Known for movies

Short Info

SpouseRoger Frost
FactDavid 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".


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.

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.

General Info

Full NamePam Ferris
Height1.7 m
ProfessionActor

Family

SpouseRoger Frost
ParentsAnn Perkins, Fred Ferris
SiblingsBarbara Ferris

Accomplishments

NominationsNational Television Award for Most Popular Actress, Laurence Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role
MoviesMatilda, 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, The Other Man, Malice in Wonderland, Jackboots on Whitehall, Within the Whirlwind, Gladiatress, Christmas at the Ri...
TV ShowsCall The Midwife, Rosemary & Thyme, The Darling Buds of May, Where the Heart Is, Little Dorrit, Clocking Off, Jane Eyre, Hardwicke House, Connie, Our Mutual Friend, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Cluedo, Lizzie's Pictures, All Change

Social profile links

Quotes

#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.

Facts

#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.

Pictures

Movies

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

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jackboots on Whitehall2010performer: "Jerusalem"

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Magic Within1996TV Movie special thanks

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

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edición Especial Coleccionista2011TV SeriesAgatha Trunchbull

Awards

Nominated Awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovie
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)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia
Author

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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