Pam Ferris was born in 1948 in Hanover, West Germany. Her family moved to Wales, where she was raised in Llanelli but when she was 13, they moved again to New Zealand.
By the age of 16, Ferris was a full-time actress, returning to the UK in 1972.
She won the hearts of the nation as Ma Larkin in the TV adaptation of "Darling Buds of May" and has been in demand ever since. Her recent film roles include Mrs Goatsplitter in "Gladiatress" (2004), Aunt Marge in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" (2004) and Mrs. Squeers in "Nicholas Nickleby" (2001) Pat Fletcher in "Clocking Off" (2000). She is frequently on television, with recent work including "Rosemary & Thyme" (2003), "Doc Martin and the Legend of the Cloutie" (2003) and "Pollyanna" (2003).