Clive Owen

Mostly Credited As: Clive Owen
Birth Name: Clive Owen
Date Of Birth: October 03, 1962 (Age 53)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Keresley, Coventry, Warwickshire, England
Height: 6' 2 ½" (1.89 m)

Clive Owen

Clive Owen was born in October, 1964, in Coventry. His father, a Country and Western singer, walked out on the family when Clive was three (he'd not meet him again for 16 years). Clive was raised by his mother and stepfather, the latter working in the ticket office for British Rail. Clive was the fourth of five brothers. The eldest was Garry, now a salesman. Then came Alan and Lee, musicians (they'd release a single called Heartbeat), then Clive and Scott.

Attending Binley Park Comprehensive School, Clive was initially a good student, in the top stream. Then something thoroughly unexpected happened. Clive has often said that, for some unknown reason, he always wanted to act. But it was only after he played the Artful Dodger in a production of Oliver! that everyone else knew it too. Bitten badly by the bug, he couldn't concentrate on anything else, putting all his energy into the youth theatre he joined at 13. His schoolwork fell away dramatically. Sitting nine O-levels, he passed only one - English.

His persistence was amazing, really. When he first announced in class that he wanted to act, his teacher encouraged all the other kids to laugh at him. Thankfully the steely intensity he exudes onscreen is a real part of his character and he kept at it. He grew to hate school deeply.

Come 1984, his situation was desperate, so desperate that his altered his anti-education stance and, applying to RADA, was accepted. His fellow pupils including Ralph Fiennes and Jane Horrocks, he did well, graduating in 1987. He also had a stroke of luck, experience-wise. While at RADA, his class worked on a new Howard Barker play, then being performed at the Royal Court with Gary Oldman in the lead. When Oldman fell ill, Clive was asked to step in - being the only other actor in the world who knew the part.

After graduation, Owen went looking for stage work. He appeared in The Cat And The Canary at Watford, and Twelfth Night at the Crucible in Sheffield. Then he won a place at the Young Vic, playing in Romeo And Juliet and Measure For Measure and, in Manchester, The Doctor's Dilemma. He also met his wife. Onstage. In an incident so romantic it borders on cliché, while playing Romeo he fell for his Juliet, Sarah Jane Fenton. Though their relationship would occasionally be turbulent, with the couple splitting up several times, it would last, the pair marrying in 1995 and eventually producing two daughters, Hannah and Eve.

It was all looking good. In 1988, Clive made his film debut, in Vroom. Here he and David Thewlis played two northern lads who restore a classic American car and take off on the road. Before they leave, though, Clive picks up sexy widow Diana Quick, who adds serious spice to the trip. Next he showed a very dark side with his portrayal of the psychotic Gideon Sarn, alongside Janet McTeer's Prue Sarn, in the historical costume drama Precious Bane. And then came a big TV hit when he played John Ridd, the man who takes Lorna Doone to the altar in RD Blackmore's classic. Polly Walker was his Lorna and Sean Bean, of course, was the brooding Carver Doone.

After that came stardom with his role in Chancer as the roguish Stephen Crane. Unfortunately though, Clive left the role after a short time due to the fear of being typecasted. In recent years, he has successfully moved from television on to the big screen with hit films such as Gosford Park, Beyond Borders, King Arthur, and Closer.

Clive currently resides in the UK with his wife, actress Sarah-Jane Fenton, and their daughters Hannah and Eve.

Movie Credits

Sin City 2 (2006) - Dwight McCarthy
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2006) - Sir Walter Raleigh
Shoot 'Em Up (2006) - Mr. Smith
The Children of Men (2006) - Theodore Faron
Inside Man (2006) - Dalton Russell
The Pink Panther (2006) - Agent 006
Derailed (2005/I) - Charles Schine
Sin City (2005) - Dwight McCarthy
Closer (2004/I) - Larry
King Arthur (2004) - Arthur
Beyond Borders (2003) - Nick Callahan
I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003) - Will
The Hire: Ticker (2002) - The Driver
The Hire: Beat the Devil (2002) - Driver
The Hire: Hostage (2002) - The Driver
The Bourne Identity (2002) - The Professor
Gosford Park (2001) - Robert Parks
The Hire: Powder Keg (2001) - The Driver
The Hire: Star (2001) - The Driver
The Hire: The Follow (2001) - The Driver
The Hire: Chosen (2001) - The Driver
The Hire: Ambush (2001) - The Driver
Greenfingers (2000/I) - Colin Briggs
Bent (1997) - Max
The Rich Man's Wife (1996) - Jake Golden
The Turnaround (1994) - Nick Sharman
Century (1993) - Paul Reisner
Close My Eyes (1991) - Richard
Vroom (1988) - Jake

... and many more.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
The Knick (2014)As: Dr. John W. Thackery
Being: Liverpool (2012)As: Narrator -- [Voice]
Second Sight (2000)As: D.C.I. Ross Tanner
Sharman (1995)As: Nick Sharman
Chancer (1990)As: Stephen Crane, later Derek Love
Episode Cast Credits 

Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014) 
  Clive Owen, Rachel Dratch, Tim Gunn 02x134: (Oct/26/2015) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Clive Owen, Sarah Paulson, Chase Rice 01x83: (Aug/06/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter (2015) 
  Drama Actors 01x02: (Aug/09/2015) As Himself 

The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014) 
  Clive Owen, Nina Dobrev, the Head & the Heart 01x101: (Aug/05/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The View (1997) 
  Clive Owen, Josh Henderson, guest co-hosts Nicolle Wallace & Kayleigh McEnany 17x214: (Aug/04/2014) As Himself 

etalk (2002) 
  On set of the 'Corner Gas' movie in Regina; a new interview with Clive Owen 12x234: (Jul/24/2014) As Himself 

Live with Kelly & Michael (1983) 
  Clive Owen, Bella Thorne, Lily Allen 32x191: (May/26/2014) As Himself 
  Clive Owen, Khloe Kardashian Odom, Il Volo 31x193: (May/29/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Clive Owen; Melina Kanakaredes 28x13: (Sep/23/2009) As Himself 
  Clive Owen, Keke Palmer, Gavin Degraw 27x145: (Mar/20/2009) As Himself 

Today (US) (1952) 
  Season 63, Episode 93 63x93: (May/21/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) 
  Clive Owen, Joely Fisher, the Backstreet Boys 07x23: (Oct/08/2009) As Himself 

Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2009) 
  Clive Owen, Joanna Garcia, Living Colour 01x115: (Sep/21/2009) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Clive Owen, Paul Teutul, Sr., Vampire Weekend 01x13: (Mar/18/2009) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001) 
  David Attenborough, Emily Blunt, Clive Owen, U2 16x06: (Feb/27/2009) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Bill Bailey, Jodie Kidd, Clive Owen, The Streets 06x08: (Apr/30/2004) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Extras (2005) 
  Christmas Special (Dec/27/2007) As Himself 

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Clive Owen, Alan Alda, Dinosaur Jr. 14x188: (Sep/05/2007) As Himself 
  Clive Owen, Steve Carell, The Fabulous Moolah, The Great Mae Young 12x96: (Mar/23/2005) As Himself 

The Early Show (1999) 
  Karen James, Beyonce Knowles, Clive Owen 08x80: (Dec/22/2006) As Himself 
  Season 6, Episode 154 06x154: (Mar/31/2005) As Himself 

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996) 
  Clive Owen 11x36: (Mar/20/2006) As Himself 

Icons (2002) 
  Frank Miller 04x03: (Mar/31/2005) As Himself 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 77th Annual Academy Awards 53x01: (Feb/27/2005) As Nominee: Best Supporting Actor, [Co-Guest Stars]

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 62x01: (Jan/16/2005) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (for 'Closer') 

Hallmark Hall Of Fame (1951) 
  Return of the Native 44x01: (Dec/04/1994) As Damon Wildeve 

Boon (1986) 
  Peacemaker 04x09: (Dec/27/1988) As Geoff 

Rockliffe's Babies (1987) 
  Up the Down Escalator 01x07: (Feb/20/1987) As PC Parslew 

Clive was raised by his raised by his mother and stepfather.

Clive has four brothers.

Clive was accepted into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1984. After he graduated, he joined the Young Vic Theatre.

In 2004, Clive won the TFCA Award for Best Supporting Performance, Male for: Closer (2004/I).

In 2002, Clive won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture for: Gosford Park (2001).

In 2002, Clive was nominated for the PFCS Award for Best Acting Ensemble for: Gosford Park (2001).

In 2002, Clive won the OFCS Award for Best Ensemble for: Gosford Park (2001).

In 2005, Clive was nominated for the OFCS Award for Best Supporting Actor for: Closer (2004/I).

In 2004, Clive won the NYFCC Award for Best Supporting Actor for: Closer (2004/I).

In 2004, Clive won the NBR Award for Best Acting by an Ensemble for: Closer (2004/I). It was shared with: Jude Law, Natalie Portman, and Julia Roberts.

More Trivia
Clive Owen Quotes
The sexiest part of the body is the eyes. Corny, but that's what I believe. They're what connect us as human beings.

I'd never make a porn film. Other than that, there's nothing that I'm afraid of. I'm not a Method actor, so I don't torture myself. I just regret the ones that weren't any good. But, likely, there haven't been too many turkeys.