Peter Howitt

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Peter Howitt
Born (1957-05-05) 5 May 1957 (age 64)
OccupationActor, film director, screenwriter, producer
Years active1982–present
Spouse(s)Lorraine Howitt (2001–present)
ChildrenLuke (1990)
Amy (2008)

Peter Howitt (/ˈhɪt/; born 5 May 1957) is a British actor and film director.


Early life[edit]

Howitt was born on 5 May 1957, the son of Frank Howitt, a renowned Fleet Street journalist who, in 1963, broke the infamous Profumo Scandal by getting the exclusive story from call girl Christine Keeler of her illicit affair with a high ranking government minister.

Howitt grew up in Eltham, London and Bromley, Kent. He was educated at Wyborne Primary School in New Eltham and Colfe's Grammar School in Lee, South London. While in Eltham he was a member of the Priory Players amateur dramatics group. Howitt spent a brief time at Paisley Grammar School in Paisley, Scotland in 1970. He studied at the Drama Studio London in 1976.


Howitt's 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), and Dangerous Parking (2008). He adapted the latter film from the novel by Stuart Browne, as well as produced and directed it, and played the lead role.

Personal life[edit]

Howitt has two children, Luke (born 1990) and Amy (born 2008). He currently resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.



Film credits of Howitt
Title Year Credited as Role Notes Refs.
Actor Director Producer Writer
In the Name of the Father 1993 Yes No No No Remand Prison Officer
Some Mother's Son 1996 Yes No No No SAS Leader
Stone Cold 1997 Yes No No No Conrad Stonebanks
Sliding Doors 1998 Yes Yes No Yes Cheeky Bloke
Antitrust 2001 Yes Yes No No Homeless Man
Johnny English 2003 Yes Yes No No Man at Crowning Ceremony Uncredited
Laws of Attraction 2004 Yes Yes No No Client Client Uncredited
Dangerous Parking 2007 Yes Yes Yes Yes Noah Arkwright
Scorched Earth 2018 No Yes No No None


Television credits of Howitt
Title Year Credited as Role Notes Refs.
Actor Director Writer
Solo 1982 Yes No No Raif Episode: "Episode One"
Studio 1983 Yes No No Nick Episode: "Art Begins at Forty"
Jury 1983 Yes No No Simmo Episode: "Mick"
Out on the Floor 1983 Yes No No Nico Television film
Sharon and Elsie 1984 Yes No No Michael Blake Episode: "Episode Six"
Punters 1984 Yes No No Ansty Television film
How We Used To Live 1984–1985 Yes No No Tom Selby
Emmerdale 1985 Yes No No Colin
Constant Hot Water 1986 Yes No No Roland
Bread 1986–1988 Yes No No Joey Boswell 39 episodes
Family Fortunes 1989 Yes No No Prince Charming Episode: "Celebrity Christmas Special"
Ball Trap on the Cote Sauvage 1993 Yes No No Topless Topless Television film
Coasting 1990 Yes No No Eddie Baker
Civvies 1992 Yes No No Steve Harris
Party Time 1992 Yes No No Terry Short film
Highlander 1993 Yes No No Christoph Kuyler Episode: "For Evil's Sake"
Screen One 1993 Yes No No Jim Episode: "Royal Celebration"
The Magician 1993 Yes No No Herbie Television film
Class Act 1994 Yes No No Antoine Episode: "Episode Six"
The Lifeboat 1994 Yes No No Stanley Woods Episode: "Homecomings"
Tears Before Bedtime 1995 Yes No No Ben Farlow
The Perfect Match 1995 Yes No No Dave Television film
Killing Me Softly 1995 Yes No No Malcolm Thornton Television film
Eleven Men Against Eleven 1995 Yes No No Steve Denton Television film
Frontiers 1996 Yes No No Supt. Nick Jarratt
Kiss and Tell 1996 Yes No No Graham Ives Television film
Insiders 1997 Yes No No Will Deans Episode: "Guilty"
Going to California 2001 No Yes No None
The Armstrong and Miller Show 2007 Yes No No Dominic Dominic Episode: "Episode Seven"
Defying Gravity 2009 Yes Yes No Trevor Williams
Radio Rebel 2012 No Yes Yes None Television film
Rogue 2013 No Yes No None Episode: "The Second Amendment"
The Fixer 2015 No Yes No None



  1. ^ European Film Academy official site, last accessed 21 November 2007
  2. ^ Empire Awards official site, last accessed 21 November 2007
  3. ^ a b Shanghai International Film Festival official site Archived 22 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine, last accessed 21 November 2007
  4. ^ a b Shanghai International Film Festival official site Archived 6 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine, last accessed 21 November 2007
  5. ^ Tokyo International Film Festival official site Archived 3 March 2008 at the Wayback Machine, last accessed 21 November 2007

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