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Alison Mary Owen (born 18 February 1961) is an English film producer.[1][2]

Alison Owen
Alison Mary Owen

(1961-02-18) 18 February 1961 (age 58)
Portsmouth, Hampshire, England
OccupationFilm producer
Spouse(s)Andy Lavender
(m. 1973; div. 19??)
Keith Allen
(m. 1982; div. 1989)

Aaron Batterham
(m. ??)
Children3, including Lily and Alfie Allen

Her credits as a producer include Moonlight and Valentino (1995), Elizabeth (1998), Sylvia (2003), Shaun of the Dead (2004), Proof (2005), The Other Boleyn Girl (2007), Brick Lane (2007), Chatroom (2010), Saving Mr. Banks (2013), Tulip Fever (2017).


Personal lifeEdit

Owen was born in Portsmouth, Hampshire, to Mary Kathleen (née Hitchiner), a Royal Navy dockyard worker, and Peter Ronald Owen, chief petty officer in the Royal Navy, and was the younger of two daughters. Her elder sister is Jill Beatrice Owen (born 1959).[3]

Owen's first marriage (other sources simply say "relationship") started when she was a teenager in the 1970s, producing her first child, Sarah Owen, near Christmas 1979, while Owen was an 18-year-old university student.[4] She married actor Keith Allen in 1984, and they had two children together, pop singer Lily Allen and actor Alfie Allen, before divorcing in 1989.[5] She is married to art director Aaron Batterham, who has four children of his own.[6]

In 2017 the National Portrait Gallery acquired an early portrait of Owen for their permanent collection by photographer David Gwinnutt.[5]


She first started working at Limelight doing music videos. Later she then produced her first movie Hear My Song and a TV series called Diary of a Teenage Health Freak. Then she worked for Working Title (who were part owned by PolyGram). She set up the low-budget film division.[7]

On 14 October 2018, it was announced that Amy Winehouse's family had respectively signed a multi-million pound deal with Owen's film company, Monumental Pictures, to make a biopic about her life, which Owen will direct. It is said that Winehouse’s story will be adapted for the screen by Geoff Deane, who has written comedy movies Kinky Boots (2005) and It’s a Boy Girl Thing (2006). Winehouse's father, Mitch, has said “We have been approached many times. It’s obviously something that we are going to do, 100 per cent. What we want is somebody to portray Amy in the way that she was... the funny, brilliant, charming and horrible person that she was. There’s no point really me making the film because I’m her dad. But to get the right people to do it, that’s very important, and we will".[8] The project is scheduled to start filming in 2019.


Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ Profile, The Guardian, 19 February 2004.
  2. ^ POwerlist, The Guardian, 8 March 2012.
  3. ^ Profile, The Daily Telegraph, 19 May 2007. Retrieved 20 October 2014.
  4. ^ Ranscombe, Siân (22 November 2013). "Inside the world of film producer Alison Owen". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  5. ^ a b Dex, Robert (16 March 2017). "Lily Allen's mother Alison Owen joins singer in National Portrait Gallery". London Evening Standard. Alexander Lebedev. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  6. ^ Woods, Judith (28 September 2015). "Alison Owen: 'The suffragettes were guerrillas. Their story needed to be told'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  7. ^ "In Conversation: Alison Owen (Producer of Saving Mr. Banks, Shaun of the Dead, Tamara Drewe)". 21 May 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Amy Winehouse's family sign multi-million deal to make biopic about her life – but insist Lady Gaga will not play the icon". The Sun. 14 October 2018. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Alison Owen - Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 26 August 2018.

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