Kai Owen is a Welsh actor, known for his numerous roles on Welsh-language television and his portrayal of Rhys Williams in Torchwood.
Owen is originally from the village of Llanrwst in the Conwy Valley in North Wales, where his family still lives. His father Mark is a GMB union official and his mother Yvonne is a cleaner at the British Legion Club. He was educated at Watling Street Primary School, Llanrwst and Ysgol Dyffryn Conwy. He attended Mountview Theatre School, London for three years, graduating in 1998. Owen lived with his actor fiance Sarah Wilson in East Finchley, London and in 2010 moved with son Bobby to Warwickshire.
He ran the 2009 London Marathon for the children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent, and also ran the Virgin London Marathon on 25 April 2010. He is a patron of Llandudno Youth Musical Theatre.
He became first known as Kev, a gay roofer in Tipyn O Stad, shown on Welsh-language channel S4C. He was a regular in several series (52 episodes) of this popular gritty Welsh television programme; he also appeared in S4C's Treflan as character Bob Lewis. In 2009 he guested as Harri in the second series of Y Pris and as violent loan shark Craig Turner in Pobol Y Cwm (one episode, broadcast 11 September 2009).
Owen's first appearance on English-language UK television came in 2001, when he appeared as Buster Edwardsin in the episode Dog Dago Afternoon of series Fun at the Funeral Parlour. In 2003 he guested in an episode of BBC One television series Casualty (episode 392, Stuck In The Middle With You, 19 April 2003, as Danny). In 2005 he played the character of Dave 'shiner Owen in all six episode of the series Rocket Man, a BBC One television series about a man trying to launch his dead wife's ashes into space.
2006 saw Owen cast as recurring character Rhys Williams in Torchwood, a spin-off from the science fiction television series Doctor Who, a role which he has become most renowned for. He was elevated to star billing for the third series, broadcast on BBC One in Summer 2009, reflecting his growing role in the series. A fourth series of Torchwood Torchwood: Miracle Day was commissioned in June 2010 with confirmed involvement of Owen.
Owen starred in an episode of Celebrity Ready Steady Cook with Torchwood co-star Tom Price (recorded 26 August 2009, broadcast 8 January 2010).
In 2011 Owen appeared in the first episode of the third series of Being Human as the character Bob.