One word to explain English actor Clive Owen’s acting career is versatility. A career ranging from theatre to television and to film, there isn’t anything the actor does not seem to think out of his options. He gained critical acclaim through movies like ‘Croupier (1998)’, ‘Gosford Park (2001)’ and ‘Closer (2004)’. Following his success through such projects, it looked like Hollywood was welcoming a new superstar.
While Clive Owen’s career portfolio is at the top of things that attracts the spotlight, the same cannot be said about his private life. Clive Owen, with a need to explore new things regarding his acting opportunities, is known to be very private about his personal life. Did you know that he has been married for more than 20 years? Who is his wife, Sarah Jane Fenton? Let us find more about her.
Sarah Jane Fenton is said to be born in 1963. There is hardly any information regarding her parents. Since Sarah rarely appears in front of the media, her personal information including her childhood and education is also not available.
Sarah’s Acting Career
Sarah Jane Fenton found her early passion for acting and started working in different theatre productions in England. One of her early works includes an unknown part in the theatre production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’.
Sarah Jane made her acting debut in 1988 with the mini-series ‘The One Game’. Although her role was small, she did gain a lot of insight into working in a real TV set. She also got a small part in the 1989 ‘The Tall Guy’ starring Jeff Goldblum, Rowan Atkinson, and Emma Thompson. Sarah then went on to appear in two episodes of the 1989 TV series ‘Hard Cases’ as the character Robyn Neale.
She got a much bigger role of Katerina in a 1990 historical drama movie ‘The Bachelor’ starring Kieth Carradine and Miranda Richardson. In 1992, Sarah appeared in one of the episodes of the TV series ‘Virtual Murder’. In 1994, Sarah appeared in her last film project ‘A Good Man in Africa’ where she portrayed the character of Priscilla.
According to her IMDB page, in 1994, Sarah Jane Fenton has also acted in a Henry Arthur Jones’ play ‘The Case of Rebellious Susan’ at the Orange Tree Theatre, London, England with Malcolm Sinclair, David Neal, Phillip York, Will Knightley and Sian Reeves as cast members.
Becoming a Scholar
After working in the entertainment industry for a while, Sarah Jane Fenton stopped seeking out jobs in acting and started to shift her focus towards gaining higher academic achievements. She was said to have done doctoral research at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom where she was studying mental health services for young adults in the UK and Australia.
According to her University bio, Sarah is said to have joined the Health Services Management Center (HSMC) in 2012. It is also highlighted that she had previous work experience of working as a Chief Operating Officer at Kids Company which is a children charity that works to serve the vulnerable and young people in London.
She also mentioned in her bio that she had carried on different roles including a research assistant within the third sector. She has also worked as a library assistant at the Bodleian while studying for her MPhil.
According to her university website, Sarah Jane has completed her Doctoral Research in 2016, graduating with a dual award degree from the University of Birmingham (2016) and the University of Melbourne (2017). She has also started working as a lecturer in Mental Health Policy at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH). She also works as a research fellow in the department of mental health and wellbeing at Warwick Medical School.
Start of a Relationship with Clive Owen
Sarah Jane Fenton and English actor Clive Owen met each other for the first time in 1988 when both of them were taking part in the play of William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ while both of them were students at RADA (Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts). Talk about having such a romantic setting to meet for the first time. The couple then shortly after started dating each other. They went on dating each other for almost 7 years before finally tying a knot on March 6, 1995. The wedding was done in a private ceremony among their family and friends away from the scrutiny of the media.
A Blissful Marriage with Clive Owen
Sarah Jane Fenton and Clive Owen have one of the strongest marriages in show business. In June 1997, the couple welcomed their first daughter, Hannah Owen. Their family of three then extended again after Sarah Jane became for the second time. In October 1999, the couple’s second daughter, Eve Owen was born. After the birth of their daughters, Clive was said to have taken time off his acting career so that he could fulfill his fatherly duties and build a strong relationship with them.
Sarah Jane and Clive Owen are now married to each other for almost 25 years. Talking about his relationship, in 2007 Clive Owen said in an interview:
“My relationship is everything to me. I’m often doing incredibly exciting plays and films, but that would mean nothing if I was floating around and didn’t have a solid family behind me. Sarah Jane is an absolute diamond.”
In his 2014 interview, Clive Owen revealed the secret behind his long-lasting marriage was to ensure you’re never parted for work for too long. According to him, the longer you are away from home due to different shooting schedules, the harder it will get to put it back together.
Despite this, he also revealed that while both of them won’t be separated for too long, it also does not mean that they constantly stick with each other. He has admitted that both him and his wife enjoy independence in their marriage. Having an actress wife meant that she understood the schedule he had to be in and that has helped the marriage a lot.
The couple still to this date look very happy with each other. They try to take vacations and spend quality time with each other. As of now, it is reported that the couple resides in Highgate, London with their daughters Hannah and Eve.
Sarah Jane Fenton’s estimated net worth is still not made public. But her work as a lecturer in a university and her participation in different research programs would surely have helped her net worth. Her husband Clive Owen, on the other hand, has an estimated net worth of 30 million US dollars.