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CLIVE OWEN's (Dalton Russell) performance in the title role of Mike Hodges' sleeper hit Croupier had critics comparing him to the likes of Bogart, Mitchum, and Connery.

Owen first came to the U.K. public's attention as the star of the television series Chancer. American audiences later saw him starring opposite Catherine Zeta-Jones in Jack Gold's telefilm adaptation of The Return of the Native, which aired on CBS. More recently, he starred in the BBC's Second Sight police dramas, in which played DCI Ross Tanner, which aired on PBS's Mystery!

Owen's U.K. telefilm credits also include Andrew Grieve's Lorna Doone, Andy Wilson's An Evening with Gary Lineker, Diarmuid Lawrence's The Echo and David Blair's Split Second.

Owen's feature films also include Beeban Kidron's Vroom, Stephen Poliakoff's Close My Eyes and Century, Sean Mathias' Bent, Joel Hershman's Greenfingers and Robert Altman's star-studded Gosford Park. His acclaimed stage work includes portraying Romeo at the Young Vic, starring in Sean Mathias' staging of Noel Coward's Design for Living, and playing the lead role in Patrick Marber's original production of Closer at the Royal National Theater.

In the fall of 2001, he starred in London in Lawrence Boswell's staging of Peter Nichols' A Day in the Death of Joe Egg. He was also seen worldwide in The Hire, a series of BMW Internet short features, in which he was directed by John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar-wai, Guy Ritchie and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu.

Owen's next films only added to his already brilliant and diverse choice of film credits. He chose Beyond Borders, a romantic war drama co-starring Angelina Jolie; Mike Hodges' thriller I'll Sleep When I'm Dead; the action war drama King Arthur; and Sin City, in which he co-starred with Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Rosario Dawson and Jessica Alba.

In 2005, Owen won a Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award® for his role as Larry in Closer, directed by Mike Nichols. The film also starred Julia Roberts, Jude Law and Natalie Portman.

Owen was most recently seen starring opposite Jennifer Aniston in the thriller Derailed. He recently finished production on Children of Men, which co-stars Julianne Moore.

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