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Hackney, London,MARINA_SIRTIS LAST=SIRTIS TITLE=I WAS BORN IN 'ACKNEY AND GREW UP IN HARRINGAY. WENT TO SCHOOL IN TOTTENHAM. ACCESS-DATE=14 APRIL 2018, England, United KingdomPUBLISHER=FILMREFERENCE.COM, 30 August 2010, | occupation = Actress| alma_mater = Guildhall School of Music and Drama| death_date =| death_place =| years_active = 1977–present| known_for = (Star Trek: The Next Generation)Michael Lamper|1992}}}}{{dead link|date=September 2019}}}}Marina Sirtis ({{IPAc-en|ˈ|s|ɜr|t|ɪ|s}}; born 29 March 1955) is a British-American actress. She is best known for her role as Counselor Deanna Troi on the television series (Star Trek: The Next Generation) and the four feature films that followed, as well as other appearances in the Star Trek franchise.

Early life

Marina Sirtis was born in Hackney, London, the daughter of working-class Greek parents, Despina, a tailor's assistant, and John Sirtis.WEB,weblink Jolly Good Shows,, 4 November 1990, 30 August 2010, She was brought up in Harringay, North London.{{closed access}} NEWS,weblink Counselor Troi remains the accent of actress' career Marina Sirtis to join other 'Star Trek' stars at weekend convention, Robert, Folsom, 18 April 1997, 16, The Kansas City Star, {{subscription required}}While still in secondary school, Sirtis secretly auditioned for drama school against her parents' wishes, ultimately being accepted to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama."Sirtis, Marina". Retrieved 29 March 2014 fromweblink 1976, at the age of 21, Sirtis graduated from Guildhall and began her career by joining the Connaught Theatre.Clark, Mark (1 June 2013). Star Trek FAQ 2.0 (Unofficial and Unauthorized): Everything Left to Know About the Next Generation, the Movies, and Beyond. Hal Leonard Corporation, 1 June 2013. Retrieved fromweblink 1986, at the age of 31, Sirtis emigrated to the United States, settling in Los Angeles to boost her career. She later became a naturalized US citizen."Marina Sirtis Biography (1959?-)". Film Reference. Retrieved 29 March 2014 fromweblink


File:Marina Sirtis Phoenix Comicon 2012.jpg|thumb|upright|Marina Sirtis in 2012, showing her tattoo of the logo of English football team Tottenham Hotspur ]]Sirtis started her career as a member of the repertory company at the Connaught Theatre, Worthing, West Sussex, in 1976. Directed by Nic Young, she appeared in Joe Orton's What the Butler Saw and as Ophelia in Hamlet.Full Circle by John Willmer, pub. Optimus Books 1999Before her role in Star Trek, Sirtis was featured in supporting roles in several films. In the 1983, Faye Dunaway film, The Wicked Lady, she engaged in a whip fight with Dunaway. In the Charles Bronson sequel Death Wish 3, Sirtis' character is a rape victim. In the film Blind Date, she appears as a prostitute who is murdered by a madman.Other early works include numerous guest-starring roles on British television series. Sirtis appeared in Raffles (1977), Who Pays the Ferryman (1977), Hazell (1978), Minder (1979), the Jim Davidson sitcom Up the Elephant and Round the Castle (1985), and The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986). She also played the flight attendant in a 1979 Cinzano Bianco television commercial starring Leonard Rossiter and Joan Collins, in which Collins was splattered with drink.

Star Trek: The Next Generation

In 1986, Sirtis relocated to the United States. When casting (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Gene Roddenberry was inspired to ask the exotic-looking Sirtis to audition for a role after seeing the film Aliens with Bob Justman, which featured the prominent Latina character Vasquez, played by Jenette Goldstein.BOOK, Star Trek: The Next Generation Companion, Pocket Books, 2003, Nemeck, Larry, 0-7434-5798-6, Sirtis and Denise Crosby initially tried out for each other's eventual roles on The Next Generation. Sirtis' character was going to be named Lt. Macha Hernandez, the Security Chief. Gene Roddenberry decided to switch them, and Macha Hernandez became Tasha Yar. Sirtis recalls that on the day she received the call offering her the role, she was actually packing to return to Britain, because her six-month visa had expired.Deanna Troi is a half-human, half-Betazoid. Her Betazoid abilities allow her to read the emotions of others. Her position on the Enterprise-D is ship's counselor, looking after the crew's well-being and serving as trusted advisor to Captain Picard, with a position next to him on the bridge. Initially, the writers found it difficult to write for Troi and even left her out of four first-season episodes. Sirtis felt her job was in jeopardy after the first season, but was overjoyed when Roddenberry took her aside at Jonathan Frakes' wedding and told her that the season-two (The Child (Star Trek: The Next Generation)|premiere episode) would centre on Troi.WEB,weblink Empathetic Marina Sirtis,, 17 May 2009, Sirtis appeared in all seven seasons of (Star Trek: The Next Generation), and her character was developed from a more passive therapist to a tougher Starfleet officer. She has stated her favourite episode is season six's "(Face of the Enemy (Star Trek: The Next Generation)|Face of the Enemy)", in which she is kidnapped and surgically altered to pose as a Romulan. Troi's switching to a standard Starfleet uniform in the same season in "(Chain of Command (Star Trek: The Next Generation)|Chain of Command)" elevated the character's dignity in Sirtis' eyes, and her enthusiasm in playing her, with Sirtis commenting, "It covered up my cleavage and, consequently, I got all my brains back, because when you have a cleavage you can't have brains in Hollywood. So I got all my brains back and I was allowed to do things that I hadn't been allowed to do for five or six years. I went on away teams, I was in charge of staff, I had my pips back, I had phasers, I had all the equipment again, and it was fabulous. I was absolutely thrilled."WEB,weblink BBC Online â€“ Cult â€“ Star Trek â€“ Marina Sirtis â€“ Cleavage or Brains?, BBC, 17 May 2009, During her time on the show, she became close friends with her co-stars Jonathan Frakes (who played her on-again/off-again lover Commander Riker), Michael Dorn (Lieutenant Worf, also an on-screen love interest), and Brent Spiner (who played Lieutenant Commander Data). The latter cast members were groomsmen at her wedding.WEB,weblink 24,, 17 May 2009, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 27 April 2009, She wore black-coloured contact lenses during the seven-year run of Star Trek: The Next Generation and the subsequent films because her character had black eyes.NEWS,weblink Betazoids,, 2018-08-06, Her own eyes are light brown. She usually wore hairpieces for her role as Troi. Sirtis' real hair was slightly shorter, and although curly, was not as bouffant as her character's. However, Sirtis' real hair was used in the pilot episode, and also in the first six episodes of season six, in which Troi sported a more natural looking pony-tailed style. She was also asked to create an accent (described as a mixture of Eastern European and Israeli){{cn|date=September 2017}} for her character, although her natural accent is Cockney. Over time, the accent was adjusted and became more Americanized.{{Citation needed|date=August 2009}}Sirtis has reprised her character in the feature films, Star Trek Generations (1994), Star Trek First Contact (1996), Star Trek Insurrection (1998), and Star Trek Nemesis (2002). She also appeared in (Star Trek: Voyager) for three episodes toward the end of the series (1999 and 2000) and in the series finale of (Star Trek: Enterprise) (2005).Sirtis was delighted to get the chance to do some comedy in Star Trek: First Contact and said, "I loved it because it opened the door to a different side of Troi we'd never seen before. That door has stayed open and that whole kind of wacky, zany Troi thing has continued into the next movie, which is great for me because I like to do things that are different."WEB,weblink Scifi and TV Talk, Sci-fi and TV Talk, 4 April 2013, Sirtis stated of her role in Star Trek: Nemesis, "I sort of had an inkling that I was going to have a good part in this film because John Logan was such a big fan of the character. So I knew that he would do her some justice."WEB,weblink Review,, 30 August 2010,

Star Trek: Picard

Star Trek: Picard will see the return of Marina as Deanna Troi in the upcoming series.

Other work

While filming Star Trek: The Next Generation, Sirtis returned to the UK during the hiatus between seasons three and four in 1990 to film a drama special entitled One Last Chance for the BBC. In 1992, she appeared in an episode of the short-lived series The Fifth Corner and had a cameo in the horror/fantasy movie (Waxwork II: Lost in Time). After the end of Star Trek: The Next Generation in 1994, Sirtis continued to work regularly. Her first role was a departure from previous work, an abused wife in the series Heaven Help Us.She provided the voice of Demona in the animated Disney television series Gargoyles for two seasons starting in 1994. Her Next Generation co-stars, Frakes (as the voice of David Xanatos), Spiner and Dorn, also lent their voices to the show. She voiced the character again for an episode of the unmade animated series (Atlantis: Milo's Return|Team Atlantis).(File:Marina Sirtis in 2005 Netherlands.jpg|thumb|left|Marina Sirtis at Star Trek Convention, 2005)In 1996, Sirtis starred as a villainous police detective in the British made-for-television movie, Gadgetman. She played a villainess once again when she guest-starred as a race-track owner under investigation following the death of a driver in (Diagnosis: Murder) in 1998. The independent movie Paradise Lost, with Sirtis in a starring role, was released in 1999.Beginning in 1999, Sirtis returned to science-fiction television in a number of roles starting with The Outer Limits. The same year, she appeared in (Earth: Final Conflict), originally created by Gene Roddenberry. In 2000, she played a Russian scientist in Stargate SG-1. Sirtis was interviewed in the October 2000 issue of SFX magazine in the UK; the cover stated, "Marina Sirtis is Everywhere", also referring to her reprisal of her character Deanna Troi on Star Trek: Voyager.In 2001, Sirtis made a highly publicised appearance on the long-running British hospital drama Casualty. She played a politician with controversial views on the National Health Service. When she meets with a man with whom she is having an affair at a hotel, she is caught in an explosion. She appeared in the made-for-television movies Terminal Error in 2002 and Net Games in 2003. Also in 2003, she guest-starred in the ABC series Threat Matrix playing a biological-weapons scientist from Iraq.Sirtis starred in the movie Spectres in 2004, and at ShockerFest International Film Festival, she won the best actress award.WEB,weblink ShockerFest 2004, ShockerFest 2004, 4 April 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 30 December 2013, dmy-all, Sirtis had a minor role in the Academy Award-winning ensemble film Crash as the wife of the Persian shopkeeper. Following this, she played another Middle Eastern role on the series The Closer in 2005. In 2006, she had a three-episode recurring role as a love match-maker on Girlfriends, and she guest-starred in Without a Trace.In 2007, Sirtis starred in the SyFy channel production of Grendel, where she played Queen Onela. Independent movies Trade Routes, The Deep Below, and Lesser of Three Evils were released. She provided the voice for Matriarch Benezia in the critically acclaimed video game Mass Effect on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC.{{IMDb name|642}}In 2008, she made a guest appearance in an episode of the Casualty spin-off show Holby City. The same year, the sci-fi/drama movie Inalienable, written by Star Trek alumnus Walter Koenig, was released. Sirtis said of her role, "I actually play the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, so I'm a bad guy, a mean lawyer, which was fantastic."WEB,weblink Interview with Star Trek actress Marina Sirtis, Paula Hammond, 9 October 2008, 4 April 2013, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 15 December 2014, The direct-to-DVD sequels Green Street 2 and The Grudge 3, featuring Sirtis, were released in 2009. She co-starred in the British movie 31 North 62 East as the prime minister's top aide; it had a limited theatrical release in the UK. Sirtis guest-starred in the first episode of the short-lived hospital drama Three Rivers. She returned to SyFy in December 2009 in the disaster movie Annihilation Earth.In 2010, Sirtis guest-starred as a Swiss doctor in two episodes of ABC Family's Make It or Break It. In May 2010, Sirtis announced that she would be providing the voice for comic-book villainess Queen Bee in the Young Justice animated series.{{YouTube|id = WCID-kN7H84|title=Marina Sirtis will be playing Queen Bee in Young Justice for Cartoon Network}} She provided her voice for a number of episodes from 2011 until its cancellation in 2013. In March 2011, Sirtis guest-starred on an episode of Grey's Anatomy. She played an Iranian mother who was at the hospital to participate in a medical trial for Alzheimer's disease.WEB,weblink INTERVIEW: GREY'S welcomes STAR TREK actress Marina Sirtis in tonight's episode!!, Jim Halterman, 24 March 2010, 25 March 2011, In September 2011, fans started a group to lobby for Sirtis to appear on Doctor Who. A few weeks later at the Montreal Comiccon, she acknowledged the group and her desire to be on the show.WEB,weblink VIDEO: Marina Sirtis at Montreal Comiccon Discusses Doctor Who, Citynet Magazine, 28 September 2011, 27 November 2011, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 2 December 2011, dmy-all, In 2012, the vampire movie Speed Demons, in which Sirtis co-starred, was released to pay-per-view services. The same year, she played a fortune teller in the Castlevania fan-made series posted on YouTube. She accepted a recurring role as Director of Mossad on NCIS.WEB,weblink SIRTIS LANDS NCIS ROLE, T'Bonz, 27 March 2013, 27 March 2013, Her character, Orli Elbaz, succeeds Eli David (portrayed by Michael Nouri) and was introduced in the season-10 episode "Berlin", which aired in April 2013. She subsequently appeared in the second episode of season 11, which aired in early October 2013, and in the season 13 finale "Family First".WEB,weblink NCIS 'Family First' Full Cast and Crew, Internet Movie Database, Sirtis voiced the Enterprise's computer in the first episode in the web series Star Trek Continues.WEB,weblink Cast and Crew – Star Trek Continues, 14 February 2014, dead,weblink" title="">weblink 17 November 2012, WEB,weblink Star Treak Continues Webseries on Kickstarter, 14 February 2014, In 2014, she co-starred in the SyFy channel horror movie Finders Keepers. The following year she appeared in the British film A Dark Reflection. 2016 saw Sirtis star in the Hallmark channel movie My Summer Prince.{{cn|date=December 2017}}


Films{| class"wikitable"

! Year !! Title !! RoleThe Wicked Lady (1983 film)>The Wicked Lady Jackson's Girl Blind Date (1984 film)>Blind Date HookerDeath Wish 3 >| Maria(Waxwork II: Lost in Time) >| GloriaStar Trek Generations >Deanna Troi>Counselor Deanna Troi(Star Trek: First Contact) >| Counselor Deanna Troi(Star Trek: Insurrection) >| Counselor Deanna Troi(Star Trek: Nemesis) >| Counselor Deanna TroiTerminal Error >| Alex Spectres (film)>Spectres Laura Lee Crash (2004 film)>Crash Shereen Fist of the Warrior >| Mary The Deep Below >| Sarah Oranges (film)>Game of Life Mrs. Rafiki InAlienable >| Attorney Barry(Green Street 2: Stand Your Ground) >| Veronica MavisThe Grudge 3 >| Gretchen 31 North 62 East >| Sarah Webber Finders Keepers (2014 film)>Finders Keepers Janine(Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films) >| HerselfA Dark Reflection >| Maggie JasparLittle Dead Rotting Hood >| Esmerelda Winfield / GrandmotherThe Assassin's Apprentice >| Miranda5th Passenger >| Alana

Television{| class"wikitable"

!Year!Title!Role!Note|1977Raffles (TV series)>Raffles|Faustina||1977|Who Pays the Ferryman?|Ariadne||1978Hazell (TV series)>Hazell|Melina Stassinopolus||1978The Thief of Baghdad (1978 film)>The Thief of Baghdad|Harem Girl|TV film|1979|Cinzano commercial|Stewardess|TV commercial|1979Minder (TV series)>Minder|Stella||1982|Kelly Monteith|Uncredited||1985|Up the Elephant and Round the Castle|Lisa||1986|Room at the Bottom|Carla||1986|Call Me Mister|Sally||1986Sherlock Holmes (1984 TV series)>The Return of Sherlock Holmes|Lucrezia|Episode: "The Six Napoleons"|1987Hunter (1984 American TV series)>Hunter|Kate Scanlon||1987–1994|(Star Trek: The Next Generation)|Counselor Deanna Troi||1988|Reading Rainbow|Herself|Episode: "The Bionic Bunny Show"|1990|One Last Chance|Maria|TV film|1994|Heaven Help Us|Carolyn Paris||1994–1996, 1997Gargoyles (TV series)>Gargoyles|Demona|Animated series|1996|Gadgetman|Detective Inspector Walker|TV film|1997|Duckman|Aurora Abromowitz|Animated series|1998|(Diagnosis: Murder)|Mary Ann Eagin||1999|(Earth: Final Conflict)|Sister Margarette||1999The Outer Limits (1995 TV series)>The Outer Limits|Olivia 'Liv' Kohler|Episode: "The Grell"|1999–2000|(Star Trek: Voyager)|Counselor Deanna TroiPathfinder)"; "(Life Line (Star Trek: Voyager)Inside Man)"|2000|Stargate SG-1|Dr. Svetlana Markova|Episode: "Watergate"|2001Casualty (TV series)>Casualty|Jane Taylor, MP||2003|Threat Matrix|Dr. Nabila Hassan||2005, 2009|Family Guy|Marina Sirtis, Herself|Animated series|2005|The Closer|Layla Moktari|Episode: "L.A. Woman"|2005|(Star Trek: Enterprise)|Counselor Deanna Troi|Episode: "These Are the Voyages..."|2006|Without a Trace|Alexas Soros||2006Girlfriends (U.S. TV series)>Girlfriends|Gina Richards||2007Grendel (film)>Grendel|Queen Wealtheow|TV film|2008|Holby City|Lucy Simmonds||2009|Annihilation Earth|Paxton|TV film|2009|The Cleveland Show|Greek Prostitute|Animated series|2009|Green Street 2|Veronica Mavis||2009Three Rivers (TV series)>Three Rivers|Layla Rahimi||2010|Make It or Break It|Dr. Anna Kleister||2010–2013, 2019Young Justice (TV series)>Young JusticeQueen Bee (comics)>Queen Bee / Scientist No. 2||2011|Grey's Anatomy|Sonya Amin||2013|Star Trek Continues|Computer voice||2013|Adventure Time|Samantha|Episode: "The Pit"|2013–2016NCIS (TV series)>NCIS|Mossad Director Orli ElbazBerlin (NCIS)>Berlin", "Past, Present, and Future", "Family First"|2017Scandal (TV series)>Scandal|General Fletcher|Episode: "The Box"|2017|OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes|Cosma (voice)|Voice role|2018|(The Last Sharknado: It's About Time)|Winter|Voice role|2018Titans (2018 TV series)>Titans|Marie Granger|Episode: "Hank and Dawn"|2019|The Orville|Schoolteacher|Episode: "Sanctuary"|2020|(Star Trek: Picard)|Deanna Troi / Counselor Deanna Troi|

Voice acting

File:Demona voice actress Marina Sirtis with cosplayer Ezmeralda Von Katz.jpg|thumb|upright|Demona voice actress Sirtis with Demona cosplaycosplay {{clear}}



Further reading

  • JOURNAL, JM, Dillard, Star Trek: A History in Pictures, Pocket Books, New York, 1994, 978-0-671-51149-4,

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