VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS
Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner CLIVE OWEN
(Commander Arun Filitt) is celebrated by audiences in the U.K., the United
States and around the world. His diverse choice of film credits proves him to be
one of the most versatile actors of our day. With his captivating performance in
the title role of Mike Hodges' sleeper hit Croupier, critics have compared him
to the likes of Bogart, Mitchum, and Connery! In 2005, he proved himself a
screen star by winning a Golden Globe and picking up an Academy Award
nomination for his role as "Larry" in Mike Nichols' Closer. The film also
starred Julia Roberts, Jude Law and Natalie Portman.
Owen, a British actor, first came onto the scene in several British and American
telefilms. In 1991, he starred in his first big hit, the UK television series "
Chancer." Other U.K. telefilm credits included the BBC's "Second Sight," which
aired on PBS's MYSTERY!
Owen made his film debut in Beeban Kidron's Vroom in 1988, in which he restores
a classic-American car to take off on the road with costar David Thewlis. Then,
in 1991, he went on to play a brother who acts upon his incestuous feelings in
Stephen Poliakoff's Close My Eyes. Later, he continued to play complex
characters as he stars as a reckless homosexual in corrupt pre-war Germany who
finds unconditional love while in a Nazi war camp in Sean Mathias' Bent. In 2001
and 2002 respectively, he went on to star in Joel Hershman's offbeat British
comedy, Greenfingers, Mike Hodges' Croupier and Robert Altman' s star-studded
Owen's next films only added to his already brilliant and varied choice of film
credits. He starred with Angelina Jolie in the romantic war drama Beyond
Borders; the Mike Hodges thriller I'll Sleep When I Am Dead; action war drama
King Arthur; Sin City, which co-starred Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Rosario
Dawson and Jessica Alba; Derailed opposite Jennifer Aniston; Spike Lee's
Inside Man opposite Denzel Washington and Jodie Foster; Alfonso Cuaron's
critically acclaimed dystopian thriller Children of Men opposite Julianne Moore
and Michael Caine; Michael Davis's Shoot Em Up and Elizabeth: The Golden Age
with Cate Blanchett, where he portrayed Sir Walter Raleigh. Other film credits
include Tony Gilroy's Duplicity opposite Julia Roberts, The International with
Naomi Watts, Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's The Intruders, Scott Hicks' Boys are
Back, Trust with Catherine Keener and Viola Davis, directed by David Schwimmer,
The Killer Elite with Robert De Niro and Jason Statham, James Marsh' critically
acclaimed Shadow Dancer with Andrea Riseborough, Guillame Canet's Blood Ties
with Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, Mila Kunis and Billy Crudup, and Fred
Schepisi's Words & Pictures with Juliette Binoche. He most recently seen
completed production on Anon and Andorra.
In television, Owen was most recently seen starring in Steven Soderbergh's "The
Knick" for Cinemax, which he also executive produced. His portrayal of "Dr.
Thatchery" earned him a 2014 Golden Globe "Best Actor" nomination. In 2011,
Owen made his American TV debut in HBO's Emmy nominated film " Hemingway and
Gellhorn," starring opposite Nicole Kidman and directed by Phil Kaufman. His
performance earned him Emmy, SAG and Golden Globe nominations.
Owen is also an acclaimed stage actor with roles including his portrayal of "
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 1997. 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." In fall 2015, Owen made his Broadway debut in the
American Airlines Theater revival of "Old Times."
Owen starred as "The Driver" in the series of BMW internet short features
entitled "The Hire," each directed by John Frankenheimer, Ang Lee, Wong Kar-wai,
Guy Ritchie, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.
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