Minna Marks
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Minna Maebh Markovski (born 22 February 1987), known professionally as Minna Marks, is an Irish actress. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Marks attended local school before she studied mathematics at Queen's College Belfast. She began her acting career in film, appearing in director Tim Burton's 2007 film, Sweeney Todd as Johanna.

Marks had supporting roles in a handful of domestic British films before being cast in David Cronenberg's 2011 international feature A Dangerous Method. After making a switch to William Morris Endeavor, she found success and praise for roles in Stoker (2013), Ain't them Bodies Saints (2013), and Maps to the Stars (2014).

Marks' breakthrough role came with the critically acclaimed Room (2015), based on Emma Donoghue's novel of the same name. She won several awards for her portrayal of a kidnap victim who raises a child inside her confinement, including the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critic's Choice Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress.

In July 2016, Marks married American-Canadian auteur, film producer, and co-founder of A24 Francis Lyon.

Early Life
Marks was born in Dublin, Ireland to Peter Markovski and Siobhan Ivers. Her father, a first generation English national of Polish and German descent, met her mother while in Germany for Oktoberfest. She was named after her paternal grandmother, Wilheminna, from Schwedt, Germany, while her older sister, Maude, was named for maternal grandmother.

Her father is the head of RTÉ Sport and speaks Irish fluently, having undergone studies upon relocating to Dublin from London following his marriage. Marks' mother works in the Department of Education and Skills for the state, where she is the Assistant Secretary covering Curriculum and Assessment Policy, Teacher Education, ICT Policy, and Early Years Education Policy. Marks' mother is a passionate advocate of the Irish language, which Marks has recalled when speaking of her summers attending language camps. She has said, "I'm very grateful my mother didn't allow me to scrape by with my Irish, she was very forceful in achieving fluency. At the time, I hated it, but now I see it for what it is - a connection to my past."

Marks was raised within the Donnybrook Parish of Dublin, where she attended the Catholic All-Girls School Muckross Park College despite her religious upbringing as Jewish. Her younger brother, Matthew Markovski, attended Blackrock College. At Muckross, Marks joined choir and is where she received her first vocal training. She has sang in a number of her films and for her role in Black Mirror (2011).

Following her graduation, Marks enrolled at Queen's College Belfast to study Mathematics. While there, she joined the Literary and Scientific Society and it was during one of their orations she was discovered by a casting agent connected to Burton. Her audition for the role of Johanna was completed on Skype with her headshots taken using the camera on her computer. Initially, Marks was rejected for the role of the 15 year old as a result of being too old; however, Burton cast her after confusing her headshots with a younger actress and determining she could look the part.

2007-2011: Early Career
I believe Tim [Burton]'s words were 'who is this child' and that's how I got cast,

- Minna Marks on how she was cast for Sweeney Todd to Vogue UK (2007).
Marks debuted in 2007 as the daughter of Johnny Depp's titular character in Tim Burton's film adaptation of Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street. After the critical success of the film, Marks dropped out of her programme at university and relocated to London.

In 2007, Marks auditioned for RADA, from which she was rejected. Marks has remained relatively good-natured about her RADA experience: "It was an embarrassment," she said about the audition, "I was totally unprepared. I had my Shakespeare and Contemporary prepared, but when they asked me to perform the second Shakespeare, I froze up. I started shouting 'a plague on both your houses' repeatedly. I didn't know what else to do. Just imagine: a thin blonde girl shouting that until someone says 'that's enough'."

Undeterred, Marks auditioned for and was successful in gaining a place at LAMDA a month later. She read Imogen's monologue - III iv 70 Verse - from Cymbeline for her Shakespeare audition. She was enrolled in the 2008-2009 year for LAMDA's Foundation Degree in Professional Acting. Marks graduated in 2010. Marks has stated her experience at LAMDA confirmed she was not interested in stage. "The programmes at both RADA and LAMDA are fantastic for learning how to project yourself into a role, but stage-acting is so vastly different to the process of film-acting. While I'd recommend a foundation course for anyone seeking to go into acting, I don't feel I was adequately prepared for working within film," she said (2011).

Marks continued to act while at LAMDA, appearing in Defiance (2008), Cracks (2009), the television show "The Inbetweeners" for one episode, and Womb (2010) as a supporting actress. She has alluded to her continued working not making her particularly popular with her fellow students at LAMDA. "I was asked why I took a place. I had an agent, I was working, why did I need to be there? I think it didn't help I wasn't so great on stage. I don't have the theatrics for projection. I never fit in at LAMDA," she has recalled (2011).

Upon her graduation, Marks was featured in three films released in 2011: Jane Eyre, A Dangerous Method, and Albatross, the latter of which she had a starring role in. Marks' performance as Emelia in Albatross received near-universal praise in spite of the film's tepid response from critics.

2011-2014: Critical Success
I had this plan, for these characters, but then Minna came on the set and the way she inhabited Ruth; it was the most interesting thing to watch, she became Texas - my home state, she was larger than life, she took Ruth and made her come alive. It was overwhelming to watch,

- David Lowery for The Hollywood Reporter (2013).
Following Marks' reviews in Albatross she was approached for representation by WME's Stephanie Ritz. Marks made the switch from The BWH Agency in summer 2011 following a brief period of courtship after the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

The switch proved fruitful, with Marks being cast in John Hillcoat's Lawless (2012) and Yaron Zilberman's A Late Quartet (2012) opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman, Christopher Walken, and Catherine Keener in the aftermath of her move. Both films, including her performances, were received warmly by critics.

2013 is widely considered as Marks' break-out year with her achieving her first starring roles as India Stoker in Stoker and Ruth Guthrie in Ain't Them Bodies Saints and a supporting turn in Only Lovers Left Alive. Marks has been open about her gratitude to both her directors in Stoker and Ain't Them Bodies Saints for giving her the opportunity to take on leading roles. Her friendship, in particular, with director David Lowery has been chronicled extensively in various publications.

Following the critical success of 2013, Marks reunited with David Cronenberg to join Maps to the Stars (2014) and led the cast of Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch's debut musical feature film God Help the Girl. Marks lent her voice to the soundtrack and has described the production as "beautifully gruelling" (2014). Marks has also said she was influenced to take the role as a result of Belle and Sebastian being one of her favourite bands as a young adult. "I remember when I first got the Boy With the Arab Strap. I was just mystified music like this existed."

2015-present: Mainstream Breakthrough
For Room to have worked, you'd need two actors who can carry an immense, haunting emotional range - including the horror of their circumstance, the wonder of a child and still the love between a mother and son. Thankfully, Abrahamson found Marks and Tremblay. They transform Room from a film to a movie; they move you

- Matt Goldberg, Staff Writer, Collider (2015).
In 2015, Marks appeared in Crimson Peak and Room, a film adapted from the novel of the same name by Emma Donoghue.

For the former, Marks replaced Emma Stone in 2013; however, Crimson Peak did not begin shooting until February 2014. Marks said her decision to take the film was brought on by a chance to work with Elizabeth Alton.

For the latter, Marks was cast after a coterie of actresses were considered. Director Lenny Abrahamson asked Marks to audition after a casting associate suggested he watch her roles in Stoker and Ain't Them Bodies Saints. Abrahamson auditioned Marks in Dublin at her family house. "After seeing her, there was no one else," said Donoghue (2015). Abrahamson concurred: "I got into my car and called the producers and said - we can make this movie, I've found her." (2015)

Room was released at the Toronto International Film Festival and began its theatrical run on October 16, 2015. The fim received widespread critical and commercial acclaim, much of which focused on Marks' performance. She earned several awards for her performance of Ma, including the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Marks appeared as a supporting role in 2016's Lion as a love interest to the main character. She also appeared in the Irish short film, Goodbye Darling, opposite her countryman Declan McAlarney celebrating 100 years since the Easter Uprising.

acting style Marks has been compared to former co-star Tilda Swinton and contemporary Mia Wasikowska in her approach to acting. She has a more restrained demeanor than many actresses, which some critics believe make her emotional scenes more impactful. Some, however, consider Marks to be a one-note actress with limited range.

On a whole, Marks lacks empathy and warmth in her roles. She has a reserved, often detached presence on screen, which is at odds with her effervescent personality during press and film festivals. She is well-liked by the press for her active engagement, boisterous laugh, and lively conversation.

Marks has said she is not a method actress. "I need to keep a separation between me, Minna, and them, the character. I've seen the way a character can take over not just your personality, but your life, to the detriment of others around you. There are too many directors whom rely on abusive tricks to bring you into the frame of mind they want, rather than collaborating with you on the emotional range needed," she said in 2015, alluding to her experience on 2012's Lawless.

Considered one of the top new talents in Hollywood, Marks has seen considerable interest in her since her success with Room. She maintains a close relationship with The Weinstein Company and has alternated her performances with new, emergent directors, indie talent, and respected heavyweights.

Personal Life
Marks has been open about her diagnosis and suffering with clinical depression. She treats her condition with yoga, meditation and legal drugs, speaking freely about the importance prozac has had on her mental health. She has written one article on the state of mental health support in the United Kingdom and Ireland for MIND, lambasting the NHS and HSE for their waiting lists and mismanagement of people with conditions needing support and treatment.

Marks speaks English, Hebrew, German, and Irish fluently, as well as identifying as Jewish. Marks has visited Israel several times, including a Birthright trip after filming Defiance. Marks did a home study in Germany while in sixth form, spending the summer before her graduation in an intensive language programme. She also attended Irish language camps during school holidays, at least twice a year (often summer and Easter break).

In May 2016, Marks was the subject of a massive hack with hundreds of private photos, emails, videos, and other stored information on her iCloud being released on 4Chan, Tumblr, and Reddit. The security breach revealed a drug abuse problem, multiple concurrent sexual relationships with both men and women, and her private thoughts on many individuals in Hollywood. The resulting immediate fall-out saw her fired from two upcoming productions. Mark was forced to release a statement confirming her bisexuality and her team managed to spin the leak into something violating, yet sexually empowering.

On 13 July 2016, Marks married Francis Lyon in New York. The couple live between New York, Los Angeles, and London.

During the 2017 awards season Marks was extremely vocal about her anger at the celebration of Casey Affleck for his role in Manchester by the Sea. She showed her disdain through refusing to clap for him during his wins and rejecting his advances for a cordial relationship. Her opinion was confirmed during the BAFTAs where she spoke to press after the ceremony. Marks compared Affleck and Nate Parker, citing the treatment of the latter's film and raising questions about why Affleck was still being allowed his success.

relationships While filming Jane Eyre, Marks met Bea Fitzallan. The pair speak often about one another and have declared the other their "best friend", "soulmate", "partner", "other half", and "true love" among other platitudes. Marks is responsible for introducing Fitzallan to Brandon Rucco.

In 2014, reports linked Marks to director Francis Lyon after auditioning for him. Neither addressed the allegations and both were subsequently linked with other individuals.

On 16 July 2016, Marks and Lyon confirmed their relationship with an announcement of their marriage in the New York Times.

birth name MINNA MAEBH MARKOVSKI stage name MINNA MARKS nicknames MIN, MINNIE, MOUSE, MINS birth date 22 FEBRUARY 1987 (AGE 30) birthplace / raised DUBLIN, IRELAND current residence VICTORIA PARK, LONDON occupation ACTRESS relationship status MARRIED
In 2007, in order to obtain her role in Defiance, Minna waited outside the production studio to audition again when she was told she did not win the role. She explained that being Polish-Jewish in descent made this incredibly important to her and she wanted the opportunity to bring a uniquely Jewish story to life. She was cast in it the next day.

In 2011, while filming Lawless, Minna nearly walked off set from the psychosexual abuse from one of the lead actors. She has never commented on it publicly, but the event was publicised when there were photos of her crying and running from her trailer were leaked. His comment on it was that he was a method actor and she did not understand, which the media took happily. Minna has opened up during Room promo to discuss misogyny she has faced in her career and she cited the treatment of Lawless.

On 13 July 2016, Minna married Francis Lyon (co-founder of A24 and director) in New York. The wedding was confirmed in the New York Times on 16th July.

On 14 August 2016, Minna enrolled in rehab after a heroin overdose in London. She completed an outpatient programme designed with Paracelsus Recovery Centre (after having previously been admitted in June 2016 and choosing not to attend) who were on set with her during filming Mary Magdalene.

FILMOGRAPHY FILM (20??) A House in the Sky (Announced) ... Amanda Lindhout (2019) Bergman Island (Announced) ... Mia Wasikowska's role (2018) Vox Lux (Pre-Production) ... Celeste (20??) Mary Queen of the Scots (Filming) ... Queen Elizabeth (2018) The Little Stranger (Post) ... Caroline Ayres (2018) The Favourite (Post) ... Abigail Masham (2018) Piercing (Post) ... Mia Wasikowska's role (2018) Mary Magdalene (Post) ... Mary Magdalene (2017) A Ghost Story ... M (2017) Okja ... Red (2016) Lion ... Lucy (2016) Free Fire ... Justine (2016) Goodbye Darling (Short) ... Nancy (2015) Room ... Ma (2015) Crimson Peak ... Edith Cushing (2014) Maps to the Stars ... Agatha Weiss (2014) God Help the Girl ... Eve (2013) Ain't them Bodies Saints ... Ruth Guthrie (2013) Stoker ... India (2013) Only Lovers Left Alive ... Ava (2012) A Late Quartet ... Alexandra Gelbart (2012) Lawless ... Bertha Minnix (2011) Drive ... Irene (2011) A Dangerous Method ... Emma Jung (2011) Albatross ... Emelia (2011) Jane Eyre ... Diana Rivers (2010) Womb ... Monica (2009) Cracks ... Poppy (2008) Defiance ... Chaya (20070) Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street ... Johanna
TELEVISION (2017) Inside No 9 - "The Riddle of the Sphinx"
    ... Nina
(2011) Black Mirror - "15,000,000 Merits"
    ... Abi
(2011) The Inbetweeners - "The Field Trip"
    ... Lauren

MUSIC VIDEOS (2015) Hozier - Someone New ... Natalie Dormer's role

mother: Siobhan Ivers
58. civil servant in the department of education and skills for ireland. converted to judaism before marriage. met peter during oktoberfest in munich. cannot use emojis.
father: Peter Markovski
61. sports broadcaster, reporter and head of RTÉ sport. very close to his daughter, but confused at how he can block google results from showing photos he does not want to see of her.
brother: Matthew Markovski
27. rugby player for leinster and ireland. extremely protective of one another. best friends with jamie queen. also cannot use emojis. only uses the aubergine for late-night texts.
Has four tattoos: a fern on her right ribcage, a clover made of hearts on her inside right arm, a tiny line-drawn crescent moon behind her left ear and a tattoo of a symbol meaning opener of doors shared with Brandon Rucco.

Attended her first event with a partner during the 2016 Venice Film Festival when she walked the red carpet for the premiere of her husband's film alongside him.

Cites Lenny Abrahamson as her inspiration, given they share a rare cultural upbringing (irish and jewish). Credits The Wind That Shakes the Barley or Calvary as her favourite film. She is a champion of Irish Cinema and is a patron of Bord Scannán na hÉireann alongside close friend Declan McAlarney.

She holds dual nationality with Ireland the United Kingdom and has expressed she will "never" obtain American citizenship.

Rumours of her relationships with directors and producers, such as Harvey Weinstein, David Lowery, Garth Davis and David Cronenberg, have plagued her career, culminating when it was revealed she was in a relationship with Francis Lyon.
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