Kerry Howard is a comedy actress from Somerset who first came to my attention when she starred as Becky’s irritating sister Laura in Him & Her (which I, for some reason, only watched last year). Laura is a very annoying character, even bordering on detestable at times, but this is all part of her brilliance. Because she has genuinely vulnerable moments in parts, and her relationship with Becky (Sarah Solemani) is one of friendship as well as turbulent sisterhood dramatics.
As Solemani said herself in an article for The Guardian in 2013: ‘Often nothing happens in Him & Her, yet people really feel for the characters’. It’s obvious that in order to nurture a sitcom with characters that carry their own individual weight, not only do you need a brilliant writer (Stefan Golaszewski, of course, is the power behind Him & Her), but a skilful, experienced cast is surely required.
More recently, Kerry has starred in BBC3’s Witless; a comedy about two fraught friends who get forced into participating in a witness protection programme when they witness a gang crime and their identities get leaked to said gang. Howard (playing loveable fool Leanne) stars alongside Zoë Boyle, who plays Rhona, an undeniably more jittery recipient to the new lifestyle the two are forced to adopt than the naïve Leanne. The show is now onto its third series, and as the episodes have progressed, Howard has increased the depth of the characters she plays, expertly tiptoeing along the line between being endearing and unbearably frustrating.
Him & Her, if you haven’t yet seen it, is available on Netflix, and the full boxset of Witless is on BBC iPlayer.
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