Martha Howe-Douglas

Martha Howe-Douglas

Howe-Douglas signing Horrible Histories books at Abingdon County Hall Museum in July 2012
Born Martha Howe
Birmingham, England
Residence Birmingham, England
Occupation Actress
Years active 1997–present

Martha Howe-Douglas is an English actress,[1] best known for three roles: playing the receptionist Donna Parmar in the BBC One daytime soap Doctors, appearing as various characters in the children's series Horrible Histories[2] and as Debbie Maddox The Chosen One in Sky TV's Yonderland.


Howe-Douglas graduated from RADA in 2003[3] and performed in various theatre productions while there.[4] In the same year that she left RADA, she appeared in the UK television Christmas Special of The Office, replacing Dawn as the receptionist at Wernham-Hogg.

From 24 April 2006 until 11 May 2007, Howe-Douglas played Brummie receptionist Donna Parmar in the BBC daytime soap opera Doctors.

In 2009, she landed one of the main multi-role parts on a new children's TV history sketch show programme, CBBC's Horrible Histories,[5] where over five years / series, she played numerous characters including the queens Cleopatra, Elizabeth I, Mary, Queen of Scots and Victoria — see Horrible Histories for list of characters. In 2011, she appeared in The Proms, in a special live "Horrible Histories Big Prom Party" performance.

In 2013 she appeared as 33-year-old Debbie Maddox in Sky1's series Yonderland reprising the role for a second series in 2015.

Other acting roles have included appearing in The Armstrong & Miller Show on BBC One and playing Flora Dies-Early in the hit radio comedy show Bleak Expectations as well as Lady Anne Woodstock in the radio show The Castle.

Awards and nominations

In the 2007 British Soap Awards, Howe-Douglas was nominated twice for her role in Doctors, for '"Best Newcomer", where she came third out of four in the poll, and "Best Comedy Performance", where she came second. In the 2011 Children's BAFTAs, she was nominated for "Best Performer" for her performance in Horrible Histories.


Year Project Role Notes
1997 Armstrong and Miller Various
2003 The Office Mel the receptionist Christmas Special
2005 All About George Helen
2005–2007 Doctors Donna Parmar/Miss Larson
2007 Freezing Leon's P.A.
2009 The Armstrong and Miller Show Various
2009 Nativity! Oakmoor Parent
2009–2013 Horrible Histories Various
2011 The Proms Various Prom 20: Horrible Histories Big Prom Party
2012 Shakespeare's Wart Pavlina Short
2013–2015 Crackanory Various 3 series
2013–2014 WPC 56 Abigail Fenton 2 series
2013–2015 Yonderland Debbie Maddox Lead Character 2 series
2015 Bill Various
2015 Doctor Foster Becky


  1. "Martha Howe-Douglas". Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  2. "Costume and Make Up". Horrible Histories, CBBC. BBC, UK. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  3. "Martha Howe-Douglas". Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Retrieved July 4, 2012.
  5. West, Naomi (25 May 2010). "How Horrible Histories grew up to be a hit comedy show". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved July 4, 2012.

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