Pam Ferris

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Pam Ferris
Born Pamela E. Ferris[1]
(1948-05-11) 11 May 1948 (age 66)[1]
Hanover, Lower Saxony, West Germany
Occupation Actress
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Roger Frost (m. 1986)
Parents Fred Ferris
Ann Perkins

Pamela E. "Pam" Ferris (born 11 May 1948)[1][2][3] is a British character actor. 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.

Personal life[edit]

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.[4] Her family emigrated to New Zealand when she was thirteen. Ferris returned to the UK in her early twenties.[5] In 1986, she married actor Roger Frost. She lives in Kent, South East England.


Ferris performed in her younger years at the Mercury Theatre in Auckland,[6] 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 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 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 and Stacey. In 2010 she made a guest appearance in the sitcom Grandma's House.

In 2012, Ferris began playing the part of Sister Evangelina in the series Call the Midwife.


Television series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1985 Connie Nesta
1990 Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit Mrs. Arkwright
1990 Cluedo
1991-1993 The Darling Buds of May Florence "Ma" Larkin
1992 Cluedo 1994 Mrs Dollop in Middlemarch
1996 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall Mrs. Marksham
1997-2000 Where the Heart Is Peggy Snow
1998 Our Mutual Friend Mrs Boffin
1999 The Turn of the Screw
2003 Clocking Off
2003 Pollyanna
2003-2006 Rosemary & Thyme Laura Thyme
2004 Agatha Christie's Marple Mrs Elspeth McGillicuddy
2006 Jane Eyre Grace Poole
2008 Little Dorrit Mrs. Hortensia General
2009 Gavin & Stacey Catherina 'Cath' Smith
2011 Midsomer Murders – Echoes of the Dead
2011 Luther Baba
2012–present Call the Midwife Sister Evangelina


Year Title Role Notes
1983 Meantime Mavis
1996 Matilda Principal Agatha Trunchball
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 Nativity! Mrs. Bevans
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. ^ a b c [dead link]Pamela Ferris
  2. ^ "Little Dorrit star Pam Ferris on her 15 year rift with Catherine Zeta-Jones". Daily Mail (22 November 2008). Retrieved 18 August 2010.
  3. ^ Pam Ferris at
  4. ^ BBC – South East Wales Bridgend – Coming Home: Pam Ferris
  5. ^ "Not just Larkin around". Daily Mail (5 March 2005). Retrieved 18 August 2010.
  6. ^ "Mercury Theatre Records (1966–1990)". Auckland City Government. Retrieved 27 August 2008. 

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