jonny Owen and Vicky McClure are a showbiz couple from Merthyr/Nottingham who is well-known for their acting, filmmaking, and football passions.
Owen, 50, is a Merthyr Tydfil native who has worked as a producer, actor, and writer on shows such as Shameless and Murphy’s Law, while McClure is best known for her role as DC Kate Fleming in the BBC drama Line of Duty.
Owen, whose daughter Katie is a DJ, has worked with McClure on multiple occasions, most famously in This Is England, but let’s take a closer look at Jonny’s background, profession, and passions.
What TV shows and films have Jonny Owen starred in?
Many people are familiar with Jonny’s work in sports films and documentaries.
He directed the film I Believe In Miracles, which tells the story of Brian Clough’s Nottingham Forest squad, which won back-to-back European Cups in 1979 and 1980.
He also made “Don’t Take Me Home, a film on Wales’ remarkable Euro 2016 trip”.
He was also the producer and host of ITV Wales Soccer Sunday, and he joined Nottingham Forest as a director in March 2018.
Before that, Jonny had roles in the Welsh drama Nuts & Bolts in 1999, Murphy’s Law starring James Nesbitt in 2000, and Dirty Work with Neil Pearson in 2001. He’s also collaborated on several dramas with Irvine Welsh, including Dose, Wedding Belles, and Good Arrows.
In 2006, he received the Gwyn Alf Williams Award at the Welsh BAFTAs for the 40th anniversary documentary of the Aberfan disaster on ITV Wales, which was shown at the Moscow Film Festival. He also appeared in the Channel 4 series Shameless as Ady and in the indie film A Bit of Tom Jones in 2009 as Welsh singing great Sir Tom Jones.
Then there’s Svengali. He wrote and starred in the series, and the feature-length rock ‘n’ roll film that followed was essential in bringing Jonny and Vicky to the public.
“I didn’t know what Vicky was going to be like as a person when she first came on board,” Jonny previously stated. “I had a long phone talk with her and we got along swimmingly.” So I had a feeling she was a great person at the time.
“Obviously, I found her to be really attractive. We hit it off right away when I met her for the first time.
“Then I remember we were walking along Southbank in London on a weekend break from filming and she turned to me and asked if I wanted to go to the bar instead of the Tate Modern. And I thought to myself, “Well, yeah!”
McClure was a co-star in Madonna’s first feature film, Filth, and Wisdom, a comedy set in London. When she first saw Madonna, she acknowledged being a little star-struck, saying, “I tried to act as cool as possible, but inside I’m thinking, “Oh my God; there’s Madonna!” You can’t help it.” On February 13, 2008, the film premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival.
McClure was approached and given an audition for a role in the ITV series Emmerdale, but she declined. She later appeared as DC Kate Fleming in Series 2, 2014, Series 3, 2016, Series 4, 2017, Series 5, 2019, and Series 6 (2020) of the British police procedural television series Line of Duty (2021). McClure was elected to the Senate in 2013.
In July 2016, McClure starred as Winnie Verloc in The Secret Agent, a film based on Joseph Conrad’s novel of the same name. In 2017, McClure starred in the BBC television thriller The Replacement. McClure made her professional theatrical debut in the fortieth-anniversary performance of Stephen Lowe’s Touched at Nottingham Playhouse in February 2017. In August 2017, McClure provided voiceover work for the More4 show A Year on the Farm.
She won praise. In 2019, McClure was cast in the TV version of Anthony Horowitz’s Alex Rider, a series of young adult novels. Mrs. Jones, the deputy chief of Mi6 in the program, is her character as of 2020.