Marina SirtisMedia Guest
MARINA SIRTIS gained worldwide acclaim as the sexy and cerebral “Deanna Troi” of the successful STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION TV series and STAR TREK feature films. Over the life of the role, Marina skillfully transformed the popular character from reserved beauty to delicious diva by inserting her own trademark wit and comedic timing. Marina’s dramatic and comedic range has since created opportunities on stage, television, and feature films far beyond the STAR TREK franchise.
Her feature films include the Academy Award-winning Best Picture CRASH for which she received a SAG Award (Ensemble). On the small screen, she starred as “Queen Wealhteow” in the SCI-FI Channel’s movie GRENDEL as well as numerous guest-starring appearances on shows like GREY’S ANATOMY, MAKE IT OR BREAK IT, YOUNG JUSTICE, THREE RIVERS, WITHOUT A TRACE, GIRLFRIENDS, THE CLEVELAND SHOW, THE CLOSER, TITANS, GARGOYLES and the UK’s HOBIE CITY. Films include 31 NORTH 62 EAST, THE GRUDGE 3, GREEN STREET HOOLIGANS 2, OTIS E., and SHADOWS FROM THE SKY. Marina was born in London, England to Greek parents who initially did not want her to become an actress. After high school, she secretly applied to the prestigious Guild Hall School of Music and Drama. After graduating, Marina earned her acting chops performing on British television and stage. In 1986, Marina moved to Los Angeles hoping to make her mark in American film and television.
After six months, Marina was ready to call it quits and head back to the UK. Legendary STAR TREK creator GENE RODDENBERRY would change her mind. He was casting for STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION. After what she thought was a terrible audition, and just moments before boarding a plane for London, Marina got the call that would launch her career. Producers wanted her for the role of “Deanna Troi.”