5 August 1935 |
Brighton, Sussex, England, United Kingdom
|Alma mater||Central School of Speech and Drama|
Only Fools and Horses
|Spouse(s)||James Tabernacle (1957–1974)
Timothy Carlton (1976–present)
Wanda Ventham (born 5 August 1935) is an English actress, known primarily for her role as Colonel Virginia Lake in the 1970s science-fiction television series UFO, and for her recurring role as Pamela Parry (Cassandra's mother) in the sitcom Only Fools and Horses from 1989–92. She also appeared in two episodes of The Saint alongside Roger Moore.
Ventham was born in Brighton, the daughter of Gladys Frances (née Holtham) and Frederick Howard Ventham. She originally held aspirations of becoming an artist and attended art school for one year, working as a scenic painter for the Connaught Theatre during her school holidays. It was her exposure to professional theatre that prompted her to leave art school and pursue a career in acting. She trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama, graduating in 1956.
Ventham's numerous TV credits include regular roles in Heartbeat as Fiona Weston, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates as Margaret Balshaw, and The Rag Trade as Shirley. She also played a love interest for Arthur Daley in Minder, Susan's mother in Coupling, and Deborah's mother in Men Behaving Badly. She appeared in the lead role in the 15-part BBC series The Lotus Eaters (1972–73), opposite Ian Hendry, and made a guest appearance in Rutland Weekend Television. She was in an episode of Danger Man, and the series Patrick McGoohan did right after - the allegorical spy series The Prisoner, the sitcoms Executive Stress and Next of Kin, and the sketch show The Two Ronnies.
She has appeared in Doctor Who on three occasions over three decades: as Jean Rock in The Faceless Ones (1967), as Thea Ransome in Image of the Fendahl (1977) and as Faroon in Time and the Rani (1987). Her appearance in Image of the Fendahl was opposite Denis Lill. Ventham and Lill would later play Pamela and Alan Parry in the sitcom Only Fools and Horses.
In 2014, she and her husband Timothy Carlton appeared in the BBC adaptation of Sherlock as the parents of Sherlock Holmes, who is played by their son Benedict Cumberbatch. Ventham will appear in Holby City as Myrtle McKee, a hospital patient who leads a double life.
Ventham married her first husband James Tabernacle in 1957 and they had one daughter, Tracy Tabernacle. They were divorced on 12 November 1974. Ventham met actor Timothy Carlton in 1970 while filming sequences for the drama series A Family At War and they have been married since April 1976. They are the parents of actor Benedict Cumberbatch.
|1956||My Teenage Daughter||Gina|
|1959||The Navy Lark||Mabel|
|1964||Carry On Cleo||Pretty Bidder||Uncredited|
|1965||The Big Job||Dot Franklin|
|1965||The Knack ...and How to Get It||Gym Mistress||Uncredited|
|1966||Death Is a Woman||Priscilla Blunstone-Smythe|
|1966||The Spy with a Cold Nose||Mrs. Winters|
|1967||Mister Ten Per Cent||Kathy|
|1968||The Blood Beast Terror||Clare Mallinger||Ventham also provided stunt work for the film and appeared in costume as the giant moth monster.|
|1968||Carry On Up The Khyber||Khasi's First Wife|
|1974||Invasion: UFO||Col. Virginia Lake|
|1974||Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter||Lady Durward|
|2002||Mrs Caldicot's Cabbage War||Victoria|
|2012||Run for Your Wife||Lady on Bus||Cameo|
|1962–1963||The Rag Trade||Shirley||Series regular; 18 episodes|
|1964–1965||Danger Man||Stella Dorset
|1964–1966||The Saint||Laura Stride
|1965||The Likely Lads||Angela||1 episode|
|1965||The Avengers||Nurse Spray||1 episode|
|1967||The Prisoner||Computer Attendant||1 episode|
|1967||The Caesars||Ennia||1 episode|
|1967–1971||The Troubleshooters||Moira Hart||Recurring; 4 episodes|
|Doctor Who||Jean Rock
Thea Ransome/Fendahl Core
|Serial: "The Faceless Ones" (6 episodes)
Serial: "Image of the Fendahl" (4 episodes)
Serial: "Time and the Rani" (3 episodes)
|1969||The Gold Robbers||Dee Lattery||1 episode|
|1969||Department S||Leila Rankin||1 episode|
|1970||Z-Cars||Mrs. Owen||1 episode|
|1970–1971||A Family At War||Jenny Graham||Recurring; 3 episodes|
|1970||Doctor At Large||Maggie Weston||1 episode|
|1970–1973||UFO||Col. Virginia Lake||Series regular; 9 episodes|
|1972–1973||The Lotus Eaters||Ann Shepherd||Lead role; 15 episodes|
|1975||The Sweeney||Brenda||1 episode|
|1975||Rutland Weekend Television||Various characters||2 episodes|
|1976||Emmerdale Farm||Heather Bannerman||Recurring; 6 episodes|
|1977||Crown Court||Sybil Halstead||2 episodes|
|1978–1979||Fallen Hero||Dorothy Hopkins||Lead role; 11 episodes|
|1980||The Two Ronnies||Jack||2 episodes|
|1982||Minder||Beryl Murdoch||1 episode|
|1986–1987||Executive Stress||Sylvia||Recurring; 4 episodes|
|1988||All Creatures Great and Small||Mrs. Ridge||Series 5, Episode 11|
|1989–1992||Only Fools and Horses||Pamela Parry||Recurring; 4 episodes|
|1995–1996||Next of Kin||Rosie||Recurring; 6 episodes|
|1996–1997||Heartbeat||Fiona Weston||Recurring; 4 episodes|
|2005||Midsomer Murders||Romany Rose||1 episode|
|2007||Lewis||Eleanor Mallory||1 episode|
|2014||Sherlock||Mrs. Holmes (Sherlock Holmes' mother)||2 episodes|
|1960||Watch It, Sailor!||Daphne Pink||Apollo Theatre, London|
|1979||Julius Caesar||Portia||Chichester Festival Theatre, Chichester|
|1990||Out of Order||Pamela||Shaftesbury Theatre, London|
|1992||It Runs in the Family||Rosemary Mortimore||Playhouse Theatre, London|
|2002||One for the Pot||Amy Hardcastle||Theatre Royal, Windsor|
|2012||Quartet||Cissy||Theatre-on-the-Bay, Cape Town|
|2014||Entertaining Angels||Ruth||Theatre-on-the-Bay, Cape Town|
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- Ventham, Wanda. Audio commentary for "Timelash". In: The Complete UFO Megaset (DVD). A&E Home Entertainment. 2003.
- "Benedict Cumberbatch 'so proud' of parents". The Daily Telegraph. 2 January 2014. Retrieved 4 January 2014.
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- "TV star Wanda's friendly divorce". Daily Mirror. 13 November 1974. p. 9.
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