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.

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King Arthur: Ready to rumble.

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King Arthur: showing his softer side.

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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!

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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.

  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.