The son of Thomas Howard, Henry Howard was brought up with Henry VIII's illegitimate son Henry Fitzroy. He was given the title "Earl of Surrey" by courtesy in 1524 on the passing away of his grandfather. He accompanied his first cousin Anne Boleyn, the King, and Henry Fitzroy to France, staying there for over a year as a member of the entourage of Francis I. In 1532, after talk of marriage with the Princess Mary Tudor, he married Lady Frances de Vere, the 14-year-old daughter of the Earl of Oxford.
The Howard Faction were in opposition to the Seymour Faction so when Jane Seymour became Queen there was some scheming and he was accused of sympathizing with the Pilgrimage of the Grace even being imprisoned on suspicion. However, the accusations were patently false since he had been involved in putting down the rebellion. By 1541, he was back in favour and had been made a Knight of the Garter. Henry served the King in the war with Scotland and in 1543 he fought in France with the English army.
The Seymours finally had their day when Surrey ill-advisedly displayed royal quarterings on his shield in 1546, among other indiscretions. Arrested on charges of treason, he was imprisoned in the Tower, condemned and executed on January 19, 1547 on Tower Hill.
David O'Hara was born in Glasgow and moved to London at age 17 to study at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He performed in "Romeo and Juliet" as Tybalt, directed by Declan Donnallan for the New Shakespeare Company; "The Comedy of Errors" at the Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland, and "Aff the Other Man" at the Haymarket. He spent a year at the Royal Shakespeare Company at Stratford and the Barbican, in "Fashion," Jonathan Miller's production of "Taming of the Shrew," "Romeo and Juliet," "Cymbeline," and "Bite of the Night" directed by Danny Boyle.
His big break came as Stephen, the rampaging Irishman who joins forces with William Wallace (Mel Gibson), in "Braveheart" (1995). The following year saw him co-starring opposite Helen Mirren as a slightly independent policeman in Granada Television's "Prime Suspect V: Errors in Judgment," which aired on PBS' "Masterpiece Theatre" in 1997. That same year, O'Hara also appeared in Alan J Pakula's "The Devil's Own," was the romantic foil to Janeane Garofalo in "The Matchmaker," portrayed a biker in the Scottish film "The Slab Boys," and portrayed Bill Sykes in "The Wonderful World of Disney" adaptation of "Oliver Twist."