Clive Owen is an actor who is already a sensation in the United Kingdom. He earned international fame for playing the deranged professor who tried to kill Matt Damon in The Bourne Identity, for portraying Larry the dermatologist in Closer and for bringing justice to the apocalypse in Sin City.
The fourth of five brothers, Clive Owen was born in Coventry, West Midlands, England on October 3, 1964. Described as the next great ruffian actor, following the path carved by Tim Roth and Terence Stamp, he came from squalid surroundings and had to stand up for himself early on, especially when it came to chasing his acting ambition.
Although he was initially opposed to drama school, Owen changed his mind after a long and fruitless period of searching for work. In 1987, he graduated the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art with a class that included Ralph Fiennes and Jane Horrocks. Shortly after, he landed a spot at the Vic, performing in several William Shakespeare plays. He then established a career in television, starring as Gideon Sarn on a BBC television production of Precious Bane before his lead role on Chancer.
On the big screen, Owen won critical acclaim for his role in the 1991 Stephen Poliakoff film called Close My Eyes, which is about a brother and sister who embark on an incestuous love affair. Subsequently, he was cast in The Magician, Class of '61, Century, Nobody's Children, An Evening with Gary Lineker, Doomsday Gun, Return of the Native, The Turnaround and Sharman. Following a series of movie projects, 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 in 1998.
Clive Owen became well known to American audiences in the summer of 2001 after starring as The Driver in The Hire, a series of short films sponsored by BMW. But his fans finally got to see another side of him, one that won Owen several awards and an Oscar nomination, as he appeared in the West End and Broadway hit play Closer, by Patrick Marber, which also became a film in 2005.