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Characters & Actors

Penny Downie as Honor Scammel

Honor Scammel (played by Penny Downie)

Barrister in Laurence Scammel's chambers.

A determined career woman, Honor has no qualms about using her wealth, status and feminine wiles to propel her slightly older husband forward, at the same time as pursuing her own ambitions.

Her dream is to build an unassailable legal dynasty: she and Laurence as High Court Judges, Laura as a powerful barrister. But her ambition is hampered by jealously of her attractive and increasingly confident daughter, and her growing frustration with Laurence's repeated defeats at the hands of Jack.

Penny Downie

Penny was born in Australia, and moved to England in the 80s.

Career Highlights

  • Prior to leaving Australia, playing convict Kerry Vincent in Prisoner: Cell Block H*.
  • Her first English role - an appearance in an episode of Minder*.
  • The role of Katerina in Crime and Punishment*.
  • Acting alongside Gillian Anderson in film The House of Mirth.
  • Guest roles in Spooks, Trial and Retribution and Poirot.

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