Frankie Howerd

Born in York and raised in London, Frankie Howerd was a comedian best-known for his outrageous stand-up monologues and asides to the audience. Over numerous career highs and lows, he is best remembered for appearing in a number of Carry On films and the BBC sitcom Up Pompeii!.

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Tuesday 6th March 1917
Sunday 19th April 1992
Full name
Francis Howerd
Francis Alick Howerd OBE


Frankie Howerd was born Francis Howard in York in March 1917, before moving to south London at the age of 3 when his serviceman father was posted to the Royal Arsenal in Woolwich.

Picking up his mother's love of the theatre and show business at a young age, he made his first stage appearance - and began writing his own jokes and plays - whilst studying under a scholarship at Shooter's Hill Grammar School.

Plying his trade across London at whatever opportunity arose, Frankie's career - like so many others - was interrupted, and then greatly emboldened, but the outbreak of war. Called up just days before his 23rd birthday in 1940, he began performing for his fellow troops, although failed auditions for every formal concert party group.

After being demobbed in 1946 he secured an agent and began conquering the stage, radio, and eventually both the small and silver screen. His career has often been described as a series of ups and downs; going out of fashion, before being rediscovered by a new generation and fitting his performing talents to a new vehicle or other; from bawdy farce, to biting satire at Peter Cook's Establishment club.

Frankie's biggest career 'up' was the 1969-1975 BBC1 sitcom Up Pompeii!, which spawned not only a feature film adaptation, but numerous sequels in the same vein, both on film and television, and was revived again by ITV at Christmas 1991.

His final career resurgence began in the late 1980s, and he was still riding this wave at the time of his death, on 19th April 1992, aged 75. He had at this time recorded four of six episodes for a brand new TV stand-up series, Frankie's On....


BAFTA Television Awards 1971
Best Light Entertainment Performance: Nominee


Year Production Role
2020 Frankie Howerd: In His Own Words Self (Archive Material)
2018 Comedy Legends - Series 1
  1. E2 - Frankie Howerd
Self (Archive Material)
2016 The Interviews - Series 2
  1. E3 - Frankie Howerd
Self (Archive Material)
2015 Legends Of Stand-Up And Bernard Righton
  1. E2 - Episode Two
  2. E5 - Episode Five
  3. Special - Christmas Special
Self (Archive Material)
2015 Talking Comedy Self (Archive Material)
2013 Frankie Howerd: The Lost Tapes Self (Archive Material)
2012 God Save The Queens
  1. E1 - Episode One
Self (Archive Material)
2011 Greatest Ever Carry On Films Self (Archive Material)
2011 The Story Of Variety With Michael Grade
  1. E2 - Onto The Box
Self (Archive Material)
2009 Titter Ye Not: The Frankie Howerd Story Self (Archive Material)
2004 Sex, Secrets & Frankie Howerd Self (Archive Material)
2002 Reputations: Frankie Howerd Self (Archive Material)
2001 Thou Art Awful ... But I Like Thee Self (Archive Material)
2000 The Unforgettable... - Series 2
  1. E5 - Frankie Howerd
Self (Archive Material)
2000 Legends - Series 1
  1. E5 - Frankie Howerd
Self (Archive Material)
1996 Frankie Howerd At His Tittermost Host / Presenter
1995 Heroes Of Comedy - Series 1
  1. E1 - A Special Tribute To... Frankie Howerd
Self (Archive Material)
1993 Then Churchill Said To Me Private Potts
1993 Then Churchill Said To Me General Fearless Freddy Hollocks
1992 Frankie's On... Self
1991 Up Pompeii! - Further Up Pompeii Lurcio
1991 All Change - Series 2 Uncle Bob
1990 Frankie Howerd On Campus Self
1990 Arena: Oooh ER Missus! The Frankie Howerd Story Self
1989 All Change - Series 1 Uncle Bob
1987 Frankie Howerd's Forum Host / Presenter
1987 Superfrank Host / Presenter
1984 What A Carry On
  1. E1 - Episode One
  2. E2 - Episode Two
  3. E4 - Episode Four
  4. E6 - Episode Six
  5. E7 - Episode Seven
  6. E13 - Episode Thirteen
Self (Archive Material)
1981 Frankie Howerd Strikes Again Self
1980 Frankie Howerd Reveals All Host / Presenter
1979 The Plank Photographer
1979 The Frankie Howerd Variety Show - Series 2 Host / Presenter
1978 The Frankie Howerd Variety Show - Series 1 Host / Presenter
1977 That's Carry On! Self (Archive Material)
1976 The Howerd Confessions Frankie
1975 A Touch Of The Casanovas Fransisco
1975 Frankie Howerd's Tittertime Self
1975 Up Pompeii! - Further Up Pompeii! Lurcio
1974 Francis Howerd In Concert Host / Presenter
1974 Howerd's History Of England Various
1973 An Evening With Francis Howerd Host / Presenter
1973 Frankie And 'Tommy' Self
1973 The House In Nightmare Park Foster Twelvetrees
1973 Frankie Howerd In Ulster Self
1973 Whoops Baghdad Ali Oopla
1972 Up The Front Lurk
1971 Up The Chastity Belt King Richard
1971 Up The Chastity Belt Lurkalot
1971 Frankie Howerd's Hour Self
1971 Frankie Howerd: The Laughing Stock Of Television Self
1971 Up Pompeii Lurcio
1970 Up Pompeii! - Series 2 Lurcio
1970 Carry On Forever Self
1970 Carry On Up The Jungle Prof. Inigo Tinkle
1970 Up Pompeii! - Series 1
  1. E2 - The Ides Of March
1970 Up Pompeii! - Series 1 Lurcio
1970 Cucumber Castle Actor
1969 Carry On Christmas - Carry On Christmas
  1. Carry On Christmas
Fairy Godmother
1969 Carry On Christmas - Carry On Christmas
  1. Carry On Christmas
Robert Browning
1969 Up Pompeii! - Pilot Lurcio
1969 The Frankie Howerd Show Self
1969 Frankie Howerd At The Poco A Poco Self
1968 The Frankie Howerd Show Self
1968 Howerd's Hour Host / Presenter
1968 Carry On Doctor Francis Bigger
1966 Frankie And Bruce Host / Presenter
1966 Frankie Howerd Host / Presenter
1966 Frankie Howerd - Series 2 Self
1966 East Of Howerd Self
1966 The Great St. Trinian's Train Robbery Alfred Askett
1964 Frankie Howerd - Series 1 Self
1964 A Last Word On The Election Writer
1964 A Last Word On The Election Host / Presenter
1963 Have You Read This Notice? Norman Fox
1963 The Fast Lady Sewer Workman
1963 The Cool Mikado Actor
1960 Ladies And Gentle-Men Host / Presenter
1959 Frankly Howerd Frankie
1958 Frankie Howerd In... Various
1958 The Frankie Howerd Show Self
1958 Fine Goings On - Series 2 Host / Presenter
1957 The Howerd Crowd Self
1956 A Touch Of The Sun Bill Darling
1956 Jumping For Joy Willie Joy
1955 The Ladykillers The Barrow Boy
1955 The Howerd Crowd - Series 2 Self
1954 Tons Of Money Aubrey Henry Maitland Allington
1954 The Runaway Bus Percy Lamb
1953 The Frankie Howerd Show - Series 1 Self
1953 The Frankie Howerd Show Self
1953 Nuts In May Self
1952 Frankie Howerd's Korean Party Self
1952 Frankie Howerd Goes East Host / Presenter
1952 The Howerd Crowd - Series 1 Self
1951 Frankie Howerd's Christmas Show Host / Presenter
1951 Fine Goings On - Series 1 Host / Presenter

Non-comedy TV and film credits may be found here:
Frankie Howerd on IMDb

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