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Sid Owen's Biography

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Sid Owen was born David Sutton on 12 January 1972. His father left the family home when Sid Owen was just six and two years later Sid's mother died of cancer.

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 came fourth on Channel Four's The Jump.

In the same year he also came fourth on Celebrity Masterchef.

In 2022, the BBC announced that Sid Owen was to reprise his role as Ricky Butcher after a gap of 10 years.

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