Matthew Marsh (actor)

Matthew Marsh (born 8 July 1954) is an English actor. He is the older brother of Jon Marsh of English dance band the Beloved. He has appeared in the films The Fourth Protocol (1987), Diamond Skulls (1989), Mountains of the Moon (1990), Alambrado (1991), Dirty Weekend (1993), Spy Game (2001), Miranda (2002), Bad Company (2002), Quicksand (2003) and An American Haunting (2005). In 2011 Marsh starred in the controversial film The Iron Lady as the United States Secretary of State Alexander Haig.

Matthew Marsh
Born (1954-07-08) 8 July 1954 (age 65)
London, England
Years active1981-present
RelativesJon Marsh (brother)

In 2005 Marsh starred as Simon Hewitt in the first series of The Thick of It.

In May 1998, Marsh portrayed the character Alex Duncan in the British TV program As Time Goes By, series 7, episode 3 entitled The New Neighbours. He has co-starred with Amanda Burton in The Commander, and guest-starred in the sixth series of the spy drama Spooks in 2007 and the second series of Lewis in 2008. He played Harry Gallo in the New Tricks (series 7, episode 9) "Gloves Off" in 2010. He has also appeared twice in Midsomer Murders (season 6, episode 3 "Painted Blood" and season 10, episode 7 "They Seek Him Here"). He has also appeared in the Red Dwarf episode "Holoship" and the fifth episode of series two of Game On, "Tangerine Candy Floss and Herne Bay Rock" as Brian Kennedy, Mandy's lecherous former university tutor in 1996, as well as portraying Elton John in John and Yoko: A Love Story the 1985 made-for-TV film.

His frequent theatre work includes Copenhagen (1998)[1] and Blood and Gifts (2010). He played Winston Churchill in Michael Dobbs's play Turning Point which aired as one of a series of TV plays broadcast live on Sky Arts channel. The two-hander depicted a little-known October 1938 meeting between the future prime minister and Soviet spy Guy Burgess, then a young man working for the BBC. Burgess was played by Benedict Cumberbatch, [2] with whom Marsh had previously worked in the acclaimed 2004 TV movie Hawking.


Year Title Role Notes
1987 The Fourth Protocol Barry Banks
1989 Diamond Skulls Raul
1990 Mountains of the Moon William
1991 Alambrado Wilson
1993 Dirty Weekend Bascombe
1993 Genghis Cohn Herr Kruger
1995 The Turnaround Tony Hogan
1997 Smilla's Sense of Snow Detective
2001 Spy Game Dr. Byars
2002 Miranda Charles
2002 Bad Company Dragan Adjanic
2003 Quicksand Michel Cote
2005 An American Haunting James Johnston
2006 Land of the Blind Papa Max
2006 O Jerusalem Sir Gordon
2009 Endgame F.W. de Klerk
2011 The Iron Lady Alexander Haig
2012 Red Tails Brigadier General Hauser
2012 The Last of the Haussmans Peter
2014 In Clear Sight Igvarovitz
2016 Reindeer in the Mist Harry
2017 Unlocked Frank Sutter
2017 Dunkirk Rear Admiral
2017 The Little Vampire 3D Gernot Voice
2019 Mr. Jones William Randolph Hearst


  1. ^ Terri Paddock (22 May 2006). "20 Questions With… Matthew Marsh".[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "The Day Churchill Met Traitor Guy Burgess". Daily Express. London. 12 August 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2011.

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