Clare Bowen is an Australian actress and singer best known for her starring role as Scarlett O'Connor, a poet and songwriter who is also Deacon's niece and musician partner with Gunnar, in the musical drama television series Nashville.
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.
Shortly after graduating from the University of Wollongong in 2009, Bowen 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.
In her U.S. film debut, she starred as the female lead in the western, Dead Man's Burden, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June 2012 and was released on May 3, 2013 in limited theatres.
In 2012 Bowen was cast as a series regular alongside Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere in the ABC musical drama television series Nashville. Written by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri, Bowen plays the sweet and talented singer Scarlett O'Connor.
A gifted singer, Bowen has performed in several theatre productions. 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.