Peter Howitt (; born 5 May 1957) is an English actor and film director.
He grew up in Eltham, London and Bromley, Kent. He used to be a member of the Priory Players in the Priory behind Christ Church, Eltham. He was educated at Wybourne Primary School in New Eltham and Colfe's Grammar School in Lee, South London. He spent a brief time at Paisley Grammar School in Paisley, Scotland in 1970. He studied at the Drama Studio London in 1976.
His first notable TV role was in the 1984-85 series of Yorkshire Television's long-running programme for schools How We Used To Live, where he starred alongside Brookside actress Sue Jenkins. However, he is much better known for playing Joey Boswell in the BBC TV series Bread. In 1998 he wrote and directed his first film, Sliding Doors (1998). Since then he has directed several films, including Antitrust (2001), Johnny English (2003), Laws of Attraction (2004), Dangerous Parking (2008) which he adapted from the novel by Stuart Browne, produced and directed as well as playing the lead role, and Reasonable Doubt which was shot in Winnipeg, Canada in December 2012.
He owns and runs the film production company Flaming Pie Films London.
He has two children, Luke (born 1990) and Amy (born 2008). He currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
- Louis Malle (1988)
- Maria Khmelik (1989)
- Vitali Kanevsky (1990)
- Jaco Van Dormael (1991)
- István Szabó (1992)
- Arif Aliev, Sergei Bodrov, Boris Giller (1996)
- Chris Vander Stappen, Alain Berliner (1997)
- Peter Howitt (1998)
- István Szabó, Israel Horovitz (1999)
- Agnès Jaoui, Jean-Pierre Bacri (2000)
- Danis Tanović (2001)
- Pedro Almodóvar (2002)
- Bernd Lichtenberg (2003)
- Agnès Jaoui, Jean-Pierre Bacri (2004)
- Hany Abu-Assad, Bero Beyer (2005)
- Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (2006)
- Fatih Akin (2007)
- Matteo Garrone, Roberto Saviano, Maurizio Braucci, Ugo Chiti, Gianni Di Gregorio, Massimo Gaudioso (2008)
- Michael Haneke (2009)
- Robert Harris, Roman Polanski (2010)
- Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne (2011)
- Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg (2012)
- François Ozon (2013)
- Paweł Pawlikowski, Rebecca Lenkiewicz (2014)
- Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthimis Filippou (2015)