If you are a fan of Hollywood movies, you might have come across two actors who share the same surname: Matthew Marsden and James Marsden. Both of them have appeared in blockbuster films such as Black Hawk Down, X-Men, Superman Returns, and Transformers. But are they related by blood or just by coincidence? Here is what we found out.
Who is Matthew Marsden?
Matthew Marsden is an English-American actor, producer, singer and former model. He was born on March 3, 1973 in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England. He grew up in Walsall and attended Dartmouth High School in Great Barr, Birmingham. He started his acting career in 1995 when he joined the cast of the ITV soap opera Emmerdale, playing the upper crust Daniel Weir. He later starred in another ITV soap opera, Coronation Street, as mechanic Chris Collins. He won the 1997 National Television Award for Most Popular Newcomer for his role.
Marsden also had a brief stint as a pop singer in 1998. He released two singles: “The Heart’s Lone Desire” and “She’s Gone”, featuring Destiny’s Child as backing vocals. Both songs reached the top 25 of the UK singles chart. However, he soon returned to acting and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his Hollywood career.
Marsden has appeared in several films and television shows since then. Some of his notable roles include Paris in the USA networks mini-series Helen of Troy; Army Ranger Dale Sizemore in Ridley Scott’s blockbuster film Black Hawk Down; Dr. Jack Byron in Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid; Bill Natolly in Tamara; Dr. Alexander Slater in Resident Evil: Extinction; Captain Graham in Rambo; Special Air Service operative Graham in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen; and James Taggart in Atlas Shrugged.
Marsden is also a producer and has worked on films such as I Am That Man, American Fighter, and The Mercenary. He is also a singer-songwriter and has released two albums: Say Who You Are and Matthew Marsden.
Marsden is married to Nadine Micallef, a Maltese-American actress and singer. They have two children: Gabriel and Jasmine.
Who is James Marsden?
James Marsden is an American actor. He was born on September 18, 1973 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, U.S. He is the son of Kathleen and James Luther Marsden. His father was a food safety advisor and his mother was a nutritionist. They divorced when he was nine years old. He has four siblings: two younger sisters and two brothers.
Marsden attended Hefner Middle School and Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City. He then went on to study broadcast journalism at Oklahoma State University, where he was also a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity. He left after one and a half years to move to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career.
Marsden got his first acting job in a series of episodes of The Nanny as Eddie, Margaret Sheffield’s boyfriend. He then starred in the Canadian television series Boogies Diner, which aired for one season. He also guest starred on television shows such as Saved by the Bell: The New Class, Touched by an Angel, and Party of Five.
Marsden gained fame for his portrayal of Cyclops in the X-Men film series (2000–2014). He also starred in films such as The Notebook (2004), Superman Returns (2006), Hairspray (2007), Enchanted (2007), 27 Dresses (2008), The Box (2009), Hop (2011), Straw Dogs (2011), The Butler (2013), Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013), The Best of Me (2014), The D Train (2015), Sonic the Hedgehog (2020), and Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (2022).
Marsden has also appeared in several television shows such as Ally McBeal, Modern Family, 30 Rock, Westworld, Dead to Me, and Jury Duty. He has received several awards and nominations for his work, including a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Jury Duty.
Marsden was married to Lisa Linde, an actress and daughter of country music songwriter Dennis Linde. They have two children: Jack and Mary. They divorced in 2011. Marsden also has a son named William with model Rose Costa.
Are Matthew Marsden and James Marsden Related?
No, Matthew Marsden and James Marsden are not related. They share the same family name and profession, as both are actors. However, they have different origins, as Matthew is from England and James is from Oklahoma. They also have different parents and siblings.
According to Showbizcorner, although the two are not related, they are actually good friends and their respective wives have been friends since they were six
Marsden is a common surname of English origin, meaning “marsh valley”. It is derived from the Old English words mersc (marsh) and denu (valley) There are many people who share this surname, but not necessarily related to each other.
Matthew Marsden and James Marsden are two actors who have the same surname, but are not related by blood. They have different backgrounds, families, and careers. However, they are good friends and have worked together in some projects. They are both talented and successful in their own ways.