Clare Maree Bowen was born on May 12, 1984 in Minnamurra on the South Coast of Australia. She was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer at the age 4 until she was the age of 7. Clare healed and blossomed and found passion in acting and music.

Clare Bowen has enjoyed a flourishing career in film, theatre and television. This Fall, Bowen will work with Academy Award winning Callie Khouri and T-Bone Burnett as she stars as the sweet and talented ‘Scarlett O’Connor’ in ABC’s new series “Nashville,” alongside Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere.

Also on the small screen, Bowen has appeared in many of Australia’s iconic television dramas, including Seven Network’s “Home and Away” and the medical drama “All Saints,” as well as “The Cut” and the critically acclaimed comedy “Chandon.”

On the feature side, Bowen recently wrapped filming the lead in DEAD MAN’S BURDEN, which set to premiere at the LA Film Festival this June 2012. Shortly after graduating from the University of Wollongong in 2009, Clare 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 feature thriller THE CLINIC, which screened at several international film festivals, and the indie feature NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN, alongside Ryan Kwanten.

A gifted singer, Bowen has also performed in several theatre productions. Most recently, Bowen starred as the lead role of ‘Wendla’ in the Geordie Brookman-directed rock musical Spring Awakening for Cate Blanchett at the Sydney Theatre Company.

Clare is currently engaged to singer and song writer Brandon Robert Young from the band BornKin.