Malcolm McDowell became interested in acting at boarding school. After finishing school, he turned down a place at Sussex University to study acting at London Academy of Music and Art. He began his career at the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Court. In 1968 he got his big movie break in the British feature If.... In 1971 he got attention for his lead performance in A Clockwork Orange. He has since starred in a variety of movies including Gangster No.1 and Easy A.
Malcolm McDowell reportedly has a phobia of eye drops after filming the scenes in A Clockwork Orange where he had his eyes forced open by surgical clamps.
Before he became an actor, he worked in his father's pub. He also worked as a coffee salesman and a messenger.
He came up with the original idea for the surreal semi-autobiographical 1973 movie O Lucky Man!
His scene was cut from the first movie he ever starred in, Poor Cow.
He was married to Margot Bennett from 1975 to 1980. He married Mary Steenburgen in 1980. They got divorced ten years later. They have two children. In 1991 he married Kelley and they have a child together.
1 Golden Globe Awards nominated
1972 Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama - A Clockwork Orange