About this actor
Alan MacKenzie Howard, CBE, (born 5 August 1937) is an English actor known for his roles on stage, television and film. He was a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1966 to 1983, and played leading roles at the Royal National Theatre between 1992 and 2000. Howard is the only son of the actor Arthur Howard and his wife Jean Compton (Mackenzie). He was educated at the independeent school Ardingly College, in the village of Ardingly in West Sussex. He is the nephew of Leslie Howard and the casting director Irene Howard. On his mother's side he is also a great-nephew of the actress Fay Compton. and the novelist Sir Compton Mackenzie. He first married actress and theatre designer Stephanie Hinchcliff Davies in 1965 (marriage dissolved). He married his long term partner Sally Beauman in 2004 and they have one son and one grandchild. He was appointed CBE (Commander of the British Empire) in 1998. Alan Howard made his first stage appearance at the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry in April...