Best known as a mainstay on several U.K. television series during the 1990s and 2000s -- including All in the Game, Get Real, Monarch of the Glen, and The Innocence Project -- British actor Lloyd Owen branched out into big-screen work in the early 2000s, then reached his largest audience to date with the Miramax release Miss Potter (2006), as William Heelis, a bucolic attorney. Owen also lent a supporting role to Deepa Mehta's 2003 romance The Republic of Love. In 2007, he was cast as the lead actor on Viva Laughlin, the American remake of the U.K. series Viva Blackpool. Also featuring movie stars Hugh Jackman and Melanie Griffith, the musical-mystery-dramedy follows the exploits of gambler Ripley Holden (Owen) as he tries to open up his own casino in Laughlin, NV. In 2011 he was in the found-footage outer-space horror film Apollo 18.
Biography by Nathan Southern
- Although born and raised in London, both his parents are Welsh and he strongly identifies with his Welsh heritage.
- Left school at age 16 to train with London's National Youth Theatre.
- Starred in the successful British miniseries The Cinder Path in 1994 with a pre-Hollywood Catherine Zeta-Jones.
- Joined the popular sitcom Monarch of the Glen in its fourth season and stayed with the show through the rest of the series' run.