Martha Howe-Douglas

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Martha Howe-Douglas
Martha Howe-Douglas at Abingdon Museum.jpg
Howe-Douglas signing Horrible Histories books at Abingdon County Hall Museum in July 2012
Martha Howe

(1980-09-14) 14 September 1980 (age 38)
ResidenceBirmingham, England
Years active1997–present

Martha Howe-Douglas is an English actress best known as a member of the British Horrible Histories troupe in which she starred in the TV series Horrible Histories, Yonderland and Ghosts.

She also played receptionist Donna Parmar in the BBC One daytime soap Doctors.[1]


Howe-Douglas graduated from RADA in 2003[2] and performed in various theatre productions while there.[3] In the same year that she left RADA, she appeared in the Christmas Special of The Office, replacing Dawn as the receptionist at Wernham-Hogg.

From 24 April 2006 until 11 May 2007, Howe-Douglas played receptionist Donna Parmar in the BBC daytime soap opera Doctors.

In 2009, she landed one of the main multi-role parts on a new children's TV history sketch show programme, CBBC's Horrible Histories,[4] where over five years / series, she played numerous characters including the queens Cleopatra, Elizabeth I, Mary, Queen of Scots and Victoria — see Horrible Histories for list of characters. In 2011, she appeared in The Proms, in a special live "Horrible Histories Big Prom Party" performance.[5]

In 2013, she appeared as 33-year-old Debbie Maddox in Sky1's series Yonderland reprising the role for a second series in 2015.

Other acting roles have included appearing in The Armstrong & Miller Show on BBC One and playing Flora Dies-Early in the hit radio comedy show Bleak Expectations as well as Lady Anne Woodstock in the radio show The Castle.

In 2018, she appeared in EastEnders as Annie Pritchard.[6]

From 15 April 2019, Martha Howe-Douglas appears in the new BBC One comedy series Ghosts which sees her reunited with the Horrible Histories cast.[7]

Awards and nominations[edit]

In the 2007 British Soap Awards, Howe-Douglas was nominated twice for her role in Doctors, for '"Best Newcomer", where she came third out of four in the poll, and "Best Comedy Performance", where she came second. In the 2011 Children's BAFTAs, she was nominated for "Best Performer" for her performance in Horrible Histories.[citation needed]


Year Project Role Notes
1997 Armstrong and Miller Various
2003 The Office Mel the receptionist Christmas Special
2005 All About George Helen
2005–2007 Doctors Donna Parmar/Miss Larson
2007 Freezing Leon's P.A.
2009 The Armstrong and Miller Show Various
Nativity! Oakmoor Parent
2009–2013 Horrible Histories Elizabeth I
2011 The Proms Various Prom 20: Horrible Histories Big Prom Party
2012 Shakespeare's Wart Pavlina Short
2013–2015 Crackanory Various 3 series
2013–2014 WPC 56 Abigail Fenton 2 series
2013–2016 Yonderland Debbie Maddox Main Cast
2015 Bill Various
Doctor Foster Becky
2017 Tracey Breaks the News Various
2018 EastEnders Annie Pritchard
2019 Ghosts Lady Fanny Button


  1. ^ "Martha Howe-Douglas". Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Martha Howe-Douglas". Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 February 2013. Retrieved 19 January 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ West, Naomi (25 May 2010). "How Horrible Histories grew up to be a hit comedy show". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 4 July 2012.
  5. ^ Laws, Roz (26 June 2011). "Behind the scenes of Horribles Histories with its Birmingham star". BirminghamLive.
  6. ^ Sandwell, Ian (27 March 2018). "EastEnders fans are just realising where they know Annie from". Digital Spy.
  7. ^ Sporn, Natasha (15 April 2019). "Ghosts BBC: Cast, trailer and all you need to know about the series from the team behind Horrible Histories". Evening Standard.

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