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Clive Standen stars in "Camelot" on Starz as Gawain.

Irish actor Clive Standen previously played Archer, the swashbuckling half-brother of Robin Hood and Gisborne, in BBC One's "Robin Hood." Standen is also known for playing Private Harris in "Doctor Who."

Clive was born in Holywood (County Down), where his father was stationed in the army, but within a few years the family moved to Leicestershire; so fate would have it that Clive was to grow up just down the road from Nottingham.

Moreover, as Clive's parents were fans of the romantic adventure movies made by the big studios during the 1930s and 1940s young Clive grew up watching the antics and prowess of arguably Hollywood's best action heroes, Errol Flynn and Burt Lancaster. Classics he remembers from then are Fynn's groundbreaking "The Adventures of Robin Hood" and Lancaster's high octane, "The Crimson Pirate."

Clive's physical prowess and enjoyment of performance continued unabated and by his late teens he was both a National Thai Boxing Champion and a regular member of the National Youth Theatre and the National Youth Music Theatre. His teachers kept steering him more towards a career in the performing arts arguing he really should take it more seriously. But it was encouragement Clive took with a pinch of salt, until he gained a place at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA).

But never one to take life easy Clive continued to hone his choreography and fighting skills while a student and went on to gain an advanced gold certificate in sword fighting from the British Academy of Stage and Screen Combat.

Prior to his roles in "Robin Hood" and "Dr. Who," Standen appeared in "Waking the Dead," the World War II drama documentary "Ten Days to D-day," three episodes of "Doctors" and Tom Brown's "Schooldays," the acclaimed ITV adaptation of the book by Thomas Hughes. Clive also played the lead role of Major Alan Marshall in the Zero Hour TV dramatization of the SAS mission in Sierra Leone known as operation Barras. Standen took a lead role in the mainstream Bollywood film "Namastey London" alongside Katrina Kaif and Akshay Kumar. Clive is also the face of Evian water 2008.

Clive enjoys family life with his son Hayden, his daughter Edi, and his wife Francesca.



CLIVE STANDEN: FACTS

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Age: 33 years old
Birthday: July 22, 1981
Height: 6' 2"
Birthplace: County Down, Northern Ireland, UK
Wife: Francesca Standen





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