|Birth name||Serge Van Laeken|
|Born||27 May 1961|
|Associated acts||Monsieur et Madame|
Serge van Laeken was born into a Flemish family in a bilingual Brussels suburb and, since his parents were very busy, was brought up mainly by his grandparents. His childhood was untroubled and he spent a good part of his time playing football with his friends. He was given the nickname Markassou by an African friend and it was later shortened to Marka.