Death Of Well Known Local Actor Peter Howell
Sir Ian McKellen joins tributes to long-time Chiswick resident
Friends and colleagues have paid tribute to former Chiswick resident and well known actor Peter Howell, who has died last week aged 96. He was one of the driving forces behind the founding of the Waterman’s Theatre in Brentford.
Ian McKellen with Peter Howell
He also featured in the Yes Minister series in 1982 and played the role of Sir William Lucas in the 19980 BBC mini series 'Pride and Prejudice'. He also made guest appearances in The Avengers, The Prisoner, and Doctor Who and appeared alongside Johnny Depp in The Libertine as well as numerous appearances in television series and in theatre.
Sir Ian recalled that members of the public often believed he was a real doctor because of his role in Emergency Ward 10.
"He used to get letters from fans asking for advice on professional healthcare, which of course he wasn't qualified to give. Later he was Saruman in the BBC radio version of Lord of the Rings (1981) with Ian Holm as Frodo Baggins and Michael Hordern as Gandalf) and was very supportive when I was much later recruited to Middle-earth."
Peter Howell had a long association with St Nicholas Church in Chiswick and his funeral will take place there- details will be announced.
April 25, 2015