Marina Sirtis

Marina Sirtis


“I wasn’t a Star Trek fan, yet I knew who all the characters were. That goes to
show what an impact the show had, not just in entertainment, but in life. I knew
who Chekhov was and I knew who Kirk and Spock were, although I probably had
never seen the show. I don’t know about the others, but I was a little scared,
not so much when we were filming but when it came time for the first show to go
on the air. We were being scrutinized so closely, especially by the press, and
by the fans who were not happy about there being a new show at all. They were
quite happy watching their re-runs of the original Star Trek and were quite
miffed that we were trying to replace their idols. So I felt like I was jumping
into an abyss sometimes.” Marina Sirtis

British TV and movie actress of Greek descent Marina Sirtis became famous for
her noted role, as the empathic Lt. Commander Deanna Troi in the hit series
“Star Trek: The Next Generation” (1987-94) and went on to gain popularity by
continuously reprising the role in the TV movie The Next Generation - All Good
Things (1994), and films Star Trek: Generations (1994), Star Trek: First Contact
(1996), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) and Star Trek: Insurrection (2002), as
well as the spin-off series “Star Trek: Voyager” (2000) and “Enterprise” (2005).
Commenting on her renowned part, she said, “We knew that she ate chocolates and
that she worked out but that was really boring. I wanted to know what she did
when she went on the holodeck. We basically never saw her off duty or going on
holiday. We knew she was a psychologist and a pretty good one but that was all
we knew about her.”

The Greek-fluent actress also played roles in such movies as Crash (2004),
Walking on Water (2004), Terminal Error (2002), Paradise Lost (1999), Waxwork
II: Lost in Time (1992) and others. Sirtis will play Mrs. Rafiki in Joseph
Merhi’s drama Oranges (2007), starring Tom Arnold and Heather Locklear.

Out of the limelight, the vegan Sirtis is a keen animal lover and has become an
active supporter for animal-rights causes, including the ASPCA. She is also an
ardent fan of football club Tottenham Hotspur. As for her marriage life, 5’ 4”
Sirtis is married to guitarist Michael Lamper, whom she wed in 1992.


Childhood and Family:

Born to Greek parents, on March 29, 1960, in East London, England, Marina Sirtis
spent much of her early years at North London, where she was raised. Her mother
is Despina Sirtis and her father died on October 24, 1981. She has one younger
brother named Steve, who lives in Greece and plays professional football.

After high school, Marina, whose nickname is Rina, secretly enrolled the Guild
Hall School of Music and Drama against her parents’ wills who didn’t want her to
become an actress. Before relocating to Los Angeles to further launch her
career, she joined Worthing Repertory Theatre, appeared in musical theater as
well as worked in television and film.

On June 21, 1992, during the Star Trek’s fifth season break, Marina tied the
knot with rock guitarist Michael Lamper (born in 1958), whom she met through
close pal Anna Turkel. The two had their marriage in a traditional Greek
ceremony and currently reside in Los Angeles.



English born and raised actress Martina Sirtis kicked off her professional
career after completing her drama and music studies and soon became the member
of the Worthing Repertory Theatre, with which she performed in many classical
dramas, including playing the classical Ophelia in Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” A
talented player, she also took on roles in many musicals and once toured
throughout Europe in a production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” She broke
into TV with guest roles in British series like “Raffles,” “Who Pays the
Ferryman?,” (both 1977) and “Hazell” (1978), and was first cast in the
made-for-TV movie in director Clive Donner’s remake of The Thief of Bagdad
(1978), in which she appeared as a Harem girl. Sirtis made the leap to the big
screen many years later when in 1983 London-born director Michael Winner landed
her a part as Alan Bates’ girl in the adventure The Wicked Lady. Following a
series of small film roles, including as a hooker in her US debut Blind Date
(1984) and played Maria in Death Wish III (1985, starred the late Charles
Bronson), Sirtis left London for Los Angeles in 1986 to further pursue her

After moving to LA, Sirtis began making audition circuits, but was fruitless.
Six months later the desperate Sirtis was just about to return home to England
when she got a calling call to play her signature role, as regular Lt.
Commander/Commander Deanna Troi in the syndicated sci-fi smash “Star Trek: The
Next Generation.”Debuted on 1987, the Gene Roddenberry-created series quickly
became a hit and continued to amaze TV viewers until its final season in 1994.
As for Sirtis, her empathic turn brought her attention and finally stardom.

The gifted Sirtis was also seen in an episode of the NBC police drama “Hunter”
(1987), the BBC movie One Last Chance (1990, starred as Maria), the horror film
Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992, starred Zach Galligan and Monika Schnarre) and
one episode of the animated series “Gargoyle” (1994, voice of Demona). In 1988,
she also served as one of the judges in the sixth annual Miss Teen USA beauty

Post to the departure of “Star Trek” in 1994, Sirtis began to reprise Deanna
Troi role for the TV movie spin off Star Trek: The Next Generation - All Good
Things..., that same year. She followed that up by playing the same role in the
wide screen version Star Trek: Generations (1994, directed by David Carson) and
voicing her character for the video game Star Trek: The Next Generation - A
Final Unity (1995). After making her US stage debut in a production of “Loot”
(1995, as Fay) at the Hartford Stage and starring with Allan Corduner and Martin
Delaney in telefilm Gadgetman (1996), Sirtis returned with her prominent role,
as Deanna Troi in the Jonathan Frakes-helmed Star Trek: First Contact (1996).

In 1998, the black-eyed actress resurfaced on the small screen with a guest spot
on the Dick Van Dyke CBS series “Diagnosis: Murder,” playing the episodic turn
of Mary Ann Eagin. The same year, after a two-year away from the Deanna Troi
role, Sirtis rejoined director Jonathan Frakes to costar in the 1998 movie Star
Trek: Insurrection. She rounded out the decade by teaming up with director Herb
Freed and actor William Forsythe for the drama film Paradise Lost, as well as
guest starring in series “The Outer Limits” and Gene Roddenberry’s “Earth: Final

Still on TV, Sirtis’ opening performance in the new millennium was a guest role
as the Russian Dr. Svetlana Markov in the sci-fi serial “Stargate SG-1,” before
appearing in the recurring role of Cmdr. Deanna Troi in the follow-up series
“Star Trek: Voyager” (2000). The next year, she had a memorable guest turn as
the MP Jane Taylor in the BBC hospital drama Casualty and reemerged on the big
screen in 2002 with a costarring role opposite Matthew Ewald and Michael Nouri
in the thriller Terminal Error. Also in 2002, Sirtis once again reprised the
popular role of Deanna Troi in the feature Star Trek: Insurrection, this time
directed by Stuart Baird.

Sirtis continued to undertake film roles in the following years like as Cindy
Fielding in the thriller Net Games (2003, starred Thomas Howell and Lala
Sloatman), Laura Lee in the sci-fi Spectres (2004, opposite Dean Haglund) and
Sarah in the Jason Dohring and Jeff Corbett vehicle Walking on Water (2004). In
the Oscar winning ensemble movie Crash (2004), Sirtis was additionally featured
as Shereen, the wife of an Iranian shopkeeper. Next up for Sirtis, she was hired
to appear with her Counsellor Deanna Troi role for the final episode of the
fifth “Star Trek” series “Enterprise” and took on another guest role as Layla
Moktari in “The Closer.”

Recently joining the cast of the long-running series “Girlfriends” in the
recurring role of Gina Richards, Sirtis is set to revisit wide screen in 2007
with a small role as Mrs. Rafiki in Oranges, a drama written and directed by
Joseph Merhi. The film will star Tom Arnold as Richard, Heather Locklear as
Irene, Samual Carman as Mario and Jill Hennessy as Brenda, among others.

I am not a sound bite person. I prefer to run at the mouth.More Marina Sirtis quotes [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
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I've been getting a lot of science fiction scripts which contained variations on my 'Star Trek' character and I've been turning them down. I strongly feel that the next role I do, I should not be wearing spandex.More Marina Sirtis quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I am not a sound bite person. I prefer to run at the mouth.More Marina Sirtis quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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