May 31, 2014 at 1:00 am

Clive Owen: Love, a new movie and back to TV

British actor Clive Owen and his wife, Sarah-Jane Fenton, have been married for nearly two decades. (Eckehard Schulz / AP)

Clive Owen has co-starred with his share of beautiful ladies over the years, including Angelina Jolie, Julia Roberts and most recently, Juliette Binoche. But he says only one actress has held the key to his heart — Sarah-Jane Fenton, his wife of nearly two decades.

His secret? “If you go away for a long period of time for a shoot, you then go home for a long period of time and put it back there because otherwise you’re not going to sustain it,” the actor explained in a recent interview.

Owen stars in “Words and Pictures,” which comes out Friday, as an English teacher at odds with a art instructor (Binoche) at a Maine prep school over what’s more important, words or pictures? But while they wage war on campus, they fall in love behind the scenes.

Before becoming a film star and receiving an Oscar nomination for “Closer,” Owen got his start in TV as the lead in the 1990-91 series “Chancer.” Now, like so many movie actors these days, he’s going back to the smaller screen, starring in the Steven Soderbergh VOD miniseries “The Knick,” out later this year on Cinemax.

“We shot all 10 hours set in the world of medicine in 1900 New York,” Owen said. “It’s a big sort of sprawling look at New York at that time and in particular the world of medicine, all seen through the eyes of this big hospital. I play a doctor who is struggling with drug addiction.”

Coming Friday

‘Words and Pictures’

Rated PG-13 for sexual material including nude sketches, language and some mature thematic material

Running time: 1 hour, 56 minutes