Max Easton

Played By Mark Strong

Mark Strong as Max Easton in DEEP STATE.

Mark Strong stars in DEEP STATE as “Max Easton,” British, 50’s and a former ‘dirty tricks’ mastermind for The Section (an inter-agency covert branch of MI6 and the CIA). Ten years ago, Max bough his way out of a life of espionage, death and duplicity. But it came at a price and the past has a filthy habit of catching up with you. Max is going to be given a Sophie’s choice: save his old family, or his new one.

One of today’s most compelling and charismatic actors, Mark Strong can be seen in Toa Fraser’s 6 Days and Robert Burdreau’s Stockholm. He appears in Deep State – Fox Network Group’s first scripted commission for Europe and Africa.


Moviegoers have seen him in notable collaborations over the years with directors Guy Ritchie, on Sherlock HolmesRocknRolla, and Revolver; Ridley Scott, on Robin Hood and Body of Lies, for which he received a London Film Critics Circle Award nomination; and Matthew Vaughn, on Kingsman: The Secret ServiceKick-Ass and Stardust.


Mr. Strong’s other films include Mark Elijah Rosenberg’s Approaching the Unknown; Richie Smyth’s Jadotville; John Madden’s Miss Sloanewith Jessica Chastain; Mortem Tyldum’s The Imitation Game; Jorge Dorado’s Anna; Nae Caranfil’s Closer to the Moon; Eran Creevy’s Welcome to the Punch; Nick Murphy’s Blood; Jean-Jacques Annaud’s Black Gold; Andrew Stanton’s John Carter; Tomas Alfredson’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with Gary Oldman and Colin Firth; Peter Weir’s The Way Back, with Jim Sturgess; John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard, with Brendan Gleeson and Don Cheadle; Martin Campbell’s Green Lantern, opposite Ryan Reynolds; Jean-Marc Vallée’s The Young Victoria, opposite Emily Blunt; Pete Travis’ Endgame; Vicente Amorim’s Good, with Viggo Mortensen; Danny Boyle’s Sunshine; Stephen Gaghan’s Syriana with George Clooney; Roman Polanski’s Oliver Twist; Kevin Reynolds’ Tristan + Isolde; Thomas Vinterberg’s It’s All About Love; Mike Figgis’ Hotel; David Evans’ Fever Pitch; István Szabó’s Sunshine (1999); and, also for Focus Features, Bharat Nalluri’s Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day and Kevin Macdonald’s The Eagle.


He was a BAFTA Award nominee for his performance in The Long Firm, and also won the Broadcast Press Guild Award for Best Actor. His other telefilm and miniseries credits include NosferatuOur Friends in the North, directed by Simon Cellan Jones and Stuart Urban; Adrian Shergold’s Low Winter Sun (which won the BAFTA [Scotland] Award for Best Drama – he recreated the role in the US) and Births, Marriages and Deaths; Pete Travis’ The Jury and Henry VIII; David Drury’s Trust; Diarmuid Lawrence’s Emma, opposite Kate Beckinsale; Roger Michell’s The Buddha of Suburbia; Danny Boyle’s Screenplay episode “Not Even God Is Wise Enough”; and opposite Helen Mirren for directors David Drury and Tom Hooper, respectively, in Prime Suspect 3 and Prime Suspect 6.


Mr. Strong has also performed in radio and stage plays, appearing in the National Theatre’s The Red Barn, and the Young Vic’s critically acclaimed A View From the Bridge which also transferred to the West End and Broadway. For his performance in A View From the Bridge, he received both the Olivier Award and Critics’ Circle Award for Best Actor. He was an Olivier Award nominee for his performance in Sam Mendes’ Donmar Warehouse staging of Twelfth Night (which he played in repertory with Uncle Vanya). U.K. audiences have seen him perform with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Danny Boyle’s staging of Hess is Dead, among other productions; with the National Theatre, in four productions for Richard Eyre, David Thacker’s Death of a Salesman, and Patrick Marber’s Closer, among other shows; at the Royal Court, in Lindsay Posner’s production of The Treatment and Hettie MacDonald’s staging of Thickness of Skin; and Peter Gill’s New Ambassadors production of Speed-the-Plow.


He studied English and Drama at London University, and then acting at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.