Marc Warren

Last updated on the 2 July 2024 by Maeve

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Mini Biography

Born: 20 March 1967, Northampton, Northamptonshire, England. 

Marc Warren’s passion for performance emerged early, leading him to study drama at the East 15 Acting School. Though he left before graduating due to an unorthodox request to embody “the colour orange,” his determination to pursue acting remained unwavering.

The cast of Hustle - Robert Glenister, Jaime Murray, Adrian Lester, Marc Warren and Robert Vaughn
The cast of Hustle – Robert Glenister, Jaime Murray, Adrian Lester, Marc Warren and Robert Vaughn

Marc Warren’s professional journey began on the stage in 1986 with “Stags and Hens” at the Northampton Theatre Royal. He honed his craft in various theatrical productions, showcasing his versatility in plays like “Kes,” “Kingdom of Earth,” and the timeless classic “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

Television became Warren’s springboard to national recognition. In 2001, he landed a role in the critically acclaimed miniseries “Band of Brothers,” portraying the brave soldier Albert Blithe. This marked the beginning of a string of captivating performances. From 2003 to 2007, he charmed audiences as the witty and resourceful Danny Blue in the con-artist drama “Hustle”.

In the dark comedy fantasy film “Hogfather” (2006), he took on the role of the villainous Jonathan Teatime, showcasing his range in a different realm. He visited the world of “Doctor Who” in 2006, playing Elton Pope, a character with a unique connection to the Doctor.

Marc Warren as Van Der Valk
Marc Warren as Van Der Valk

His career continued to flourish with prominent roles in “Mad Dogs” (2011-2013), where he played the enigmatic Rick, and “The Musketeers” (2014), where he donned the garb of the cunning Comte de Rochefort. In the critically acclaimed miniseries “Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell” (2015), he embodied the enigmatic Gentleman, adding another layer of intrigue to his filmography.

More recently , Marc Warren stars as the charismatic detective Piet Van der Valk in the rebooted series “Van Der Valk.”

Beyond the screen, Warren is a man of varied interests. He is fascinated by the art of magic, particularly sleight of hand and mentalism. He has even dabbled in the world of mind reading, adding another dimension to his already captivating persona.


Suggested viewing


Van Der Valk (2020)

Van Der Valk (2020) poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 6.8

“Van Der Valk” is a detective drama series based on the novels by Nicolas Freeling. Marc Warren portrays the titular character, Piet Van der Valk, a brilliant and unconventional Amsterdam detective. With his sharp mind and unorthodox methods, Van der Valk tackles complex cases while engaging with the vibrant backdrop of contemporary Amsterdam.

Top cast: Marc Warren, Maimie McCoy, Luke Allen-Gale, Elliot Barnes-Worrell, Darrell D’Silva, Emma Fielding, Mike Libanon, Reinout Bussemaker.

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Hogfather (2006)

Hogfather poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.4

A magical holiday on Discworld is threatened when the jolly gift-giver vanishes. Death, a skeletal figure with surprising paternal instincts, takes on a red suit to deliver presents. Meanwhile, his granddaughter investigates a villainous plot to erase belief and throw the world into chaos.

Top cast: David Jason, Marc Warren, Michelle Dockery, David Warner, Tony Robinson, Nigel Planer, Peter Guinness, Stephen Marcus, Craig Conway, Rhodri Meilir, Sinead Matthews, Ian Richardson, Neil Pearson.

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Mad Dogs (2011)

Mad Dogs poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 7.5

“Mad Dogs” is a gripping dark comedy-drama series. Four middle-aged friends reunite for a vacation in Majorca, which quickly turns into a nightmare when they become entangled with dangerous criminals and face increasingly sinister situations. As tensions rise, loyalty is tested and secrets are revealed, leading to devastating consequences.

Top cast: Max Beesley, Philip Glenister, John Simm, Marc Warren, Ben Chaplin, Tim Woodward, Leticia Dolera, María Botto.


Hustle (2004)

Hustle poster

Bftv 9.0 / IMDb 8.2

“Hustle” is a British TV series that follows a group of expert con artists led by the charismatic Mickey Bricks. With their unique skills and audacious schemes, they target wealthy individuals and corporations to pull off elaborate heists. Full of twists, wit and clever cons.

Top cast: Adrian Lester, Marc Warren, Robert Glenister, Jaime Murray, Robert Vaughn, Kelly Adams, Matt Di Angelo, Rob Jarvis.


Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015)

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell poster

Bftv 8.5 / IMDb 8.1

“Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell” is based on a historical fantasy novel by Susanna Clarke. Set in 19th-century England, it follows the revival of English magic through two magicians: the practical and scholarly Gilbert Norrell and the talented but reckless Jonathan Strange. Their paths intertwine as they grapple with ambition, rivalry and dark forces.

Top cast: Bertie Carvel, Eddie Marsan, Marc Warren, Charlotte Riley, Alice Englert, Samuel West, Enzo Cilenti, Paul Kaye, Edward Hogg.


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