Clare Bowen Nashville
Nashville: Clare Bowen Biography

Actor Name: Clare Bowen
Alternate Names:
Nashville Character Name: Scarlett O’Connor
Given Birth Name: Clare Maree Bowen
Birth Date: May 12, 1989
Birth Place: South Coast, Australia
Homwtown: South Coast, Australia
Star Sign: Taurus
Height: 5' 2½" (1.59 m)
Marital Status:
First Nashville Episode: Pilot
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  • Clare is a survivor of childhood cancer and has been an Australian Cancer Council Youth Ambassador since 2008.

  • Clare is also a singer, securing the role of Wendla Bergman in the Sydney Theatre Company's critically acclaimed 2010 non-replica production of Tony Award winning musical; Spring Awakening, by Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik. Directed by Geordie Brookman, choreography by Kate Champion and artistically overseen by Cate Blanchett.


About the character: Scarlett O’Connor

Scarlett grew up on a farm near Natchez. Miss., never dreaming she’d become a performer like her uncle Deacon. She instead gravitated toward poetry, and her love of writing earned her a scholarship to college, where she met her boyfriend, Avery. She then followed Avery to Nashville so he could chase his musical dreams, which Scarlett fully supports—in fact, she’s Avery’s #1 fan.

Scarlett’s loyal and sensitive, but she’s also stronger than she looks. It's a strength she'll need, as she wrestles with her newly discovered musical gifts—a talent she didn’t know she had and isn’t sure she wants.

About the actor: Clare Bowen

Clare Bowen has enjoyed a flourishing career in film, theatre and television. A native Australian, she has appeared in several of her home country’s iconic television dramas, including “Home and Away,” the medical drama “All Saints,” “The Cut” and the critically acclaimed comedy, “Chandon.”

In her U.S. film debut, Bowen stars as the female lead in the western “Dead Man’s Burden,” which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival June 2012. Shortly after graduating from the University of Wollongong in 2009, she was offered a lead role in the highly controversial feature film, “The Combination,” directed by David Field. This was followed by a major role in the thriller “The Clinic,” which screened at several international film festivals, and the independent film “Not Suitable for Children,” alongside Ryan Kwanten.

A gifted singer, Bowen has performed in several theatre productions. Most recently she starred as the lead role of Wendla in the Geordie Brookman-directed rock musical, “Spring Awakening,” under the co-artistic direction of Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton at the Sydney Theatre Company.

Bowen was born and raised in the South Coast of Australia.

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