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, Academy Award for his performance in the drama ''Closer (2004 film), Closer'' (2004). Owen has played leading roles in films such as ''Sin City (film), Sin City'' (2005), ''Derailed (2005 film), Derailed'' (2005), ''Inside Man'' (2006), ''Children of Men'' (2006), and ''The International (2009 film), The International'' (2009). In 2012, he earned his first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, 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 for Best Actor – Television Series Drama nomination.

Early life

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 music, 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 William Shakespeare, Shakespearean plays.


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 Network, 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 (film), Century'', ''Nobody's Children (1994 film), Nobody's Children'', ''An Evening with Gary Lineker'', ''Doomsday Gun'', ''Return of the Native'' and a Carlton production called ''Sharman (TV series), 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 (TV 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 revival of Peter Nichols' play ''A Day in the Death of Joe Egg'', about a couple with a severely handicapped daughter.

Subsequent work

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 (2002 film), The Bourne Identity''. In 2003, he reteamed with director Mike Hodges in ''I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (2003 film), I'll Sleep When I'm Dead''. He starred in ''Beyond Borders (film), Beyond Borders'' as well as King Arthur in ''King Arthur (2004 film), King Arthur'', for which he learned to ride a horse. He appeared in the Royal National Theatre debut of the hit play ''Closer (play), Closer'', by Patrick Marber, which was produced as a Closer (2004 film), film in 2004. He played Dan in the play, and played Larry in the film version. His portrayal of Larry in the film received very favourable reviews, as well as the Golden Globe and BAFTA awards, and an Academy Awards, Academy Award nomination for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, 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." After ''Closer'', he appeared in ''Derailed (2005 film), Derailed'' alongside Jennifer Aniston, the comic book thriller (genre), thriller ''Sin City (film), Sin City'' as the Film noir, 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 (magazine), 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 (2006 film), 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 (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 (TV series), Extras''. Owen starred in ''The International (2009 film), The International'' (2009), a film which he described as a "paranoid political thriller". He played the lead in ''The Boys Are Back (film), 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 (screenwriter), Barbara Turner and Jerry Stahl. The film was directed by Philip Kaufman and released in 2012. Owen played the lead in ''Shadow Dancer (film), Shadow Dancer'', a joint Anglo-Irish production about a young mother who is involved with the Irish Republican Army, Irish Republican Movement. The film co-stars Andrea Riseborough, Gillian Anderson and Aidan Gillen and was directed by James Marsh (director), James Marsh. In April 2010, he was cast as the lead in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's horror-thriller ''Intruders (2011 film), Intruders''. Owen starred in the film ''Blood Ties (2013 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 theatre, 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 Berlinale, 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 Noël Coward Theatre. Also in 2019, he played Dovidl Rapaport in ''The Song of Names.'' He will play Bill Clinton in the upcoming miniseries ''American Crime Story, Impeachment: American Crime Story''.

Personal life

In November 2006, Owen became patron of the Electric Palace Cinema, Harwich, Electric Palace Cinema in Harwich, Harwich, Essex, and launched an appeal for funds to repair deteriorating elements of the fabric. He is a supporter of Liverpool F.C., Liverpool FC and narrated the fly on the wall documentary series ''Being: Liverpool''.





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Awards and nominations

Owen has received multiple nominations for his work in both film and television. He has one Academy Awards, Academy Award nomination for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actor for his role as Larry in ''Closer (2004 film), Closer'' (2004), three Golden Globe Award nominations, winning one in 2005 for Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture for his role in ''Closer''; his other two nominations are for his roles in television including made-for-television film ''Hemingway & Gellhorn'' (2012) for Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, Best Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, and drama series ''The Knick'' (2014) for Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama, Best Lead Actor in a Television Series – Drama, one Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie nomination for his performance in ''Hemingway & Gellhorn'' (2012), and two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations – winning one in 2002 for Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Motion Picture for his performance in ''Gosford Park'' (2002).


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