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5 August 1935 |
Brighton, Sussex, England
|Spouse(s)||James Tabernacle (divorced)
|Children||Tracy Tabernacle, Benedict Cumberbatch|
Wanda Ventham (born 5 August 1935) is an English actress, known primarily for her role as Col. Virginia Lake in the 1970 science fiction TV series UFO, and for her recurring role in Only Fools and Horses as Pamela Parry (Cassandra's mother) (1989–1992). She also appeared in TV series The Saint with Roger Moore in multiple episodes.
Life and career
Her first appearance on film was in a British drama called My Teenage Daughter with Anna Neagle and Sylvia Syms in 1956. She also appeared in the films Carry On Cleo (1964) and Carry On Up the Khyber (1968).
Her numerous television credits included regular roles in Heartbeat as Fiona Weston (1996–1997); Hetty Wainthropp Investigates as Margaret Balshaw; and The Rag Trade as Shirley (1962–1963). She also played a love interest for Arthur Daley in Minder; Susan's mother in Coupling; and Deborah's mother in Men Behaving Badly. She had the lead role in the 15-part BBC TV series The Lotus Eaters in 1972-73, starring with Ian Hendry; and made a guest appearance in Rutland Weekend Television, the first TV series made by comic Eric Idle after Monty Python's Flying Circus came to an end. Other comedy roles included appearances on The Two Ronnies.
She has appeared in Doctor Who on three occasions over three decades: playing Jean Rock in The Faceless Ones (1967), Thea Ransome in Image of the Fendahl (1977) and Faroon in Time and the Rani (1987); and had a small role in the science fiction drama The Prisoner, and the sitcoms Executive Stress and Next of Kin.
Wanda's appearance in the Doctor Who serial "Image of the Fendahl" was alongside Denis Lill. Wanda and Denis would go on to play Pamela and Alan Parry in the British comedy series Only Fools and Horses.
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