Is a huge soccer fan because her little brother Steve plays this sport in Greece.
Originally auditioned for the role of Lieutenant Tasha Yar on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), which went to Denise Crosby.
After her audition for Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Marina felt her audition was unsuccessful and was just about to jump on a flight home to London. Only minutes before she did so, they called back and told her she had gotten the role of Counselor Deanna Troi.
Has played the stewardess in the now classic and famous Cinzano Bianco advert starring Leonard Rossiter and Joan Collins. You may remember the end where Rossiter pats the arm of Joan Collins' seat causing it to suddenly recline and she ends up throwing the drink on her own face. "Ah, getting your head down. Good idea," he says.
Fellow Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) cast members Brent Spiner and Michael Dorn were groomsmen at her wedding. Ann Turkel was maid of honor at her wedding.
Through the Fire (2002) was a sitcom pilot episode written by Marina's best friend, Michael Dorn, and featured her as a cast member. This was never sold to a network.
Wore black-colored contact lenses during the seven-year run of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and the subsequent films because her character had black eyes. Marina's eyes are light brown.
Has attended Star Trek conventions in Alberta, Canada, at least four times as of June 2004. She has visited Calgary, Alberta; Edmonton, Alberta; and Vulcan, Alberta.
Her last name is pronounced SIR-tiss.
Has appeared in episodes of five different series with Jonathan Frakes: Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Gargoyles (1994), Gargoyles: The Goliath Chronicles (1996), Star Trek: Enterprise (2001) and Star Trek: Picard (2020).
Along with Jonathan Frakes, Armin Shimerman, John de Lancie, Michael Ansara, Richard Poe and Mark Allen Shepherd, she is one of only seven actors to play the same character on three different "Star Trek" series and the only woman to do so. She played Counselor Deanna Troi in Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Star Trek: Voyager (1995) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001).
Along with Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, Michael Dorn, Colm Meaney and Jeffrey Combs, she is one of only six actors to appear in the finales of two different "Star Trek" series (Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001)).
Has appeared with Dwight Schultz in three "Star Trek" productions: Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987), Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and Star Trek: Voyager (1995).
Occasionally attends Star Trek conventions so that her loving fans can meet her, and she can meet the fans.
Has stated that her favorite episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) is Star Trek: The Next Generation: Face Of The Enemy (1993).
Sometimes wore hairpieces for her role as Deanna Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). Marina's real hair was slightly shorter, and although curly, was not as bouffant as her character's. However, Marina's real hair was used in the first two seasons, and also in the first six episodes of season six, in which Troi sported a pony-tailed style.
Her character Counselor Deanna Troi and Commander William T. Riker are the only characters to appear in four of the "Star Trek" series and the four films.
Attended and graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England (1976).
Has several action figures modeled after her likeness and her character, Counselor Deanna Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).
After Gene Roddenberry's death, she explained how his death reminded her of her own father's. She mourned along with Majel Barrett and admitted she felt as close to a real-life daughter to Majel as the on-screen daughter she played.
Was one of the Next Generation cast members to attend Star Trek conventions while still filming the last episodes of season seven (to begin pre-production of Star Trek: Generations (1994)). One of which was her 1994 appearance in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at the Mariott Southern Hills. She signed the popular Peter David-penned novel "Imzadi" (1992) about young Riker and Troi, as well as speaking about the series finale and the movie to fans.
When Marina came to the United States to pursue a career as an actress and got the role on Star Trek, Marina's mother did not believe her and thought that she was making this up as an excuse to stay in the States. This was not until season four of Star Trek that her mother really started to believe her. She saw a Deanna Troi trading card from Star Trek.
Did repertory work at the Connaught Theatre in Worthing, West Sussex.
Flew to the United States to attend the funeral of Majel Barrett.
Very good friends with Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) co-star, Jonathan Frakes.
Best friends with Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) co-star, Michael Dorn.
Speaks Greek fluently.
An avid supporter of London football team Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
Pictured as the character Commander Deanna Troi on one of a set of 18 British commemorative postage stamps issued 13 November 2020, celebrating the "Star Trek" television and film franchise. Stamps were issued as 12 individual stamps, honoring captains and crew members; and 6 stamps in a single souvenir sheet, highlighting heroes and villains. All stamps were nondenominated and marked first class (76p on day of issue). Others honored by this set are William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew, Scott Bakula, Jason Isaacs, Leonard Nimoy, Alexander Siddig, Dominic Keating, Sonequa Martin-Green, Shazad Latif, Simon Pegg, Tom Hardy, Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, Alice Eve, and Idris Elba.