Date of Birth: August 8th 1963
Strong is a familiar face on British television screens and has appeared in a variety of high-profile dramas, including two of the Prime Suspect serials for ITV, as Inspector (later Detective Chief Superintendent) Larry Hall in Prime Suspect 3 (1993) and Prime Suspect 6 (2003). He has also had starring roles in two major BBC Two drama serials, Our Friends in the North (1996) and The Long Firm (2004) as well as playing the villainous Colonel Brand in Sharpe's Mission (1996). He also played the romantic lead, Mr. Knightley, in the ITV television version of Jane Austen's novel Emma with Kate Beckinsale in the title role.
In film, one of Strong's most prominent roles was as Steve in the 1997 adaptation of Nick Hornby's Fever Pitch, co-starring opposite Colin Firth, and he also features in Roman Polanski's 2005 version of Oliver Twist. He also played Mussawi in the film Syriana, and in 2005 appeared in Revolver, where he played a Mr. Muscle look-a-like assassin. In 2007 he played "Pinbacker" in the science-fiction film Sunshine. He was Septimus in Stardust the same year.
He has enjoyed a highly successful theatre career, in 2003 being nominated for a prestigious Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for his role in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night at the Donmar Warehouse in 2002.