Clive Standen

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Clive Standen
Clive Standenby Gage Skidmore.jpg
Standen in 2015
Born (1981-07-22) 22 July 1981 (age 35)
Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland
Occupation Actor
Years active 2004–present
Spouse(s) Francesca Standen (2004–present)
Children 3

Clive James Standen (born 22 July 1981) is a Northern Irish actor best known for playing Rollo in the History Channel TV series Vikings, Sir Gawain in the Starz series Camelot, Archer in the BBC TV series Robin Hood, and Private Carl Harris in the British sci-fi show Doctor Who.

Early life[edit]

Clive James Standen was born on a British Army base in Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland,[1] and grew up in Leicestershire, East Midlands, England.[2] He went to school at the King Edward VII School,[2] Melton Mowbray followed by a performing arts course at Melton Mowbray College.[2] Standen then went on to earn a place on the 3 year diploma course in Acting at the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.[2] Away from acting, in his late teens Standen was a former international Muay Thai boxer[1] and later Fencing gold medalist.[3]


Standen's first experience of stunts, horse riding and sword fighting was at age twelve when he got his first job working in a professional stunt team in Nottingham.[2] At the age of fifteen Standen was a member of both the National Youth Theatre and the National Youth Music Theatre performing in productions at many well known venues.[2] Later Standen won a place on the three-year acting course at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.[4]

In 2004 Standen appeared in Waking the Dead,[2] the Second World War documentary drama Ten Days to D-Day,[2] and took the lead role of Major Alan Marshall in the Zero Hour[2] TV dramatisation of the SAS mission, operation Barras, in Sierra Leone. The next year he appeared in three episodes of the British soap Doctors and Tom Brown's Schooldays, the acclaimed[5] ITV adaptation of the book by Thomas Hughes. Standen played Private Carl Harris in three episodes of the fourth series of the relaunched British sci-fi show Doctor Who.[2] The following year he played 'Archer', the brother of Robin Hood in the BBC TV series Robin Hood.[6] Standen was part of the main cast of the TV series Camelot for Starz (TV network) in which he portrayed the famous Arthurian knight Sir Gawain.[2]

On film, Standen took a supporting role in the mainstream Bollywood film Namastey London, starring Akshay Kumar and Katrina Kaif. In 2012 Standen completed filming on the Vertigo Films feature film Hammer of the Gods. He has a recurring role on the History Channel's Vikings in the role of Rollo.[7][8] He portrays Bryan Mills in the television adaption of Taken.[1][8] He is set to star in the upcoming Screen Gems thriller film Patient Zero.[9]

In addition to his screen roles Standen has done voice overs for video games such as Aliens vs. Predator[10] and Inversion.


Standen is a spokesman for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.[11]

Personal life[edit]

He married his wife Francesca in 2007 at Babington House. They have three children.[4]


Standen as Archer in
Robin Hood (2009)
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Ten Days to D-Day Canadian Commanding Officer
2005 Tom Brown's Schooldays Brooke TV film
2006 Heroes and Villains Pete
2007 Namastey London Charlie Brown
2010 Eating Dust Spence
2012 Hammer of the Gods Hagen
2015 Everest Ed Viesturs
2017 Patient Zero Colonel Knox Filming
Year Title Role Notes
2004 Waking the Dead Martin Raynor 2-part episode
2005 Doctors Charlie Halliday 3 episodes
2007 Zero Hour Major Alan Marshall 1 episode
2008 Doctor Who Private Harris 3 episodes
2009 Robin Hood Archer 3 episodes
2010 Camelot Gawain Series regular
2013–present Vikings Rollo Main cast
2014 Atlantis Telemon 2 episodes
2017 Taken Bryan Mills Main role
Video game
Year Title Role
2010 Aliens vs. Predator Various lead Marine/civilian characters
2012 Inversion Leo/Gulthar
2012 Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Future Soldier Kosak


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