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Clive Standen From NBC's Taken

April 12, 201710 min
Clive Standen stars as Bryan Mills, a former Green Beret who deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world, in NBC’s upcoming action thriller series “Taken.” Standen has created a strong foothold in Hollywood, starring in several critically acclaimed television series. He currently stars in History’s break-out scripted series “Vikings” as Rollo, a fearsome warrior with a wild impulsive streak and brother of Ragnar. Standen’s next film project is “Patient Zero,” co-starring Matt Smith, Natalie Dormer and Stanley Tucci. Set for release in 2017, this drama takes place after an unprecedented global pandemic has turned the majority of humankind into violent Infected, and a man gifted with the ability to speak the Infected’s new language leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure. Standen is well known for his portrayal of Sir Gawain in the Starz original series “Camelot,” alongside Joseph Fiennes and Eva Green, and his starring role in the BBC America series “Robin Hood.” Prior to that he played Private Carl Harris in the award-winning sci-fi BBC series “Doctor Who” and starred in the drama “Operation Barras” about the infamous SAS mission in Sierra Leon. In film, Standen most recently starred in “Everest,” opposite Kiera Knightley, Jake Gyllenhaal, Robin Wright and Josh Brolin, and in “Hammer of the Gods.” Trained as an actor at the National Youth Theatre, National Youth Music Theatre and London Academy of Dramatic Art, Standen appeared in theatrical roles at the Royal Albert Hall and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, as well as in the critically acclaimed revival of Tom Stoppard’s “The Invention of Love.” Born on a British Army base in Northern Ireland, Standen moved to England at the age of 5. He discovered stunt work and sword fighting, and by his teens was working as part of a professional stunt team, mastering skills such as horse riding, jousting and swordplay. A keen martial artist, he also studied Muay Thai boxing and quickly became the undefeated national champion. He currently resides in London with his wife and three children. ABOUT TAKEN, MONDAYS AT 10/9 ON NBC From Executive Producer Luc Besson ("Taken," "The Fifth Element") comes a modern-day, edge-of-your-seat thriller that follows the origin story of younger, hungrier former Green Beret Bryan Mills (Clive Standen, "Vikings") as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the trauma of the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job that awakens his very particular, and very dangerous, set of skills. In 30 years, this character is destined to become the Bryan Mills that we've come to love from the "Taken" films. The cast includes Jennifer Beals, Gaius Charles, Brooklyn Sudano, Monique Gabriela Curnen, Michael Irby, James Landry Hébert and Jose Pablo Cantillo. Alexander Cary serves as writer and executive producer. Luc Besson, Matthew Gross, Edouard de Vésinne, Thomas Anargyros and director Alex Graves also executive produce.

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