At the age of 18, Bowman was briefly a professional rugby player for Saracens F.C., before suffering two shoulder dislocations in his first year and being asked to leave. Bowman then studied method acting at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York.
Bowman made his acting debut in 2007 playing Dimitri in the TV series Genie in the House. He then spent two years on the British series Holby City and went on to appear in the films 13Hrs, Prowl, Exteriors and Love’s Kitchen. In 2011, he joined the ABC Family show Make It or Break It, playing a gymnast named Max Spencer. In 2011 he was selected as one of the Stars of Tomorrow by Screen International. Bowman played Daniel Grayson, a series regular, in the ABC series Revenge. Bowman is presently starring in the currently filming ABC pilot Time After Time, about the adventures of a young H.G. Wells.