Clive Owen

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Clive Owen in San Sebastian (2005)

Clive Owen (born October 3, 1964 in Coventry , Warwickshire , England ) is a British theater and film actor . Among others, he is a Golden Globe and BAFTA award winner.


Clive Owen grew up with four brothers as the second youngest with his mother. His father, a country and western singer, left the family when Clive was three years old. From then on, he was raised by his mother and stepfather, a conductor.

Acting career

His first appearance in a movie was in Vroom in 1988 . The general public first became aware of him through his role in the television series Chancer (1990). In the mid-1990s, Owen was seen alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones in the feature film adaptation of The Return of the Native (1994) and in the television films An Evening With Gary Lineker (1994) and Split Second (1999). On the big screen and on television, Owen appeared in many films in the years that followed. The more well-known productions include Land in Flammen (1992), Century (1993), Land of the Lost Children (1994) and Tödliche Konspopung (1996). In 1997, Owen was recognized for his performance in the film Bent . In it he played a concentration camp inmate, alongside Mick Jagger , Lothaire Bluteau and Ian McKellen , among others .

Regarding his performance in the Mike Hodges hit Croupier from 1998, critics drew comparisons to stars like Humphrey Bogart and Sean Connery . Other major productions that Owen took part in were The Eye of the Law and Greenfingers . He also appeared in Robert Altman's Gosford Park from 2001. Productions in the following years included Beyond All Borders , King Arthur , Sin City , Inside Man and Children of Men . He received the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Close by Julia Roberts , Jude Law and Natalie Portman . He was nominated for an Oscar in the same category for the role in January 2005 .

Owen at the Berlinale (2009)

In the remake of The Pink Panther (2006) Owen had a guest appearance. In The International (2009) he embodied Naomi Watts and Armin Mueller-Stahl as an Interpol investigator in the field of financial affairs in organized crime. From 2014 to 2015, Owen played surgeon Dr. John Thackery in The Knick series , set in a New York hospital at the beginning of the 20th century .

In addition, Owen also appears in the theater. His many credits include appearances in the Noël Coward -Stück Design for Living and starred in Closer by Patrick Marber . In autumn 2001 he appeared in the West End of London in A Day in The Death of Joe Egg by Peter Nichols .

Owen was also featured in several commercials. In the short film series The Hire for BMW he acted under well-known directors such as Ang Lee , Guy Ritchie and John Frankenheimer alongside stars such as Gary Oldman , Madonna , James Brown , Don Cheadle and F. Murray Abraham . In 1996 he played the lead role in the video game Privateer 2 - The Darkening alongside Christopher Walken , John Hurt and Jürgen Prochnow .

Owen's German dubbing voice is Tom Vogt's .


Since May 6, 1995 Owen is married to the actress Sarah-Jane Fenton, with whom he has two daughters.


In 2016 Owen was appointed to the jury of the 66th Berlinale .

He is also a model for men's products for the Lancôme brand and a brand ambassador for SAP .


movie theater
watch TV
  • 1989: Precious Bane
  • 1989: Capital City (TV series)
  • 1990: Lorna Doone
  • 1990: Chancer (TV series)
  • 1993: Land in Flames (Class of '61)
  • 1993: The Magician
  • 1994: Doomsday Gun - The Weapon of Satan (Doomsday Gun)
  • 1994: Nobody's Children ( Nobody's Children )
  • 1994: The Return of the Native
  • 1995: Bad Boys Blues
  • 1996: Sharman (TV series)
  • 1998: The Echo
  • 1999: Split Second 2
  • 1999: Second Sight (TV series)
  • 2000: Second Sight: Parasomnia (TV series)
  • 2000: Second Sight: Kingdom of the Blind (TV series)
  • 2000: Second Sight: Hide and Seek (TV series)
  • 2007: Extras (TV series)
  • 2012: Hemingway & Gellhorn
  • 2014–2015: The Knick (TV series)
Video games / commercials
  • 1996: Privateer 2 - The Darkening (video game)
  • 2001: The Hire - Ambush (BMW short film)
  • 2001: The Hire - Chosen (BMW short film)
  • 2001: The Hire - The Follow (BMW short film)
  • 2001: The Hire - Star (BMW short film)
  • 2001: The Hire - Powder Keg (BMW short film)
  • 2002: The Hire - Hostage (BMW short film)
  • 2002: The Hire - Beat the Devil (BMW short film)
  • 2002: The Hire - Ticker (BMW short film)
  • 2016: The Escape (BMW short film)
  • 2017: SAP - Turning thinking into action (SAP short film)


Best Acting Company (Gosford Park)
  • Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards 2002
Best Ensemble (Gosford Park)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Close)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Film (Close)
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Close) - nominated
Best actor, international

Web links

Commons : Clive Owen  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. W&V website: Clive Owen thinks for SAP , accessed on January 5, 2018.