Marina Sirtis On Picard, NDAs and Wanting to Be in Eastenders

Marina Sirtis will be best known to Bleeding Cool readers in her role as Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation and her appearances on the comic convention circuit. She's currently appearing in the West End of London in a new play, Dark Sublime at Trafalgar Studios, but in her heart, she's an East End girl and off the bridge she has the accent to match. Born and raised in Hackney, to a Greek family, she took the opportunity of being on BBC's Loose Ends magazine show with Clive Anderson, to state that she would quite, quite seriously love to be in the popular BBC weekday soap opera, Eastenders. And pointing out that the show has never had a Greek family, and that 'in London, that's shocking'. If Eastenders casting people are looking for a little counselling on this matter, she also says that's she's not expensive either. Might someone be able to make it so?

Talking of which, when pressed about Patrick Stewart's new show, Picard and any potential appearance within, she talked about all the NDAs she deals with as being 'more than Trump's mistresses have signed'. Which isn't a confirmation of a reappearance of Deanna Troi but it's definitely not a denial…

Making her West End debut now, Marina Sirtis plays the lead as Marianne in Dark Sublime, directed by Andrew Keatees. She is joined by Sherlock and Doctor Who's Mark Gatiss as the voice of a computer named Kosley. With Kwaku Mills as Oli.

Oli arrives at the door of Marianne, a fading jobbing actress. He's impatient to make an impression, to make a friend. Marianne knows about waiting – for her turn at something more substantial than a half-remembered role on a cult TV show, for her best friend to see her differently. As Oli forces her back into the past, and a strange, outrageous world she hasn't visited in almost 40 years, Marianne must find her own way into the future – and together they begin to discover what every good relationship needs: time and space.

Michael Dennis' debut comedy boldly explores what later life is like for older gay women as well as the next generation, testing the outer limits of how far friendships and relationships can be pushed. Fans will do anything for their heroes – but what if your biggest fan is your closest companion?

Marina Sirtis On Picard, NDAs and Wanting to Be in Eastenders


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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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