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Pam Ferris

Biography

Welsh actress who still left an impression in audiences as the fearsome Ms. Trunchbull in the 1996 film Matilda. She also came out as Aunt Marge in the film version of Harry Potter as well as the Prisoner of Azkaban. She started her acting profession in New Zealand stage productions. She acquired recurring roles over the British shows Contact the Midwife and Luther. She’s a sister called Barbara and she wedded Roger Frost in 1986. She acted alongside Daniel Radcliffe in the 2004 film Harry Potter as well as the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Quick Facts


Full Name Pam Ferris
Date Of Birth May 11, 1948
Place Of Birth Hanover, Germany
Height 1.7 m
Profession Movie Actress
Nationality British, German
Spouse Roger Frost
Parents Fred Ferris, Ann Perkins
Siblings Barbara Ferris
Nominations National Television Award for Most Popular Actress, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role
Movies Matilda, 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, Malice in Wonderland, The Other Man, Jackboots on Whitehall, Within the Whirlwind, Gladiatress, Christmas at the Riviera, Pollyanna, Meantime, Sweet Revenge, The Turn of the Screw, Ethel & Ernest, The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby, Marple: 4:50 From Paddington, Anna Spud, Star Quality
TV Shows Call The Midwife, Rosemary & Thyme, The Darling Buds of May, Where the Heart Is, Little Dorrit, Clocking Off, Jane Eyre, Hardwicke House, Connie, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Our Mutual Friend, Luther, Cluedo, Lizzie's Pictures, All Change
Star Sign Taurus

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#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.


Actress

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

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jackboots on Whitehall2010performer: "Jerusalem"

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Magic Within1996TV Movie special thanks

Self

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

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV SeriesAgatha Trunchbull

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
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)


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#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.


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