Mark is not the typical type of man to become an actor. However, in his late 30’s, after many years working as a bricklayer, minder and running a car breakers yard, plus many other varied occupations. Mark turned first to writing and then filmmaking (working in several different crew positions where he started as a runner and worked his way up through 3rd Assistant Director, Clapper Loader/Assistant camera technician, lighting technician and grip roles to working in production design.) and later acting. You could say it was fate as he had no intention of taking that path until, by chance Mark was asked to jump from behind the camera, to being in front of it playing a barman with a few lines on a film called Brown, shot on a 35mm movie Camera, when an actor failed to show up on set one day.
This experience gave Mark a new found love for acting in front of the camera and from there
Mark slowly transitioned to acting after being told by several directors on several occasions when he was repeatedly asked to stand in after several no-show cast members, that he should consider pursuing a career as an actor.
Mark went on to study acting and completed a number of acting courses initially training under Lisa Pescia LA Intensive acting training course. Before studying the Meisner technique at The Actors Temple in London, and then went on to train under Tom Radcliff Meisner Intensive course at the London Group theatre company.
Mark then trained with The British Academy of Stage & Screen Acting, where he studied “Acting for Screen” for one year. Before going on to learn Meyerhold, biomechanics, physical theatre, as well as several other acting training courses at The Actors Centre in London. Mark continued his acting studies with Anton Saunders at The London School of Screen Acting.
These included a number of courses at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) studying Stanislavski’s physical action, Spoken English for actors. These RADA Shakespeare awards collectively amount to studying his art as a professional actor for a three-year period.
- Mark C. Collins Paramount Plus Showreel Clip