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British actor
Clive Owen
Clive Owen (Children of men) cropped.jpg
Owen in 2011
Born (1964-10-03) 3 October 1964 (age 56)
Coventry, Warwickshire, England
Alma materRoyal Academy of Dramatic Art
OccupationActor
Years active1987–present
Spouse(s)
Sarah-Jane Fenton
(m. 1995)​
Children2


Clive Owen (born 3 October 1964) is an English actor. He first gained recognition in the United Kingdom for playing the lead role in the ITV series Chancer from 1990 to 1991. He received critical acclaim for his work in the film Close My Eyes (1991) before earning international attention for his performance as a struggling writer in Croupier (1998). In 2005, he won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award and was nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in the drama Closer (2004).


Owen has played leading roles in films such as Sin City (2005), Derailed (2005), Inside Man (2006), Children of Men (2006), and The International (2009). In 2012, he earned his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for his role in Hemingway & Gellhorn. He played Dr. John W. Thackery on the Cinemax medical drama series The Knick, for which he received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama nomination.





Early life



Clive Owen was born on 3 October 1964 in Keresley, Coventry (then in Warwickshire), the fourth of five sons born to Pamela (née Cotton) and Jess Owen. His father, a country and western singer, left the family when Owen was three years old, and despite a brief reconciliation when Owen was 19, the two have remained estranged. Raised by his mother and stepfather, a railway ticket clerk, he has described his childhood as "rough". 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. After graduation, he worked at the Young Vic, performing in several Shakespearean plays.



Career

Early career



Initially, Owen's career was in television. In 1988, he 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 Stephen Poliakoff film Close My Eyes (1991) 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 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 about a decade.


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

Subsequent work

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


Owen became 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 appeared in Robert Altman's Gosford Park. He appeared in the 2002 film The Bourne Identity. In 2003, he reteamed with director Mike Hodges in I'll Sleep When I'm Dead. He starred in Beyond Borders as well as King Arthur in King Arthur, for which he learned to ride a horse.


He appeared in the Royal National Theatre debut of the hit play Closer, by Patrick Marber, which was produced as a film in 2004. He played Dan in the play, and played Larry in the film version. His portrayal of Larry in the film received very favourable reviews, as well as the Golden Globe and BAFTA awards, 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."



Owen at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival


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 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 by SkyNews found that he was the public's number one choice to star in the next instalment 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 not offered or approached concerning the role. 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").


In 2006, Owen starred in Children of Men. The film was nominated for various awards, including an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay; Owen worked on the screenplay, although he was uncredited. 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 and Stephen Merchant show Extras. Owen starred in The International (2009), a film which he described as a "paranoid political thriller". He played the lead in The Boys Are Back, an Australian adaptation of the book The Boys Are Back in Town by Simon Carr.


In June 2010 it was announced that Owen and Nicole Kidman would star in an HBO film about Ernest Hemingway and his relationship with Martha Gellhorn entitled Hemingway & Gellhorn. James Gandolfini served as executive producer to the film, written by Barbara Turner and Jerry Stahl. The film was directed by Philip Kaufman and released in 2012.


Owen played the lead in Shadow Dancer, a joint Anglo-Irish production about a young mother who is involved with the Irish Republican Movement. The film co-stars Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson and Aidan Gillen and was directed by James Marsh. In April 2010, he was cast as the lead in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's horror-thriller Intruders.


Owen starred in the film Blood Ties, directed by Guillaume Canet, alongside French actress Marion Cotillard. It was released in June 2013 at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. In 2015, Owen made his Broadway debut in a revival of Harold Pinter's Old Times at the American Airlines Theatre. He was selected to be on the jury for the main competition section of the 2016 Berlin Film Festival.


In October 2017, Owen returned to Broadway as Rene Gallimard in a revival of David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly at the Cort Theatre in New York City.


In 2019, Owen played the role of the defrocked Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon in the West End theatre production of Tennessee Williams' The Night of the Iguana at the Noel Coward Theatre. Also in 2019, he played Dovidl Rapaport in The Song of Names.



Personal life



In November 2006, Owen became patron of the Electric Palace Cinema in Harwich, Essex, and launched an appeal for funds to repair deteriorating elements of the fabric.


He is a supporter of Liverpool FC and narrated the fly on the wall documentary series Being: Liverpool.



Filmography

Film

Year

Title

Role

Notes

1988

Vroom

Jake

film debut

1991

Close My Eyes

Richard

1993

Century

Paul Reisner

1995

The Turnaround

Nick Sharman

1996

The Rich Man's Wife

Jake Golden

1997

Bent

Max

1998

Croupier

Jack Manfred

2000

Greenfingers

Colin Briggs

2001

Ambush

The Driver

1st season of The Hire short film series for BMW

Chosen

The Follow

Star

Powder Keg

Gosford Park

Robert Parks

2002

The Bourne Identity

The Professor

Hostage

The Driver

2nd season of The Hire short film series for BMW

Ticker

Beat the Devil

2003

I'll Sleep When I'm Dead

Will

Beyond Borders

Nick Callahan

2004

King Arthur

Arthur

Closer

Larry

2005

Sin City

Dwight McCarthy

Derailed

Charles Schine

2006

The Pink Panther

Nigel Boswell/Agent 006

uncredited

Inside Man

Dalton Russell

Children of Men

Theo Faron

2007

Shoot 'Em Up

Smith

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Sir Walter Raleigh

2009

The International

Louis Salinger

Duplicity

Ray Koval

The Boys Are Back

Joe Warr

2010

Trust

Will

2011

Killer Elite

Spike

Intruders

John Farrow

2012

Shadow Dancer

Mac

2013

Blood Ties

Chris

Words and Pictures

Jack Marcus

2015

Last Knights

Raiden

2016

The Confirmation

Walt

The Escape

The Driver

3rd season of The Hire short film series for BMW

2017

Killer in Red

Floyd

Short film

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets

Commander Arun Filitt

2018

Ophelia

Claudius

Anon

Sal Frieland

2019

Gemini Man

Clay Varris

The Song of Names

Dovidl

The Informer

Montgomery

2020

Guida romantica a posti perduti

Benno

Owen is dubbed in Italian by Fabio Boccanera, except in the trailer in which he is dubbed by Andrea Lavagnino.

Television

Year

Title

Role

Notes

1987

Rockliffe's Babies

PC Parslew

television debut
Episode: "Up the down Escalator"

1988

Boon

Geoff

Episode: "Peacemaker"

1989

Precious Bane

Gideon Sarn

Television Movie

1990

Lorna Doone

John Ridd

Television Movie

1990–1991

Chancer

Derek Love/Stephen Crane

series regular; 20 episodes

1993

Class of '61

Devin O'Neil

Television Movie

The Magician

Detective Conservative George Byrne

Television Movie

1994

Nobody's Children

Corneliu Bratu

Television Movie

An Evening with Gary Lineker

Bill

Television Movie

Doomsday Gun

Dov

Television Movie

The Return of the Native

Damon Wildeve

Television Movie

1995–1996

Screen Two

Paul/Diggory Venn

2 episodes

1996

Sharman

Nick Sharman

series regular; 4 episodes

1998

The Echo

Deacon

Television Miniseries; 2 episodes

1999

Split Second

Michael Anderson

Television Movie

Second Sight

DCI Ross Tanner

Television Movie

2000

Second Sight: Parasomnia

Television Movie

Second Sight: Kingdom of the Blind

Television Movie

Second Sight: Hide and Seek

Television Movie

2007

Extras

Himself

Episode: "The Extra Special Series Finale"

Hypnose homee

Television short

2012

Hemingway & Gellhorn

Ernest Hemingway

Television Movie

Being: Liverpool

Narrator

Episode: "Silver Shovel"

2014–2015

The Knick

Dr. John W. Thackery

series regular; 20 episodes

2020

Impeachment: American Crime Story

Bill Clinton

Main role

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Himself

Episode: "Insufficient Praise"

TBA

Lisey's Story

Scott Landon

Upcoming miniseries

Stage

Year

Title

Role

Director

Notes

1989

Precious Bane

Gideon Sarn

Christopher Menaul

play

1991

The Philanderer

Mr Joseph Cuthbertson

Brian Cox

play; Hampstead Theatre

The Doctor's Dilemma

unknown

James Maxwell

play; Royal Exchange Theatre

1994

Design for Living

Alfred Lunt

Sean Mathias

play; Donmar Warehouse Theatre

1997

Closer

Dan

Patrick Marber

play; Royal National Theatre

2001

A Day in the Death of Joe Egg

Bri

Laurence Boswell

play; New Ambassadors Theatre

2015

Old Times

Deeley

Douglas Hodge

play; American Airlines Theatre

2017

M Butterfly

Rene Gallimard

Julie Taymor

play; Cort Theatre

2019

The Night Of The Iguana

Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon

James Macdonald

play; Noël Coward Theatre

Video games

Year

Title

Role

Notes

1996

Privateer 2: The Darkening

Lev Arris

Producer

Year

Title

Notes

2009

The Boys Are Back

Feature film; Executive Producer

2014

The Knick

Television Series; 10 episodes/Executive Producer
Episode: "Method and Madness" (2014)
Episode: "Mr. Paris Shoes" (2014)
Episode: "The Busy Flea" (2014)
Episode: "Where the Dignity" (2014)
Episode: "The Captured the Heat" (2014)
Episode: "Start Calling Me Dad" (2014)
Episode: "Get the Rope: (2014)
Episode: "Working Late a Lot" (2014)
Episode: "The Golden Lotus" (2014)
Episode: "Crutchfield" (2014)

Soundtracks

Year

Title

Notes

Song

2012

Hemingway & Gellhorn

Television Movie

"Tutti Mi Chiamano Bionda"

Awards and nominations



Owen has received multiple nominations for his work in both film and television. He has one Academy award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Larry in Closer (2004), three Golden Globe award nominations winning one in 2005 for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his role is Closer; his other two nominations are for his roles in television including made-for-television film Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012) for Best Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, and drama series The Knick (2014) for Best Lead Actor in a Television Series – Drama, one Primetime Emmy award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for his performance in Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012), and two Screen Actors Guild award nominations – winning one in 2002 for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Motion Picture for his performance in Gosford Park (2002).



Year

Title

Accolade

Results

2001

Gosford Park

Award Circuit Community award, Best Cast Ensemble

Nominated

2002

Critics' Choice award, Best Acting Ensemble

Won

Florida Film Critics Circle award, Best Ensemble Cast

Won

Online Film Critics Society award, Best Ensemble

Won

Phoenix Film Critics Society award, Best Acting Ensemble

Nominated

Satellite award, Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Won

Screen Actors Guild award, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Motion Picture

Won

2004

Closer

Award Circuit Community award, Best Supporting Actor

Won

Award Circuit Community award, Best Cast Enemble

Nominated

Boston Society of Film Critics award, Best Supporting Actor

Nominated

Golden Schmoes award, Best Supporting Actor of the Year

Nominated

National Board of Review award, Best Acting by an Ensemble

Won

New York Film Critics Circle award, Best Supporting Actor

Won

Seattle Film Critics award, Best Supporting Actor

Nominated

Toronto Film Critics Association award, Best Supporting Actor

Won

2005

Academy award, Best Supporting Actor

Nominated

British Academy Film award, Best Supporting Actor

Won

Central Ohio Film Critics Association award, Best Supporting Actor

Nominated

Critics' Choice award, Best Supporting Actor

Nominated

Critics' Choice award, Best Acting Ensemble

Nominated

Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association award, Best Supporting Actor

Nominated

Gold Derby award, Best Supporting Actor

Won

Gold Derby award, Best Ensemble Cast

Won

Golden Globe award, Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture

Won

International Cinephile Society award, Best Supporting Actor

Won

International Online Cinema award, Best Supporting Actor

Won

Italian Online Movie award, Best Supporting Actor

Nominated

Las Vegas Film Critics Society award, Best Supporting Actor

Won

London Critics' Circle Film award, British Actor of the Year

Nominated

Online Film & Television Association award, Best Supporting Actor

Won

Online Film Critics Society award, Best Supporting Actor

Nominated

Satellite award, Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama

Nominated

Vancouver Film Critics Circle award, Best Supporting Actor

Nominated

2006

Children of Men

Award Circuit Community award, Best Cast Ensemble

Nominated

Sin City

Critics' Choice award, Best Acting Ensemble

Nominated

Gold Derby award, Best Ensemble Cast

Nominated

Children of Men

Golden Schmoes award, Best Actor of the Year

Nominated

Sin City

MTV Movie + TV award, Best Kiss (shared with Rosario Dawson)

Nominated

2007

Inside Man


Children of Men



Central Ohio Film Critics Association award, Actor of the Year

Won

Children of Men

Italian Online Movie award, Best Lead Actor

Nominated

Russian National Movie award, Best Foreign Actor of the Year

Nominated

Shoot 'Em Up

Satellite award, Best Lead Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical

Nominated

Children of Men

Saturn award, Best Lead Actor

Nominated

2008

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

Russian National Movie award, Best Foreign Actor of the Year

Nominated

2010

The Boys Are Back

Australian Film Institute award, Best Lead Actor

Nominated

2012

Hemingway & Gellhorn

Award Circuit Community award, Best Lead Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Nominated

Gold Derby award, Best Lead Actor in a Television Movie/Miniseries

Nominated

Primetime Emmy award, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie

Nominated

Satellite award, Best Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television

Nominated

2013

N/A

Golden Camera award, Best International Actor

Won

Hemingway & Gellhorn

Golden Globe award, Best Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television

Nominated

Screen Actors Guild award, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries

Nominated

2014

The Knick

IGN Summer Movie award, Best Television Actor

Nominated

N/A

Russian National Movie award, Best Foreign Actor of the Decade

Nominated

The Knick

Satellite award, Best Lead Actor in a Series – Drama

Won

2015

Golden Globe award, Best Lead Actor in a Television Series – Drama

Nominated

2016

Critics' Choice Television award, Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Nominated

Online Film & Television Association award, Best Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Nominated



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