Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis (born 29 March 1955[1]) is a British-born actress of Greek descent, who is most noted for playing the half-Human/half-Betazoid Counselor Deanna Troi on the television and film series Star Trek: The Next Generation.
Sirtis was born in London, England, UK, and is of Greek descent. She is now a naturalized U.S. citizen. She has been married to rock guitarist and actor Michael Lamper since 21 June 1992.[2] Her younger brother, Steve, plays football in Greece[2] and played for Columbia University in the early 1980s. She auditioned for drama school against her parents' wishes, ultimately being accepted to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
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.[3]

Before her role in Star Trek, Sirtis was featured in provocative, sexually-themed supporting roles in several movies. In the Faye Dunaway film The Wicked Lady, she engaged in a topless whip fight with Dunaway. In the Charles Bronson sequel Death Wish 3, Sirtis's character is a rape victim. In the film Blind Date, she appears in a topless scene as a prostitute who is murdered by a madman.

She has an established CV of British television work, appearing in Minder, Raffles, and The Return of Sherlock Holmes among other things. She played the stewardess in the famous Cinzano Bianco television commercial starring Leonard Rossiter and Joan Collins, in which Collins was splattered with drink.

Marina Sirtis

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