Kai Owen is a Welsh actor from the beautiful town of Llanrwst.

Kai went to school at ‘Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy’ and has nothing but happy memories of his time in school - "I loved school, I had such a fantastic time, I made mates for life there and I still see them now, I was a member of the school football team and most things to do with sport, I played football everyday".

As well as football and sports Kai had a natural confidence to perform, Kai quickly became involved with the school drama group and staged many a production with them. "Since I can remember, acting is something that I've always done"

And with the guidance of teachers Joy Ostle and George Lloyd, Kai embarked on a three year Acting and Musical Theatre course at Mountview Theatre school in London.

Kai graduated from Mountview in 1998 and went straight to work playing “Ariel” in “The Tempest”. Kai has since gone on to become an associate actor at “Clwyd Theatr Cymru” Wales’ premier theatre company, and under the direction of the brilliant Terry Hands, has appeared in over fifteen productions for them.

Kai is a familiar face on the Welsh language channel S4C, playing Bob Lewis in the award winning series Treflan, from this he played the part of Kev in the long running series Tipyn o Stad.

After playing Kev for three years Kai moved back to London where he made his west end debut playing the role of Harry Secombe in Ying Tong A Walk With The Goons.

Kai has had various guest roles in top TV shows such as, Casualty, Waterloo Road, The Syndicate, Fun At The Funeral Parlour and Being Human.

Kai landed the role of Shiner in BBC One's Rocketman where he played opposite Robson Green.

Torchwood started filming in the April of 2006 and Kai has played the role of Rhys in all four seasons. The show has gone from BBC3 to BBC2 and the third and fourth series premiered on BBC1, it broke all records for viewing figures on BBC3 and BBC2, and the third series Children of Earth which played consecutively over five nights was a huge hit. The fourth season, a co production with the US network STARZ saw Kai travel to Hollywood to film the worldwide hit Torchwood - Miracle Day.

Most recently Kai joined the cast of Channel 4 drama Hollyoaks as Pete Buchanan and is currently on tour with "The Full Monty" playing Dave.

Kai is a patron of Clic-Sargent - Britains leading cancer charity for children and has completed three London marathons (2009, 2010 and 2016) and several half marathons to raise money for Clic-Sargent and following his Hollyoaks storyline NSPCC. Kai is also patron of Llandudno Youth Music Theatre Group and Harry's Fund.

Kai is married to actress Sarah Annis, they live in London, UK with their son.

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