Rowena King

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Rowena King
Roweena Josephine King

(1970-12-06) 6 December 1970 (age 50)[1]
London, England
Alma materMountview Academy of Theatre Arts,[2] London Drama School[3]
Years active1991–present

Rowena Josephine King (born 6 December 1970) is a British stage, film and television actress.

Early life and education[edit]

King was born 6 December 1970 in London to Phyllis and John King, an entrepreneur and designer.[1] She spent her childhood with her parents in Hertfordshire. She attended formal dramatic studies at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and at the London Drama School, from where King transitioned to ensemble work with the Royal Shakespeare Company.[1][2]

Film and television[edit]

King first appeared in the 1991 drama London Kills Me. She had recurring roles in a number of UK television series such as Framed, Screen One, Full Stretch, Just a Gigolo, To Play the King, Tales of the South Seas and Wonderful You.

King is known to the British public for her portrayal of Amelie in Wide Sargasso Sea, the 1993 film adaptation, directed by John Duigan, of Jean Rhys's 1966 novel of the same name; and as Rachel Morris in director Julian Richards' 1996 horror film Darklands. Her role as "attendant to Gertrude" in Kenneth Branagh's four-hour screen version of Hamlet drew on King's Shakespearean background, but provided her with relatively little screen time. In 2006 she had a secondary role as Heather in Peter Levin's A Perfect Day, starring Rob Lowe and Christopher Lloyd.[1] In 2007 she appeared as Angelica in Rob Reiner's The Bucket List with Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. King's television credits include guest roles in Grey's Anatomy, Eli Stone, The All New Alexei Sayle Show, Nip/Tuck, Lie to Me, Death in Paradise, among others; and recurring roles in Breaking News, Half & Half and The Wrong Mans.

In 2015/16 King played a supporting role in 8 episodes of the ABC television drama series Of Kings and Prophets, based on the Books of Samuel. The series follows an ensemble of characters including Saul and David, the successive Kings of Israel, their families, and their political rivals.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1991 London Kills Me Melanie
1993 Wide Sargasso Sea Amelie
1995 The Turnaround Fiona
1996 Darklands Rachel Morris
1996 Hamlet Attendant to Gertrude
1997 My Son the Fanatic Margot
1997 So This Is Romance? Moira
2000 Proof of Life Pamela
2002 Today I Vote for My Joey Maryse
2007 The Bucket List Angelica
20?? Sexual Healing Marilyn Announced


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Sam Saturday Sandra Morrisey "On the Other Hand"
1992 Framed Charlotte Lampton TV miniseries
1992 A Touch of Frost Julia King "Conclusions"
1992 Screen One Roberta Ford "Black and Blue"
1993 Full Stretch Tessa Knowles TV series
1993 Just a Gigolo Natalie "1.1", "1.2", "1.3"
1993 Vicious Circle Celia TV film
1993 To Play the King Chloe Carmichael TV miniseries
1994 Screen One Mariella "Two Golden Balls"
1998–2000 Tales of the South Seas Lavinia Timoto Main role
1999 Wonderful You Laura Kennett TV miniseries
2002 Breaking News Jamie Templeton Main role
2003 Fastlane Adriana "Overkill"
2003 The Lyon's Den Robyn Petrie Nwamaka "Pilot"
2003–04 Half & Half Camille Recurring role
2004 Las Vegas Vita Brighton "Games People Play"
2004 Dr. Vegas Marta "Lust for Life"
2005 Alias Pierpont "Mockingbird"
2006 A Perfect Day Heather TV film
2007 Grey's Anatomy Celeste Newman "Desire"
2007 Futureshock: Comet Kimberly Marshall TV film
2008 Eli Stone Holly Rains "Something to Save"
2009 Criminal Minds Det. Benning "To Hell... And Back"
2009 Revolution Gov. Olivia Agee TV film
2010 Numb3rs Elizabeth Hopkins "And the Winner Is..."
2010 Nip/Tuck Jill Jacobson "Christian Troy II"
2010 Lie to Me Helen Dezekis "Beat the Devil"
2013 Midsomer Murders Wendy Robson "The Sicilian Defence"
2013 Death in Paradise Sister Marguerite "2.2"
2013 By Any Means DI Bates "1.4"
2013 The Wrong Mans Wood "Inside Mans", "Wanted Mans", "Running Mans"
2014 Edge of Heaven Janelle "1.5"
2015 NCIS: Los Angeles Dr. Camille Rivers "Field of Fire"
2016 Of Kings and Prophets Zaphra Main role
2017 Shut Eye Maggie Sexton-Templesmith "Charles the Magnificent", "Crimes and Punishments", "Purple Hearts"
2017 Trauma Lisa TV miniseries, post-production
2018 Dietland Cheryl Crane-Murphy Series Regular – AMC
2019 Hamilton Haig Recurring – Swedish TV Series
2019 Emergence Helen & Loretta Recurring
2020 The Wilds Alice Guest Star in Episode 108
2020 The Old Man Nina Kruger Recurring


  1. ^ a b c d Nathan Southern. "Rowena King". AllMovie. Retrieved 13 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Rowena King". Retrieved 13 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Nathan Southern (2015). "Rowena King". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 9 November 2015. Retrieved 13 October 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "Scoop: OF KINGS AND PROPHETS on ABC" (in German). 29 February 2016. Retrieved 12 June 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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