Sid Owen

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Sid Owen
Born David Sutton
(1972-01-12) 12 January 1972 (age 42)
London, England
Occupation Actor, charity worker, television presenter, singer, restauranteur
Years active 1983–2012
Partner(s) Carty Hubbard (1999–2003)
Polly Parsons (2006–2012)

Sid Owen (born David Sutton on 12 January 1972) is a retired English actor, television presenter and former singer, most famous for playing the role of Ricky Butcher in the BBC One soap opera EastEnders, which he appeared in from 1988 until 2012. On 22 July 2012 Owen confirmed he had retired from acting. On 10 September 2012, it was announced that Owen would be a contestant for the tenth series of Strictly Come Dancing. He was partnered with Ola Jordan. He and Jordan were the third couple to be eliminated, losing out in the dance off against Colin Salmon.[1]

Career[edit]

Prior to his role in EastEnders he had a small role in the film Revolution in 1985, in which he appeared alongside Al Pacino and Donald Sutherland. After leaving the soap he tried his hand at pop music releasing his cover version of Sugar Minott's 1982 single, "Good Thing Going" on Mushroom Records. The song reached No. 14 in the UK Singles Chart in June 2000.[2] A follow up single was recorded but never released.[3] He had earlier released a 1995 Children in Need single with Patsy Palmer, "You Better Believe It". That track reached No. 60 in the UK chart.[2] Returning to television work, Owen took part in the fifth series of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! in 2005, where he carried out the first bushtucker trial with David Dickinson. He finished third in the series. He also took part in a celebrity boxing match with Ben Fogle, for Sport Relief, which Fogle ultimately won. Owen also starred in ITV1's prison drama Bad Girls in 2006, during the shows eighth and final series. His character fell for prisoner Janine Nebeski, played by his ex-EastEnders co-star, Nicola Stapleton.[4] Owen appeared in The Bill on 6 November 2007.[5]

On 30 October 2007, it was confirmed that Owen would make his return to EastEnders in 2008. This news came 24 hours after the announcement that Patsy Palmer, his on-screen wife, was also returning to the show.[6] In February 2011 he announced that he was taking a break from the show. Of his decision Owen said, "I will be taking a break from EastEnders so that I can ­dedicate more time to Drop 4 Drop, a charity to help alleviate the global water crisis in the developing world. Ricky will definitely be returning to Walford at some point next year."[7] He appeared in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from December 2007 to January 2008 at The Beck Theatre, Hayes, Middlesex as Prince Charming.[8] He also presented series 8 of To Buy or Not to Buy with Melinda Messenger.[9] In January 2012, Owen once again left EastEnders after four years back in the role. He returned for a few weeks in June 2012, before announcing his retirement from acting.[10]

Personal life[edit]

The youngest of four boys, Owen has three older brothers Mark, Darren (born 1968) and Scott. Owen's father, David, was an alcoholic who left home when he was six years old, and mother Joan, who died of pancreatic cancer when Owen was eight years old.[11] He then attended Anna Scher Theatre school. Sid's favourite hobby is football, playing in many celebrity matches in the process and is an Arsenal supporter.[12] In 2000, he was engaged to lapdancer Carty Hubbard as he took her around the world for two years but split up in 2003.[11] In 2005, he then had a liaison with model Angel Harte which was short-lived.[13] In October 2006, he began a relationship with Genie in the House actress, Polly Parsons, after they both starred in a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs pantomime. In October 2009, whilst on holiday in Barbados with Parsons, he proposed to her and she accepted.[14] In April 2012 Owen told the Sunday Mirror that they were still good friends but not together anymore, and that he was single.[15]

Filmography[edit]

Television
Year Title Role Notes
1983 Jury Barry Thompson 1 episode; Mick
1984 Weekend Playhouse Patrick 1 episode; Winter Break
Bottle Boys Boy 1 episode; Fools Rush In
1987 William Tell Orphan Child 1 episode; The Scavengers
1988–2000
2002–2004
2008–2012
EastEnders Ricky Butcher Series regular
2002 EastEnders: Ricky & Bianca Spin off
2004 Sport Relief Himself Contestant
2005 I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!
2006 Bad Girls Donny Kimber Series regular
2007 The Bill Trevor Jones Recurring; 4 episodes
2008 To Buy or Not to Buy Himself Host
2012 The Real Hustle Himself 1 episode
Strictly Come Dancing Himself Series 10
Film
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Revolution Young Ned
2000 Cat Burglar Tom Short film
2010 EastEnders: Last Tango in Walford Ricky Butcher Spin-off DVD

Discography[edit]

Year Single UK Singles Chart[2]
1995 "Better Believe It (Children In Need)"
Sid Owen and Patsy Palmer
60
2000 "Good Thing Going"
Sid Owen featuring Chukki Starr
14

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