Harry Towb

Last updated 09 January 2020

Harry Towb (1925-2009)
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Harry Towb

Born: Monday 27th July 1925
Died: Friday 24th July 2009 (age: 83)


Harry Towb was a Northern Irish actor. He appeared twice in Doctor Who and is most famous for being eaten by a plastic chair in Terror or the Autons.

Towb attended the Finiston School and Technical College, Belfast. He then appeared on stage with a touring theatre company in Ireland, in Repertory Theatre in England and in London's West End, where he had a role in the musical adaptation of Bar Mitzvah Boy. He also appeared in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum at the National Theatre in 2004.

He made numerous appearances on UK television including The Avengers, "Callan" Casualty, The Bill, Minder, Heartbeat and others. His film appearances include Above Us the Waves (1955), The Blue Max (1966), Prudence and the Pill (1968), Patton (1970) and Lamb (1985). In December 2008, Towb appeared in two episodes of the BBC soap opera EastEnders as David, Janine Butcher's fiancee. 

Harry Towb was also a regular presenter on the BBC Schools' programme You and Me featuring with Cosmo and Dibs.

Harry Towb was married to the actress Diana Hoddinott for 44 years until his death. He died at his home in London from complications due to cancer.