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CLIVE OWEN's (Sir Walter Raleigh) 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. U.S. 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 he performed as DCI Ross Tanner, and which aired on PBS's Mystery!

His 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 Theatre.

In the fall of 2001, he starred in London in Laurence Boswell's staging of Peter Nichols' A Day in the Death of Joe Egg and in The Hire series of BMW Internet short features, in which he was directed by (respectively) John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar-Wai, Guy Ritchie and Alejandro González Iñárritu.

Clive'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, which co-starred Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Rosario Dawson and Jessica Alba.

In 2005, Clive 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.

Clive was seen in 2005 in Derailed, opposite Jennifer Aniston, and went on to star in Spike Lee's 2006 Inside Man, opposite Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster, and the more recent Children of Men, co-starring Julianne Moore and Michael Caine, under the direction of Alfonso Cuarón. He was most recently seen starring in the action thriller Shoot ‘Em Up, with Paul Giamatti and Monica Bellucci for writer/director Michael Davis.


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