Alan Browning

Alan Brown (23 March 1926 – 7 September 1979), known professionally as Alan Browning, was an English actor.[1] He is best remembered for portraying Alan Howard in the television series Coronation Street, a role he played from 1969 to 1973.[2] He was married to his Coronation Street co-star Pat Phoenix from 23 December 1972, until his 1979 death from liver failure as a result of his heavy alcohol intake.[3] Phoenix played his on screen wife, Elsie Tanner, in Coronation Street.[4]

Alan Browning
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Alan Brown

(1926-03-23)23 March 1926
Died7 September 1979(1979-09-07) (aged 53)
Stockport, England
Years active1957–1978
(m. 1972)

Browning's other television appearances included The Plane Makers (1964), The Newcomers (1965), The War of Darkie Pilbeam (1968), two episodes of The Avengers (in 1963 Intercrime and in 1969 Who Was That Man I Saw You With ?) and Big Breadwinner Hog (1969)[5] and a regular role in The Cedar Tree (1976-7).

His film credits included Feet of Clay (1960), Fury at Smugglers' Bay (1961), Cleopatra (1963), Guns at Batasi (1964), and Julius Caesar (1970).[6] His final credit was in a 1978 episode of Return of the Saint.[7][8]

He is survived by his first wife, Anne, and their two children Jeremy (b. 1956) and Mary (b. 1958).


Year Title Role Notes
1960 The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll Young Blood Uncredited
1961 Feet of Clay Inspector Gill
1961 Fury at Smugglers' Bay 2nd Highwayman
1961 The Pursuers Fritz's Assistant on film set Uncredited
1961 Part-Time Wife Police Sergeant
1963 Cleopatra Senator / Soldier Uncredited
1964 The Comedy Man Auditioning actor Uncredited
1964 Guns at Batasi Adjutant
1970 Julius Caesar Marullus


  1. ^ "Alan Browning - Theatricalia".
  2. ^ "Alan Browning".
  3. ^ Norman, Neil (1 July 2010). "The Street's greatest siren".
  4. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Coronation Street - The 1960s".
  5. ^ "Alan Browning".
  6. ^ "Alan Browning". BFI.
  7. ^ "Alan Browning". IMDb.
  8. ^ "Return of the Saint: S1E13".

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