Glyn Owen

Glyn Griffith Owen (6 March 1928 10 September 2004) was a British stage, television and film actor, best known to British TV viewers for two roles: that of Dr Patrick O'Meara in the long-running ITV hospital drama Emergency – Ward 10, and that of Jack Rolfe, the headstrong director of the Mermaid Boatyard in the mid-1980s BBC series Howards' Way.[2][3]

Glyn Owen
Griffith Owen

(1928-03-06)6 March 1928
Bolton, Lancashire, England
Died10 September 2004(2004-09-10) (aged 76)[1]
Gwynedd, Wales
Years active1956–2000
Patricia Mort
(m. 1965; died 1999)

Carrie Clifton (m. 2001)
ChildrenLloyd Owen (Richard Marcus Lloyd Owen) 1966
Cathy Owen (Cathryn Melanie Owen) 1968


Born in Bolton, Lancashire, the son of a Welsh railway guard, Glyn Owen left school aged 14 and worked in a telegraph office. He completed his national service in 1946-48 during which time he acted in the War Office's amateur dramatic company. For the next five years he was a police officer in London's Paddington district, while continuing in amateur dramatics and receiving acting training at the Actors' Studio in St John's Wood.[2]

By 1955 he was performing with the George Mitchell Singers in Blackpool, with the impresario Lew Grade as his agent. His television debut was in 1956 in The Trollenberg Terror.[4] His other television roles included Coronation Street, The Brothers, Doomwatch, The Adventures of William Tell, The Rat Catchers, Doctor Who (episode: "The Power of Kroll", 1978), All Creatures Great and Small, Take the High Road, The Capone Investment, Ennal's Point, Oil Strike North, Survivors, and Blake's 7.[5] In "Colony Three", a 1964 episode of Danger Man, he played Randall, John Drake's assigned roommate at a Soviet spy training facility. He appeared in a 1978 episode of The Professionals, "Rogue", in which he played a corrupt CI5 agent.[6] His short career as a policeman stood him in good stead to play the role of Wally, an alcoholic ex-policeman, in an episode of the fourth series of The Sweeney called "Money, Money, Money".[7] In 2003, he appeared with his former Howards' Way co-star Ivor Danvers in the Doctor Who tie-in audio play Nekromanteia.[8] He appeared in Man at the Top in 1972 in the episode How to make a fortune.[9]

His film appearances were few but included roles in Inn for Trouble (1960), Attack on the Iron Coast (1968), One More Time (1970), and the 1975 Children's Film Foundation movie The Firefighters.[4]

He appeared regularly on the West End stage and in fringe theatre. He appeared at Edinburgh with Tom Courtenay in Hamlet, and made numerous appearances at Hampstead between the late 1960s and the 1980s.[2] He appeared in musicals and pantomime, including The Four Musketeers with Harry Secombe at Drury Lane, Dick Whittington with Ken Dodd at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, and Roll on Four O'Clock for Colin Welland at Wythenshawe (which transferred to the Palace, Shaftesbury Avenue).[2] He toured North America with the RSC, finishing at the Palace Theatre, New York City, in London Assurance.[10] He joined the National Theatre Company to appear as the father in Equus; and won an award for his portrayal of the father in Spring and Port Wine for Middle Ground Theatre Company.[11][12]

Personal life

Owen was married twice:

  • his first marriage was to the actress Patricia Mort (1933–1999). Married 1965.
    They had two children, both actors:
    • Lloyd (Richard Marcus Lloyd) 1966
    • Cathy (Cathryn Melanie) 1968
  • his second marriage was to Carrie Clifton in 2001
    He is survived by his second wife, Carrie Clifton Owen, and his children.[10]


Year Title Role Notes
1959Life in Emergency Ward 10Paddy O'Meara
1960Inn for TroubleLord Osbourne
1968Attack on the Iron CoastForrester
1970One More TimeDennis
1975The FirefightersMr. Grant
2000PandaemoniumFisherman(final film role)


  1. "Glyn Owen obituary". The Independent. 12 September 2004. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  2. "Glyn Owen obituary". 16 September 2004.
  3. "BBC NEWS - Entertainment - Stage and screen actor Owen dies". 11 September 2004. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  4. "Glyn Owen". BFI.
  5. "Glyn Owen".
  6. "Rogue (1978)". BFI.
  7. "Money, Money, Money (1978)". BFI.
  8. "041. Doctor Who: Nekromanteia - Doctor Who - The Monthly Adventures - Big Finish".
  9. "How to Make a Fortune (1972)". BFI.
  10. the Guardian, Eric Shorter (20 November 2004). "Obituary: Glyn Owen".
  11. "CalmView: Overview".
  12. "Glynn Owen".
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