CAIRO – 3 October 2017: British film star, Clive Owen, celebrates his 53rd birthday today, on October 3. Famous for his roles in “Sin City,” “Children of Men,” and “Closer;” Owen is best known for his soulful and strong characters.
Born in England in 1964, Owen started off at a school musical when he was only 12, a humble start to what would become a thriving career. After performing in several plays during his youth, including adaptations of Shakespeare’s works, Owen had his film debut in 1988’s "Vroom," a love story about a young man’s pursuit of an older woman, using his friend’s renovated Chevrolet car to take her out on rides.
His big acting break came with 1998’s "Croupier," a neo-noir film where Owen played an aspiring novelist who is hired by a London Casino and tries to use his experiences as a basis for a new novel; only to find that he is way in over his head. This was the film that helped put Owen on the map, and Hollywood executives sniffed his potential out.
On his way to Hollywood, Owen starred as a villain in 2002’s "The Bourne Identity," and began to find himself in the lead role more often as his talents grew recognized. In 2004, he played King Arthur in the 2004 movie with the same name, but it was his role in "Closer" of that same year that shot Owen to fame. Starring Natalie Portman and Jude Law, "Closer" followed the tangled lives of four young people in a relationship, focusing on sexual jealously and lies. The film won Owen his first Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination.
A year later, Owen got a lead role in "Sin City," an adaptation of a slick graphic novel by Frank Miller. Stylishly filmed in black and white, the movie followed three stories centered on a corrupt and degenerate city, and featured Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba and Elijah Wood.
Then came 2006’s "Children of Men," set in a world where humanity is rendered sterile and forced into a slow extinction as no more children are born. Owen played a former activist who is tasked with leading the last pregnant woman on earth to safety. The film was nominated for two Oscars and proved to be one of Owen’s best received movies, assuring his competence as a leading man.
More recently, Owen has starred in the 2016 medical drama TV series "The Knick," and even had a supporting role in this year’s
"Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets."
Owen’s capability of playing a variety of roles both on the silver screen and the TV has assured him a place as one of Britain’s most versatile actors.