Edward "Eddie" Marsan is a British actor, born and brought up in Bethnal Green, London.
Marsan initially served an apprenticeship as a printer before beginning his career in theatre, and moving from a television and film career. He graduated from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 1991. His first television appearance was in 1992, as a "yob", in the London Weekend Television series The Piglet Files. One of his more significant earliest television appearances was in the popular mid-1990s BBC sitcom Game On as a bungling bank robber. Marsan went on to have roles in Casualty, The Bill, Kavanagh QC, Grange Hill, Silent Witness, Ultimate Force, and more.
Marsan has since branched out into numerous and varied film roles including work in the United States, and is achieving much success in Hollywood, most recently as the main villain in the 2008 superhero film Hancock alongside Will Smith, and a significant role in Guy Ritchie\'s upcoming Sherlock Holmes. Marsan\'s past roles in Gangs of New York, 21 Grams, The Illusionist, V for Vendetta, Gangster No. 1, Miami Vice, Mission: Impossible III, I Want Candy, Happy-Go-Lucky, and had a stirring performance in Vera Drake