12 January 1972
|Occupation||Actor, charity worker, television presenter, singer, restauranteur|
|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.
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. A follow up single was recorded but never released. 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. 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. Owen appeared in The Bill on 6 November 2007.
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. 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." He appeared in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from December 2007 to January 2008 at The Beck Theatre, Hayes, Middlesex as Prince Charming. He also presented series 8 of To Buy or Not to Buy with Melinda Messenger. 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.
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. 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. In 2000, he was engaged to lapdancer Carty Hubbard as he took her around the world for two years but split up in 2003. In 2005, he then had a liaison with model Angel Harte which was short-lived. 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. In April 2012 Owen told the Sunday Mirror that they were still good friends but not together anymore, and that he was single.
|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|
|EastEnders||Ricky Butcher||Series regular|
|2002||EastEnders: Ricky & Bianca||Spin off|
|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|
|2000||Cat Burglar||Tom||Short film|
|2010||EastEnders: Last Tango in Walford||Ricky Butcher||Spin-off DVD|
|Year||Single||UK Singles Chart|
|1995||"Better Believe It (Children In Need)"
Sid Owen and Patsy Palmer
|2000||"Good Thing Going"
Sid Owen featuring Chukki Starr
- "Last dance for soap star Sid Owen as he waltzes off Strictly Come Dancing". Mail Online (Daily Mail and General Trust). 28 October 2012. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
- Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). Guinness World Records Limited. p. 413. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
- everyHit.com search results
- I'VE WAITED 10 YEARS TO HISS SID AGAIN (HE'S BEEN PRACTISING) SAYS NICOLA STAPLETON – The Sunday Mail
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- BBC – BBC One Programmes – To Buy Or Not To Buy, Series 8, Exmoor
- Sid Owen rules out 'EastEnders' return: "I'm done with the UK" - EastEnders News - Soaps - Digital Spy
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- "the world famous unofficial home of Tottenham Hotspur on the Internet". Topspurs. Retrieved 2012-04-18.
- "Sid Owen". Biogs.com. Retrieved 2012-04-18.
- "EastEnder Sid Owen's secret engagement... but it is not all romance as the couple reveal they sleep in separate bedrooms". Daily Mail (London). 31 August 2010.
- "'EastEnders' Sid Owen splits from fiancée Polly Parsons". Digital Spy. 22 April 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012.