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Ursula Howells (1922–2005)

Ursula Howells was educated at St Paul's Girls' School in London, where her father Herbert Howells, a doyen of English church music taught music for 26 years. Following the death of her brother Michael from polio in 1935, her father composed his great choral masterpiece "Hymnus Paradisi". She was evacuated to Scotland during the Second World War ... See full bio »

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 2001 Midsomer Murders (TV Series)
Lady Isabel Aubrey
- The Electric Vendetta (2001) ... Lady Isabel Aubrey
 1998 A Rather English Marriage (TV Movie)
Mary
 1998 The Tichborne Claimant
Lady Doughty
 1993-1997 Casualty (TV Series)
Erica Chisnall / Hilda
- Perfect Blue (1997) ... Erica Chisnall
- Getting Involved (1993) ... Hilda
 1995 Dangerfield (TV Series)
Violet Trevelyn
- The Norfolk Holiday: Part 2 (1995) ... Violet Trevelyn
- The Norfolk Holiday: Part 1 (1995) ... Violet Trevelyn
 1995 Heartbeat (TV Series)
Miriam Wakefield
- Vigilante (1995) ... Miriam Wakefield
 1995 Class Act (TV Series)
Nanny Robbins
- Episode #2.7 (1995) ... Nanny Robbins
- Episode #2.5 (1995) ... Nanny Robbins
 1995 She's Out (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Lawson
- Episode #1.5 (1995) ... Mrs. Lawson
- Episode #1.2 (1995) ... Mrs. Lawson
 1994 Just William (TV Series)
Lady Markham
- William and the Russian Prince (1994) ... Lady Markham
 1994 Lovejoy (TV Series)
Olive Nettleton
- Somewhere - Over the Rainbow? (1994) ... Olive Nettleton
 1994 A Pinch of Snuff (TV Movie)
Alice Andover
 1994 Under the Hammer (TV Series)
Mrs. Roper
- Treasure Trove (1994) ... Mrs. Roper
 1992-1993 The Good Guys (TV Series)
Miss Johnson
- Old School Ties (1993) ... Miss Johnson
- Dog Days (1992) ... Miss Johnson
 1992 The Mixer (TV Series)
Elvira
 1992 Downtown Lagos (TV Mini-Series)
Ticker Dawson
- Episode #1.3 (1992) ... Ticker Dawson
- Episode #1.2 (1992) ... Ticker Dawson
- Episode #1.1 (1992) ... Ticker Dawson
 1992 Jewels (TV Movie)
The Duchess
 1985-1991 Bergerac (TV Series)
Laura Atherton / Elizabeth Fouchet
- Warriors (1991) ... Laura Atherton
- Sins of the Fathers (1985) ... Elizabeth Fouchet
 1990 Alleyn Mysteries (TV Series)
Lady Alleyn
- Artists in Crime (1990) ... Lady Alleyn
 1986 Screen Two (TV Series)
May Swift
- Time After Time (1986) ... May Swift
 1985 Star Quality: Bon Voyage (TV Movie)
Lady Bland
 1985 Bulman (TV Series)
Dr. Scobie Beasley
- One of Our Pigeons Is Missing (1985) ... Dr. Scobie Beasley
 1984 The Cold Room (TV Movie)
Headmistress
 1982 The Barchester Chronicles (TV Mini-Series)
Miss Thorne
- Part 7 (1982) ... Miss Thorne
- Part 6 (1982) ... Miss Thorne
 1982 Something in Disguise (TV Series)
May Browne-Lacey
- An Old Devil (1982) ... May Browne-Lacey
- Jamaica (1982) ... May Browne-Lacey
- One Fine Day (1982) ... May Browne-Lacey
- First Sight (1982) ... May Browne-Lacey
- A New Life (1982) ... May Browne-Lacey
 1981 Goodbye Darling (TV Series)
Lady Alison Cleland
- Maude (1981) ... Lady Alison Cleland
 1981 Sunday Night Thriller (TV Series)
Woman opposite
- I Thought They Died Years Ago (1981) ... Woman opposite
 1980 A Question of Guilt (TV Series)
Lady Uredale
- Adelaide Bartlett: Part 8 (1980) ... Lady Uredale (voice)
- Adelaide Bartlett: Part 7 (1980) ... Lady Uredale (voice)
 1980 BBC2 Playhouse (TV Series)
Mrs. Fielding / Mrs. Menant
- The Enigma (1980) ... Mrs. Fielding
- Gentle Folk (1980) ... Mrs. Menant
 1978 BBC2 Play of the Week (TV Series)
Barbara Karolina
- When the Actors Come (1978) ... Barbara Karolina
 1978 Play for Today (TV Series)
Sarah Chandler
- Destiny (1978) ... Sarah Chandler
 1974-1977 Crown Court (TV Series)
Audrey Taylor / Sarah Leigh
- Safe as Houses: Part 1 (1977) ... Audrey Taylor
- Falling Stars: Part 1 (1974) ... Sarah Leigh
 1977 Hard Times (TV Mini-Series)
Mrs. Gradgrind
 1976 ITV Sunday Night Drama (TV Series)
Julia
- The Nicest Man in the World (1976) ... Julia
 1975 Upstairs, Downstairs (TV Series)
Duchess of Buckminster
- Whither Shall I Wander? (1975) ... Duchess of Buckminster
- Noblesse Oblige (1975) ... Duchess of Buckminster
 1975 Ten from the Twenties (TV Series)
 1974 Miss Nightingale (TV Movie)
Mai
 1974 Whodunnit? (TV Series)
Lady Evelyn Dixon
- The Final Chapter (1974) ... Lady Evelyn Dixon
 1974 Late Night Theatre (TV Series)
The older woman
- Little Fears (1974) ... The older woman
 1971-1973 Owen, M.D. (TV Series)
Mary James / Mona Darlington
- You Don't Get Me (1973) ... Mona Darlington
- Threadbare Harvest, Part 2 (1971) ... Mary James
- Threadbare Harvest, Part 1 (1971) ... Mary James
 1973 Special Branch (TV Series)
Mrs. Sumner
- All the King's Men (1973) ... Mrs. Sumner
 1973 Father Dear Father
Barbara
 1968-1973 Father Dear Father (TV Series)
Barbara / Barbara Mossman / Barbara, Patrick's ex-wife
- Pop Around the Clock (1973) ... Barbara
- Home and away (1973) ... Barbara
- Father of the Bride (1972) ... Barbara
- The Opposite Six (1972) ... Barbara
- Cardboard Cassonova (1972) ... Barbara
 1973 ITV Sunday Night Theatre (TV Series)
Mrs. Clissold
- Sarah (1973) ... Mrs. Clissold
 1972 Kate (TV Series)
Elaine Duncan
- Back to Square One (1972) ... Elaine Duncan
- The Woman Behind the Man (1972) ... Elaine Duncan
- A Step in the Right Direction (1972) ... Elaine Duncan
 1957-1972 Armchair Theatre (TV Series)
Prue / Margaret / Violet Green / ...
- Franklin's Farm (1972) ... Prue
- The Long Nightmare (1966) ... Margaret
- China Doll (1960) ... Violet Green
- Now Let Him Go (1957) ... Nurse Judith
 1971 Cousin Bette (TV Mini-Series)
Adeline
- Family Angel (1971) ... Adeline
- Bitter Harvest (1971) ... Adeline
- Delilah and Her Handmaid (1971) ... Adeline
- The House for Pleasure (1971) ... Adeline
- Poor Relations (1971) ... Adeline
 1970 Ryan International (TV Series)
Mme Bersac
- Weekend (1970) ... Mme Bersac
 1970 Girly
Mumsy
 1969 The Root of All Evil? (TV Series)
Angela
- Floating Man (1969) ... Angela
 1969 Crossplot
Maggi Thwaites
 1969 Judge Dee (TV Series)
Madame Yee
- The Day of the Scavengers (1969) ... Madame Yee
 1968 Thirty-Minute Theatre (TV Series)
Ellen
- Number 30, Approximately (1968) ... Ellen
 1968 Assignment K
Estelle
 1968 Man in a Suitcase (TV Series)
Mrs. Arnoldson
- Why They Killed Nolan (1968) ... Mrs. Arnoldson
 1967 The Informer (TV Series)
Lady Tregunter
- No Further Questions (1967) ... Lady Tregunter
 1967 Torture Garden
Miss Maxine Chambers (segment 3 "Mr. Steinway")
 1967 Half Hour Story (TV Series)
Peggy
- Between Men (1967) ... Peggy
 1959-1967 No Hiding Place (TV Series)
Mrs. Adams / Elaine Warner
- It's All Happening (1967) ... Mrs. Adams
- Who Is Gustav Varnia? (1959) ... Elaine Warner
 1959-1967 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Simone de Waldo / Mrs. Gee (segment "Two Blue Birds") / Liz Essendine / ...
- Dr. De Waldo's Therapy (1967) ... Simone de Waldo
- Stories of D.H. Lawrence #8: Two Blue Birds/In Love (1966) ... Mrs. Gee (segment "Two Blue Birds")
- Celebration Dinner (1964) ... Mary Armstrong
- For Services Rendered (1959) ... Eva Ardsley
 1967 All Gas and Gaiters (TV Series)
Mrs. Buckley
- Only Three Can Play (1967) ... Mrs. Buckley
 1966 Love Story (TV Series)
Joan Randolph
- Another Name from Nowhere (1966) ... Joan Randolph
 1966 Emergency-Ward 10 (TV Series)
Laura Dexter
- Episode #1.887 (1966) ... Laura Dexter
- Episode #1.886 (1966) ... Laura Dexter
- Episode #1.885 (1966) ... Laura Dexter
- Episode #1.884 (1966) ... Laura Dexter
- Episode #1.883 (1966) ... Laura Dexter
 1966 The Liars (TV Series)
- Episode #1.4 (1966)
- Episode #1.1 (1966)
 1965 Knock on Any Door (TV Series)
Ann Gibbs
- A Handful of Dreams (1965) ... Ann Gibbs
 1965 The Wednesday Thriller (TV Series)
Hilda
- The Cellar (1965) ... Hilda
 1965 Front Page Story (TV Series)
Mrs. Squires
- Nine-Tenths of the Iceberg (1965) ... Mrs. Squires
 1965 Six Shades of Black (TV Series)
Netta Bartholomew
- The Finer Things of Life (1965) ... Netta Bartholomew
- A Touch of Uplift (1965) ... Netta Bartholomew
 1964 Crane (TV Series)
Stella
- Moving Target (1964) ... Stella
 1964 The Hidden Truth (TV Series)
Miss Jessup
- Under Cross Examination (1964) ... Miss Jessup
 1963 The Sicilians
Mme. Perrault
 1963 80,000 Suspects
Joanna Duten
 1963 The Human Jungle (TV Series)
Julia Gray
- The Lost Hours (1963) ... Julia Gray
 1963 Dixon of Dock Green (TV Series)
Jean Baker Ellis
- A Strange Affair (1963) ... Jean Baker Ellis
 1960-1963 BBC Sunday-Night Play (TV Series)
Martha Tompkins / Bobbie James / Sarah Weeks / ...
- The Madhouse on Castle Street (1963) ... Martha Tompkins
- A Woman Comes Home (1961) ... Bobbie James
- The Chopping Block (1960) ... Sarah Weeks
 1962 Death and the Sky Above
Louise
 1961 Kraft Mystery Theater (TV Series)
Mrs. Hillary
- Death and the Sky Above (1961) ... Mrs. Hillary
 1960 Theatre 70 (TV Series)
- Full Circle (1960)
 1956-1960 ITV Television Playhouse (TV Series)
Effie Sheldrake / Mary Terriford
- The Mirror Maze (1960)
- The Winds of Love (1957) ... Effie Sheldrake
- The Burning Glass (1956) ... Mary Terriford
 1960 Interpol Calling (TV Series)
Miki
- Ascent to Murder (1960) ... Miki
 1959 Mine Own Executioner (TV Movie)
Patricia Milne
 1950-1959 BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (TV Series)
Susan / Heather Sandys / Alison Baily / ...
- The Small Back Room (1959) ... Susan
- The Happy Prisoner (1955) ... Heather Sandys
- Broken Silence (1955) ... Alison Baily
- The Voices (1955) ... Libby Harrison
- Britannia of Billingsgate (1953) ... Elf Russell
 1957 Joyous Errand (TV Series)
Ruth Blair
- Episode #1.6 (1957) ... Ruth Blair
- Episode #1.5 (1957) ... Ruth Blair
- Episode #1.4 (1957) ... Ruth Blair
- Episode #1.3 (1957) ... Ruth Blair
- Episode #1.2 (1957) ... Ruth Blair
 1957 The Fighting Wildcats
Eileen
 1956 The Third Key
Mrs. Elliot / Mrs. Gilson
 1956 Theatre Royal (TV Series)
Mary
- Episode in Paris (1956) ... Mary
- Night Call (1956)
 1956/I Keep It Clean
Pat Anstey
 1956 London Playhouse (TV Series)
Ann
- Margaret Moves On (1956) ... Ann
 1955 Handcuffs, London
Madelaine Perry
 1955 They Can't Hang Me
Antonia Pitt
 1955 Terminus (TV Series)
Catherine / Anna Exing
- Trial Balance (1955) ... Catherine
- Margin for Error (1955) ... Anna Exing
 1955 Rheingold Theatre (TV Series)
Nora McElroy
- Another Day (1955) ... Nora McElroy
 1955 Track the Man Down
Mary Dennis
 1955 Marriage a la Mode
The 'Wives': Ann
 1955 The Gilded Cage
Brenda Lucas
 1954 Patrol Car (TV Series)
Ellie Stafford
- The Unwanted Man (1954) ... Ellie Stafford
 1954 Sherlock Holmes (TV Series)
Joan
 1954 Give Them a Ring (TV Movie)
Jean Stretfield
 1954 Gravelhanger (TV Series)
Monica Hervey
- The Secret of Rudiger Maltzan (1954) ... Monica Hervey
- The Secret of Francis Grayle (1954) ... Monica Hervey
- Rabbit Island (1954) ... Monica Hervey
- Where Do We Go from Here? (1954) ... Monica Hervey
 1954 Young and Willing
Pam Vickers
 1953 The Case of Dr. Ambrose (TV Movie)
Enid Lane
 1953 The Disagreeable Man (TV Short)
Barbara Newton
 1953 The Horse's Mouth
Peggy
 1953 Wednesday Theatre (TV Series)
Kerin
- Before the Flood (1953) ... Kerin
 1953 The Blakes Slept Here (Short)
Emily
 1952 Without the Prince (TV Movie)
Madeleine Lees
 1952 The Man with the Gun (TV Movie)
Diana Rylands
 1952 Back to Methuselah (TV Series)
Zoo / Savvy Barnabas
- The Gospel of the Brothers Barnabas (1952) ... Savvy Barnabas
 1952 I Believe in You
Hon Ursula
 1952 The Cocktail Party (TV Movie)
Celia Coplestone
 1952 For Better or Worse (TV Movie)
Jill Marshall
 1951 Flesh & Blood
Harriet Marshall
 1950 Master of Arts (TV Movie)
Fiona Spender
 1950 Ships That Pass (TV Short)
Mary Kershaw
 1950 October Horizon (TV Movie)
Caroline
 1950 Away from It All (TV Movie)
Shirley Marsh
 1948 Tilly of Bloomsbury (TV Movie)
Tilly Welwyn
 1948 King Lear (TV Movie)
Cordelia
 1948 The Case of the Frightened Lady (TV Movie)
Aisla Crane
 1946 Frieda (TV Movie)
Mrs. Judy Dawson
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Other Works:

She acted in William Corlett's play, "Return Ticket," at the Duchess Theatre in London, England with Sybil Thorndike and Megs Jenkins in the cast. Joan Knight was director. See more »

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Height:

5' 6½" (1.69 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

I wanted to go on stage, and had a scholarship to a school which closed down, then to another one which was bombed.

Trivia:

Was an active supporter of the annual Petworth Festival. See more »

Trademark:

Her plummy, gravelly voice. See more »

Star Sign:

Virgo

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