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Anthony Howell
Born Anthony Matthew Howell
(1971-07-27) 27 July 1971 (age 44)
Lake District, England, UK
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–present

Anthony Howell (born 27 June 1971)[1] is an English actor, best known for his starring role as Sgt. Paul Milner in the British TV series Foyle's War.

Life and career[edit]

Howell was born in the Lake District. He trained to be an actor at the Drama Centre in North London.[2] His acting debut came when he began a world tour with Robert Lepage's stage play The Geometry of Miracles.[3] He subsequently starred in the BBC four part series Wives and Daughters (1999) before joining the 2000 Royal Shakespeare Company season in Stratford-Upon-Avon, where he took leading roles in the three main plays of that year: Orlando in As You Like It, Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet and Antipholous of Ephesus in The Comedy of Errors, playing opposite David Tennant.

After leaving the RSC in 2001 he filmed three TV series; Ultimate Force, Helen West and Foyle's War, where he would spend almost a decade working alongside Michael Kitchen and Honeysuckle Weeks.

During the months he wasn't filming Foyle's War, he returned to the theatre in the UK. In 2005, Howell starred in Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None in London's West End. He played the lead in the first stage adaptation of John Fowles's The French Lieutenant's Woman which toured the UK in 2006.[4] In 2008, Anthony Howell appeared in the Primavera production of Jingo: A Farce of War by Charles Wood at London's Finborough Theatre,[5] then toured with the Peter Hall company in an adaptation of Henry James's Portrait of a Lady and Ibsen's A Doll's House.

In 2010, he played Gordon Way in the BBC TV adaptation of Dirk Gently (which was loosely based upon the books by Douglas Adams). Later that year he joined Shakespeare's Globe to perform in Henry VIII, and also in the world premiere of Howard Brenton's Anne Boleyn playing the role of a young Henry VIII opposite Miranda Raison as Anne, roles they both reprised at the Globe in the following year.[6][7] Two years later he played Trigorin in a new adaptation of Chekhov's "The Seagull" by Evening Standard Award winning writer, Anya Reiss at the Southwark Playhouse.

He also played Jean Neuhaus, a Belgian chocolatier in a Season 2 episode of Mr Selfridge. [1]

Howell filmed Dracula in Budapest,[8] an NBC Universal series starring Jonathan Rhys Myers. He also voices Victor Belmont in the 2014 video game Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, as well as providing the motion capture for the protagonist, Dracula. He also provided the voice and motion capture for Weyland-Yutani employee Christopher Samuels in the 2014 survival horror game, Alien: Isolation.

During the 2014 theatre season he will appear again on the stage of the Globe in London, this time as Cassius in Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.


Year Title Role Notes
1998 The Promise, Aleksei Arbuzov Marat [9]
1998 The Geometry of Miracles, Robert Lepage Wes Peters Ex Machina
2000 Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare Benvolio Royal Shakespeare Company
2000 The Comedy of Errors, William Shakespeare Antipholus of Ephesus Royal Shakespeare Company[10]
2002 As You Like It, William Shakespeare Orlando Royal Shakespeare Company
2005 The Lifeblood, Glyn Maxwell Sir Thomas Gorge Edinburgh Festival,[11] Riverside Studios, London
2005–06 And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie Lombard Gielgud Theatre, London
2007 The French Lieutenant's Woman, John Fowles Charles Wilson adapted for the stage by Mark Healy, No. 1 Tour
2008 Jingo: A Farce of War, Charles Wood Ian Finborough Theatre, London
2008 Portrait of a Lady, Henry James Ralph stage play by Nicki Frei,[12] paired with A Doll's House,[13] Theatre Royal, Bath and touring
2008 A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen Krogstad paired with Portrait of a Lady, Theatre Royal, Bath and touring
2010 Henry VIII, William Shakespeare Duke of Buckingham The Globe, London[14]
2010–11 Anne Boleyn, Howard Brenton Henry VIII The Globe, London London
2012 The Seagull, Anton Chekhov Trigorin Southwark Playhouse London[15]
2014 Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare Cassius The Globe, London[16]


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Wives and Daughters Roger Hamley TV mini-series (4 episodes)
2001 Helen West Dinsdale Cotton TV series (2 episodes)
2001 Swallow Dr. Max Stokes TV series (3 episodes)
2002 The Other Boleyn Girl William Carey TV movie
2002 Ultimate Force Cpl. Sam Leonard TV series (1 episode)
2002–10 Foyle's War Paul Milner TV series (21 episodes)
2003 Hawking Hamlet TV movie
2010 Dirk Gently Gordon Way TV series (1 episode)
2013 Dracula Lord Laurent TV series (3 episodes)
2013 Mr Selfridge Jean Neuhaus TV series (1 episode)
2013 Shetland Peter Latimer TV series (2 episodes)
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
2014 Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 Victor Voice
2014 Alien: Isolation Samuels Voice
2014 Dragon Age: Inquisition Gaspard de Chalons Voice


  • 2012: The Fall by Claire McGowan
  • 2014: The Avengers – The Lost Episodes: Volume 1
  • 2014: The Avengers – The Lost Episodes: Volume 2
  • 2015: The Avengers – The Lost Episodes: Volume 3


  1. ^ "Twitter". Retrieved 3 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Friends of Drama Centre London". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  3. ^ "Official Site of Ex Machina, Geometry of Miracles". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  4. ^ "BBC, The French Lieutenant's Woman". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Finbourough Theatre, Jingo". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  6. ^ "Shakespeare's Globe, Anne Boleyn [2010]". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Shakespeare's Globe, Anne Boleyn [2011]". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  8. ^ "Dracula, Filming Locations". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  9. ^ "The Artists Partnership, Actor Deatails". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "British Universities Film & Video Council". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  11. ^ "Edinburgh Guide, Festival 2005". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "British Theatre Guide, Portrait of a Lady". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  13. ^ "The Portrait of a Lady/A Doll's House". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  14. ^ "Shakespeare's Globe, Henry VIII [2010]". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  15. ^ "Southwark Playhouse, The Seagull". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  16. ^ "Shakespeare's Globe, Julius Caesar [2014]". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 
  17. ^ "The Artists Partnership, Actor Deatails". Retrieved 5 July 2014. 

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