His father, Jess Owen, is a British country-western singer.
Failed to get into the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art on his first try; worked as a house cleaner for two years until he successfully won admittance.
Made professional stage debut as part of the Young Vic company, where he met his soon-to-be wife in a production of Romeo and Juliet.
Played Ross Tanner, a cop suffering from a virus that affects his vision, in the British series Second Sight.
Breakthrough movie role in 1998's Croupier was a flop in England but a sleeper art-house hit the following year in the U.S.
Featured in a series of eight short films titled The Hire, produced by BMW and helmed by such international directors as Guy Ritchie, John Woo, Ang Lee and Wong Kar-wai.
Had an uncredited in-joke cameo as Secret Agent 006 in the Steve Martin remake of The Pink Panther; Owen was for a time rumored to be the next James Bond in Casino Royale (a part that went to Daniel Craig).
Promoted Lancôme grooming products for men in spring 2007.
Re-created on-screen chemistry with Closer costar Julia Roberts five years later in the romantic spy thriller Duplicity.
2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Winner
2004, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Nominee
2005, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
2005, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
2015, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama: Nominee
2005, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
2013, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
2006, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Acting Ensemble: Nominee
2010, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Lead Actor: Nominee
2015, Critics' Choice Awards — Best Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
2012, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Nominee
Alan Owen — Brother
Hannah Owen — Daughter
Lee Owen — Brother
Sarah-Jane Fenton — Wife
Eve Owen — Daughter
Jess Owen — Father
Pamela — Mother
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, London, England (1987)