Laura Howard (born as Laura Simmons in Chiswick, London, 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.
1977 (age 42–43)
Chiswick, London, United Kingdom
|Known for||Midsomer 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. Her first major role came in 1992, playing the teenage daughter Tammy Rokeby in the BBC comedy series So Haunt Me.. 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 and its sequel Cold Enough For Snow. 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.
|2009||Be Good||Woman at Lake||Short|
|2011||Get Well Soon||Janet||Short|
|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|
|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"|
|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"|
|2016||Casualty||Carly Swinford||Episode: "Fall on Me"|
|2019||Call The Midwife||Cissy Pilkington||Series 8 Episode 6|
- "Midsomer Murders – Cast Details". the definitive guide. midsomermurders.net. Archived from the original on 20 August 2008. Retrieved 25 August 2008.[dead link]
- 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.