Who is Pam Ferris?

Born under the sign of Taurus on the 11th May 1948 in Hanover, Lower Saxony,(then) West Germany, Pam Ferris is a 71-year-old Caucasian actress of English and Welsh descent. She is perhaps best known to the world for her significant presence on the TV screen and across numerous media outlets due to her many acting achievements, perhaps most famously for starring as Marge Dursley in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, as well as a great number of other successes over the course of her often lucrative acting career since 1971.

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Early Life and Education: A child of the world

Pam was initially raised in her birthplace by her Welsh Royal Air Force operator and later policeman father Fred Ferris, and her English baker mother Ann Perkins. However, the family relocated to the vicinity of Bridgend in Wales when she was very young, and then again when they emigrated Wales for New Zealand in 1961, at which time she was 13 years old. When it comes to her earliest interests, there isn’t much information across the authoritative sources that could clarify specifics about this part of her life, though she is believed to have harbored a passion for acting. As for her education, she first attended several high schools in various places, and matriculated from an unspecified one in New Zealand in 1966. There is no information pertaining to whether she ever decided to prolong her studies by enrolling into college in pursuit of a degree, and thus she is generally believed not to possess an education further than high school.

Career: From the theatre to the big screen

Pam spent a number of years as a young actress at the Mercury Theatre in Auckland, New Zealand. After approximately five years of theatre experience, Pam moved back to the UK at the age of 22, and made her screen debut a year later on television, when she was cast in a single episode of “BBC Play of the Month” in 1971, which marked the slow but steady beginning of her on screen career. Her film debut was as Deirdre in “To Love a Maori”, which came out in 1972, but then took an 11-year-long break from TV roles to care for her mother who died in 1983. She subsequently continued as Mavis in “Meantime”, and after two more films and a single episode of “Dramarama” in 1984 and “The Bill” in 1985, she was seen in 13 episodes of “Connie” as Nesta. Following one more 1985 title and another 10 through 1990, Pam took a 20-episode role as Ma Larkin in “The Darling Buds of May” until 1993, then through 1996, she performed in another four titles following the end of the said show.

Pam Ferris

Her career since 1996

In 1996 Pam starred as Trunchbull in “Matilda”, which she has stated multiple times as her all-time favorite role, and definitely her second most-recognized appearance, for which she even received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 1997. After seven more titles in between 1996 and 1997, she was cast in 36 episodes of “Where the Heart Is” as Peggy Snow, where she remained until 2000. For this appearance, she was nominated three times for the National Television Award in the Most Popular Actress category in 1997, 1998 and 2000. Four more titles later, in 2002 she was seen as Tommy Cotter in “Death to Smoochy”, which is one of her four most popular appearances, then after another seven titles, in 2004 Pam was seen in her unarguably most popular role of all time – Aunt Marge in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”, a highly respected film from one of the most successful franchises in cinema history. In 2006, she was cast as Miriam in a very popular and original film entitled “Children of Men”, and since then Pam has appeared in another 21 roles up until present-day, the most significant of which is her latest one – as Mrs. Faulkner in the JRR Tolkien biographical film entitled “Tolkien”.

Why did she hate Harry so much?

Every “Harry Potter” fan remembers Pam’s character as a very hateful older woman, who treated Harry with great disrespect from the moment she entered the home of Vernon and Petunia, his lawful carers. Most bookworms and movie fans knew about the long-standing hatred that the Dursley family had for Harry himself, but nobody knew exactly why that was. It wasn’t until years later, specifically 2015, that the writer JK Rowling herself revealed to the public on her “Harry Potter” dedicated site Pottermore what actually happened many years before. In the shorter version reported by independent.co.uk, it is explained that Harry’s father James was an overly proud young wizard who ruined Vernon’s first impression of him during a double date with Lily, Harry’s mother, and Petunia, Vernon’s fiancé at the time. The incident left Lily quite angry with him and Petunia in tears, after the brother of Pam’s character left the restaurant with wounded pride.

Love Life: Who is her husband?

As for herprevious romantic involvements, there is almost no information across all of the credible sources that could accurately describe this part of her life. Up to this point, it has been Pam’s choice to keep news about her partners almost completely private, and thus she hasn’t yet come forward to address most of these inquiries. At this time, it is known that Pam Ferris’s husband is actor Roger Frost – the two met in 1983 during Pam’s time at the Royal Court Theatre in London, near the time of her mother’s death, and dated for approximately three years before marrying. Their wedding ceremony was conducted in a private setting and away from the media’s eye in August 1986, with only family and close friends being the invitees. They have had no children together. It is known that the couple agreed to quit smoking as a joint effort in 1985, at which they were successful. There has thus far been no controversy surrounding their union. They used to reside in Golders Green in north London for many years, before relocating to Eltham, Kent in 2009.

More about Roger Frost

Born Roger J. Frost under the sign of Gemini on the 9th June 1948 in Hackney, London, England, Roger Frost is a 71-year-old Caucasian actor. He is perhaps best known to the world for being the husband of Pam Ferris, though the significance of his screen presence can also be attributed to his own successes throughout his often lucrative acting career since 1981. He made his screen debut as Cartwright in “Time Bandits” in 1981, while his two most prominent roles are those as Reverend Fisk in “The Wolfman” from 2010, and Apfel in the legendary “The Bourne Identity” from 2002. To date, he has been credited as an actor in a total of 68 roles, but hasn’t appeared in any since “Masterpiece Classic” in 2010, in which he starred as Mr. Kleiman in a single episode, entitled “The Diary of Anne Frank”. Though not officially, Roger is considered to be a retired actor at this time.

Pam Ferris and Roger Frost

Body Measurements

When it comes to her physical specifications, she is known to be 5ft 6ins (170cm) tall and she weighs approximately 136lbs (62kg). Besides that, there is at the moment not enough information across the credible sources to verify her exact clothing sizes and vital statistics, though her body shape is generally described as regular. It is known that Pam’s hair is light blond, her eyes are light blue, and her complexion mostly has a bright tone.

Social Media Presence

Thanks to the ever expanding grasp that social media has on worldwide audiences, it is in the best interests of most celebrities to keep their fans informed about their activities and thus maintain and potentially increase their rating and profit. However, it doesn’t appear as though Pam is at all preoccupied with involvement in this trend, seeing as her presence on social networks is all but ubiquitous at the moment – Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts in her name don’t exist.


Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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