Clive James Standen is an English actor from Britain. He was born in Holywood on an Army base of Britishers in County Down, Northern Ireland. He grew up in England (Leicestershire in East Midlands). He did his schooling from King Edward VII School in the town Melton Mowbray. Next, he completed a performing arts course from Melton Mowbray College. Standen has also done a three-year diploma in Acting from the London Academy (LAMDA) of Music and Drama Art. Before he went into acting, he was an international Muay Thai boxer, and he also won a gold medal in Fencing. He entered wedlock with Francesca and has three children- Hayden, Rafferty, and Edi. Standen and his family reside in London. Francesca is working in the music industry. He says he loves being a house father (dad). He enjoys swimming in the deep sea. Clive, at the age of twelve, got his first job in Nottingham. That was his first experience in sword fighting and stunts. He learnt Ride, Joust, and sword fight. Though he is left handed but in his early years, he learned to fight with his right hand thus making him ambidextrous in the sword fighting. When he was fifteen years old, Standen was a member of National Youth Theatre and NYMT- National Youth Music Theatre.
He performed various plays and musicals at venues like Shakespeare’s Global Theatre and The Royal Albert Hall Theatre and in the West End. He staged The Ballad of Salmon Pavey in 1999-2000, West Side Story in 2000 and The Invention of Love plays in 2006 in which he became Nathaniel Giles, Diesel, and Moses Jackson respectively. The play The Invention of Love was staged at The Salisbury Playhouse Theatre. Clive Standen has acted in various television shows. He did two episodes of Walking the Dead as (Young) Martin Raynor in 2004; three episodes of Doctors as Charlie Halliday in 2005; one episode of Zero Hour as Major Alan Marshall in 2007; three episodes of Doctor Who as Private Harris in 2008; three episodes of
as Archer in 2009; TV series Camelot as Sir Gawain in the year 2008; Vikings- a historical drama series as Rollo and two episodes of Atlantis as Telemon in 2014.
The Irish Canadian Television series Vikings is still being telecast on the History Channel. Standen received huge popularity owing to his character Rollo in Vikings. Standen also has many motion pictures to his credit. He debuted with the Emmy Award winning Television film Ten Days to D-Day in 2004. It was a dramatic documentary on the Second World War in which Clive was seen as Canadian Commanding Officer. His next projects were Tom Brown’s Schooldays in 2005 where he played the character of Brooke, Heroes and Villians in 2006 as Pete and
(an Indian Bollywood movie) in 2007 as Charlie Brown. He also did Eating Dust in 2010 as Spence, Hammer of the Gods in 2012 as Hagen and Everest in 2015 as Ed Viesturs. He is currently working on the movie Patient Zero by Stefan Ruzowitzky, which is to be released in September 2016. He is portraying the character named Colonel Knox. His Indian debut Namastey London won Cine Award for Best Film in 2008. Clive has also done two short films in the year 2012. These films are The Heart of Dicken Patridge where he played the lead role and Moscow where he was seen as Roger. Because of his role in Vikings, he had to wear hair extensions for six months. He said, owing to this he has (new) found respect for women.
Clive Standen is also the spokesman for Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He hopes that he acts till the age of ninety. In addition to the above performances, Clive has also done voice overs for video games including Aliens vs. Predators (as various characters), Inversion (as Leo/Gulthar) and Ghost Recon: Future Soldier (as Kosak).