Ferris’s character in the Oscar-nominated film was a far cry from Miss Trunchbull. She played kind-hearted midwife Miriam, who ends up sacrificing herself to save the life of her charge. And although her role was only a small one, Ferris was acting opposite big names like Clive Owen and Julianne Moore, and many reviews singled her out for praise.
Over the next couple of years, however, Ferris decided to lose some weight. And as she did so she looked less and less like her Matilda character every day – something she was very pleased about. “It’s a little harder starting [a weight loss regime] at my late stage than if I had been doing it throughout my life,” she told the Manchester Evening News in 2007. “I have gone down a couple of dress sizes. I am really thrilled.”