Mark Strong Signs With WME (Exclusive)

Mark Strong - H 2015
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Mark Strong - H 2015

The ‘Kingsman’ and 'Imitation Game' star was previously with CAA.

Mark Strong has signed with WME, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. He previously was with CAA.

The London native is best-known for his résumé of villains — a reputation that was highlighted in Jaguar’s 2014 Super Bowl campaign — thanks to memorable turns in movies like Sherlock Holmes. But Strong also specializes in espionage — he was seen most recently as the Q to Colin Firth’s Bond-like spy in Kingsman: The Secret Service, and before that, he was the stern, authoritative MI6 head Stewart Menzies in The Imitation Game.

And his next film, Sony’s comedy Grimsby, has him starring as a suave spy forced to go into hiding with his soccer-playing hooligan brother (Sacha Baron Cohen). Grimsby was shot in England last summer and is set to be released next year.

Strong currently is starring in the West End’s minimalist revival of Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge, for which he is a best actor nominee for next month’s Olivier Awards. THR’s Leslie Felperin said that Strong “carries the play on his broad shoulders, bringing warmth and humor to one of Miller’s most morally dubious characters.” The play marks his first return to the London stage in more than a decade — he received another Olivier nomination in 2003 for playing Duke Orsino in Sam Mendes’ interpretation of William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Strong continues to be repped by Markham, Froggatt and Irwin in the U.K.