Owen is one of Ireland’s foremost theatre, film, TV and voiceover actors. He has been heard on national advertising campaigns for Horse Racing Ireland; McCain’s; The Irish Times; Cadbury; AIG; Energia; Brennan’s Bread; Irish Heart Foundation; Jaguar; and ESB, to name just a few.
He has recorded numerous radio plays for both the BBC and RTE, and is well-known for his turn as Inspector Rynne in the highly successful detective series BALDI for BBC Radio 4 which lasted four series.
His TV credits include Ballykissangel, Single Handed, Prosperity, Val Falvey Rásaí na Gaillimhe, Saving the Titanic, as well as Ciarán Donnelly’s Titanic: Blood and Steel.
His extensive theatre credits include numerous productions for the Gate Theatre, such as Brian Friel’s Faith Healer, Catastrophe, Festen, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof. His work at the Abbey Theatre includes The Plough and the Stars, directed by Ben Barnes. In 2011 he reprised his role as Hamm in Alan Stanford’s production of Beckett’s Endgame as part of a tour of the US. He also appeared in the Gate Theatre’s 2012 productions of Hugh Leonard’s ‘Da’ and, in the same year, he received an Irish Times Theatre Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Shelly Levene in ‘Glengarry Glenross’.
Owen recently appeared as Brendan O’Connor in Prisoners’ Wives (Tiger Aspect for ITV). He also played the lead role in the Abbey Theatre’s King Lear. He has also recently been cast as Boss Finley in The Old Vic Theatre’s production of Sweet Bird Of Youth, directed by Marianne Elliott; The Walshes, a new comedy series for ITV; A Tender Thing directed by Selina Cartmell at the Project Upstairs; and in the new TV series, Penny Dreadful, directed by Juan Antonio Bayona.