Clive Owen – British actor
Clive Owen is a British film and stage actor. He first gained recognition after the release of UK television series Lawyer. He was nominated for Oscar, was a winner of the BAFTA awards and Golden Globe for the film Closer.
The most famous films with his participation are Closer (2004), King Arthur (2004), Sin City (2005), Children of Men (2006).
Clive was born on October 3, 1964 in Coventry, UK into the family of Pamela (née Cotton) and Jesse Owen, a country singer. His parents split when he was 3, and he was brought up—the fourth of five brothers—by his mother and stepfather.
He failed his school exams and could have ended up like some of his friends, hanging around shopping malls getting into trouble. Fortunately, he had joined the local youth theater.
Owen applied to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA), London’s premier drama school.
For several years, the actor productively worked in television, acted in films and serials. In 1990 he starred in a TV costume melodrama Lorna Doone (film adaptation of the eponymous novel by Richard Blackmore). In 1991 he appeared in the series Chancery in three episodes.
In 1991, Owen starred in the drama Close My Eyes.
In 1993, he starred in American Class 1961 and the British Magician about the confrontation between Scotland Yard and the IRA.
In 1994, Clive appeared in four TV movies – drama Nobody’s Children, the comedy An Evening with Gary Lineker, thriller Doomsday Weapons and the drama based on the novel by Thomas Hardy’s novel Return To The Roots, where he played with Catherine Zeta-Jones. In the same year he starred in the role of a private detective Nick Sharman in the drama U-turn.
In 1997, the actor was engaged in a provocative project – the drama Addiction, which was awarded at the Cannes Film Festival.
In 2003, Owen starred in the crime thriller I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead.
In 2004 he played the lead role in the historical drama King Arthur.
In 2006, Owen starred in three films – in a supporting role of agent 006 in the movie The Pink Panther, in the crime thriller Inside Man in collaboration with Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster, and in Alfonso Cuaron’s philosophical fiction film Children of Men.
In 2007 the movie Shoot ‘Em Up was released. In 2009, he starred in the film International, a thriller that Clive described as “paranoid political thriller”. In the same year he played in action adventure Nothing Personal together with Naomi Watts and Julia Roberts.
In 2012, Owen starred in the TV movie Hemingway & Gellhorn, where he played a famous writer, and Nicole Kidman played the role of Gellhorn. Owen was nominated for Emmy and Golden Globe.
He’s in a stable relationship, having been married to the same woman for many years. Owen met his wife, Sarah-Jane Fenton, in a rehearsal room: He was cast as Romeo, she— inevitably -as Juliet. He fell in love with her the minute she came in. She gave up acting not long before they had their first child, and she would like to become a therapist.
They have two daughters – Hannah and Eve.