Marcus Smith, the Harlequins fly-half, thanks his parents, Suzanne and Jeremy, for his rugby football proficiency.
Smith’s father, a former rugby football player, discovered that his son had developed the same passion for the sport. As a result, he enrolled Marcus in the Filipino rugby team when he was seven.
His mother has been an immense support system throughout Smith’s rugby journey.
Often in his interviews, Marcus mentions his parents’ driving force propelled him to become a rugby star. Moreover, his mixed ethnicity and diverse family background played another notable role in shaping his work ethic.
A Philippines-born British rugby player, Marcus Sebastian Smith, is a fly-half for the Premiership Rugby club Harlequins (2017- present).
His childhood passion for gridiron football began to take serious turns after he got a sports scholarship at Brighton College.
Subsequently, Smith became part of the Harlequin Academy in 2016. Then, on September 2, 2017, the ruby football player made his professional debut for the Harlequins.
Internationally, he has represented England in the youth squads (U-16, U-18 and U-20 squad) and senior team.
Marcus Smith Parents: Suzanne And Jeremy Smith
Smith is the son of an English father, Jeremy Smith, and a Filipino mother, Suzanne Villalba Smith. As reported, his dad and mom met in Hong Kong. Later, they moved to Singapore before settling in the United Kingdom.
Marcus’ father is an estate agent-turned-banker. While he lived in Hong Kong from 1992 to 1997, he played rugby for Valley RFC and represented the national side in many international games.
On the other, his mother, Suzanne, who is now a full-time mom, once worked as a Cathay Pacific air hostess.
Later, she became a stylist and ran her salon from 2004 to 2008. She also worked as a freelance interior design consultant.
Suzanne is a 1989 graduate of the University of Santo Tomas in the Philippines with a BA in Marketing Management. Then, she moved to Brighton and studied interior design at Brighton Metropolitan College.
It goes without saying that Smith’s parents are his avid supporters. During his formative years, they would even travel overseas to see his rugby games.
Marcus Has Two Younger Siblings
Smith is the eldest of three children of his parents. He has two younger brothers: Luc Smith (b. November 8, 2000) and Tomas Smith (b. August 17, 2002).
All three Smith brothers attended Brighton College.
Luc Smith graduated from Brighton in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics. Then, he enrolled at Imperial College London and obtained a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering.
The youngest one, Tomas, completed his business studies at Brighton College in 2020.
According to his LinkedIn profile, he is pursuing a degree in business, management, marketing, and related support services at the University of Exeter (2020- 2024).
Luc and Tomas are also co-founders of the clothing brand Kalabaw Global.
What Is The Nationality And Ethnicity Of Marcus Smith?
Born on February 14, 1999, in Manila, Philippines, Marcus resides in England, the United Kingdom. As of 2023, Smith is 24 years old.
He is English by nationality and has mixed ethnicity. His biracial trait results from his English father and a Filipino mother.
While growing up in the Philippines, he started playing rugby union at the age of seven for the Manila Nomads. Then, for a brief time, his family moved to Singapore, and by the time he was 13, they went on to settle in the UK.
Marcus is proud of his mixed heritage; he said:
“I’d always say I’m half-Filipino, half-English. I’m proud of my heritage and where I’ve come from. I’m lucky to have had a brilliant upbringing and a loving family.”
Growing up in a family with a diverse background gave him an understanding and experience of cultural richness.