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Pam Ferris

Pam Ferris was born in occupied Germany and later attended Lianelli Girls Grammar and was a lazy but well-behaved pupil. Her wanderlust family moved to New Zealand in 1962, where Ferris attempted to finish her education at Christchurch Girls High. But the curriculum was so far behind that Pam became bored and was forced to extend her interests to the Drama Society in order to remain biddable.

Happily, this interest in drama propelled Pam to her first professional job at age 18 and further leads at Auckland's Repertory Theatre. In 1972, Ferris moved to the United Kingdom and worked for a decade in various theatres and touring with Mike Alfreds in the early days of Shared Experience Theatre. An agreeably prolific mix of film, television, radio and theatre followed until Ferris starred as Ma Larkin in the British television show The Darling Buds of May, which broke all viewing records in 1990.

Of her work since then, Ferris is most proud of her role in Matilda, directed by Danny DeVito. An element that added to Pam's enjoyment of the role was the fact that DeVito had no idea he was casting Ma Larkin as the terrifying Miss Trunchbill!

Ferris currently enjoys her wide variety of work and recently won Best Performance for a solo piece, Bessie and the Bell, for Carlton TV.


Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Pam Ferris Facts

OccupationActress
BirthplaceHannover, Germany

Selected Filmography

We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Matilda
Call the Midwife: Season Five
Children of Men
Call the Midwife: Season 1
Call the Midwife: Season 2
Call the Midwife: Season 3
Death to Smoochy
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