Owen Roe is one of Ireland’s foremost film, TV and theatre actors. He was recently honoured at The Irish Times Theatre Awards 2019 with the Special Tribute Award.
He recently appeared in the role of Scrooge in Jack Thorne's adaptation of A CHRISTMAS CAROL at The Gate Theatre and reprised his award-winning performance of Claudius in the Gate Theatre production of HAMLET at St. Ann's Warehouse, New York.
He recently appeared as Odysseus in the Rough Magic production of HECUBA at the Project Arts Centre.
His extensive theatre credits include numerous productions for the Gate Theatre, such as Claudius in the Gate Theatre production of HAMLET, directed by Yaël Farber for which he received an Irish Times Theatre Award for Best Supporting Actor., THE RED SHOES directed by Selina Cartmell, GREAT GATSBY directed by Alexander Wright, Michael Colgan’s production of Brian Friel’s FAITH HEALER, as well as CATASTROPHE and FESTEN (both directed by Selina Cartmell), Mark Brokaw’s production of CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, Hugh Leonard's DA and GLENGARRY GLENROSS. His work at the Abbey Theatre includes THE PLOUGH AND THE STARS, directed by Ben Barnes, and the title role in KING LEAR, directed by Selina Cartmell. More recent theatre projects include the role of Boyal in MELT directed by Lynne Parker for Rough Magic, Boss Finley in the Old Vic Theatre's production of SWEET BIRD OF YOUTH, directed by Marianne Elliott; and A TENDER THING, directed by Selina Cartmell at the Project Upstairs.
In 2017 Owen received a Best Actor nomination from the Irish Times Theatre Awards for his performance as André in Florian Zeller's THE FATHER, directed by Ethan McSweeny for the Gate Theatre.
Owen’s most recent television credits include the role of Dad in HANDY for RTE, UNDERCOVER for the BBC, the Showtime series PENNY DREADFUL directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, and the role of Count Odo in the History Channel's hit series VIKINGS. Other TV credits include the BBC series' BALLYKISSANGEL and THE AMBASSADOR, RTE’s MAKING THE CUT, SINGLE HANDED, PROSPERITY, VAL FALVEY TD and also RÁSAÍ NA GALLIMHE (TG4/Great Western), Tile Films’ docudrama SAVING THE TITANIC, directed by Maurice Sweeney, Ciarán Donnelly’s TITANIC: BLOOD AND STEEL, THE ICE CREAM GIRLS, PRISONER'S WIVES (both ITV) and THE WALSHES, directed by Graham Linehan (RTÉ/BBC).
His film appearances include; THE ACCOUNT, PRIDE & JOY, WIDE OPEN SPACES, BREAKFAST ON PLUTO, INTERMISSION, MICHAEL COLLINS, SENSATION, WHEN HARVEY MET BOB, PURSUIT and most recently the short film WAIT.
Owen is also one of Ireland's leading voiceover artists. He has recorded numerous radio plays for both the BBC and RTÉ, 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.
Owen is based in Dublin.