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13 December 1952 |
Born in Woolwich, London he is well known but notable to many television viewers for his work as Jacko in Esmonde and Larbey's late-1980s BBC TV sitcom Brush Strokes and as the title character in the series Mulberry (also by Esmonde and Larbey).
However, Howman first worked with the two comedy scriptwriters on the final series of Thames TV sitcom Get Some In! in 1978 replacing Robert Lindsay (who left after the four series to star in Citizen Smith at the BBC) in the role of Jakey Smith. Howman later co-starred with Lindsay in Claude Whatham's That'll Be the Day (1973), and also appeared in the sequel Stardust (1974).
His other films include Exposé (1976), a film described as a video nasty, S.O.S. Titanic (1979), The Long Good Friday (1980), Babylon (1981), Party Party (1983), The Truth About Love (2005), and in the Porridge feature film (1979).
He also starred in the episode "Shadow" in the BBC series Blake's 7, in the Minder episode "All About Scoring, Innit?" playing Danny Varrow, and in the episode "May" of The Sweeney playing Davey Holmes. He replaced Peter Davison in the BBC Radio 4 school-based comedy drama series King Street Junior when Davison left after the first two series. Howman appeared in the 1980 ITV series Fox, the last two series of the Judi Dench/Michael Williams comedy A Fine Romance, and in Babes in the Wood with Denise Van Outen.
He has played the character of Mr Paravavincini, a foreign visitor at a guest house in the first UK tour of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap.
He also starred in the BBC Radio 7 audio show "Coming Alive" as Terry, an educated ex-convict who helps divorcee Sandra (Phyllis Logan) through many ups and downs with the Grove Hill Community Centre. Three series of six episodes, originally broadcast 2008 - 2009.