1941 (age 71)|
He is the son of Major General W.O.Bowen and was educated at Dulwich College, Winchester Art School and Queens College, Cambridge where he was president of the Marlowe Society and appeared in student productions. He then toured with the Royal Shakespeare Company and appeared in repertory theatres .
His notable television appearances include; A Family at War (1970–1972), Dickens of London (1976), Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978) as Duff Cooper, First Among Equals (1986) Judge John Deed (2001–2007) and Thatcher: The Final Days (1991) as Kenneth Baker. He also appeared in the film Darling (1965) as Julie Christie's first husband.
Bowen has been active as a television screenwriter since the 1970s, writing many episodes for television films and series, most notably Sherlock Holmes (1984 TV series) and The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries but also including contributions to Bognor (1981–1982), Nanny (1983), Miss Marple (1984–1992), the television movie version of The Body in the Library (1984), Lovejoy (1991–1993), Hornblower Mutiny (2001) and Helen West (2002). He has also written several novels.
- Punctuations, London 1971
- The Emperor's Falcon, London 1980 (ISBN 0-41688330-3)
- The Death of Amy Parris, London 1998 (ISBN 0-14027130-9)
- The Black Camel, London 2002 (ISBN 0-14028512-1)
- Who's Who on Television 1970, Independent Television Publications Ltd 1970
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