Jonny Owen Biography
Jonny Owen born 4 July 1971 in Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan) is a Welsh producer, actor and writer who has appeared on television shows such as Shameless, Murphy’s Law and My Family. Owen won a Welsh BAFTA in 2007 for the documentary The Aberfan Disaster, which he co-produced with Judith Davies
Jonny Owen Family
When Owen was a teenager, he was a Welsh Boys Club boxing champion.Owen lives with his wife, actress Vicky McClure, in Nottingham, where he moved to live closer to his family. As of 2017 they are engaged. In August 2023 they got married in Nottingham. He is director of Nottingham Forest Football Club. He has a son from his first marriage; his daughter, Katie Owen, is a DJ and cites her father as the influence behind her career.
Marriage with Vicky McClure
Jonny Owen Career
In his teens, he was in the 1990s indie band The Pocket Devils as bassist and lead singer/songwriter. They were signed to Sanctuary Records in the UK and Pop Music Records in the US. They eventually parted ways after Sanctuary Records and The Pocket Devils came to a mutual termination. Owen landed the role of Richey in the Welsh drama series Nuts and Bolts in 1999.
From Nuts and Bolts he landed roles in UK Network series including Murphy’s Law with James Nesbitt and Dirty Work with Neil Pearson. I meet him with Irvine Welsh while filming Gene’s video “Is it over?” It proved pivotal in Owen’s career. Since then, he has worked with Welsh (and fellow writer Dean Cavanagh) on a number of dramas, including Dose for the BBC, Wedding Belles for C4 and Good Arrows for ITV (which Owen also produced).
His 2006 film Little White Lies won multiple film festival awards and was screened at the Moscow Film Festival. He played a BNP thug and received positive reviews.  In 2007 he appeared as Banana Boat in Russell T Davies’ Torchwood. Owen has also worked extensively as a writer and producer for ITV Wales, including winning the Gwyn Alf Williams Award at the Wales BAFTAs for the 40th anniversary documentary of the Aberfan disaster.It was revealed during filming that Owen’s father had been one of the first Welsh miners on the scene in the salvage operation.
Owen also did a piece for Cardiff City’s FA Cup Final appearance 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) as well as football. and soccer. fans from all over the country. In 2009, Owen appeared as regular character Ady on 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 went from a limited release in Wales to being shown in select markets across the UK by Vue. He is the writer and creator of Svengali, a cult internet series that the Evening Standard and NME called “the best series on the net”. He plays the manager of an up-and-coming band. He draws on his experiences in the music industry to the point that he named the character ‘Choop’ after his own band manager. The female lead is played by Sally Phillips of Smack Pony/Head. Former Creation Records head Alan McGee plays the Svengali whom ‘Dixie’ goes after in an effort to get the band he leads to sign a contract.
In 2013 Svengali was made into a feature 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 Root Films’ debut release. It was selected to show at the 67th Edinburgh International Film Festival. It was also nominated for the Michael Powell Award, an award for best British feature film.
Owen has written for The Guardian, Telegraph, Metro and Western Mail. He was also the voice of ITV Wales’ Sunday Football Show from 2002 to 2008 and did weekly reporting from France for ITV during the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
In 2014 he starred in Jack Thornes’ new series Glue on E4. On March 10, 2018, Owen was appointed manager of Nottingham Forest F.C. to control the club’s media and video production, having previously directed the 2015 film I Believe In Miracles chronicling Forest’s glory years with Brian Clough in the 1970s and 1980s.
Jonny Owen’s Movies
. One of the Crowd
. A Bit of Tom Jones?
. Good Arrows
. Little White Lies
. Decidedly Bloody Dodgy
. Svengali (2013)
. I Believe in Miracles (film) (director)
. Don’t Take Me Home (2017)
. The Three Kings (2020)