Clive Owen was born in Coventry, Warwickshire,
England in 1965. He won acceptance to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1984. After he graduated he joined the Young Vic Theatre Company, playing Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Claudio in Measure for Measure. He then went on to make a guest appearance in the TV series Boon in 1986. This was closely followed in 1988 with his first film Vroom in which he teamed up with David Thewlis and Diana Quick. It was also in 1988 that Clive appeared on TV screens for the first time in the BBC's adaptation of Precious
Clive in a
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In 1990 Clive appeared as Stephen Crane in Chancer. In the same year he also appeared on TV in Lorna Doone. 1991 saw Clive in another film, Close My Eyes, in which he played an ambitious businessman who is seduced by his older sister, Saskia
Reeves, and then become obsessed. This was followed in 1993 by Century,
in which Clive played a Jewish doctor opposite Charles Dance. He also
appeared on television the same year in The Magician, and in Class of
'61 as an Irish graduate of West Point who goes off to fight in the
1994 was a very productive year for Clive with one film, The Turnaround, 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 Privateer 2: The Darkening and Jake Golden
in The Rich Man's Wife.
In 1997 Clive took on his most challenging film role to date, playing a concentration camp inmate in Bent with Ian McKellan. In the same year he also appeared on the London stage in Closer. This was followed in 1998 by his role as Jack Manfred in Croupier; and as Michael Deacon in the TV drama The Echo with Joely
Richardson. In 1999 Clive's played Colin Briggs in the film Green
Following the original series of BMW Films, Clive starred
alongside Matt Damon in The Bourne Identify.
Set against dramatic European backdrops, The Bourne Identity is
the story of a man (Matt Damon), salvaged, near death, from the
ocean by the crew of an Italian fishing boat. When he recuperates,
the man suffers from total amnesia. He is completely without
identity or background, but possesses a range of extraordinary
talents in fighting, linguistic skills and self-defense that speak
of a dangerous past. He sets out on a desperate search—assisted by
the initially rebellious Marie (Franka Potente) to discover who he
really is, and why he is being pursued by assassins.
Along the way, there is a terrific chase scene in a
classic Mini through