Clive Owen

Mimi ON Sep 30, 2009 AT 3:16 pm

Clive Owen

Clive Owen

Mr. Owen was born in Warwickshire, England, in 1964. Though he experienced a (self-described) rough childhood, he received an early taste for performance when he played the Artful Dodger in a production of Oliver!.  As a young adult, he attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and graduated in 1987. Before ever entering the film industry, Owen appeared in several of Shakespeare’s plays at the Young Vic. It was here that he met his own Juliet—whom he would eventually wed—in a funny happening that he later called “very schmaltzy.”

Owen first broke into the spotlight when he starred in the British film Vroom (1988). He went on to a number of television gigs, including ITV’s Chancer and a variety of both mini-movies and series. The young actor took a gamble on his role in Stephen Poliakoff’s 1991 film Close My Eyes. Here Owen portrayed a man involved in an incestuous affair with his older sister, an affair that provided for Owen’s first instance of on-camera nudity. The controversial performance cost him several commercial endorsements, but this could not hinder his bright future.

Clive Owen in Sin City

Clive Owen in Sin City

American success hit when Owen starred in a string of films including Gosford Park (2001), The Bourne Identity (2002), and King Arthur (2004), in which he played the title role. His popularity jumped in 2005 with his part in Frank Miller’s comic book thriller Sin City. In 2006, he starred alongside Michael Caine and Julianne Moore in Children of Men, nominated for 3 Academy Awards as well as a slew of others. Owen’s career only accelerated following this performance.

Owen’s most recent project is The Boys Are Back, one of the gala films featured at the 2009 BFI London Film Festival. Based on the Simon Carr memoir of a similar name, the story follows a newly single parent of two young boys. Owen’s character is forced to face the death of his second wife as well as the prospect of maintaining the household for his sons. LFF artistic director Sandra Hebron touts this performance as Owen’s best yet.

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