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Obituary: Howell Evans

Best known for his last role – the incomprehensible Daddy in Ruth Jones’s recent Sky1 comedy Stella – Howell Evans began his career during the Second World War as an impressionist. With his wife, Patricia Kane, he formed a popular comedy act in variety, clubs and summer seasons. The pair were still performing their signature charlady sketch as recently as 1997 in a ‘variety spectacular’ in Cardiff.

On stage, Evans performed with the major companies in his native Wales, including Theatre Wales (Brian Friel’s Translations, 1982), Theatr Clwyd (as a pompously prickly Malvolio in Twelfth Night, 1984) and the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff (Ed in Entertaining Mr Sloane, 1988).

At the Northcott Theatre, Exeter, he played Uncle Vanya (1986) and Willy Loman in Death of A Salesman (1987). Other stage appearances included Kander and Ebb’s 70 Girls 70 with Dora Bryan (Theatre Royal Bath, 1992), School for Scandal (Salisbury Playhouse, 1996) and Patrick Hamilton’s macabre thriller Rope (Lyceum Theatre, Crewe, 1997).

In a television career spanning six decades, highlights included a two-year spell in Softly Softly (1967-69), the lighthouse-set comedy Shine a Light (1970), Welsh period drama We Are Seven (1989-91) and The Old Devils (1992). Later appearances included The Story of Tracy Beaker (2003-08) and The Life and Times of Nicholas Nickleby (2012).

Howell Evans was born in Maesteg, South Wales, on March 3, 1928. He died, aged 86, on September 9, and is survived by his wife.