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Biography #2 (for Children of Men)

Clive Owen's performance in the title role of Mike Hodges' sleeper hit Croupier had critics comparing him to the likes of Bogart, Mitchum and Connery.

Owen first came to the U.K. public's attention as the star of the television series Chancer. U.S. audiences later saw him starring opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones in Jack Gold's telefilm adaptation of The Return of the Native, which aired on CBS. More recently, he starred in the BBC's Second Sight police dramas, in which he starred as DCI Ross Tanner, which aired on PBS's Mystery!

His U.K. telefilm credits also include Andrew Grieve's Lorna Doone, Andy Wilson's An Evening with Gary Lineker, Diarmuid Lawrence's The Echo and David Blair's Split Second.

Owen's feature films also include Beeban Kidron's Vroom; Stephen Poliakoff's Close My Eyes and Century; Sean Mathias' Bent; Joel Hershman's Greenfingers; and Robert Altman's star-studded Gosford Park. His acclaimed stage work includes portraying Romeo at the Young Vic, starring in Sean Mathias' staging of Noel Coward's Design for Living, and playing the lead role in Patrick Marber's original production of Closer at the Royal National Theater.

In the fall of 2001, he starred in London in Lawrence Boswell's staging of Peter Nichols' A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, and in The Hire series of BMW Internet short features, in which he was directed by (respectively) John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar-Wai, Guy Ritchie and Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Owen's next films only added to his already brilliant and diverse choice of film credits. He chose Beyond Borders, a romantic war drama, co-starring Angelina Jolie; Mike Hodges' thriller I'll Sleep When I'm Dead; the action war drama King Arthur; and Sin City, which co-starred Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Rosario Dawson and Jessica Alba.

In 2005, Owen won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as Larry in Closer, directed by Mike Nichols. The film also starred Julia Roberts, Jude Law and Natalie Portman.

Owen was seen last fall in Derailed, opposite Jennifer Aniston, and went on to star in Spike Lee's Inside Man, opposite Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster. His upcoming projects include the action film Shoot 'Em Up and The Golden Age-a follow-up to the 1998 film Elizabeth-in which Clive plays Sir Walter Raleigh.

Bio courtesy Universal Pictures for "Children of Men" (04-Jan-2007)


Biography #3 (for King Arthur)

English-born actor Clive Owen studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Two years after leading RADA, at the age of 24, Owen was parachuted into the public consciousness when he played sharpsuited wheeler-dealer, Stephen Crane in the TV series, Chancer. He followed that mainstream success with a number of strong acting performances, most notably in Close My Eyes, in which he played a character who was having an incestuous relationship with his sister, and later in Bent, in which he played a gay man in Nazi Germany.

Throughout the 1990s, Clive Owen switched between stage and screen. On stage, he appeared in The Philanderer, Design for Living, and Closer, while on-screen there were a number of winning roles, including Century, An Evening with Gary Lineker, and the title character, Nick Sharman, in the TV series Sharman.

Owen played the lead role of DCI Ross Tanner in a quartet of full-length TV features Second Sight which was a popular and critical success in both the UK and the US (where it aired on PBS).

After his compelling performance as Jack Manfred in Croupier, a sleeper hit in the US in 2000, Clive Owen's star was firmly in the ascendancy. Robert Altman cast him in the award-winning period drama Gosford Park and he appeared alongside Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity. In the past three years, he has played The Driver in a series of high concept BMW advertisements (Hire) and has also played on stage in a West End production of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. He was most recently seen in the feature films Beyond Borders with Angelina Jolie and I'll Sleep When I'm Dead, which reunited him with Croupier director Mike Hodges.

Bio courtesy Buena Vista for "King Arthur" (03-Jul-2004)


Biography #4

Clive Owen received wide acclaim for his starring role in Mike Hodges' Croupier. Born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England, Owen has a long lsit of credits that include the feature films Vroom, Close My Eyes, Century, The Rich Man's Wife, Bent and The Echo. He was seen most recently in the comedy Green Fingers and in Robert Altman's Gosford Park.

Owen's extensive television work on both sides of the Atlantic have included starring roles in the series Chancer, Sharman, Split Second and the recent BBC hit Second Sight; and the TV movies Lorna Doone, Class of '61, The Magician, Nobody's Children, An Evening With Gary Lineker, The Return of the native and Doomsday Gun.

While filming his role in The Bourne Identity, Owen began shooting a series of unique Internet-based Omini-movies for BMWfilms.com and executive producer David Fincher, portraying a character who recurs in each film. These shorts were being directed by such filmmakers as Ang Lee, John Frankenheimer, Guy Ritchie and Wong Kar-Wai.

updated 01-Jan-2000