Mark graduated with a Bachelor of Performing Arts from Whitireia Performance Centre, Wellington, NZ in 2016. He started his career as a Police Officer and Detective in England and New Zealand before deciding on a career change after he auditioned for Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy. He landed the important role of scale acting and stunt double for Richard Armitage. By the end of filming, he had not only performed in place of Richard but also played various other roles and been accepted into the Stunt Guild of New Zealand.
Whilst studying he took every opportunity to gain further experience. This resulted in roles in, New Zealand Opera’s Flying Dutchman, the short films Far Away, Solomon, Fisk Mota and Trapped, as well as commercial work.
He focused his energy and enthusiasm into the challenging Samuel Beckett play, Krapp’s last tape and performed it to a very positive reaction as his graduation piece. He again received good reviews for the devised piece Me/You/Us/Them, performed at Wellingtons' Bats Theatre.
He also played Ketkrókur, a dark elf, in Universal Pictures hugely successful film Krampus, where he was able to draw on both his stunt and acting skills.
He is reliable, logical and thorough. A former Detective Constable with extensive experience in law enforcement, extensively trained and experienced in areas such as interviewing, child abuse and adult sexual assault. Able to lead, train and develop personnel, as well as manage investigations/court cases. An excellent problem-solver who enjoys working in environments where learning and generating new ideas is encouraged.
An active individual, Mark is a qualified Personal Trainer,SSI Dive Master, level 5 Krav Maga practitioner and firearms trained. Previously a football and hockey player, he is now a keen horse rider, archer and swimmer.