Peter Howell was an English actor born in London to Owen, a solicitor, and his wife Nora, née Mally, on 25 October 1919. He attended Winchester College and began studying Law at Christ Church, Oxford but left when he was called up for wartime service in 1939. Invalided out of the army in 1943 as a result of dysentery he became interested in acting through his sister Gillian, who was training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). At this point of the war RADA was looking for men to act in productions to replace those away on active service.
Howell then joined the Old Vic Company which had relocated to the New Theatre, London following the bombing of it's own location. Whist there he gained valuable experience with small parts alongside the likes of Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson and Sybil Thorndike. This would provide the foundation for a stage and screen career that would eventually last for over fifty years.
Since then he played many roles on stage and television, notably