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Jonny Owen

Jonny Owen wearing black jacket and t-shirt and Vicky Mcclure in her black ang blue outfit at The NME Awards 2014 held at O2 Academy Brixton

Full Name
Jonathan Tudor Owen

4 July 1971 (age 49) (

Other names
Jonathan Lewis Owen, Jonathan Owen, Lewis Owen, Jonny Owen

Actor, producer, voice over artist, comedian, musician, songwriter

Years active
1991–2001 (as Musician)2001–present (as Actor)

Svengali, I Believe in Miracles, A Bit of Tom Jones?, The Undream, Little White Lies

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Jonny owen and vicky mcclure interview svengali

Jonny Owen (born Jonathan Tudor Owen on 4 July 1971) is a Welsh producer, actor and writer who has appeared TV shows including Shameless, Murphy's Law and My Family. Owen won a Welsh BAFTA for the documentary The Aberfan disaster which he co-produced in 2006.


Jonny Owen wearing red shirt and jacket with sandwich on his mouth and holding a drink in can and plastic bag

As a teenager he was a Welsh Boys Club Boxing champion. In his later teens he was in the 1990s indie band The Pocket Devils as bass player and lead singer/songwriter. Signed to Sanctuary Records in the UK and Pop Music Records in the US they finally split after Owen landed the part of Richey in the Welsh drama series Nuts and Bolts in 1999.

Jonny Owen wearing black shirt and green jacket

From Nuts and Bolts he landed parts in UK Network series including Murphy's Law with James Nesbitt and Dirty Work with Neil Pearson. His meeting with Irvine Welsh when filming the Gene video "Is it over?" proved pivotal in Owen's career. He has since worked with Welsh (and his writing partner Dean Cavanagh) on several dramas including Dose for the BBC, Wedding Belles for C4 and Good Arrows for ITV (which Owen also produced).

The HeyUGuys Interview on Jonny Owen and Vicky McClure on Svengali

His 2006 film Little White Lies won several film festival awards and was featured at the Moscow Film Festival. He played a BNP thug, receiving positive reviews. In 2007 he appeared as Banana Boat in Russell T Davies's Torchwood.

Jonny Owen wearing black and yellow polo shirt & Vicky McClure in her black and white polka dot blouse as they talk about their new film Svengali

Owen has also worked extensively as a writer and producer for ITV Wales, including winning the Gwyn Alf Williams Award at the Welsh BAFTAs for the 40th anniversary documentary of the Aberfan disaster. It was revealed during shooting that Owen's father had been one of the first Welsh miners on the scene in the recovery operation.

Owen also did a piece for Cardiff City's appearance in the FA Cup final for Match of the Day in 2008. It received positive reviews in the media (The Guardian said it was the best part of the day's coverage) and from football fans across the country.

In 2009 Owen appeared as regular character Ady in Channel 4's Shameless, and continued in the role in 2010.

2009 also saw the release of the independent film A Bit of Tom Jones?, with Owen in the lead role. The film spread from a limited release in Wales to being shown in selected markets throughout the UK by Vue.

He is the writer and creator of Svengali, a cult internet series which the Evening Standard and NME called 'the best series on the net'. He plays the manager of an up-and-coming band. It is based on his own experiences in the music industry to the point that he named the character 'Dixie' after the manager of his own band. The female lead is played by Smack the Pony's Sally Phillips. Former Creation Records head Alan McGee plays the Svengali whom 'Dixie' pursues in an effort to get the band he manages signed.

In 2013 Svengali was turned into a feature-length film, directed by John Hardwick and written by Jonny Owen. The film stars Owen, Martin Freeman, Vicky McClure, Matt Berry, Michael Socha, Michael Smiley and Natasha O'Keeffe, and is the debut release from Root Films. It was selected to show at the 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival. It was also nominated for the Michael Powell Award, a prize which honours the best British feature film.

Owen has written for The Guardian, Telegraph, Metro and Western Mail. He also was the voice for ITV Wales's Soccer Sunday programme from 2002–2008 and did weekly reports from France for ITV during the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

In 2014 he played in the new Jack Thornes' series Glue.

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  • Shameless
  • Svengali
  • Torchwood
  • Wedding Belles
  • Murphy's Law
  • Dose
  • A Mind to Kill
  • Nuts and Bolts
  • Soccer Sunday, ITV Wales, 2004–2008
  • Soccer Special, ITV Wales, 2004–2008
  • Top Sport, ITV Wales, 2004–2006
  • Hot Pursuit, ITV Wales, 2002
  • Rugby World Cup Special, ITV Wales, 2003
  • Rugby World Cup Special, ITV Wales, 2007
  • Cancer Awareness, BBC Wales, 2003
  • Film
  • One of the Crowd
  • A Bit of Tom Jones?
  • Cow
  • Good Arrows
  • Little White Lies
  • Decidedly Bloody Dodgy
  • Svengali (2013)
  • Voice
  • FA Cup Final Match of the Day, BBC Sport, 2008
  • Wales the Week promos, ITV Sport, 2008
  • Hospital 24/7, BBC Wales, 2008
  • Aberystwyth Soccer Seven's, Sky Sports, 2005
  • Producer
  • Svengali
  • Good Arrows
  • Aberfan, ITV Wales/Sky News, 2006
  • The Last Miner, The Tower Colliery Story, ITV Wales, 2007
  • Soccer Sunday, ITV Wales, 2004–2008
  • The Story of the NHS, ITV Wales, 2008
  • Others
  • Keane - video for the single "Atlantic"
  • References

    Jonny Owen Wikipedia