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James Howick (born 14 May 1979) is a British actor and writer best known for his roles in the TV series Horrible Histories, Yonderland and Ghosts.

Jim Howick
Born (1979-05-14) 14 May 1979 (age 40)
OccupationActor, writer
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Lauren Denny (m. 2012)

Early lifeEdit

Howick was born in Chichester, West Sussex on 14 May 1979. He was educated at Bognor Regis Community College. He graduated with First class honours from Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in 2000.


Along with the five other members of the Horrible Histories starring cast, Howick is also the co-creator, -writer and -star of Yonderland, an eight-part family fantasy comedy series that premiered on SkyOne on 10 November 2013.[1] He co-starred with the same troupe in Bill, a BBC-produced comedy film based loosely around the early life of William Shakespeare.[2] Filming began in February 2014.[3] and the film was released on 18 September 2015.[4] Other prominent television roles include Gerard in Peep Show, Gerry in Danny Boyle's Babylon and Anthony in the revival of Reggie Perrin. In addition he has been a regular guest star in various sketch comedies, including The Armstrong and Miller Show and The Kevin Bishop Show. In 2017 he played Aaron Mayford in the ITV thriller Broadchurch.[5] In 2019, Howick starred in the Netflix original series Sex Education as Mr Hendricks, an alcoholic science teacher at Moordale Secondary School who also conducts the Swing Band. Howick is the co-creator, co-writer and co-star of the BBC One sitcom Ghosts which was first broadcast in 2019.

In film, Howick played Cpl. Matlin in the Guillermo del Toro adaptation of Hellboy.

Personal lifeEdit

In 2012, Howick married Lauren Denny.[citation needed]


Film and television roles
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Armstrong and Miller Various Episode: "#2.1"
2002 Captain V N/A TV Movie
2004 Hellboy Cpl. Matlin
2006 Tokyo Jim Jim
2007 The History of the World Backwards Various
Biffovision N/A TV Movie
Hyperdrive Swamp Creature
Comedy Showcase Various
2009 Miranda N/A
2007–10 The Armstrong and Miller Show Various
2007–12 Peep Show Gerard
2008 Mutual Friends Estate Agent Episode: "#1.3"
2008–09 No Heroics Thundermonkey
2008–09 The Kevin Bishop Show Various
2009–10 Reggie Perrin Anthony
2009–13 Horrible Histories Various
2010 Hounded The British Prime Minister
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret Taxi Driver
2011 Strangers on a Plane N/A
BBC Proms Various Prom 20: "Horrible Histories Big Prom Party"
2013–16 Yonderland Various
2013, 2014 The Wrong Mans Chris Episodes: "Dead Mans", "Wise Mans"
2015—present Horrible Histories Various including Napoleon Bonaparte & Winston Churchill
2015 Inside No. 9 Thomas Nutter Episode: "The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge"
Bill Various Film
2015—present Scream Street Mr. Watson Voice role
2016 Stag Ian
The Aliens Dominic
Airmageddon Commentator Series 2
2017 Broadchurch Aaron Mayford Series 3
Loaded Josh
Journey Beyond Sodor Hurricane Voice role
2018 Action Team Graham 6 Episodes
Wannabe Mikey 4 Episodes
2019 Sex Education Mr. Hendricks Recurring role; 7 episodes
Ghosts Pat


In 2010, Howick won a Children's BAFTA for his performance in the second series of the CBBC television series Horrible Histories.[6]


  1. ^ "Sky1 to visit Yonderland". Sky1 website. 13 May 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  2. ^ "Stars of Horrible Histories to make Shakespeare film". BBC Media Centre. 22 March 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  3. ^ "Bill: production details". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  4. ^ "UK Film Release Calendar". UK Film Distributor Association. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Broadchurch: Who is new suspect Jim Howick?". Radio Times Website. 20 March 2017. Retrieved 22 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Three Children's Baftas for Horrible Histories". BBC News. 29 November 2010. Retrieved 11 February 2011.

External linksEdit

Jim Howick on IMDb