Tom Owen (actor)

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Tom Owen
Born (1949-04-08) 8 April 1949 (age 69)
Marylebone, London, England
Occupation Actor
Years active 1966–present
Spouse(s) Mary Moylan in 1978
Children James Rowbotham
William Rowbotham

Thomas William Stevenson Rowbotham (born 8 April 1949), also known as Tom Owen, is a British actor best known for playing Tom Simmonite in the world's longest-running sitcom]] Last of the Summer Wine. He is the son of Bill Owen, who played William "Compo" Simmonite (the father of Tom Simmonite) in the show.


He married Mary Bernadette Therese Moylan in 1978; they have two sons, James and William.[1][2][3]

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Year Title Role
2000 to 2010 Last of the Summer Wine Tom Simmonite
1984 The Hello Goodbye Man Rod Stewart
1978 Hawkmoor John Stedman
1973 Harlequinade Johnny
The Piglet Files Harold
The Bill Larcy Lytton's Diary Mr. Potter Upstairs Downstairs Stanley The Onedin Line Tom Minder Keith Horse in the House Jim Tynan Our Mutual Friend Golly Hunter's Walk Freddie Wreckers at Deadeye Zac Tottering Towers Dick Freewheelers Bill Cowan

Tom Owen trained as a student assistant stage manager at Leatherhead Theatre in 1966. He made his television debut in 1968 playing Bill Cowan in Southern TV's groundbreaking series 'Freewheelers' of which he made fifty two episodes. Numerous television series followed including 'Tottering Towers', 'Wreckers at Deadeye', 'Horse in the House', 'The Piglet Files'. In 1969 Owen played Farley, in 'Goodbye, Mr. Chips' a role first played by John Mills in the original version. He has appeared in many television shows including 'The Hello Goodbye Man', 'Z Cars', 'Upstairs Downstairs', 'The Bill', 'Minder' and 'Our Mutual Friend'. He has worked extensively in one, two and three weekly repertory both as an actor and director. He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company playing on Broadway in their production of 'London Assurance'. His performance as Krapp in Fiona Baddeley's magnificent production of Beckett's masterpiece 'Krapp's Last Tape' was likened to those given by Michael Gambon, John Hurt and Harold Pinter. He has appeared in the West End in 'Lulu', with Kirk Douglas in the TV film 'Queenie', with Michael York in 'Great Expectations' and David Hemmings in 'Unman, Wittering & Zigo'. Tom Owen's debut in "Last Of The Summer Wine" was in 1991 as a bank customer at a cash dispenser in the episode "Situations Vacant". Following the death of his father, Bill, who played Compo for twenty seven years, Tom joined Last of the Summer Wine as a regular and stayed with the show until it finished in 2010. He has starred in over twenty pantomimes and has two films being released in 2018 - 'The Bromley Boys' and 'Guernsey'.

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