Marina Sirtis is an actress best known for her role as Counselor Deanna Troi on the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and the four feature films that followed, as well as other appearances in the Star Trek franchise.

Marina Sirtis was born in Hackney, London, on 29 March 1955 the daughter of working-class Greek parents, Despina and John Sirtis. She was brought up in Harringay, North London, and she’s an avid Tottenham Hotspur fan.

While still in secondary school, Sirtis secretly auditioned for drama school against her parents’ wishes, ultimately being accepted to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

In 1986, at the age of 31, Sirtis immigrated to the United States, settling in Los Angeles to boost her career. She later became a naturalized US citizen.

Is Marina Sirtis Greek?

Yes, she’s Greek on both sides of her family.

According to the biography posted on her official website both her parents,  emigrated from Greece, and settled in the northeast area of London, where eventually Marina Sirtis was born.

 

Marina Sirtis talks about her Greek heritage: