Ferris in 2012
Pamela E. Ferris|
11 May 1948
Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany
|Spouse(s)||Roger Frost (m. 1986)|
Fred Ferris |
Pamela E. "Pam" Ferris (born 11 May 1948) is a British character actress. She starred on television as Ma Larkin in The Darling Buds of May, and as Laura Thyme in Rosemary & Thyme, and has played parts in family films based on works by British authors as Miss Trunchbull in Matilda and as Aunt Marge in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and most recently as Sister Evangelina in Call the Midwife.
Ferris was born in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany, to Welsh parents, while her father was serving in the Royal Air Force. Ferris spent her childhood in the Aberkenfig area, near Bridgend in Wales. Her father, Fred Ferris, was a policeman, and her mother, Ann Perkins, worked in her family's bakery business. Her family emigrated to New Zealand when she was 13. Ferris returned to the UK in her early 20s. In 1986, she married actor Roger Frost. She lives in Elham, Kent, South East England.
Ferris performed in her younger years at the Mercury Theatre in Auckland, and later with various regional companies in the UK.
Ferris played motherly Ma Larkin in the ITV series The Darling Buds of May, which ran from 1991 to 1993. She appeared in The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends as Aunt Pettitoes in The Tale of Pigling Bland in 1995. She has also acted in a succession of television dramas. These include: Meantime, in which she played the Cockney mother of Phil Daniels and Tim Roth, Connie, Hardwicke House, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Where the Heart Is and Paradise Heights. From 2003 to 2006, she played the gardening sleuth, Laura Thyme, in Rosemary & Thyme.
Her roles in costume dramas include parts in television adaptations of Middlemarch, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Our Mutual Friend, The Turn of the Screw, Pollyanna and Jane Eyre.
Ferris portrayed the horrid school headmistress Miss Agatha Trunchbull in Matilda. Additionally, she played the nasty Aunt Marge in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Miriam, a motherly activist in Children of Men, both of which were directed by Alfonso Cuarón. She appeared in Agatha Christie's Marple's 4.50 from Paddington in 2004 as Mrs Elspeth McGillicuddy.
She has also acted in productions for BBC Radio 4.
Her career in the theatre has included parts in Royal Court Theatre and National Theatre productions. In 2007 she played Phoebe Rice in an acclaimed revival of John Osborne's The Entertainer at London's Old Vic Theatre.
In 2007 Ferris took part in the BBC Wales programme Coming Home about her Welsh family history.
In 2008 she played Mrs General in an all-star cast BBC adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel Little Dorrit. In 2009 she appeared in the final series of the BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey as Cath Smith. In 2010 she made a guest appearance in the sitcom Grandma's House.
From 2012 to 2016 Ferris played the part of Sister Evangelina in the series Call the Midwife.
In June and July 2015 Ferris was the guest of Sarah Walker on BBC Radio 3's Essential Classics.
|1971||BBC Play of the Month||Puck and Fairie|
|1985||The Bill||Mrs. Draper|
|1986||Ladies in Charge||Charlie|
|1987||Hardwicke House||Ms. Crabbe|
|1988||Valentine Park||Mrs. Fox|
|1988||South of the Border||Brenda|
|1989||All Change||Maggie Oldfield|
|1990||Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit||Mrs. Arkwright|
|1990||A Sense of Guilt||Magdalen Parry|
|1991-1993||The Darling Buds of May||Florence "Ma" Larkin|
|1992||Mr Wakefield's Crusade||Mad Marion|
|1994||The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends: The Tale of Pigling Bland||Aunt Pettitoes (voice)|
|1994||The Rector's Wife||Eleanor Ramsay|
|1996||The Tenant of Wildfell Hall||Mrs. Markham|
|1997-2000||Where the Heart Is||Peggy Snow|
|1998||Our Mutual Friend||Mrs. Boffin|
|2001||Linda Green||Norma Fitts|
|2002||Paradise Heights||Marion Eustace|
|2003||Clocking Off||Pat Fletcher|
|2003-2006||Rosemary & Thyme||Laura Thyme|
|2004||Agatha Christie's Marple: 4.50 from Paddington||Elspeth McGillicuddy|
|2006||Jane Eyre||Grace Poole|
|2008||Little Dorrit||Mrs. Hortensia General|
|2009-2010||Gavin & Stacey||Catherina "Cath" Smith|
|2010||Grandma's House||Deborah Adler|
|2011||Midsomer Murders||Liz Tomlin|
|2012–2016||Call the Midwife||Sister Evangelina|
|1996||Matilda||Miss Trunchbull||Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress|
|2001||The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby||Mrs. Squeers|
|2002||Death to Smoochy||Tommy Cotter|
|2004||Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban||Aunt Marge|
|2006||Children of Men||Miriam|
|2009||Telstar||Mrs Violet Shenton|
|2009||Malice in Wonderland||The Duchess|
|2012||The Raven||Mrs. Bradley|
|2012||Nativity 2: Danger in the Manger||Mrs. Bevans|
|2013||Saving Santa||Mrs. Claus|
- 1 2 3 Pamela Ferris Researcha.co.uk.
- ↑ "Little Dorrit star Pam Ferris on her 15 year rift with Catherine Zeta-Jones". Daily Mail (22 November 2008). Retrieved 18 August 2010.
- ↑ Pam Ferris at Directorcheck.co.uk
- ↑ BBC – South East Wales Bridgend – Coming Home: Pam Ferris
- ↑ "The day that changed my life". Daily Mail (16 May 2014). Retrieved 11 April 2015.
- ↑ "Not just Larkin around". Daily Mail (5 March 2005). Retrieved 18 August 2010.
- ↑ http://www.itv.com/news/meridian/update/2015-06-07/darling-buds-of-may-star-back-in-kent-high-life/
- ↑ "Mercury Theatre Records (1966–1990)". Auckland City Government. Retrieved 27 August 2008.