Owen, Alison 1961–

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Owen, Alison 1961–


Born 1961, in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England; daughter of Peter Ronald and Mary Kathleen (a dockyard worker; maiden name, Hitchiner) Owen; married Keith Allen (an actor), 1982 (divorced, 1989); children: Lily (a recording artist), Alfie (an actor), Sarah (a theatre producer and writer). Education: University College, London, B.A. (with honors).


Office—Ruby Films, 12 Cleveland Row, London SW1A 1DH, England.


Producer and executive. Ruby Films, London, cofounder and partner, 1999—; also partner of Go Go Pictures; Working Title Films, worked as producer; producer of commercials, music videos, and promotional spots; formerly worked as production coordinator, production associate, and song producer. British Film Council, member of board of directors.

Awards, Honors:

Television award nomination (with Daniel Kleinman), best light entertainment program or series, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 1995, and Silver Rose, Montreux Festival, both for Smashey and Nicey, the End of an Era; Academy award nomination, best picture, Film Award nomination, best film, and Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film, both British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Australian Film Institute Award nomination, best foreign film, London Critics Circle Film Award, British producer of the year, and Golden Satellite Award nomination, best motion picture drama, International Press Academy, all (with others), 1999, for Elizabeth; Royal Television Society Award, best youth program, for Diary of a Teenage Health Freak; Producers Guild of America Award nomination, most promising new producer.


Film Producer:

Hear My Song, Miramax, 1991.

The Young Americans, Gramercy, 1993.

Roseanna's Grave (also known as For Roseanna and For the Love of Roseanna), Fine Line, 1997.

Elizabeth (also known as Elizabeth: The Virgin Queen), Gramercy, 1998.

Rat, Universal Focus, 2001.

Happy Now, Distant Horizons, 2001.

Sylvia, Focus Features, 2003.

Proof, Miramax, 2005.

Coproducer, Love and Other Disasters (also known as Love (et ses petits desastres)), EuropaCorporation Distribution, 2006.

Brick Lane, Sony Pictures Classics, 2007.

The Other Boleyn Girl, Columbia, 2008.

Film Executive Producer:

Bait (short film), Diablo Films, 1999.

Shaun of the Dead, Rogue Pictures/Focus Features, 2004.

Television Producer; Movies:

Moonlight and Valentino, 1995.

Is Harry on the Boat?, Sky, 2001.

Executive producer, The Bad Mother's Handbook, ITV, 2007.

Television Producer; Other:

Smashey and Nicey, the End of an Era (special), BBC, 1994.

Also produced the series Diary of a Teenage Health Freak, Channel 4.



Sunday Times, November 25, 2007.

Variety, October 17, 2005, p. 17.

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