Jane How is an English actress with a range of television,film and stage credits. In 1977 she married actor Mark Burns and had a son Jack in 1981. Subsequently married actor Richard Durden in 1996.
After training at the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art where she won the Rodney Millington Award she spent several years in provincial theatre.
She is best known for her role as Jan Hammond, the mistress of Den Watts in EastEnders. She appeared in the programme regularly from 1986 to 1987 and also made brief return appearances in 2002 and 2003, the latter leading up to Den's return to the show.
Other roles include two series of "The Spoils of War ",'Anno Domini","War and Remembrance ","Anglo Saxon Attitudes", "The Cazalet Chronicles", "Zoya", "Love in a Cold Climate",another famous mistress, Camilla Parker-Bowles, in the TV mini-drama Charles and Diana: Unhappily Ever After (1992). She has also appeared in The Citadel,"Midsommer Murders","Judge John Deed","Byron"," Bad Girls", "Love Soup",, "Armadillo","Poirot","Daniel Deronda", as well as in four series of the sitcom Don't Wait Up as Helen with Nigel Havers. Her first television credit was in the 1973 Doctor Who story Planet of the Daleks.
Her films include "A Good Woman", "Miss Potter"," A.K.A." and "Cosi".
In the West End she has appeared for the R.S.C. in "The Return of A.J.Raffles", as Larita in Noel Coward's "Easy Virtue" at The Garrick,she was in the original cast of "Don't Dress for Dinner" at The Apollo,"Home and Beauty"at the Lyric and "Top People " at the Ambassadors Theatre In 2009, How appeared as a finishing school teacher in a commercial for Go Compare insurance , while in March 2010 she appeared briefly as hospital executive Zara Merrick in the BBC1 drama series Casualty.