Date of Birth : Oct 3rd 1962
Golden Globe and BAFTA award winning English actor, now a regular performer in Hollywood and independent American films.
He won critical acclaim for his performances in a 1991 Stephen Poliakoff film called Close My Eyes, about a brother and sister who embark on an incestuous love affair. Due to personal conflicts with the press, Owen decided not to appear in television programmes for a while. However, he subsequently appeared in The Magician, Class Of ’61, Century, Nobody’s Children, An Evening With Gary Lineker, Doomsday Gun, Return Of The Native, The Turnaround and then a Carlton production called 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 in 1998. 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 for a decade.
He became well known to North American audiences in the summer of 2001 after starring as The Driver in the BMW films. He then appeared in Robert Altman’s Gosford Park, alongside an all-star cast including Helen Mirren and Ryan Phillippe. He has also appeared in The Bourne Identity, along with American actor Matt Damon. In 2003 he starred in other films including Trevor Preston’s I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead and Beyond Borders before taking on the title role in King Arthur. He took horse-riding lessons for the latter role.