Of course, just like Matilda, Prisoner of Azkaban was a huge success. In fact, it’s widely considered to be one of the best of the Harry Potter films. And so Ferris now had two iconic villainous roles under her belt. It was ironic, then, that her co-stars could never stop mentioning in interviews what a lovely person she was. “I wasn’t afraid of The Trunchbull because Pam Ferris is just the nicest woman ever,” Matilda star Mara Wilson told Entertainment Weekly in 2013.
And so Ferris decided to put her niceness to work and play some good people for a bit. From 2003 to 2007, for example, she played the more cuddly character of gardener-turned-detective Laura Thyme on the British TV series Rosemary and Thyme. Then, in 2006, she teamed up with Prisoner of Azkaban director Alfonso Cuarón once again for his much-anticipated adaptation of the novel Children of Men.