Karl Howman

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Karl Howman
Born (1952-12-13) 13 December 1952 (age 62)
Woolwich, London
Occupation actor, performer

Karl Howman (born 13 December 1952) is an English actor and voice-over artist. He is currently appearing in the BBC television soap opera EastEnders as Buster Briggs.

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,[1] in the Minder episode "All About Scoring, Innit?" playing Danny Varrow,[2] and in the episode "May" of The Sweeney playing Davey Holmes.[3] 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.

Howman has provided voice-over for UK digital television station Nuts TV. He played a role in the ITV drama The Bill for four episodes in 2001.

He is well known for his recurring role in the commercials for the Flash brand of cleaning products.

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.

On 25 September 2014 it was announced that Howman had been cast in long running BBC soap Eastenders. Howman appears as the character Buster Briggs.

Personal life[edit]

His daughter, Chloe Howman, is an actress, and has appeared in Casualty. He supports Charlton Athletic F.C..[4]


  1. ^ [1] IMDB - "Blakes 7" Shadow (TV Episode 1979)
  2. ^ [2] IMDB - "Minder" All About Scoring, Init (TV Episode 1980)
  3. ^ [3] IMDB - "The Sweeney" May (TV Episode 1976)
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