British born EDDIE MARSAN (Red) is a chameleon on screen. A versatile character actor, he first came to the attention of audiences around the world as Killoran in Martin Scorsese's Gangs of New York and as Reverend John in the critically lauded 21 Grams, directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu.
Marsan went on to co-star in Mike Leigh's Vera Drake, for which he won the British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor and was nominated for the London Critics Circle Film Award, and Adrian Shergold's Pierrepoint, The Last Hangman, for which he was also nominated for a London Critics Circle Film Award. Among his other notable film appearances are Isabel Coixet's award-winning The Secret Life of Words, the Wachowski-penned thriller V for Vendetta and Terrence Malick's New World. His latest films include The Illusionist, Miami Vice and Mission: Impossible III as well as the British comedies Grow Your Own, I Want Candy and Sixty Six.
Marsan will next appear in Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky with Sally Hawkins which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and will open around the world in spring 2008. He has just completed production on the dark comedy The Restraint of Beasts opposite Rhys Ifans, and on Faintheart costarring Ewen Bremner which is set to premiere at this year's Cannes Film Festival.
Marsan began his career in episodic television in the UK doing guest spots on such popular shows as Casualty, Game On, The Bill, Kavanagh QC, and as a series regular on the comedy Get Well Soon. By the late 90s his work expanded to include made-for-television movies including Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment for NBC, You are Here and Plastic Man in the UK, as well as independent films B. Monkey and This Year's Love. In recent years Marsan guest starred on such British series Friends and Crocodiles, Coming Up, Silent Witness, Grass and Judge John Deed.
Born and raised in Bethnal Green, London, Marsan served an apprenticeship as a printer prior to graduating from the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and becoming an actor. He currently makes his home in England.