Dec. 21st, 1951
London, England, UK
5' 8 1/2
Jane How's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2009 - Beyond The Pole
2006 - Miss Potter
2004 - A Good Woman
Guest TV Roles
Mrs De Vere Hunt
(Carolyn) Jane Onslow How (born 21 December 1951 in London) is an English actress with a range of television,film and stage credits. In 1977, she married actor Mark Burns and had a son Jack in 1981. She subsequently married actor Richard Durden in 1996.
After training at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, where she won the Rodney Millington Award, she spent several years in provincial theatre.
She is best known for her role as Jan Hammond, the mistress of Den Watts in EastEnders. She appeared in the programme regularly from 1986 to 1987 and also made brief return appearances in 2002 and 2003, the latter leading up to Den's return to the show.
Other roles include two series of "The Spoils of War ","Anno Domini", "War and Remembrance", "Anglo Saxon Attitudes", "The Cazalet Chronicles", "Zoya", "Love in a Cold Climate", another famous mistress, Camilla Parker-Bowles, in the TV mini-drama Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After (1992). She has also appeared in The Citadel, Midsomer Murders, "Judge John Deed", "Byron", "Bad Girls", "Love Soup", "Armadillo", "Poirot", "Daniel Deronda", as well as in four series of the sitcom Don't Wait Up as Helen with Nigel Havers. Her first television credit was in the 1973 Doctor Who story Planet of the Daleks.
Her films include "A Good Woman", "Miss Potter"," A.K.A." and "Cosi".
In the West End she has appeared for the R.S.C. in "The Return of A.J.Raffles", as Larita in Noël Coward's "Easy Virtue" at The Garrick,she was in the original cast of "Don't Dress for Dinner" at The Apollo, "Home and Beauty"at the Lyric and "Top People" at the Ambassadors Theatre. In 2009, How appeared as a finishing school teacher in a commercial for Go Compare insurance, while in March 2010 she appeared briefly as hospital executive Zara Merrick in the BBC1 drama series Casualty.
- Ex-wife of actor 'Mark Burns (I)' (qv).
- Son, Jack with ex-husband 'Mark Burns (I)' (qv).
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