Jane How

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Jane How
Born Carolyn Jane Onslow How
(1950-12-21) 21 December 1950 (age 66)
London, England
Occupation Actress
Spouse(s) Mark Burns
(m. 1976; div. 1983)

Richard Durden
(m. 1996)
Children 1

Jane Onslow How (born 21 December 1950) is an English actress with a range of television, film and stage credits. She is best known for her role as Jan Hammond, the mistress of Den Watts in EastEnders. She appeared in the programme regularly from 1986 to 1987 and also made brief return appearances in 2002 and 2003, the latter leading up to Den's return to the show.


After training at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art,[1] where she won the Rodney Millington Award, she spent several years in provincial theatre.

Other roles include two series of "The Spoils of War ", War and Remembrance, A.D., "Anglo Saxon Attitudes", "The Cazalet Chronicles", "Zoya", "Love in a Cold Climate", another famous mistress, Camilla Parker-Bowles, in the TV mini-drama Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After (1992). She has also appeared in The Citadel, Midsomer Murders, Judge John Deed, "Byron", Bad Girls, "Love Soup", "Armadillo", Agatha Christie's Poirot, "Daniel Deronda", as well as in four series of the sitcom Don't Wait Up as Helen with Nigel Havers. Her first television credit was in the 1973 Doctor Who story Planet of the Daleks.[2]

Her films include AKA (2002), A Good Woman (2004), The Best Man (2005), Miss Potter (2006) and 1st Night (2010).

In the West End, she has appeared for the R.S.C. in "The Return of A.J. Raffles", as Larita in Noël Coward's "Easy Virtue" at The Garrick, she was in the original cast of "Don't Dress for Dinner" at The Apollo, "Home and Beauty" at the Lyric and "Top People" at the Ambassadors Theatre. In 2009, How appeared as a finishing school teacher in a commercial for Go Compare insurance,[3] while in March 2010 she appeared briefly as hospital executive Zara Merrick in the BBC1 drama series Casualty. In 2014, she is to play the role of Joan Rogerson in Fatal Attraction, at the Theatre Royal Haymarket.[4]

Personal life[edit]

In 1977, she married actor Mark Burns and had a son, Jack, in 1981. They divorced in 1983. She later married actor Richard Durden in 1996.

She has been Chairman of the charity - The Theatrical Guild since 2011, having been involved with the committee for many years.[5]


  1. ^ "http://salisburyplayhouse.com/page/jane-how". Retrieved 6 June 2016.  External link in |title= (help)
  2. ^ "BBC - Doctor Who Classic Episode Guide - Planet of the Daleks - Details". Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Jane How - Other works". Retrieved 6 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Sex and the City's Kristin Davis makes West End debut in Fatal Attraction". whatsonstage.com. Whats On Stage. 28 January 2014. Retrieved 28 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Theatrical Guild - Who We Are". Retrieved 6 June 2016. 

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