Rowena King is a British stage, film and television actress.
Born as Roweena Josephine King on 6 December 1970 in London to Phyllis, the daughter of immigrants from Liberia, and John, a British mechanic, Rowena spent her childhood with her parents in Hertfordshire.
She attended formal dramatic studies at the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and at the London Drama School, from where King transitioned to ensemble work with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
King first appeared in the 1991 drama London Kills Maine, and she soon became a frequent presence in the television series of the United Kingdom, among others in Framed, Screen One, Full Stretch, Just a Gigolo, To Play the King, Tales of the South Seas and Wonderful You in recurring roles. King is known to the public for her performance of Amelie in Wide Sargasso Sea alongside Karina Lombard, Michael York and Naomi Watts, in the 1993 film adaption of Jean Rhys"s 1966 novel of the same name directed by John Duigan, and as Rachel Morris in director Julian Richards" Darklands. Her collaboration with Kenneth Branagh in his four-hour screen version of Hamlet, drew on King"s Shakespearean background, but provided her with relatively little screen time as attendant to Gertrude.
In 2006 the English actress had a secondary role in Peter Levin"s A perfect day with Rob Lowe and Christopher Lloyd where she played Heather.
In 2007 she appeared as Angelica in Rob Reiner"s The Bucket List alongside Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. King"s additional television credits include since the mid-2000s guest rules, among others in Grey"s Anatomy, Eli Stone, Nip/Tuck, Lie to Maine, Death in Paradise, and recurring roles in Breaking News, Half & Half and The Wrong Mans.