A black-eyed, exotic beauty from Great Britain, supporting actress Marina Sirtis is best known for playing the empathic Lt. Commander Deanna Troi on the Star Trek: The Next Generation series and in the feature films it spawned. Of Greek heritage, Sirtis was born in East London but raised in North London. Before launching her acting career with the Worthing Repertory Theatre, she studied at the Guild Hall School of Music and Drama. She appeared in many classical dramas with the theater, including Hamlet. A versatile performer, she has also appeared in musicals and, at one time, toured Europe in a production of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Sirtis has extensive experience on British television and made her film debut in The Wicked Lady (1983) opposite Faye Dunaway. She had a major role in the Charles Bronson revenge vehicle Death Wish III (1985).