Laura Howard

Laura Howard (born as Laura Simmons in Chiswick, London,[1] 1977) is an English actress. She is probably best known for her role as Cully Barnaby in the long-running British crime-mystery Police procedural Midsomer Murders.

Laura Howard
Laura Simmons

1977 (age 42–43)
Chiswick, London, United Kingdom
Years active1992–present
Known forMidsomer Murders


Howard does not come from a showbusiness background. Her father is a shipping consultant, her mother a psychiatrist, and she did not attend drama school.[2] Her first major role came in 1992, playing the teenage daughter Tammy Rokeby in the BBC comedy series So Haunt Me.[1]. She went on to play Cully as John Nettles' daughter in Midsomer Murders for 12 years before leaving the show. Laura has also had a starring role in the Jack Rosenthal drama Eskimo Day[2] and its sequel Cold Enough For Snow.[1] Her other UK television credits include Soldier Soldier, The Bill, Doctors and Casualty.

She has appeared in numerous UK theatre productions, including the premier of Life of Riley by Alan Ayckbourn. In June 2012 she appeared in Ayckbourn's The Norman Conquests at the Liverpool Playhouse. In 2016 she appeared in two plays as part of the RSC's Making Mischief Season.



Year Title Role Notes
2009 Be Good Woman at Lake Short
2011 Get Well Soon Janet Short


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Casualty Victoria Leach Episode: "Close to Home"
1992 Covington Cross Alexandra Mullens Episodes: "Eviction", "Armus Returns"
1992–1994 So Haunt Me Tammy Rokeby Main role
1995 The Bill Erica Episode: "Day of Rest"
1996 Interview Day Pippa TV film
Soldier Soldier Deborah Briggs Recurring role (series 6)
1997 Cold Enough for Snow Pippa 'Muffin' Lloyd TV film
1997–2011 Midsomer Murders Cully Barnaby Supporting role (series 1–13)
1998 Queen's Park Story Lily TV short
2000 The Bill Star "Beasts"
2004 Doctors Jane Taylor Episode: "What If"
The Hotel in Amsterdam Gillian TV film
2006 Casualty Annie McQueen Episode: "Angels and Demons"
2012 Doctors Zoe Durand Episode: "Matthew & Son"
Casualty Tania Sullivan Episode: "The Only One You Love"
2013 EastEnders Teacher 1 episode
2014 Young Dracula Sally Giles Recurring role (series 5)
Doctors Amy Dobson Episode: "Love, Honour, Betray"
Casualty Eva Heggarty Episode: "Who Cares?"
2015 The Delivery Man Melanie Episode: "Truth"
Cuffs Lynne Episode: "1.5"
2016 Casualty Carly Swinford Episode: "Fall on Me"
2019 Call The Midwife Cissy Pilkington Series 8 Episode 6


  1. ^ a b c "Midsomer Murders – Cast Details". the definitive guide. Archived from the original on 20 August 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2008.[dead link]
  2. ^ a b Wigg, David (5 July 2008). "The only woman to get out of Midsomer alive: Detective Barnaby's daughter bows out of ITV show after 12 years". Daily Mail. Laura has recently been on stage in Suffolk in the controversial play about euthanasia called Switzerland. 'I wouldn't have had time to do it when I was under contract to Midsomer Murders for eight months a year,' she says.

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