Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg stars in Broken City [Barry Wetcher, 20th Century Fox]

Broken City, which lands in multiplexes this week, sees Mark Wahlberg take top billing over Oscar-winners Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones. It’s just the latest example of his continuing rise to the top of tinseltown, a journey from zero to hero that’s seen Wahlberg go from humble beginnings to Hollywood heavyweight.

An unlikely rise
Whilst you might not necessarily enjoy all of his movies it’s hard to fault Wahlberg’s work ethic. After all, his meteoric rise over the past 15 or so years has been nothing short of staggering. The youngest of nine siblings in a single parent family, Wahlberg’s upbringing was anything but ideal. Constantly in trouble with the Boston police, Wahlberg eventually wound up in jail, serving a 45-day sentence for assault. It changed his life. The time inside helped him to push his life in a new direction, whilst easy access to the prison gym also helped him to hone the physique he’d become famous for.

Now on the straight and narrow Wahlberg set about a career in showbusiness, following in the footsteps of his brother Donnie – of New Kids On The Block fame – by entering the music industry. There he enjoyed a successful stint as the ripped rapper Marky Mark and even spent some time modelling for Calvin Klein before eventually moving into movies.