MCM: Clive Owen


Clive Owen…

  • Tall: Check.
  • Dark: Check.
  • Handsome: Check.
  • British: Check.
  • Burr in his voice: Bonus points awarded.

Visual evidence…

1990 Lorna Doone

Lorna Doone (1990) with Polly Walker. I haven’t seen it, but now that I know he’s in it, it’s on my list.

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Lorna Doone: He’s pissed, but his heart is softened by love. Daw!



Century (1993) with Miranda Richardson. Clive is a doctor who discovers a dark secret.


1994 Return of the Native

The Return of the Native (1994) with Catherine Zeta-Jones. Secret, repressed love!


2001 Gosford Park1

Gosford Park (2001). He’s a valet with a lurking bad side who is tempted by Kelly Macdonald’s maid character.

GOSFORD PARK, from left: Clive Owen, Helen Mirren, 2001, © USA Films/courtesy Everett Collection

Gosford Park: Don’t F with the servants.


2004 King Arthur1

King Arthur (2004) with Keira Knightley (ugh) and Ioan Gruffud (yum). Clive plays Arthur as a Roman knight.

2004 King Arthur2

King Arthur: Ready to rumble.

2004 King Arthur3

King Arthur: showing his softer side.

2004 King Arthur4

King Arthur: squinty and manly.

2007 EGA

Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007). Clive plays Sir Walter Raleigh, torn between Queen Elizabeth and Bess Throckmorton.


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Elizabeth: The Golden Age: Clive is rough, tumble, and manly, and saves England from the Spanish Armada while he’s at it!

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Elizabeth: The Golden Age: Smoldering.


2012 Hemingway & Gellhorn

Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012): As Ernest Hemingway to Nicole Kidman’s Martha Gellhorn.

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Hemingway & Gellhorn: Clive always plays the man’s man, but here he’s the literary man’s man!

2012 Hemingway & Gellhorn2

Hemingway & Gellhorn: Sometimes a cigar is not a cigar.


2014 The Knick

The Knick (2014): Clive plays a drug-addicted doctor in 1900 New York.

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The Knick: Okay, so maybe the drug-addicted part isn’t great, but I’d let him give me a physical!

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The Knick: Let’s do this.


2015 Last Knights

Last Knights (2015): Came out in April, but you probably had no idea because it’s gotten terrible reviews.

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Last Knights: At least Clive looks manly in it!

Do you have a favorite Clive Owen historical costume movie?


About the author



Kendra has been a fixture in the online costuming world since the late 1990s. Her website, Démodé Couture, is one of the most well-known online resources for historical costumers. In the summer of 2014, she published a book on 18th-century wig and hair styling. Kendra is a librarian at a university, specializing in history and fashion. She’s also an academic, with several articles on fashion history published in research journals.

4 Responses

  1. Michael L. McQuown

    I’ll have to go with King Arthur, as I haven’t seen any of the others. When I was in the business, I interviewed Klaus Kinski, Max von Sydow, Kurt Russell, Wings Hauser, George Segal, and Rod Steiger, but more often I got the producers, Like Richard Zanuck and David Brown, or George Miller. If I were still doing it, I’d definitely want to sit down with Owen, Rutger Hauer, and a few others.


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