theron and John Goodman; Their Finest, with Bill Nighy, Gemma Arterton and Sam Claflin; Juan Carlos Medina’s The Limehouse Golem, opposite Bill Nighy, Daniel Mays and Olivia Cooke; Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House, co-starring Liam Neeson and Diane Lane; David Leveaux’s The Exception, alongside Christopher Plummer and Janet McTeer; and Andy Goddard’s A Kind of Murder, with Jessica Biel, Haley Bennett and Patrick Wilson.
The actor’s other film credits include A Brilliant Young Mind, alongside Sally Hawkins and Rafe Spall; The Disappearance of Alice Creed, with Gemma Arterton and Martin Compston (Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Actor); Sherlock Holmes and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, both co-starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law; War Horse, directed by Steven Spielberg; The World’s End, with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost; Filth, alongside James McAvoy and Jamie Bell (BIFA Award nomination); Still Life, with Joanne Froggatt; God’s Pocket, with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Christina Hendricks; V for Vendetta alongside Natalie Portman; Mission: Impossible III, opposite Tom Cruise; and Hancock, with Will Smith.
Marsan’s work in television has also been highly regarded. He was seen in “Little Dorrit,” 2008’s internationally acclaimed BBC adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel, which won best miniseries at the Emmy Awards® and received a Golden Globe nomination. 2009 saw Marsan co-star in the 1970s-set Channel 4 trilogy “Red Riding.” In 2012 he earned plaudits for his work in the BBC’s “The Best of Men,” alongside Rob Brydon, and he also appeared in the Channel 4 miniseries “Southcliffe,” alongside Rory Kinnear and Sean Harris.
More recently, Marsan played one of the title roles in “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell,” the highly anticipated adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s bestselling novel. The BBC drama also starred Bertie Carvel, Alice Englert and Marc Warren. He was also seen in the BBC’s six-part drama “River,” alongside Stellan Skarsgård and Lesley Manville.