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English film, television and stage actor Clive OwenOwen in February 2009Born (1964-10-03) 3 October 1964 (age 55)
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 Best Supporting Actor 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 nomination.Contents
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 production called A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, about a couple with a severely handicapped daughter.Ongoing 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 rave 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 shot 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.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 Post-production Television Year Title Role Notes 1987 Rockliffe's Babies PC Parslew television debut
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 MenCentral 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 References