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SpouseRoger Frost
FactHer favourite character that she played was Miss Trunchbull in Matilda (1996).


Introduction

If you’ve watched the “Harry Potter” film series, you probably remember the spiteful Aunt Marge. Despite having a rather short appearance in the third installment, actor Pam Ferris left quite an impression on young fans. Do you know that she’s been a noted actress since the 1970s?

Early life and Education

Pamela E. Ferris was born on 11 May 1948, in Hanover, Lower Saxony, then Allied-occupied Germany. Her parents were Welsh – her father Fred Ferris, was in the Royal Air Force, which is why she was born in Hanover. Her parents returned to Wales when she was still a baby, so she spent most of her early years near Bridgend, Glamorgan.

After resigning from the RAF, her father became a policeman, while her mother, Ann Perkins, worked in the bakery owned by her family. Ferris has a sister, called Barbara.

When Ferris was 13, her family emigrated to New Zealand, where she matriculated from high school. Little is known about her life from this time period, but she disclosed that she worked as a representative. Around this time, she saw the film “London Assurance” starring Judi Dench, and it was then that she decided to pursue an acting career. For a while, she performed at the Mercury Theatre located in Auckland, New Zealand, but when she was 22, she moved back to the UK so she could find more job opportunities.

Career

Ferris continued her theatre career in the UK. She worked for several regional companies, before finally making her TV debut in 1972, in the feature film “To Love a Maori”. During this time, though, she took a break from her career so she could take care of her sick mother. This is why she didn’t land any new roles until 1983, when she appeared in the TV film “Meantime”.

In 1985, Ferris landed her first recurring role in a TV series, when she was cast as Nesta in “Connie”, a drama series set in the fashion industry. Before the end of the ‘80s, she was seen in several more titles, such as “Ladies in Charge”, “Dramarama”, “Hardwicke House” and “South of the Border”.

Pam Ferris

In 1991 she landed her breakthrough role as Ma Larkin in the ITV series “The Darling Buds of May”, maintaining her role of the motherly figure until the show ended in 1993. In 1992 she portrayed Mrs White in “Cluedo”, and in 1994 she was in “Middlemarch”, alongside Juliet Aubrey and Robert Hardy. During this period, she also guest-starred in numerous TV series, including “The Rector’s Wife”, “The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends” and “Screen Two”.

In 1996, Ferris portrayed Trunchbull in the famous family comedy film “Matilda”, co-starring with famous actors such as Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman, and Mara Wilson, and for her contribution to this film, she even earned a Saturn Award nomination.

The following year, she was cast as Peggy Snow in the TV series “Where the Heart Is”, remaining on the show for three years and earning three nominations for National Television Awards in the category Most Popular Actress.

Before the end of the millennium, Ferris was often seen on TV in series such as “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall”, “Our Mutual Friend” and “Wycliffe”. She was also in several TV films, including “Death of a Salesman”, “The Turn of the Screw” and “Cows”.

In 2002, she portrayed Marion Eustace in the drama TV series “Paradise Heights”, but the show was canceled after just one season.

In 2003, she was in “Clocking Off” and “Doc Martin and the Legend of the Clouty”. She co-starred as Laura Thyme in “Rosemary and Thyme”, the crime series about two professional gardeners who became the key to solving various crimes; the show lasted for three seasons, with her on-screen best friend portrayed by Felicity Kendal.

Ferris landed the role of the rather disliked Aunt Marge in the third installment of the worldwide famous film series, “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, in 2004. That same year, she was also in the movies “Gladiatress” and “Picadilly Jim”. Two years later, in 2006, she was in Alfonso Cuaron’s sci-fi thriller “Children of Men”, alongside Julianne Moore, Clive Owen and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and the same year portrayed Grace Poole in the mini-series adaptation of “Jane Eyre”.

In 2008, Pam appeared alongside Liam Neeson and Antonio Banderas in Richard Eyre’s thriller “The Other Man”, and later that year was cast as Mrs General in the drama TV series “Little Dorrit”. In 2009, she was in several feature films, most notably “Within the Whirlwind” and “Malice in Wonderland”.

Ferris portrayed Sister Evangelina in the main cast of the Heidi Thomas’ history series “Call the Midwife”, about a group of midwives from East London, for four seasons before she left the show in 2016.

In 2018, she portrayed Queen Victoria in the comedy film “Holmes and Watson”. As of June 2020, her latest appearance on the big screen has been in 2019, when she portrayed Mrs. Faulkner in the biographical film “Tolkien”.

Personal Life

Ferris met Roger Frost in 1983 while working at the London’s Royal Court Theatre; Frost is known for performing in movies such as “The Wolfman”, “Time Bandits” and “The Bourne Identity”. The duo married in 1986 after a long relationship, and spent many years living in Golders Greens, London, but currently reside in Elham, Kent, England. They don’t have children, and when asked about this, Ferris once said: ‘I was obsessed with work in my youth. It’s why I didn’t get married until I was 38, and the reason I didn’t have kids.’ She added that she isn’t sad about this, not because she doesn’t think she’d make a good mother, but simply because that’s the way it happened, and she can’t change anything about it.

She and her future husband gave up smoking in 1985.

Ferris is an avid supporter of various charitable organizations that support disabled people.

She is known to be very professional. During filming the bed scene for “The Darling Buds of May”, her co-star David Jason smuggled a cucumber and kept it under the sheets. Ferris knew it was there, but that didn’t prevent her from completing the scene perfectly.

Ferris loves dogs, and as of June 2020 she has two – a Jack Russell called Elsie and a Lurcher named Stanley.

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She even stated during the interview for the online magazine “Yours” that the reason she left the series “Call the Midwife” was because she couldn’t take her dogs to the new filming location in Surrey, England. The rumors were that she left the show because she had a stroke, just like the character she portrayed, but the truth was far from that.

Net Worth

Ferris has one of the longest lasting acting careers in England. As of mid-2020, her successful endeavors have earned her a net worth that is estimated at around $6 million!

Physical characteristics

Ferris has a height of 5ft 6ins (1.68cm), and weighs around 137lbs (62kgs). From looking at her pictures, we can conclude that she used to weigh more, but has managed to lose a significant number of pounds. When she was younger, she had auburn hair which later turned gray, and she has bright blue eyes.

General Info

Full NamePam Ferris
Height1.7 m
ProfessionActor

Family

SpouseRoger Frost
ParentsAnn Perkins, Fred Ferris
SiblingsBarbara Ferris

Accomplishments

NominationsNational Television Award for Most Popular Actress, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role
MoviesMatilda, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Children of Men, Nativity!, The Raven, Death to Smoochy, Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger, Saving Santa, Telstar: The Joe Meek Story, The Other Man, Malice in Wonderland, Jackboots on Whitehall, Within the Whirlwind, Gladiatress, Christmas at the Ri...
TV ShowsCall The Midwife, Rosemary & Thyme, The Darling Buds of May, Where the Heart Is, Little Dorrit, Clocking Off, Jane Eyre, Hardwicke House, Connie, Our Mutual Friend, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Cluedo, Lizzie's Pictures, All Change

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Quotes

#Quote
1I was obsessed with work in my youth. It's why I didn't get married until I was 38 and the reason I didn't have kids. Not having children isn't a sadness in my life, though. I know I wouldn't have been a half-bad mother, but that's what happened. There's no regretting it.

Facts

#Fact
1Her favourite character that she played was Miss Trunchbull in Matilda (1996).
2She met her husband in 1983 when they were both working at the Royal Court Theatre in London.
3She and her husband lived for many years in Golders Green, North London, before relocating to Canterbury, Kent in around 2012.
4David Jason had never heard of Ferris before they starred together in The Darling Buds of May (1991). She was nice and easygoing, which was enough to convince Jason she was right for the role. Jason didn't meet Ferris at the readthrough or rehearsals but at lunch. He described Ferris as "down-to-Earth, which I immediately liked about her, and we relaxed in each other's company very quickly".
5On The Darling Buds of May (1991), David Jason once smuggled a cucumber into a bed scene with Ferris. She had to deliver most of the dialogue and even though she knew it was there, she did the scene perfectly. It was only after the cameras stopped rolling that she wanted to know what the corpsing Jason was up to. Ferris is known for being very professional.
6In The Darling Buds of May (1991), there was a famous scene where Ferris shared a bath with David Jason while eating supper. Jason thought about turning up to the set in a frog mask and flippers but couldn't go through with it. Jason and Ferris both wore swimming costumes and the water was colored up to protect their modesty's. Jason considered that scene their icebreaker.
7Her father, Fred, was a policeman and her mother, Ann, worked in the family bakery business.
8She took a break from her career to nurse her mother, who died in 1983. She supports disabled people and their careers.
9She worked in rep in New Zealand before returning to England at 22. She decided to pursue an acting career in the UK after seeing Judi Dench in 'London Assurance'.
10She was born in Germany as her father was involved in the denazification process after the war.
11She and her husband gave up smoking in 1985.
12Is a vegetarian.
13Born in Germany and raised in Wales and New Zealand.
14Pam moved back to the UK aged 22 after a spell in theatre in Christchurch.
15Pam's family emigrated to New Zealand when she was age 13.

Pictures

Movies

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
We're Going on a Bear Hunt2016TV Movie completedGrandma (voice)
Ethel & Ernest2016Mrs. Bennett / Aunty Betty (voice)
Call the Midwife2012-2016TV SeriesSister Evangelina
Saving Santa2013VideoMrs. Claus (voice)
Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger!2012Mrs. Bevan
The Raven2012/IMrs. Bradley
Luther2011TV SeriesBaba
Midsomer Murders2011TV SeriesLiz Tomlin
Grandma's House2010TV SeriesDeborah Adler
Jackboots on Whitehall2010Matron Rutty (voice)
Gavin & Stacey2009TV SeriesCath
Nativity!2009Mrs. Bevan
Malice in Wonderland2009Doochey
Within the Whirlwind2009Genia's mother
Little Dorrit2008TV Mini-SeriesMrs. General
Telstar: The Joe Meek Story2008Mrs. Violet Shenton
The Other Man2008Vera
Christmas at the Riviera2007TV MovieAvril
Lilies2007TV SeriesMrs. Bird
Jane Eyre2006TV Mini-SeriesGrace Poole
Children of Men2006Miriam
Rosemary & Thyme2003-2006TV SeriesLaura Thyme
Piccadilly Jim2005Miss Trimble
Agatha Christie's Marple2004TV SeriesElspeth McGillicuddy
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban2004Aunt Marge
Gladiatress2004Mrs. Goatsplitter
Doc Martin and the Legend of the Cloutie2003TV MovieLolita
Clocking Off2003TV SeriesPat Fletcher
Anna Spud2003ShortMum
Pollyanna2003TV MovieMrs. Snow
Family2002TV MovieMarion
Paradise Heights2002TV SeriesMarion Eustace
Death to Smoochy2002Tommy Cotter
Linda Green2001TV SeriesNorma Fitts
Sweet Revenge2001TV MovieDenise Williams
The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby2001TV MovieMrs. Squeers
Where the Heart Is1997-2000TV SeriesPeggy Snow
The Turn of the Screw1999TV MovieMrs Grose
Bill's New Frock1998ShortMrs. Collins
Our Mutual Friend1998TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Boffin
Cows1997TV MovieBoo Johnson
Death of a Salesman1996TV MovieWoman
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall1996TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Markham
Wycliffe1996TV SeriesPat Trethowan
Matilda1996Trunchbull
Screen Two1995TV SeriesAlice Hartley
The Rector's Wife1994TV Mini-SeriesEleanor Ramsay
The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends1994TV SeriesAunt Pettitoes
Middlemarch1994TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Dollop
The Darling Buds of May1991-1993TV SeriesMa Larkin
Comedy Playhouse1993TV SeriesMatron
Performance1992TV SeriesMrs. Bryant
Cluedo1992TV SeriesMrs. White
Mr. Wakefield's Crusade1992TV SeriesMad Marion
A Sense of Guilt1990TV SeriesMagdalen Parry
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit1990TV Mini-SeriesMrs. Arkwright
All Change1989TV SeriesMaggie Oldfield
South of the Border1988TV SeriesBrenda
Valentine Park1988TV SeriesMrs. Fox
The Fear1988TV SeriesBrenda
Casualty1987TV SeriesLinda
Dramarama1984-1987TV SeriesAnne Bailey / Dorothy
Lizzie's Pictures1987TV Mini-SeriesGrace
Hardwicke House1987TV SeriesMs. Crabbe
Ladies in Charge1986TV SeriesCharlie
Star Quality1985TV MovieMarian Blake
Connie1985TV SeriesNesta
The Bill1985TV SeriesMrs. Draper
The House1984TV MovieMrs. Smeth
Meantime1984TV MovieMavis
To Love a Maori1972Deirdre
BBC Play of the Month1971TV SeriesPuck & Fairie

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jackboots on Whitehall2010performer: "Jerusalem"

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Magic Within1996TV Movie special thanks

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Runner2013/IDocumentary short
Afternoon Tea, a Matilda Reunion2013Video documentary shortHerself - 'Agatha Trunchbull'
Pointless Celebrities2013TV SeriesHerself
Piers Morgan's Life Stories2012TV SeriesHerself
50 Greatest Harry Potter Moments2011TV Movie documentaryHerself - Aunt Marge
The Paul O'Grady Show2004-2009TV SeriesHerself
Top of the Cops2009TV Movie documentaryHerself / Laura Thyme
Richard & Judy's New Position2009TV SeriesHerself
Little Dorrit: An Insight2009Video documentary shortHerself - 'Mrs. General'
Drama Trails2008TV Series documentaryHerself
Christmas Cooks2007TV SeriesHerself
Breakfast2004-2007TV SeriesHerself - Guest
Children of Men: Visions of the Future2007TV Movie documentaryHerself
Film '722006TV SeriesHerself
The Prince's Trust 30th Birthday: Live2006TV Movie documentaryHerself
The 50 Greatest Documentaries2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl2005TV Movie documentaryHerself
Page Turners2005TV Series documentaryHerself
Head to Shrunken Head2004Video documentary shortHerself
This Morning2004TV SeriesHerself
The Terry and Gaby Show2004TV SeriesHerself
French and Saunders2003TV SeriesHerself
Richard and Judy Exclusive1997TV SeriesHerself
Aspel & Company1993TV SeriesHerself - Guest
This Is Your Life1991TV Series documentaryHerself

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV SeriesAgatha Trunchbull

Awards

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
2000National Television AwardNational Television Awards, UKMost Popular ActressWhere the Heart Is (1997)
1998National Television AwardNational Television Awards, UKMost Popular ActressWhere the Heart Is (1997)
1997Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActressMatilda (1996)
1997National Television AwardNational Television Awards, UKMost Popular ActressWhere the Heart Is (1997)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

6 Comments

  1. Germaine Duquesne Reply

    I think I would like her if I knew her. She could be a friend.

  2. Watching Darling buds of May again

    Very good actress sorry she has left us

  3. Good news pam is still with us
    Made my day
    enjoying Darling buds of May

    • Hi Brian yes to answer your question Pam Ferris is still with us and as of today’s date Monday November 22 2021 Pam Ferris Is Aged 73 years old & was born on the 11 May 1948 hope this helps cheers Joe

    • Hi Brian yes to answer your question Pam Ferris is still with us and as of today’s date Monday November 22 2021 Pam Ferris Is Aged 73 years old & was born on the 11 May 1948 hope this helps cheers Joe

  4. I was shocked when “Peggy” was killed off WTHS in a car accident. Was that on purpose or did Pam want to leave? Wow-what an episode!

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