Born on March 29, 1955 in London, England, Marina Sirtis is an actress best known for her role as Deanna Troi on the television and film series Star Trek: The Next Generation. Of primarily Greek descent, Sirtis is a naturalized US citizen and is married to rock guitarist and actor Michael Lamper. Her younger brother played football in Greece and even played for Columbia University in the early 1980s. As for Sirtis’ acting career, she auditioned for drama school despite her parents’ wishes. She eventually was accepted to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Sirtis broke into the acting profession as a member of the repertory company at the Connaught Theater in Worth, West Success in 1976. One of her most notable appearances was as Ophelia in Hamlet and Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw. Before she landed her most distinguishable role in Star Trek, she often played provocative characters in several films, such as The Wicked Lady opposite Faye Dunaway, Death Wish 3, and Blind Date. She often had nude scenes in these films. This was followed by more wholesome television work, such as in Minder, Raffes, and The Return of Sherlock Holmes. She also did a lot of commercials.
Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry personally asked her to audition for a role on the series after seeing her exotic looks in Aliens. She recalled that she was already packing to return to England when she got the call with the offer for the role of Deanna Troi because her six-month visa has expired.
Sirtis, as a main character, appeared in all seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She admitted getting close to some of her co-stars namely Jonathan Frakes, who played her character’s love interest, Michael Dorn, another love interest, and Brent Spiner, who played Data. She soon branched out and landed roles in more television series, including The Closer, Girlfriends, and Without a Trace.
-Her favorite episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation is Face of the Enemy since it allowed her to play a spy in the enemy ranks.
-She speaks Greek fluently.
-When Marina was 19, her parents tried to arrange a marriage for her through a matchmaker. It was an old-fashioned Greek tradition to keep their daughters out of trouble. Marina refused to go along with the idea.
The Thief of Baghdad
The Wicked Lady
Death Wish 3
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Waxwork II: Lost in Time
Star Trek Generations
Star Trek: First Contact
Star Trek: Nemesis
The Grudge 3
-When I told my parents that I wanted to be an actor, that was code for them to 'I want to walk the streets at night, you know, for money'.
-We hate our uniforms. We've said it a gazillion times. It's like a chant that we have to say every day. They're hot, they're uncomfortable, and we can't wait to get out of them.
-Besides Next Generation, I would have to say that most of my other favorite things that I've done have been theater projects. Playing Ophelia in Hamlet is one of my favorites. Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Magenta in Rocky Horror are my other favorite stage roles.