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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 2 July 1978Wales, UK
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Owain Sebastian Yeoman is a Welsh actor born in Oxford, England to parents Michael and Hilary Yeoman. He has one sister Ailsa. An honors English graduate of Brasenose College (1996-99), Oxford University Owain also graduated from the prestigious Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts (RADA) in London with the distinction of being The Henry Marshall Shield Winner.(2003) His First audition was for the Warner Bros epic "Troy" starring Brad Pitt in which director Wolfgang Petersen immediately cast Owain as Lysander, the Captain of the Trojan army. A veteran of over a dozen stage plays in London's West End theaters and two Edinburgh international Stage/Film festivals Owain re-located to Los Angeles in 2004 where he was cast in TV projects including "The Friendlies", the lead role in Mark Burnett's "Commando Nanny" and played the T-888 main terminator in the pilot of the Terminator franchise series "The Sarah Connor Chronicles" (2007). Owain played leading series regular roles in the 2006 Fox comedy "Kitchen Confidential" opposite Bradley Cooper, directed by Darren Starr and "The Nine" from "Without A Trace" creator Hank Steinberg for ABC.

In 2008 Owain played the role of Sgt. Eric Kocher in the HBO award winning biopic "Generation Kill" from the creators of "The Wire" Ed Burns and David Simon. Owain is probably best known to TV audiences for his leading role as CBI detective Wayne Rigsby in the CBS international hit series "The Mentalist" in which he has starred for over 6 years. in 2012 Owain was cast as the lead detective KING in the independent horror feature "Laid to Rest 2" and as the lead in the festival short movie "Absolutsin". in 2015 Owain will be re-united with Bradley Cooper when he stars in "American Sniper" in which he was cast by Clint Eastwood. He is also slated to appear in the titular role of "Henry" in the independent feature "My big brother Henry" set for release in the same year.

He is an avid animal rights supporter and works closely with PETA and The Humane Society of The United States. Owain lives in Los Angeles with his wife Gigi and their French Bulldog Cash.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Yeoman assistant

Spouse (2)

Gigi Yallouz (7 September 2013 - present)
Lucy Davis (9 December 2006 - 2011) (divorced)

Trivia (25)

He speaks intermediate Welsh, A-level French and German.
He is a classically trained actor who graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London in 2003.
Married The Office (2001) actress Lucy Davis on the 9th December 2006 at St. Paul's Cathedral. Normally reserved for royal weddings (Prince Charles and Princess Diana were wed there) Davis and Yeoman were permitted to marry there as Davis' father, comedian Jasper Carrott, was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours in 2002.
Has a degree in English from Brasenose College, Oxford.
His first audition was for Warner Bros.' epic film Troy (2004) after which Wolfgang Petersen immediately cast him as "Lysander," the captain of the Trojan Army.
He studied English Literature & Language at Oxford University in England.
He has one sister, Ailsa.
His father, Mike Yeoman, is a nuclear physicist. His mother is Hilary Yeoman.
He graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.
On December 9, 2006, he married actress Lucy Davis at St Paul's Cathedral in London.
Ex-son-in-law of actor/comedian Jasper Carrott.
His first audition was for the film Troy (2004) and he was cast as "Lysander", captain of the Trojan Army.
Philip Winchester was initially cast as the lead role in "Commando Nanny" (a show that was produced but did not air) however, he broke his foot after filming the pilot episode and Owain Yeoman replaced him.
Met his wife, Lucy Davis, through Patrick Baladi, a co-star on The Office (2001) with Lucy. After knowing each other for six months, Owain went to visit Davis' father, Jasper Carrott, in June 2006, to ask for his daughter's hand in marriage.
While at Oxford University, Owain acted as the Scarecrow in "The Wizard of Oz" and directed "Othello" at the Oxford Playhouse.
Used to work as a banker in Canary Wharf, London.
Although Owain was passionate about acting, he never intended it be his profession.
Initially was going to study Accounting at Harvard University but then decided to go into acting after a change of heart.
Applied to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff during his early 20s but was not accepted.
Has stated that he only wants to learn and improve as an actor and is not driven by money or fame.
Attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London with Jonas Armstrong, better known as "Robin Hood" in the 2006 series airing on the BBC.
His heroes are his wife, Lucy Davis, because of her subtlety to acting and Edward Norton because of his ability to change roles, which Owain has said to be what acting is all about.
Not only did Owain participate in rugby, rowing and hockey at college and university level, but he also represented Wales in Hockey.
Winner of the Henry Marshall Shield for Best Scene at the 2001 RADA Prize Fights.
Married jewelry designer Gigi Yallouz on September 7, 2013 at a private estate in Malibu, California.

Personal Quotes (19)

Being typecast is the enemy of any actor, so if you can try to do something that flips on the head peoples' ideas of who you are or what you can do, that's my biggest aim.
I'm a voracious reader, and I love to throw myself into it.
A friend of mine is a chef in Bali, and another friend said, 'God, he's like Brad Pitt,' and I said, 'Yeah, I think he's more like arm Pitt,' 'cause, you know, 'Brad Pitt' would be a bit of an overstatement.
If the day comes where I can have my own action figure... I defy any actor to say that's not a good day.
From an actor's point of view, you never really like to hope that anything will go beyond the pilot. I'd always say to my agent every time I filmed a pilot, 'Great! Well, I'll see you at pilot season.'
My mom was a history teacher, so I couldn't really avoid history when I was growing up. But we're very light on American history. We don't really have great opportunities to study both the Civil War and the Revolution.
Since I finished on 'The Mentalist,' I didn't need to be so near to the studio, so we decided to move a bit further out where you can get more house for your money, too. It definitely feels more like home.
Oh my goodness me, Daniel Day-Lewis - huge, huge fan of his. I've always loved his philosophy on acting: he always talks about returning to a state of play.
The nature of an ensemble means when you're a supporting character and not the lead character, you get little tidbits here and there, but you're usually there to provide bits of comic relief and little bits of action or something.
I didn't want to be an accountant; I found myself being a banker, which was a bit different. I went to university, and I was going to do a Ph.D. in the States, but I didn't get the funding for it, so I had two years where I had a bit of a wobble and didn't really know what I wanted to do, and I ended up working as a banker.
I think from an actor's point of view, you always want something to play that's dramatic or something that feels like it could be very bold in choice. And of course, the boldest possible choice you could play at the end of a character's life is death.
I've done all the table reads for Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow for all the pirate movies, because he's just been doing other stuff, and I just love the whole Jack Sparrow thing he's got going on; it is just genius, and I just think he has so much fun with it.
I will say the scope of the 'Supergirl' pilot was incredible. I've personally never been involved in something with such a huge production value and scope.
I was doing a scene in a medical tent in 18th-century battle dress, pantaloons and a ripped shirt, and the guy from the crew kept asking me if I was OK, if I was too cold. I told him, 'Are you kidding? I'm from Wales!'
I love a challenge, and I love challenging people's preconceptions.
I love Wales, and Cardiff is great, but if I could just have the weather we have in California, it would be perfect.
I work in a business of extremes, so when you are with someone who is very calm and logical, it's a great kind of balance to have.
I went from working with Spielberg to working with Clint Eastwood - I might as well just retire.
Gigi is my perfect partner. She's my best friend. She's the most fun of anyone I know, and she's also the kindest and most tolerant person.

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