Clare Bowen

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Clare Bowen
Clare Bowen - Nashville Live.jpg
Bowen in May 2014 in New York City, USA.
Born Clare Maree Bowen
12 May[1] 1984[2] 1989.--> (age 26–31)
South Coast, New South Wales, Australia
Education University of Wollongong
Occupation Actress, singer, dancer
Years active 2003–present

Clare Maree Bowen (born 12 May[1] 1984[2] or 1989)[1] is an Australian actress and singer, best known for her role as Scarlett O'Connor in the ABC musical-drama television series Nashville.

Early life and education[edit]

Bowen with Sam Palladio on 2013 PaleyFest.

Bowen was born in Australia. Her year of birth is uncertain; sources place it between 1984[2] and 1989.[1] Her parents Tony and Kathleen worked for Qantas and she spent time overseas as a child,[3] including a stint with her family in Zimbabwe.[2] Bowen is a cancer survivor, having battled the disease between the ages of 4 and 7.[2] She lived in Stanwell Park on the South Coast of New South Wales[3] and attended primary school in Dulwich Hill, a suburb of Sydney.[2][3] Bowen has a younger brother named Timothy (age 25–26) who is a musician.[2][3][4]

Bowen attended the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia, where she received a Bachelor of Creative Arts degree in 2006.[1][5][6]


Bowen appeared as female lead in the Australian drama film The Combination in 2009 and has guest starred in The Cut, Gangs of Oz, Chandon Pictures and Home and Away. In 2010, Bowen was cast in the leading role of Wendla Bergman, in the Australian production of Spring Awakening, directed by Geordie Brookman, artistically overseen by Cate Blanchett at the Sydney Theatre Company.[1] In 2011, she was cast to play the lead role of Martha in Jared Moshe's directorial debut, Dead Man's Burden.[citation needed]

In 2012, Bowen landed a series regular role on the ABC drama series Nashville written by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri.[7] The series was picked up by ABC on 11 May 2012.[8]

On 21 January 2014, the Zac Brown Band - featuring Bowen - released a live version of their #1 hit from 2010, "Free", with a transition into the famous Van Morrison song "Into the Mystic".[9]

Clare is also preparing her first solo album, scheduled for 2015, about which she spoke in an interview with Rolling Stone: We've recorded a couple things and I've been writing and writing and writing " [10]



Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Combination Sydney
2010 The Clearing Evelyn Short film
The Talk Woman
The Invitation Candice Short film
The Clinic Ivy
10 Days to Die Maddy McCarthy
2011 A Burning Thing Jen Short film
Cupid Casey Short film
2012 Suspended Carla Short film
Dead Man's Burden[11] Martha Kirkland
Not Suitable for Children Gypsy
The Red Valentine[12] The Woman Short film


Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Cut Donna Gilbertson episode: A Little Bit of Biff
Chandon Pictures Krystal episode: The Lifestyle
All Saints Holly Russell episode: A Precious Waste
Gangs of Oz Svetlana episode: In from the Cold
2010 Home and Away Nina Bailey 4 episodes
2012–present Nashville Scarlett O'Connor Series Regular; 65 Episodes




Title Album details Peak chart positions[13]
US Country
The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 1 14 3 1
The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 2 13 5 2


Year Single Peak chart
US Country
2012 "If I Didn't Know Better" (with Sam Palladio)A 27 102 The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 1
"Fade Into You" (with Sam Palladio) 25 92 The Music of Nashville: Season 1 Volume 2
"I Will Fall" (with Sam Palladio) 45
2013 "Change Your Mind" (with Sam Palladio) 35 The Music of Nashville, Season 1: The Complete Collection
"Casino" (with Sam Palladio) 48
"This Town" (with Charles Esten) 41 The Music of Nashville: Season 2, Volume 1
2014 "Lately" (with Sam Palladio) 42 N/A
"Black Roses"A 29 116
2015 "I Will Never Let You Know" (with Sam Palladio) 39
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Clare Bowen: Biography". TV Guide. Retrieved 26 May 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Dardanis, Amanda (21 February 2009). "Clare Bowen faces on-screen prejudice in The Combination". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Australia). age: 24 
  3. ^ a b c d "Clare Bowen talks about film, life and what’s next!". Two Flat Whites. 25 March 2009. 
  4. ^ "‘Nashville’ star sings at Bluebird, Tim and Clare Bowen duet". The Tennessean. 21 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Clare Bowen" (PDF). Sue Barnett and Associates. 
  6. ^ "Alumni News: Clare Bowen, Bachelor of Creative Arts (Performance) 2006". University of Wollongong. 10 July 2009. Clare, from Minnamurra, graduated from UOW in 2006 with a Bachelor of Creative Arts in Performance 
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (17 February 2012). "Jurnee Smollett & Erik Jensen Among Latest Broadcast Pilot Signings". 
  8. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (11 May 2012). "ABC Picks Up To Series ‘666′, ‘Last Resort’, ‘How To Live’, ‘Nashville’, ‘Penoza’, ‘Neighbors’, ‘Zero Hour’, ‘Red Van’". Retrieved 12 May 2012. 
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  11. ^ "Dead Man's Burden: Cast". 
  12. ^ "The Red Valentine: Cast". Mindscape Films. 6 October 2011. Archived from the original on 12 October 2011. 
  13. ^ Caulfield, Keith (21 December 2012). "Chart Moves: 'Nashville' Nets Year's Best Sales Week for TV Soundtrack on Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 19 January 2013. 
  14. ^ Peak chart positions for songs charting on Billboard Hot Country Songs:
  15. ^ Peak chart positions for songs charting on The Billboard Hot 100:

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