Clive Standen impressed us with his talent and acting skills. Given the admiration he has received throughout his career, it is not surprising that many are willing to swallow up any information about his private life that they can get their hands on.
Besides the masculine and handsome Rollo he portrayed in the TV series Rollo, the Vikings, or even the martial arts lover Bryan Mills in the NBC series Taken, Standen has a soft and tender side to his family. Let us now begin to learn more about the life of this amazing British actor in front of our televisions.
Age, Early Life, and Rise to Fame
Clive James Standen was born on July 22, 1981, at a British Army base in Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland, the son of a British Army officer and his wife, but grew up in Leicestershire, East Midlands, England. Long before he nurtured the dream of becoming an actor, he stirred up a passion for martial arts and subsequently trained and competed at various levels.
Standen attended King Edward VII School in Melton Mowbray and later completed a course in performing arts at Melton Mowbray College. From the age of 11, he practiced Muay Thai daily and even traveled to Thailand for training at the age of 16. He also trained in stunts, stage fighting, horse riding, sword fighting, and worked in a professional stunt team in Nottingham. In his late teenage years, he was a former international Muay Thai boxer and fencing gold medalist. His experience in martial arts, stunts, and contemporary dance courses, which he took in college, would pay off later in his later career.
Over time, he fell in love with acting and decided to seek a career in it. He joined both the National Youth Theater and the National Youth Music Theater and performed in productions at many well-known venues. He then earned a place in the 3-year diploma course in acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. His theater performances include The Invention of Love (2006), West Side Story (2000), and The Ballad of the Salmon Pavey (1999-2000).
Finally, his professional career began in 2004; he debuted on television with Walking the Dead and on the big screen in Ten Days to D-Day. In the years that followed, Clive starred in supporting roles in numerous works including Doctors, Tom Brown’s Schooldays, Zero Hour, British Sci-Fi Doctor Who, where he portrayed Private Carl Harris, heroes, and villains, and a supporting role in the 2007 Bollywood film Namastey London. He played the brother of the title character Robin Hood in the BBC television series Robin Hood and starred in the lead role of the famous Sir Gawain in the television series Camelot in 2010.
His other credits include the 2012 feature film by Vertigo Films, Hammer of the Gods, Atlantis, starring in Vikings as Rollo, Bryan Mills in the television adaptation of Liam Neeson’s eponymous thriller – Taken, Everest, Patient Zero, and In Like Flynn. In addition to his on-screen roles, Clive Standen has also done voice-overs for video games such as Aliens vs. Predator and Inversion.
Clive Standen Family, Wife and Children
Standen married the wife of his youth, Francesca. He is happy to have found the woman of his dreams at an early age, and since he held on to her, he has never looked back. For the couple who married at Babington House in 2007, happiness is a reality forever.
Before the duo finally tied the knots, Clive Standen’s proposal was a dreamy country story. On that fateful day, the actor dressed up as the favorite celebrity of his girlfriend at the time, Elvis Presley, and sang the song “Fools Rush In. While she was still in the ecstasy of the moment, he asked the question. Maybe there was no big ring back then, but he made sure that every moment was big.
They have been married for over a decade, but to her, it feels like yesterday. Clive still cooks for his wife on weekends and takes advantage of every opportunity he has outside of work to spend time with his family. They live in London with their three children; two sons, Hayden (2003) and Rafferty (2011), and a daughter, Edie (2007).
Height and Other Body Stats
Height: 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m)
Weight: 181 lb (82 kg).
Chest: 45 Inches
Waist: 33 Inches
Biceps: 16 Inches