Sid Owen's Biography
Sid Owen appeared in a BBC production of Oliver Twist when he was just seven and had played Young Ned in the film, Revolution, but it was his role as Ricky Butcher in EastEnders that brought him to prominence. He first appeared in the soap on 12 May 1988.
Sid Owen had two stints on EastEnders. In the gap from 2000 to 2002, Sid travelled and built up businesses in property and restaurants. Also, in June 2000 he released a cover of Good Thing Going by Sugar Mynott.
The EastEnders storyline that Sid Owen most enjoyed was the build up and marriage to Bianca played by Patsy Palmer.
Sid Owen has appeared on a variety of TV shows including Celebrity Ready Steady Cook, Blankety Blank, Top of the Pops and Shooting Stars.
Additionally Sid Owen lost to Castaway's Ben Fogle in a celebrity boxing match for Sports Relief. Sid, whose coach was Barry McGuigan, was known as The Snake.
Sid Owen proved a popular participant in I'm a Celebrity and eventually ended up in third place.
In 2000, Sid proposed to lapdancer Carty Hubbard but they split up three years later. He also had a fling with glamour model Angel Harte, which did not last.
After I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Sid Owen made his TV reappearance as Donny Kimber in ITV prison drama Bad Girls.
When he signed up with Bad Girls for three years, The People had an article about Sid Owen changing his lifestyle.
Sid Owen has a photographic memory.
In October 2007, the BBC revealed that Sid Owen and Patsy Palmer were set to return to EastEnders.
In 2012, Sid Owen was paired with Ola Jordan in Strictly Come Dancing series 10.
In 2016, he became one of the celebrities taking to the ski slopes on Channel Four's The Jump.
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- Frank Zappa described rock journalists as "people, who can't write, interviewing people, who can't talk, for people, who can't read."
- Referring to the 'Beat' writers, Truman Capote remarked: "This isn't writing at all - it's typing."
- "Once you get into your stride, the camera becomes like another person in the room. It's like being in a very small theatre where there is no getting away with anything because the audience is centimetres away from you."
- If you nod your head any longer I'm going to put you on the back seat of my bloody car.
- Clearly, I don't think anybody in this city is shocked about what consenting adults do. As long as you don't involve children, animals or vegetables they leave people to get on and live their own life in their own way.
- "I guess that when you get into your fifties you just have to keep reinventing yourself as an actor. They kind of don't know what to do with you. Thankfully, Judi Dench and Helen Mirren have shown the world that there is acting life after 50, although equally there still aren't all that many strong parts for women parts on television today, which is why doing theatre is so important to me."
- From Tony Blair's speech to the TUC, September 1995:
"But what has come home to me more than anything else is the utter futility of Opposition. I did not join the Labour Party to protest. I joined it as a party of government and I will make sure that it is a party of government."
- "If Donald Trump is president of the United States, it will be the end of the world. And he’s also the best thing to happen to the Democrats ever.”
- "He would have to stand on a tanner to see over a thruppenny-bit"
- "Celebrity is a lot like ice cream, you know, it melts and then you've got to live with yourself."
- "I'm fond of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. They are kind of the John and Paul of the global development stage, in my opinion.
"But the point is, Lennon and McCartney changed my interior world - Blair and Brown can change the real world."
- Alda appeared on Inside The Actor's Studio and said, "Listening is being able to be changed by the person."
- Dustin Hoffman told The Sunday Times: "I get up at 4.30 every morning. It's the best time in the world. You see the break of dawn, and you're on your own and I have my bachelorhood back. For those two hours every day, it's just me, coffee and the dogs."
- "You learn your lessons from the mistakes you make, not the things you achieve."
- I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception.
- "When the seagulls follow the trawler, it's because they think sardines will be thrown in to the sea".
- "A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read."
- "If the glove doesn't fit, you must acquit"
- On 20 March 2010, collecting a lifetime achievement award from the Bradford International Film Festival, John Hurt said that he continued to want to act:
"I can't see any other reason to be alive unless you're taking an active interest in your area of life.
"If life was to be just to stop and watch television - I couldn't contemplate that as being worthwhile at all."
- Lisa Francesca Nand (Chessy to Talksport listeners) wrote an article for Radiojam, which quoted Tommy Boyd on the future of the talk radio format: "I wonder if we're going to let the boat sail without us. US talk radio is knocking music off FM stations now, and we are still inviting any guy who's written a book to wander on air and drone about it for half an hour."
- Hiroshima Mon Amour, Les Quatre cent coups, Les Amants were tremendously important events. These days, because of television and the incredible saturation of images, I'm not sure this would happen any more. Cinema has become - I don't want to say obsolete, but somewhat marginal. We live in a culture of the disposable. A film can be an event, be huge at the box office, win all kinds of awards, and then in a couple of years be pretty much forgotten.
- "If you have the most beautiful castle with nobody you love inside, it is shit. That is why you must spend less money on decoration and more money on finding the person you love. And then, once you’ve found that, you must have a good bed: for making love. And a good kitchen table – also for making love, and for eating."
- "There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success."
- Mhairi Black said in her maiden speech in the House of Commons: "Tony Benn once said that in politics there are weathercocks and signposts. Weathercocks will spin in whatever direction the wind of public opinion may blow them, no matter what principle they have to compromise. And then there are signposts, which stand true and tall and principled. They point in one direction and they say, “This is the way to a better society and it is my job to convince you why.” Tony Benn was right when he said that the only people worth remembering in politics are those who are signposts."
- ‘I would much rather someone say that is a George Ezra song than be famous’
- "You'll like this, not a lot, but you'll like it." was Paul Daniels's catchphrase.
- Lenny Bruce said of his own work: "All my humour is based upon destruction and despair. If the whole world were tranquil, without disease and violence, I'd be standing on the breadline right in back of J. Edgar Hoover."
- “It incrementally came to me that when I audition I’m not trying to get a job, but to give them something, my acting. The victory is not ‘Did I beat that other guy out?’ but ‘Did I present that character as believably as I could?’ That was the turning point.”
- "Power without principle is barren, but principle without power is futile. This is a party of government, and I will lead it as a party of government."
- "Genius is one per cent inspiration, ninety-nine per cent perspiration."
- "Human beings are brilliantly creative at finding ways to pass time in unconstructive ways."
- "As an actor you have to communicate all the time. So when I get home I'd rather dig the garden or take the dog for a walk than, say, go out to lunch and start communicating again."
- Life's too short to make filo pastry.
- "The Fame is about how anyone can feel famous."
- ‘if you can soundtrack somebody’s memory, that is a beautiful thing’
- Beacham once said of Joan Collins:
"Joan Collins is like the old children's nursery rhyme: 'When she is good, she is very, very good. And when she is bad, she is horrid.' I can't remember how the whole of it goes, but it defines her perfectly."
- "The only exercise I get these days is walking behind the coffins of my friends who take exercise."
- "Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxi-cabs and cutting hair."
- I paint objects as I think them, not as I see them
- "Acting is a job like any other. It takes practice to be good at it. After that you learn your lines, concentrate on nothing else, get dressed and go home."
- "Isn't the Ego a wonderful thing?"
- From an interview with Scott Davidson of Regeneration: "Take a project like Band Aid for instance. Many people worked very hard for Band Aid, and OK, it raised millions of pounds, but then more money was being taken off the Overseas Aid Budget by the Conservatives. Political action is the way of securing change. If you do not engage in political parties you are not actually engaging in political decisions. You may think you are, but you're not.
"It's a very easy line - and the press love it - that politicians are in it for themselves, all the parties are the same, etc. And then, of course, single issue politics appears to be pristine idealism, but a lot of key political decisions that dramatically affect these groups are taken by political parties.
"It is also the danger with some groups like the Green Party - they end up with policies which are just out to lunch and do not help the causes they think they are helping."
- "I didn't come into politics to change the Labour Party. I came into politics to change the country."
- Regarding David Gest's marriage to Liza Minnelli:
"We were taking bets in our pew about how long it would last ... that [wedding] kiss wasn't a kiss, it was like sucking chrome off a Cadillac."
- Upon being given the freedom of Preston, Freddie Flintoff noted:
"That means I can drive a flock of sheep through the town centre, drink for free in no less than 64 pubs and get a lift home with the police when I become inebriated - what more could you want?"
- "I like to show that it's possible to be big and be fit. I have a healthy lifestyle. I don't smoke, don't drink and I eat well. You don't have to be skinny to take part in sport."
- I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of "interposition" and "nullification" -- one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today!
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight; "and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together."
- "You spend your life working on your craft - I started acting as a seven-year-old - and then, all of a sudden, you're an 'overnight success'."
- In today’s world, hospitality and love are our most formidable weapons against hatred and extremism.
- I don't believe in psychology. I believe in good moves.
- From Goodbye to Berlin: "I am a camera with its shutter open, quite passive, recording, not thinking."
- John Banville told Mariella Frostrup on The Book Show:
"If you want to write noir fiction, Dublin in the 1950s is the place to set it ... all that cigarette smoke, all that fog, all that guilt, all that suppressed sexual longing ..."
- Character is like a tree and reputation its shadow. The shadow is what we think it is and the tree is the real thing.
- "My optimism rests on my belief in the infinite possibilities of the individual to develop benevolence ... in a gentle way you can shake the world."
- "I make films because if I don't make them then I don't have anything to distract me. My whole life I am constantly fighting all kinds of depression and terror and anxiety and I find that, like a mental patient in an institution, that if they keep the patient busy finger painting then they are more relaxed."
- Asked by The Guardian whether The X Factor is having a negative influence on the music business, Steve Brookstein replied: "No, it is more having a negative effect on Christmas. Simon Cowell bought the rights to Christmas. From now on it's called X-mas."
- Steve Guttenberg told Metro:
"Typecasting is a good thing. It's good to be known for what you do. It's good Xerox is known for its copying machines and it's good Jim Carrey is known for comedy. That's the sign in front of the store. Unless you're lucky enough to be Jack Lemmon or Cary Grant, there are few guys who can do comedy and drama."
- "Everyone wants to understand art. Why don't people try to understand the song of a bird? Why do people love the night, the flowers and everything around us without insisting on understanding them? But when it comes to a picture, people think they must "understand" it. If only they would realise that an artist creates because he must create, that he himself is only an insignificant fragment of the world and that no more attention should be paid to him than to many other things in the world which delight us although we cannot explain them.
"When we love a woman, it does not occur to us to take her measurements first. We love with our desire."
- The Rough Guide to Rock has this quote from David Bowie:
"I once asked John Lennon what he thought of what I do. He said 'It's great, but it's just rock 'n' roll with lipstick on."
- "We find ourselves in a market system which seems to have taken its rules of trade from Alice in Wonderland ... To a bystander like me, those who made £190m deliberately underselling the shares of HBOS, in spite of a very strong capital base, and drove it into the arms of Lloyds TSB, are clearly bank robbers and asset strippers."
- "When I got to drama school there were all these people going 'Oh, my Dad used to watch Ken Loach films' and I would be thinking, who is Ken Loach?"
- The English like eccentrics. They just don't like them living next door
- Alfred Hitchcock once remarked:
"Disney has the best casting. If he doesn't like a character, he just tears him up."
- Bogart described himself as: "Democrat in politics, Episcopalian by upbringing. dissenter by disposition."
- In 2005, before the India v Pakistan test series, Zaheer Abbas advised his countrymen:
"Glue yourselves to the Indian pitches to the extent they have to call the police to budge you."
- “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”
- Freud remarked in 1933 when there was a public burning of his books in Berlin: "What progress we are making. In the Middle Ages they would have burned me. Now they are content with burning my books."
- "I play my best in finals. That's why I'm Number 1, you know. There's no secret."
- How do you stop a polite conversation about politics, even with your nearest and dearest, descending into a slanging match?
The only failsafe answer of course is not to talk about politics at all.
- "To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now."
- Regrets and mistakes are the touchstone of spiritual growth.
- 'Be like a duck, my mother used to tell me. Remain calm on the surface and paddle like hell underneath.'
- A memorandum is written not to inform the reader but to protect the writer.
- There is enough means to feed the planet but two thirds of the world lives below the poverty line
- "Giving young men what they want doesn't generally bring out the best in them. Success is almost guaranteed to mess you up more than failure."
- Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
- "It's a small world but you wouldn't want to paint it"
- "I often suffer from the opposite of loneliness, which is; where I am with a bunch of people and I wish I was on my own."
- "I am strongly feminist, and I'm interested in current affairs, and on an international level-it's important to realise what's going on in the rest of the world, and the importance of where we're from in how it shapes us and our views."
- In discussing School for Seduction, Kelly Brook told the BBC:
"Regardless of what hair colour you have, what you look like, what accent you have, what you do for a living even, it's all about how you feel, and about being comfortable in your own skin. The women in School For Seduction are not doing it for men, they're doing it for themselves."
- "I think the openness that might be necessary to be a good actor can be lethal in your real life."
- Gerald Kaufman has crawled so far up the backside of NATO that only the soles of his feet are visible.
- On the share collapse (Oct 1987) Blair said:
" the City whizz-kids, with salaries only fractionally less than their greed, now seem not only morally dubious, but incompetent"
- Maurice Greene once said:
"If you want to be number one, you have to train like you're number two"
- "I'm quite urban. I don't like to be too far away from an espresso machine."
- "I like working on stage because there's something very immediate about it, that interaction with an audience where you immediately hear their reaction, or feel them, whether they're with you."
- "When I was in England I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn't like it. I didn't inhale."
- It's sink or swim, and you've most probably picked up by now that I don't do life jackets.
- "Vote Labour and you build castles in the air. Vote Conservative and you can live in them."
- Roger Federer In an interview with the Sunday Times after his defeat by Marat Safin in the semi-final at the Australian Open in 2005:
"...the more success you have the easier it is to deal with defeat. I didn't think too much about it even the next day. I woke up, the sun was shining. Sure, my foot was hurting, but there was nothing to worry about. I hadn't been robbed or attacked. Everyone I cared for was fine. It was not a question of blocking out the defeat, I just accepted having to live with the fact and, really, that's not too difficult."
- "Try not to worry about the small things in life that go wrong. You are only on the planet once. Get the best out of it."
- "My own experience has shown that you can survive after going through terrible times at home and I give my utmost support to those women and young people living with the threat of domestic abuse... Don't suffer in silence because help is out there."
- When you want to be ranked number 1 in the world, when you want to be Olympic gold medallist and you want to make history you're really careful setting your goals along the way. You take small steps instead of having a goal that's so far out that it starts to seem unachievable."
- But I could not more write a romance than an epic poem. I could not sit seriously down to write a serious romance under any other motive than to save my life; and if it were indispensible for me to keep it up and never relax into laughing at myself or other people, I am sure I should be hung before I had finished the first chapter. No, I must keep to my own style and go on in my own way; and though I may never succeed again in that, I am convinced that I should totally fail in any other."
- "The maintenance of the tradition of fashion is in the nature of an act of faith. In a century which attempts to tear the heart out of every mystery, fashion guards its secret well, and is the best possible proof that there is still magic abroad."
- "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky. I never told anybody to lie, not a single time - never. These allegations are false."
- Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee