Clive Owen

Clive Owen
Clive Owen

Owen at the 2005 San Sebastian International Film Festival
Born 3 October 1964 (1964-10-03) (age 47)
Coventry, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1987–present
Spouse Sarah-Jane Fenton (m. 1995–present) «start: (1995)»"Marriage: Sarah-Jane Fenton to Clive Owen" Location: (linkback:// 2 daughters

Clive Owen (born 3 October 1964) is an English actor, who has worked on television, stage and film. He first gained recognition in the United Kingdom for portraying the lead in the ITV series Chancer from 1990 to 1991. He then garnered critical acclaim for his work in the film Close My Eyes (1991) before getting international notice for his performance as a struggling writer in Croupier (1998). In 2005, Owen won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his appearance in the drama Closer (2004). He has since played leading roles in films such as Sin City (2005), Inside Man (2006), Children of Men (2006), and The International (2009).


Early life

The fourth of five brothers, Owen was born in Coventry, in the English Midlands, a son of Pamela (née Cotton) and Jess Owen, a country and western singer. His father left the family when Owen was three years old, and despite a brief reconciliation when Owen was nineteen, the two have remained estranged.[1] Raised by his mother and stepfather, a railway ticket clerk,[2] he has described his childhood as "rough."[1] While initially opposed to drama school, he changed his mind in 1984, after a long and fruitless period of searching for work. Owen graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1987[citation needed] with a class that included Rebecca Pidgeon, Serena Harragin, Mark Womack, and Liza Tarbuck. After graduation, he won a position at the Young Vic, performing in several Shakespearean plays.[citation needed]


Initially, Owen carved out a career in television. In 1988 Owen starred as Gideon Sarn in a BBC production of Precious Bane and the Channel 4 film Vroom before the 1990s saw him become a regular on stage and television in the UK, notably his lead role in the ITV series Chancer, followed by an appearance in the Thames Television production of Lorna Doone.

He won critical acclaim for his performances in the 1991 Stephen Poliakoff film Close My Eyes – in which he has a full frontal nude scene – about a brother and sister who embark on an incestuous love affair. He subsequently appeared in The Magician, Class of '61, Century, Nobody's Children, An Evening with Gary Lineker, Doomsday Gun, Return of the Native and then a Carlton production called Sharman, about a private detective. In 1996, he appeared in his first major Hollywood film The Rich Man's Wife alongside Halle Berry before finding international acclaim in a Channel 4 film directed by Mike Hodges called Croupier (1998). In Croupier, he played the title role of a struggling writer who takes a job in a London casino as inspiration for his work, only to get caught up in a robbery scheme. In 1999, he appeared as an accident-prone driver in Split Second, his first BBC production in a decade.

He then starred in The Echo, a BBC1 drama. He starred in a film called Greenfingers about a criminal who goes to work in a garden, before appearing in the BBC1 mystery series Second Sight. In 2001, he provided the voice-over for a BBC2 documentary about popular music through the years called Walk On By, as well as starring in a highly-acclaimed theatre production called A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, about a couple with a severely handicapped daughter.

He became well known to North American audiences in the summer of 2001 after starring as The Driver in The Hire, a series of short films sponsored by BMW and made by prominent directors. He then appeared in Robert Altman's Gosford Park, alongside an all-star cast including Helen Mirren, Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ryan Phillippe. He appeared in the 2002 hit The Bourne Identity. In 2003, he teamed up with Hodges again to make I'll Sleep When I'm Dead. He starred in Beyond Borders and took on the title role in King Arthur, for which he took riding lessons.

Owen appeared in the West End and Broadway hit play Closer, by Patrick Marber, which was produced as a film, and was released in 2005. He played "Dan" in the play, but was "Larry" the dermatologist in the film version. His portrayal of Larry in the film version earned him a lot of recognition as well as the Golden Globe and BAFTA award and an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He noted that the expectations of him since the Oscar nomination have not changed the way he approaches film-making, stating "I try, every film I do, to be as good as I can and that's all I can do."[3]

After Closer, he appeared in Derailed alongside Jennifer Aniston, the comic book thriller Sin City as the noir antihero Dwight McCarthy and as a mysterious bank robber in Inside Man. Despite public denials, Owen had long been rumoured to be a possible successor to Pierce Brosnan in the role of James Bond. A public opinion poll in the United Kingdom in October 2005 (SkyNews) found that he was the public's number one choice to star in the next installment of the series. In that same month, however, it was announced that fellow British actor Daniel Craig would become the next James Bond. In an interview in the September 2007 issue of Details, he claimed that he was never offered or even approached concerning the role.[4] In 2006, Owen spoofed the Bond connection by making an appearance in the remake of The Pink Panther in which he plays a character named "Nigel Boswell, Agent 006" (when he introduces himself to Inspector Clouseau, he quips that Owen's character is "one short of the big time").

Owen at the Children of Men Premiere in Mexico City, 2006

In 2006, Owen starred in the highly acclaimed Children of Men,[5] for which he received widespread praise. The film was nominated for various awards, including an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay; Owen worked on the screenplay, although he was uncredited.[6] The next year he starred alongside Paul Giamatti in the film Shoot 'Em Up and appeared as Sir Walter Raleigh opposite Cate Blanchett's Elizabeth I of England in the film Elizabeth: The Golden Age. He appeared in the Christmas special of the Ricky Gervais show Extras, as revealed in the video podcast teaser. Owen starred in The International (2009), a film which he described as a "paranoid political thriller".[7] He then played the lead in The Boys Are Back,[8] an Australian adaptation of the book The Boys Are Back In Town by Simon Carr.

In April 2010, he was cast as the lead in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's horror-thriller Intruders.[9]

In June 2010 it was announced that Owen and Nicole Kidman will star in an HBO film about Ernest Hemingway and his relationship with Martha Gellhorn entitled Hemingway & Gellhorn. James Gandolfini will serve as executive producer to the film written by Barbara Turner and Jerry Stahl. The film will be directed by Philip Kaufman and will reportedly begin shooting next year.[10]

Clive is currently shooting 'Shadow Dancer'[11] joint Irish UK production about a young mother who is heavily involved with the Irish republican Movement. She is arrested in London following an aborted bombing attempt and must either choose to inform on her family or spend the rest of her life behind bars. The Film also stars Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson and Aidan Gillen and is being directed by James Marsh.

Personal life

In an incident he later described as "very schmaltzy", Owen met his future wife, actress Sarah-Jane Fenton, when they performed the leads in Romeo and Juliet at the Young Vic.[12] The couple married on 6 March 1995 and live in Highgate, London and Wrabness, north Essex, with their two daughters – Hannah and Eve.[citation needed]

In November 2006,[13] he became patron of the Electric Palace Cinema in Harwich, Essex, England and launched an appeal for funds to repair deteriorating elements of the fabric.[14][15]

He enjoys the music of indie rock band Hard-Fi and has been seen at two of their concerts, Brixton Academy, 15 May 2006[16] and Wembley Arena, 18 December 2007. He is also an avid Liverpool F.C fan.[17]


Year Film Role Notes
1988 Vroom Jake
Boon Geoff Boon – TV Series 3 – Episode 8 "Peacemaker"
1989 Precious Bane Gideon Sarn TV movie
1990 Chancer Stephen Crane/Derek Love TV series: 20 Episodes
Lorna Doone John Ridd TV Movie
1991 Close My Eyes Richard
1993 Class of '61 Devin O'Neil TV Movie
Century Paul Reisner
The Magician Det. Con. George Byrne TV Movie
1994 The Return of the Native Damon Wildeve TV Movie
Doomsday Gun Dov TV Movie
An Evening with Gary Lineker Bill TV Movie
Nobody's Children Bratu TV Movie
The Turnaround Nick Sharman Pilot for TV series Sharman
1995 Bad Boy Blues Paul TV Movie
1996 Privateer 2: The Darkening Ser Lev Aris Video game
The Rich Man's Wife Jake Golden
Sharman Nick Sharman TV series: 4 Episodes
1997 Croupier Jack Manfred
Bent Max
1998 The Echo Michael Deacon Television series
1999 Split Second Michael Anderson TV Movie
Second Sight DCI Ross Tanner Television series
2000 Greenfingers Colin Briggs
Second Sight series two DCI Ross Tanner Television series
2001 The Hire The Driver
Gosford Park Robert Parks Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Walk On By Narrator TV documentary
Voice Only
2002 The Bourne Identity The Professor
2003 Beyond Borders Nick Callahan
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead Will
2004 Closer Larry BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Board of Review Award for Best Cast
Toronto Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for British Actor of the Year
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated — Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
King Arthur Arthur
2005 Derailed Charles Schine
Sin City Dwight McCarthy
2006 Children of Men Theo Faron Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award Best Actor
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Actor
Inside Man Dalton Russell
The Pink Panther Nigel Boswell/Agent 006 Uncredited Cameo
2007 Elizabeth: The Golden Age Sir Walter Raleigh
Shoot 'Em Up Smith Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2009 The International Louis Salinger
Duplicity Ray Koval
The Boys Are Back Joe Warr Also Executive Producer
2011 Trust Will Cameron
Killer Elite Spike
Intruders John Farrow


  1. ^ a b Maher, Kevin (8 September 2007). "Clive Owen's orgy of violence". Times Online (London). Retrieved 19 September 2007. 
  2. ^ Wood, Gaby (11 July 2004). "The player". The Observer (London).,,1258447,00.html. Retrieved 19 September 2007. 
  3. ^ Topel, Fred (4 September 2007). "Clive Owen: A totally original badass". Crave Online. Retrieved 19 September 2007. 
  4. ^ "Clive Owen: Details". September 2007. Retrieved 19 September 2007. 
  5. ^ "Children of Men interview". Retrieved 17 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Quint chats up Alfonso Cuaron about the CHILDREN OF MEN DVD!!!". Ain't it Cool News. 23 March 2007. Retrieved 19 September 2007. 
  7. ^ "Clive Owen: The International". 11 February 2009. Retrieved 11 February 2009. 
  8. ^ "The Boys Are Back: interviews". BBC Film Network. 14 January 2010. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  9. ^ "Clive Owen Stars in Horror-Thriller 'Intruders'". Bloody Disgusting. 8 April 2010. Retrieved 8 April 2010. 
  10. ^ "HBO Orders Hemingway Film With Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen". 
  11. ^ "'Shadow Dancer' Begins Filming in Ireland". IFTN. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  12. ^ Katz, Gregory (10 December 2006). "Clive Owen: Dad first, star second". USA Weekend Magazine. Retrieved 19 September 2007. [dead link]
  13. ^ Cinema staff. "Patron of the Electric Palace". Electric Palace Cinema, Harwich website. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  14. ^ Cinema staff. "Clive Owen Launches £85,000 Appeal". Electric Palace Cinema press release. Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  15. ^ Kevin Maher (19 July 2008). "The Electric Palace cinema in Harwich: the first picture show". The Times (London). Retrieved 11 December 2009. 
  16. ^ "Hard-Fi team up with very special guest | News | NME.COM". Nme.Com<!. 16 May 2006. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  17. ^ " – Q&A: Clive Owen – Nov 10, 2005". CNN. 10 November 2005. 

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Clive Owen — in San Sebastian (2005) Clive Owen (* 3. Oktober 1964 in Coventry, Warwickshire, England) ist ein britischer Theater und Filmschauspieler. Er ist unter anderem Golden Globe und BAFTA Preisträger …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Clive Owen — en el Festival Internacional de Cine de San Sebastián (2005) Nacimiento 3 de octubre de 1964 (47 años) …   Wikipedia Español

  • Clive Owen — Pour les articles homonymes, voir Owen. Clive Owen …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Clive Owen — …   Википедия

  • Owen (Name) — Owen ist ein im englischen Sprachraum verbreiteter Vor und Familienname sowie häufiger Name für Orte, Seen oder Flüsse. Ursprünglich kommt der Name aus der lateinischen bzw. griechischen Sprache: Der Männername Eugenius (Mann aus vornehmen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Clive — ist ein englischer männlicher Vorname[1] und Familienname. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Herkunft und Bedeutung 2 Bekannte Namensträger 2.1 Vorname …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Owen — hace referencia a: Michael Owen, futbolista inglés; Owen Willans Richardson, físico británico, premio Nobel de Física en 1928; Richard Owen, médico, biólogo y paleontólogo británico; Owen una ciudad en el Distrito de Esslingen en Alemania; Robert …   Wikipedia Español

  • Owen (name) — For other uses, see Owen. Owen is an anglicized variant of the Welsh name Owain, and may appear as both a personal name and as a surname (with or without the s as in Owens [son of Owen] ). Owen is cognate with Eugene meaning noble born.[1][2] The …   Wikipedia

  • Clive — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Clive peut se référer à : Sommaire 1 Toponyme 2 Personnes …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Owen — Cet article possède un paronyme, voir : Owens. Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Owen est un nom propre anglais, apparenté à Eugène, de même que …   Wikipédia en Français

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.