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.


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


CENTURY (1993)

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


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

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


2001 Gosford Park

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

Gosford Park (2001)

Gosford Park: Don’t F with the servants.



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


King Arthur: Ready to rumble.


King Arthur: showing his softer side.


King Arthur: squinty and manly.


2007-Elizabeth the Golden Age

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

2007-Elizabeth the Golden Age

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

2007-Elizabeth the Golden Age

Elizabeth: The Golden Age: Smoldering.


Hemingway & Gellhorn (2012)

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


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


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



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


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


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.


Last Knights: At least Clive looks manly in it!

Do you have a favorite Clive Owen historical costume movie?

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.

  2. Ista

    Sorry, you said something? I’ve not ogled him in too many of these. Must hunt them down.

  3. Monica

    Ohhh CLIVE is my fav! It is hard to choose- maybe his Sir Walter Ralegh is my fav.