Clive Owen (1964-) b. Keresley, Coventry, England.
Clive Owen won acceptance to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1984. After he graduated he made his professional stage debut as a member of the Young Vic Theatre. He then went on to make a guest appearance in the TV series "Boon" in 1986. This was closely followed in by his first film Vroom (1988) in which he teamed up with David Thewlis and Diana Quick. The following year Owen appeared on screens in the BBC’s adaptation of Mary Webb‘s "Precious Blane" (1989).
In 1990 he got his big break as Stephen Crane in the popular ITV mini-series "Chancer". 1991 saw Owen earn praise for his performance in Steven Poliakoff’s film Close My Eyes (1991), in which he played an ambitious businessman who is seduced by his older sister, Saskia Reeves. This was followed in 1993 by another Poliakoff project, Century (1993), in which Clive played a Jewish doctor opposite Charles Dance.
1994 was a very productive year for Clive with one film, The Turnaround (1994), and four television appearances – "Doomsday Gun"; "Nobody’s Children"; "An Evening with Gary Lineker"; and "The Return of the Native" for which he received high acclaim. In 1996 he starred as private investigator Nick Sharman in the series "Sharman"; and then returned to film in The Rich Man’s Wife (1996).
In 1997 Owen took on his most challenging film role to date, playing a concentration camp inmate in the Holocaust drama Bent (1997) with Sir Ian McKellen. This was followed in 1998 by his role as Jack Manfred in Mike Hodges‘ Croupier (1998), the film flopped in Britain but was a sleeper hit in the US. On TV that year Owen appeared as Michael Deacon in the BBC drama "The Echo" with Joely Richardson. In 1999 Clive’s played Detective Inspector Ross Tanner, a policeman suffering a virus that affects his ability to see, in the BBC series "Second Sight", and Colin Briggs, a prisoner with a flair for gardening in the film Greenfingers (2000).