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Ursula Howells

Howells was born in London, the daughter of composer Herbert Howells, and was educated at St Paul's Girls' School, where her father worked as Director of Music. She made her first stage appearance at Dundee in 1939, in John Drinkwater's Bird in Hand, then moved to Oxford in 1942 and three years later made her London debut at the Embassy Theatre, Swiss Cottage. In 1947 she appeared in the comedy Jane at the Aldwych Theatre. After several years in the West End, and a brief stint on Broadway where she appeared in Springtime for Henry in 1951, she began to appear in films. After the death of her father in 1983, Ursula Howells instigated the "Herbert Howells Society" and became a standard bearer for the promotion of his work. She financially supported the recording of his compositions and did much to encourage the publishing and promotion of church music.

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Sep 17, 1922
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Flesh and Blood 1951-03-06
Latest Project:
Series The Cazalets 2001-06-22
Known For
Poster of Midsomer Murders
Poster of Heartbeat
Poster of Father, Dear Father
Poster of No Hiding Place
Series The Cazalets 2001-06-22
Movie The Tichborne Claimant Lady Doughty 1998-08-01
Movie A Rather English Marriage 1998-12-30
Series Midsomer Murders Unknown 1997-03-23
Movie A Pinch of Snuff Alice Andover 1994-04-09
Series Heartbeat Unknown 1992-04-10
Series Jewels The Duchess 1992-10-18
Series Lovejoy Unknown 1986-01-10
Series Bulman Unknown 1985-06-05
Series Bergerac Unknown 1981-10-18
Series Hard Times Mrs Gradgrass 1977-10-25
Series The Many Wives Of Patrick 1976-09-03
Movie Miss Nightingale Unknown 1974-01-01
Series Fall of Eagles Empress Maria Fyodorovna 1974-03-15
Series Crown Court Unknown 1972-10-11
Series Cousin Bette Adeline 1971-08-07
Movie Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girly Mumsy 1970-02-12
Series Ryan International Unknown 1970-09-14
Movie Crossplot Maggi Thwaites 1969-11-25
Series Father, Dear Father Barbara 1968-05-05
Series Man in a Suitcase Unknown 1967-09-27
Movie Torture Garden Miss Maxine Chambers (segment 3 "Mr. Steinway") 1967-11-01
Movie Dr. Terror's House of Horrors Mrs. Deirdre Biddulph (segment 1 "Werewolf") 1965-02-23
Movie The Sicilians Unknown 1963-01-01
Movie 80,000 Suspects Joanna Duten 1963-08-15
Movie Two Letter Alibi Louise 1962-01-01
Series Sunday-Night Play Unknown 1960-09-25
Series No Hiding Place Unknown 1959-09-16
Movie Account Rendered Lucille Ainsworth 1957-08-01
Movie Keep It Clean Pat Anstey 1956-05-01
Movie The Long Arm Mrs. Elliot / Mrs. Gilson 1956-06-01
Movie The Gilded Cage Brenda Lucas 1955-02-01
Movie The Constant Husband Ann 1955-04-21
Movie They Can't Hang Me Antonia Pitt 1955-10-01
Movie Track the Man Down Mary Dennis 1955-06-06
Movie The Weak and the Wicked Pam Vickers 1954-02-02
Series Sherlock Holmes Unknown 1954-10-18
Movie The Oracle Peggy 1953-01-07
Movie I Believe in You Hon. Ursula 1952-03-05
Movie The Cocktail Party Unknown 1952-01-01
Movie Flesh and Blood Harriet Marshall 1951-03-06