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Peter Howell

Peter Howell was an English actor of stage and screen. Despite his relatively privileged life (he was educated at Winchester and at Christ Church, Oxford, leaving the latter when called up for service as an officer in the Rifle Brigade during WWII) Howell was a lifelong active member of the Labour Party and campaigned for a number of social issues. One of his most remembered roles is that of the governor in Alan Clarke's 1979 film version of Scum, which he took because he wanted to highlight the issues regarding the penal system. He was also a longtime member of the Marylebone Cricket Club, and opposed their planned 1968-69 England cricket tour of apartheid-era South Africa, which was eventually cancelled. He helped to raise funds for the building of Watermans Arts Centre near his home in Chiswick, west London. Howell died at Denville Hall, a home for retired actors in Northwood, London, on 20 April 2015 after a short illness, aged 95

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Oct 25, 1919 In London, England
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Watch Your Stern 1960-01-01
Latest Project:
Movie Solace in the Dark 2011-09-11
Known For
Poster of A.D.
Poster of Watch Your Stern
Movie Solace in the Dark Himself 2011-09-11
Movie The Alchemists of Sound Himself 2003-10-19
Series Our Mutual Friend 1998-03-09
Movie Shadowlands College President 1993-12-25
Movie Bellman and True The Bellman 1987-01-01
Series A.D. Atticus 1985-03-31
Movie John Wycliffe Dr. John Wycliffe 1984-01-01
Movie The Errand Major 1981-10-19
Series Pride and Prejudice 1980-01-13
Movie Scum Governor 1979-09-12
Series Bill Brand Venables 1976-06-07
Movie Brassneck 1975-05-22
Movie Two Letter Alibi Carlton 1962-01-01
Movie Raising the Wind Prof. Lumb 1961-09-06
Movie Watch Your Stern Admiral's secretary 1960-01-01
Movie No Kidding Father of Angus 1960-11-01
Movie Tarzan the Magnificent Dr. Blake 1960-07-20