Laura Howard

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Laura Howard
Born Laura Simmons
1977 (age 39–40)
Chiswick, London, United Kingdom
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present
Known for Midsomer Murders

Laura Howard (born as Laura Simmons in Chiswick, London,[1] 1977) is an English actress. She is probably best known for her role as Cully Barnaby in the long-running British crime-mystery Police procedural Midsomer Murders.


Howard does not come from a showbusiness background. Her father is a shipping consultant, her mother a psychiatrist, and she did not attend drama school.[2] Her first major role came in 1992, playing the teenage daughter Tammy Rokeby in the BBC comedy series So Haunt Me.[1] Since then, Laura has also had a starring role in the Jack Rosenthal drama Eskimo Day[2] and its sequel Cold Enough For Snow.[1] Her other UK television credits include Soldier Soldier, The Bill, Doctors and Casualty.

She has appeared in numerous UK theatre productions, including the premier of Life of Riley by Alan Ayckbourn. In June 2012 she appeared in Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests at the Liverpool Playhouse.



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  1. ^ a b c "Midsomer Murders – Cast Details". the definitive guide. Archived from the original on 20 August 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2008. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c Wigg, David (5 July 2008). "The only woman to get out of Midsomer alive: Detective Barnaby's daughter bows out of ITV show after 12 years". Daily Mail. Laura has recently been on stage in Suffolk in the controversial play about euthanasia called Switzerland. ‘I wouldn’t have had time to do it when I was under contract to Midsomer Murders for eight months a year,’ she says. 
  3. ^ MacAlister, Katherine (3 February 2011). "Howard's Way". Oxford Mail. 
  4. ^ "Switzerland – Shows – HighTide Festival Theatre". HighTide Festival. Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. Retrieved 6 November 2014. 
  5. ^ Gardner, Lyn (1 March 2010). "Two Women". The Guardian.  (Theatre Royal Stratford East)
  6. ^ Hickling, Alfred (2 September 2010). "Communicating Doors". The Guardian.  (Stephen Joseph Theatre)
  7. ^ Berry, Kevin (22 September 2010). "The Stage/ Reviews/ Life of Riley". The Stage.  (Stephen Joseph Theatre)
  8. ^ Hickling, Alfred (8 June 2012). "The Norman Conquests – review". The Guardian.  (Liverpool Playhouse)
  9. ^ Anderson, Vicky (7 June 2012). "REVIEW: Round and Round the Garden, Liverpool Playhouse". 
  10. ^ Webber, Abigail (21 September 2012). "The Stage/ Reviews/ Lost in Yonkers". The Stage.  (Watford Palace Theatre)
  11. ^ Billington, Michael (16 March 2014). "Invincible review – Torben Betts' latest perceptive social commentary". The Guardian.  (Orange Tree, Richmond)
  12. ^ Ambrose, Tom (7 July 2014). "Huge success as Orange Tree Theatre production moves to West End". Croydon Guardian.  (St. James Theatre, Westminster)

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