Date of Birth : May 5th 1957
Made his writing and directing debut with the box-office hit Sliding Doors, starring Gwyneth Paltrow. Sliding Doors was the fourth most successful British film in history. Howitt won a European Film Award for Best Screenplay and an Empire Award for Best British Director.
He subsequently directed Anti Trust, starring Tim Robbins, Ryan Phillipe and Rachael Leigh Cook, and scored another international box office success with Johnny English, a spoof of the Bond format, starring Rowan Atkinson.
Prior to that he was a well-known actor in Britain, where his film work included appearances in the powerful Irish dramas In the Name of the Father, starring Daniel Day Lewis and Emma Thompson, and Some Mother’s Son, with Helen Mirren.
His theatre credits include The Caretaker with Donald Pleasence and Party Time, both written and directed by Harold Pinter.